Ischia, Campania, Italy

Ischia is the largest island in the bay of Naples and is considered by many to be the most beautiful. The island is 10 km from east to west and 7 km north to south and it has a coastline of 34 km. Up to 6 million tourists flock to the island for its volcanic thermal spas and as well for its beaches and food. Several towns are located along the island’s coast. The largest city in Ischia is also called Ischia. The town of Ischia, however, has two different centers: Ischia Porto and Ischia Ponte.

Ischia’s main industry is tourism, centering on thermal spas that cater mostly to European and Asian tourists eager to enjoy the fruits of the island’s natural volcanic activity, its hot springs, and its volcanic mud.

Ischia is easily reached by ferry from Naples, with an approximate travel time of between 40 minutes and one hour.

Main sights

The Aragonese Castle / Castello Aragonese, Ischia Ponte, was built on a rock near the island in 474 BC, by Hiero I of Syracuse. Today the castle is the most visited monument of the island.

Gardens of La Mortella. The gardens, located in Forio-San Francesco, were originally the property of English composer William Walton. The gardens include wonderful views over the city and harbour of Forio.

Gardens of Villa Ravino. A botanical garden, located in Forio-Citara Bay, is the result of 50 years of the dedicated work of Captain Giuseppe D’Ambra, the owner of the Villa. Giardini Ravino is a botanical garden with one of the richest collection of cacti and succulents cultivated outdoors in Europe.

Poseidon Gardens – spa with several thermal pools.

Bay of Sorgeto, with hot thermal springs

Maronti Beach.

Piazza S.Restituta, with the best luxury boutiques.

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