Boasting a surface area of 47 square kilometres, Ischia is the largest island in the Gulf of Naples. Known as the “green Island” on account of its lush vegetation, Ischia, volcanic in origin, is noted for its hot springs and radioactive mud baths, claiming cures for most anything that ails you. The island comprises six communes: Ischia, Casamicciola Terme, Lacco Ameno, Forio, Serrara Fontana and Barano. The most important centre is Ischia, home to the renowned Aragonese Castle and the old fishing village. Forio is known for its flourishing wine production, its beautiful beaches and the thermal spas of Citara and the Bay of Sorgeto. Casamicciola is famous for its hots springs, one of the most noteworthy of which is Lacco Ameno. Serrara Fontana and Barano hosts the picturesque town of Sant’Angelo and the sun-drenched Maronti beach. For shopping and nightlife aficionados, Where Naples suggests a walk to Ischia Porto, brimming over with boutiques and glam nightspots.
Shopping and surroundings
Plaits of garlic and spicy peperoncino, herbs and seasonings for roasts and game, orange and lemon rinds covered in chocolate, rocket sauce, fresh pasta, limoncello and rucolino (a local, liquorice-flavoured digestive). These are just some of the typical products for which Ischia is famed. Ischia is also renowned for its wine which can be purchased at one of the island’s many wineries. Also particularly worthy of note are its ceramics, boasting not only unparalleled technical levels but also used to adorn the entrances of houses across the island.
How to reach Ischia
By boat, from Naples: molo Beverello to Ischia Porto, Casamicciola or Forio (1 hour, 40 minutes by ferry, 40 minutes by hydrofoil); molo Mergellina to ischia Porto, Casamicciola or Forio (40 minutes by hydrofoil); from Pozzuoli to Casamicciola (60 minutes by ferry, 50 minutes by motorboat).
Azienda Autonoma di Soggiorno e Turismo T: 0815074211
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Carabinieri T: 081991001