:: 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".
Click on the pictures for a larger size - most have captions and a few details....
:: Serrara Fontana ::
The comune of Serrara Fontana on Ischia extends from the coastal village of Sant'Angelo, and all the way up the
southern slopes of Monte Epomeo to its two main towns - Serrara and Fontana - high above.
:: Barano ::
Barano d'Ischia - a comune with a town of the same name that offers a mix
of mountains and plains, and a gorgeous beach on the island's southern coast
:: Festas and events ::
Pictures from just a few of the many artistic, sporting and religious highlights of
the island's calendar.
Through the year there are celebrations for the feast days of the saints to whom individual
churches and parishes are dedicated.
Some, such as the one held in Ponte, for San Giovan Giuseppe della Croce, over the first
weekend of September, include large public events - others are more for local worshippers.
:: Campania - Daytrips from Ischia ::
Begin by clicking on the map to see a few of the places that can be visited on a day's outing from Ischia
The pictures that follow (click on 'next' at the top right of the screen to move on) have links to galleries where you'll find photos and information about the different places.
Some are easier to get to than others - and on a few routes the public transport available is much better in summer!
Six comune - three arrival ports
The island of Ischia is divided into six administrative areas - known in Italian as comune.
The most populous, and the only one to have been granted 'city' status, is also called Ischia
- it's then sub-divided into two parts, Porto - near the harbour - and Ponte, near the Castello.
Clockwise, the others are Barano, Serrara Fontana, Forio, Lacco Ameno and Casamicciola.
There are three ports that offer regular services for passengers and/or vehicles...
Ischia Porto and Casamicciola (both with ferry ships and passenger hydrofoils)
and Forio (passenger hydrofoils only)
The main fleet operators - with services to a host of destinations, but in particular
Naples Beverello, Mergellina, Pozzuoli and Procida - are...
Alilauro (hydrofoils only) ... http://www.alilauro.it
Caremar (hydrofoils and car ferries) ... http://www.caremar.it
Medmar (car ferries only) ... http://www.medmargroup.it
SNAV (hydrofoils only) ... http://www.snav.it
In high season, there's also a daily connection from, and back to the Amalfi Coast: