A Phlegraean Island in the Gulf of Naples, well-known all over the world for its spa baths and the beauty of its nature, Ischia, the green island, is one of the most beautiful destinations where to spend a relaxing holiday.
An island of volcanic character, Ischia welcomes, every year, thousands of visitors who choose it to spend a stay in complete relaxation and wellness, while being immersed in a breathtaking nature. Not only: Ischia offers its guests also an interesting historical and artistic heritage and a delicious wine-gastronomy giving tasty recipes of the Neapolitan cooking and palatable dishes made with the typical products of the island.
Used since past times, the thermal sources of Ischia are among the most famous and the healthiest in the world; in fact their earliest evidences go back to Roman and Greek times. Then, from the Seventeenth century to the half of the Twentieth century, on the Island of Ischia a lot of establishments and accommodation facilities were built which made it an international thermal resort for healing and for holiday today: a unique magical place where it is possible to recover one’s body and mind.
The Island of Ischia includes six towns: Ischia, Casamicciola Terme, Lacco Ameno, Forio, Serrara Fontana and Barano d’ Ischia. In each of them visitors can find the most suitable accommodation to satisfy the needs of their holiday.
Ischia offers to lovers of nature an interesting itinerary: the walk on Mt. Epomeo, starting from the small square of Fontana, thanks to an asphalted path immersed in the unpolluted green, allows to reach, in almost 40 minutes, the top of the mountain. On top, besides the spectacular view one can enjoy, it is also possible to visit the Hermitage of San Nicola.
Worth being visited, for lovers of historical architecture, is also the Aragonese Castle at Ischia Ponte, located on a small island caused by a synaptic eruption dating back to over 300,000 years ago.
Worth a visit is also the Church of Soccorso, consecrated to St. Mary of the Snow, in the town of Forio d’Ischia, built in 1791 and restored in 1864 on the ruins of a building dating back to 1320. The architecture of the church is very simple, the dominant colour is white and on the left-hand side there a bell tower in Gothic style.
Rich in art and nature, Ischia also keeps two interesting Museums: the Archaeological Museum of Pithecusae and the Museum of the Sea.
The Archaeological Museum of Pithecusae, opened in 1999 in the complex of Villa Arbusto in Lacco Ameno, keeps on the first floor the history of the Island of Ischia from prehistory to the Roman time. The ground floor is, on the contrary, dedicated to a special geological section concerning the interaction between man and environment.
The Museum of the Sea, dating back to 1996, lies on the eighteenth-century Palazzo dell’Orologio at Ischia Ponte. Three floors testifying the history of the Navy told through the exhibition of fishermen’s objects of common use, but also rarer and more refined objects belonged to the captains of the boats of the Gulf of Naples.