Where the island is....
West of Naples, some 50/60 minutes by hydrofoil - on
the opposite side of the Bay from Sorrento and Capri
:: Final months on Ischia.. ::
Photos taken during the latter part of our time on the lovely island of Ischia.
For earlier ones, try ___http://www.pbase.com/isolaverde/iscpics
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:: To and from Ischia ::
Pictures and a few notes that may help find which of the island's
ports you want - and how to get across to here from the mainland
without having to do your own paddling!
Most have larger versions which you may want to print - to get to
those, click on one and select "Original" from the size list below....
The first set show what you'll see on the trip to/from Naples!
:: Ischia - a beginner's guide ::
A growing jumble of things it may be useful to know...
Mostly to do with our local transport, but also notes on the island's layout,
eating and drinking - and a few restaurant and wine suggestions!
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:: The year in pictures ::
The island of Ischia - and a few other places in Campania....
Month by month, and season by season, since 2001
:: Ischia - favourites ::
My own selection of Ischia's attractions - in no particular order.....
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:: Beaches ::
Much of the shoreline around the island of Ischia is made up of beaches
- some of them the size of a pocket-handkerchief, others a mile or more.
Thanks to the winter storms, the sand will sometimes be moved up or down
the beach - so a spot that's wonderful one year may disappoint the next!
In August, you'll certainly need a watertaxi to find some solitude, but
at other times most of them aren't quite as crowded.
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:: Ischia's thermal spa parks ::
Volcanic activity far underground warms mineral water springs that feed the many pools
and water features in Ischia's spa gardens.
There are others, but the best known are Negombo (near Lacco Ameno), Poseidon (on Citara
Beach, outside Forio) and Castiglione - on the road between Ischia Porto and Casamicciola
At most the season usually starts at Easter, and runs until late October.
:: The city of Ischia ::
The Comune of Ischia - which shares its name with the island - is the only
one of the six on the island to have City status.
It's comprised of several parts, although the main two areas seen by visitors
are Ischia Ponte - the original settlement, at the foot of the Castello Aragonese
- and the more recent development of Ischia Porto, around the harbour.
:: Casamicciola ::
One of the main thermal spa centres and the second port of the island of Ischia
:: Lacco Ameno ::
The thermal spa resort of Lacco Ameno stands at the western end of Ischia's north coast.
With an archaeological museum whose collection includes a Greek wine vessel inscribed
with a drinking song dating back almost 3000 years, Lacco is also where several of the
island's most renowned spa hotels can be found.
For a little more about the July 1883 earthquake, which flattened many of the earlier
buildings here, see ___http://www.pbase.com/isolaverde/grablovitz
... and ___http://www.pbase.com/isolaverde/sentinella_2010
The Comune offer a map of sorts: __http://www.comunelaccoameno.it/images/mappa.pdf
:: Forio ::
The town of Forio, at the heart of its Comune on the western side of the island,
has a small port that offers year-round hydrofoil connections with Naples.
In the C14th and 15th the inhabitants built a series of large towers to defend themselves from Saracen
pirates. The largest of them all, Il Torrione - just off the main square - is today a civic art museum.
In the late 40s Forio was a popular escape for an international group of artists and writers - among
them W.H. Auden, Christopher Isherwood, Tennessee Williams, and Truman Capote.
More recently, the area has become more widely popular, thanks to both the magnificent
beach at Citara and a particularly pleasant microclimate.
The Comune also includes the village of Panza, often visited by the amazing band of the army's Bersaglieri
regiment, and - on the Zara headland - the wonderful gardens created by Lady Walton at "La Mortella".
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