Universally known as “the green island” due to its lush vegetation, Ischia attracts tourists from all over the World for its sea and its remarkable Spa resources. The beaches are easy to reach and the mild climate means you can bath during much of the year. […]
Universally known as “the green island” due to its lush vegetation, Ischia attracts tourists from all over the World for its sea and its remarkable Spa resources. The beaches are easy to reach and the mild climate means you can bath during much of the year. The key to the island’s transformation from a fishing community to a centre of international tourism It has certainly been the sea. The island offers an ample and diversified range of accommodation. The many beach resorts along the shore between Ischia Porto and Ischia Ponte maintain the island’s tradition as a resort. They stand on wooden stilts and each of them occupies its own stretch of beach. Other popular spots are the beaches called Maronti, Sant Angelo, Citara and Cava dell isola at Forio, San Montano and finally Casamicciola. Hire a boat, a trip right round the island is perfectly feasible, for exploring the island’s alluring coastline.
In addition to the bathing possibilities, Ischia has abundant resources in terms of culture and nature. There are no less than eight zones of mineral springs scattered over the island, not to mention the innumerable fumaroles. Indeed, who comes to Ischia planning to recharge body and mind has so much to choose from. And if you’ve had enough of the sea, there are plenty of things to visit, starting from the island’s most characteristic monument, the Aragonese Castle at Ischia Ponte. Built on an islet of volcanic rock reached by a road laid out by King Alfonso I of Aragona in 1438, the castle is in realty a citadel, with streets, churches, a gaol and even a small hotel. There is a magnificent panorama from the terraces suspended high over the sea. At Lacco Ameno you should visit the Sanctuary of Santa Restituta. The crypt gives access to the remains of a palaeochristian basilica with finds that narrate the island’s history from the Greeks to the early Christians. In the Archeological Museum of Pithecusae you will find many vases and jewels which are the evidence of the extensive network of trading carried out by the Pithecusans (Ischia’s first inhabitants). Finally there is the Church of the Soccorso at Forio d’Ischia, where the sailors used to come to pray and say thanks for being alive after the sea storms. Situated on a west-facing promontory, the church’s simple white facade stands out boldly against the blue of the surrounding sea. What more romantic setting could there be for a stroll at sunset? When sea and earth meet, unforgettable harmonies of taste are born resulting in the triumph of the Ischian cuisine and its dishes that include fresh seafood, mozzarella and famous liqueurs such as limoncello and rucolino (made from rocket).