Ischia Travel Summary

Ischia is an idyllic volcanic island with a spectacular coastline, rich with thermal springs, inviting beaches, fabulous gardens and vineyard-covered mountains.

The Ischia Travel Summary is segmented into 2 key travel themes to immerse you into everything Ischia:

  1. An introduction and brief history to this wonderful island;
  2. What to See;

Hope you enjoy it!  Carpe Diem!

1. An introduction and brief history to this island:

Ischia is the largest of the islands off the the coast of Naples which comprises Procida, Capri and Ischia itself.   Ischia’s coastline is formed of long stretches of sandy beaches and some of the best in Campania making it an ideal location for beach lovers seeking peace and tranquillity.

The island is the third most populated Italian island after Sicily and Sardinia, Ischia has volcanic origins, formed after a long series of eruptions lasted for 150,000 years.  Its rugged coasts are characterised by a succession of headlands, coves and beaches where seawater mixes with hot water from the thermo-mineral springs.

Set around a horseshoe-shaped bay on the island’s north coast, Ischia’s main town is awash with pastel houses, beachfront trattorias and lively bars and restaurants.  Ischia’s towns’ crowning glory is the Aragonese castle, which is set on a rocky islet accessed by a causeway in Ischia Ponte.

Foria dominated by a 15th-Century tower, offers many attractions, including the famous “Poseidon Gardens,” the spectacular complex hydro-thermo-therapy complex located in the enchanting Bay of Citara.

On the south coast, the main draw is the traffic-free town of Sant’ Angelo.  Sant’ Angelo is a charming harbour village characterised by white-washed houses clinging to steep cliffs. Its streets are lined with artisan shops, trattorias and gelaterias. The village is famously pedestrian-only.

What to See

The Aragonese Castle

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • The Aragonese Castle is a medieval fortress and is one of Ischia’s most iconic and intriguing sights
  • The original castle was built in 474 BC by the Syracuse Greek Gerone with the walls, the churches, the ramparts of Ischia Castle following later between the 14th and 17th centuries
  • There is lots to explore within he grounds including churches, gardens and convent of this ancient medieval fortress
  • There is a small museum called Museo delle Tortur and the theme is medieval torture instruments and impressive armour and weaponry
  • The views from the grounds of the castle are magnificent

 

Botanical Gardens

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • There are two very impressive botanical gardens on the island Giardini La Mortella and Giardini Ravino
  • Giardini La Mortella boasts over 3000 species of rare plants
  • The Gardens offer panoramic views over the sea
  • There is also a “Greek theatre” hosts a prestigious season of concerts
  • Giardini Ravino is a beautiful tropical garden with a collection of cacti, succulents, citrus and exotic plants from around the world
  • There are also a number of artworks, sculptures and artisan crafts set amongst the plants

 

Sant’Angelo

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • Sant’ Angelo is a charming harbour village characterised by white-washed houses clinging to steep cliffs. Its streets are lined with artisan shops, trattorias and gelaterias. The village is famously pedestrian-only
  • The village offers excellent vantage points and is popular for intellectuals, artists and writers owing to its lovely position
  • You will find a good selection of restaurants which boast panoramic views
  • There are some excellent beaches in the area

 

Foria

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • Forio is another picture-perfect town boasting marina, pastel coloured buildings and sandy beaches
  • The centre has lovely with its narrow lanes lined with painters and ceramic workshops
  • The Chiesa del Soccorso and the Torrione Museum are well worth a visit
  • Citara, Chiaia and Cava dell’Isola beaches are nearby

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