Ischia: The Green Isle of the Gulf of Naples

Ischia: The Green Isle of the Gulf of Naples


The largest of the Phlegrean islands, Ischia is also known as the green island to maintain, even today, a wild and almost untouched large part.


Full of historical and natural beauty, rich in vegetation, the island is famous for the beneficial properties of its thermal waters that flow like veins under its volcanic soil. Located in the center of the Gulf of Naples (from where you can quickly reach the island), Ischia is a dream place where to stop during a luxury charter in the Mediterranean. Among the delicious restaurants with terraces overlooking the small coves, the bays that characterize it and the beautiful hotels to stay in, Ischia becomes island of prosperity for the culture of relaxation and tranquility that you breathe at every corner.

There are many (and all different) spas, beauty farms, medical-aesthetic centers and thermal parks: a really wide offer of treatments that exploit the enormous benefits of thermal water. The Baths of Ischia, known all over the world, give to the body and to the soul the right balance you need to leave daily chaos behind and to completely regenerate.
Ischia is an island of many facets: in addition to the many natural hot springs (as Sorgeto, Nitrodi or Cava Scura), there are places full of magic and enchanted as the pine forest of Punta San Montano or the forest of La Maddalena, large and small beaches that alternate with sheltered coves and small promontories. Dominated by Mount Epomeo with its 788 meters high, Ischia is the perfect setting for those who love hiking or paths for biking. The great biodiversity that the landscape offers makes the island popular with walkers from all over the world.

The island of Ischia is divided into six municipalities: Ischia, Casamicciola Terme, Lacco Ameno, Forio, Serrera Fontata and Barano. Ischia Porto is the place where once stood the town and now it houses the main harbor where all ferries and hydrofoils moor and where you can moor also with a private boat for a tour of the island. The symbol of Ischia, the Castello Aragonese, is connected to the mainland by a bridge and, if you wanna visit it, you will enjoy a walk in the dense pine forest that accompanies the transition. A break for shopping is recommended in two streets of the exclusive shopping: Via Roma and Via Vittoria Colonna. Full of unique boutiques where you can always find something that tickles your fancy. For those wishing to bring the tradition on board there are many craft shops full of local products to buy.
Casamicciola, instead, is on the northern part of the island and it’s an elegant cluster of houses, villas and buildings in ischia’s style. It’s the aggregate most striking for those who visit the island of Ischia because, after being swept away by the violent earthquake of 1883 and after the center moved around the Marina Grande, it’s risen and it still retains the ancient village’s charm.

Lacco Ameno is the smallest town of the island but, if you take a relaxing walk, it offers a lots to see. A refreshing bath on the renamed San Montano beach, the healing baths and magic mushroom (volcanic but full of local legends). Forio is known to be the most densely populated municipality of the island and the one with the highest concentration of restaurants and clubs. A meeting place for poets and artists, Forio is also a place rich in history and in ravines, creeks and coves where you can relax in peace and quiet. The village lies gently toward the sea between Zaro and Punta Caruso, dominated by the Church of Soccorso, retaining its charm among the tiny pottery workshops and art workshops.
“From the sea to the mountains”, it is appropriate to say, if we talk about Serrara Fontana: from the summit of Mount Epomeo up to the last house which almost falls on the sea, the small village offers a great variety of Ischia’s timeless traditions. From ancient farming practices to the fishing ones: here they jealously retain them all. The promontory of Sant’Angelo, for example, offers a maze of narrow streets which join up then around the square of the village of fishermen, impossible not to fall in love with.

In Barano , instead , each fraction sings its own history : a territory made ​​up of different hills with a village in the middle that gives rise to a characteristic cluster of houses . From the villages of Piedimonte, Testaccio, Buonopane to Schiappone’s district. A endless walk that starts from the aqueduct (called Dei Pilastri) to the charming Maronti beach where it is impossible to resist the temptation to take a bath during a charter early in the year.

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