Welcome to the Island of Ischia
Jesse's Journeys in Italy
Ischia is the largest island in the Bay
of Naples and one of the prettiest
places to visit in the Mediterranean.
The island has been featured in numerous
Italian movies like "Paradiso Perso"
(Paradise Lost) a romantic comedy, where
the island sets the idyllic scene of two
star-crossed lovers who fall in love
with each other all over again, in part
because they cannot escape the beauty
off the island or the romance the
island's beauty forces between them.
Ischia is known for its spectacular
white sand beaches, incredible scenery
and thermal spring waters that have been
proven to have an enormously positive
effect on skin and overall health.
Many spas have been built on the island
and offer excellent treatments that
people in the area return year after
year to enjoy. Ischia is said to
be home to some of the best spas in
Italy. Hotels and spas in Ischia don't cost nearly as much as you
may expect them to and in the
off-season, some incredible bargains can
be found at many hotels around the
Spa treatments aside, the island's
climate unto itself can have an
enormously beneficial impact on overall
health. The island is like one
massive floating green-house, with
tropical plants like palm trees,
Hybiscus flowers, lemon and orange trees
lining the roads and turquoise waters
kissing the shores.
Ischia is much larger and higher
than the island of
and unlike its
sister island has beautiful white sand
beaches that draw thousands of Italians
during the summer months of July and
August. It is best to avoid Ischia
during these months (the high season)
and opt to visit any other time.
in winter, the climate is warm and there
is a lot to do. It's easy to pass
a week here without getting bored.
If you can only make it for a day
however, it's still worth it, but we can
almost guarantee that you will want to
Getting to Ischia from Italy's mainland
is easy and you can bring your car or
come by foot. Ferries for Ischia leave
from Sorrento, Naples and Pozzuoli and
dock at Ischia Porto, the main gateway
to the island and tourist hub.
Once on the island, the bus station is a
one-minute walk west of the pier, with
buses servicing all other parts of the
island. East of the pier, the
shopping strip Via Roma eventually
becomes Corso Vittoria Colonna and heads
2km southeast to Ischia Ponte, which
leads to Ischia's most famous landmark,
the Castello Aragonese.
The Castle,which sits on a rocky islet
just off Ischia Ponte is an enormous
complex comprising a 14th century
cathedral and several smaller churches.
Inside the complex, there is a weaponry
museum (Museo delle Armi) that has a
collection of torture tools and various
medieval armoury. Children and
adult alike may be interested i this,
but the view from the castle alone,
towards Procida and over the bay of
Naples is worth it unto itself.
Admission to the castle is 10 EUROS
There are great walks, hikes and bike
circuits to take around the island.
For those who want a challenge, a
strenuous uphill walk form the village
of Fontanta brings you to the top of
Monte Epomeo (788 m), the island's
highest point, also with superb views of
the Gulf of Naples
In addition to walking, swimming,
cycling or scuba-diving, there are
beautiful gardens to explore on Ischia,
such as La Mortella, a garden that is
home to over 1000 rare exotic plants
that flourish here.
The gardens were designed by Russell Page and inspired by the Moorish
gardens of Granada's Alhambra in Spain.
The gardens were established by the
British composer Sir William Walton and
his wife who made La Mortella their home
Classical music concerts are staged in
the gardens in spring and autumn.
For a more information about the gardens
and the concerts, please see
www.lamortella.it . Please
note the garden's opening hours.
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transportation to and from Ischia, tours
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