The largest of the three islands in the Gulf is also called the “green island” – varied nature, fantastic views and idyllic sandy beaches await you.
Ischia is famous above all for its curative thermal springs, which can be traced back to the island’s volcanic origin.
Spa and hiking paradise in the Gulf of Naples
Ischia, the largest of the three islands in the Gulf of Naples is simply stunning with its diversity of nature, its fantastic views of the sea and surrounding islands as well as its idyllic sandy beaches.
Ischia is famous for its curative thermal springs, which can be traced back to the island’s volcanic origin and which partly reach temperatures of up to 100 degrees. The health spas are visited mainly by German vacationers, who for years now have been the largest group of visitors to the island.
Not only beach-and-sea enthusiasts, hikers too get their money’s worth: Along numerous hiking trails you can discover the varied landscape with its richness in species. It is absolutely worth the effort of climbing the 789 m of Monte Epomeo, again and again you are rewarded by breathtaking panoramas.
Filmmakers, too, have become aware of the beauty and charm of Ischia – the island has ‘starred’ as an impressive setting in many a movie. The remake of “The Talented Mr. Ripley”, for example, was shot at Ischia Ponte.
La Isola Verde
In Italy, Ischia is also known as “Isola Verde”, the green island. Leave the popular and beaten tourist tracks, venture into the heartland and the still largely authentic south and you soon come to understand why.
As the volcanic soil is extremely fertile, the old tradition of wine-growing on the island has been revived. Large parts of Ischia are covered by fragrant macchia. The chestnut woods Bosco di Falanga on the northern slopes of Monte Epomeo are a particularly beautiful sight.
Due to the ferry traffic, the island’s economic center is the municipality of Ischia with its districts Ischia Porto and Ischia Ponte, where well over one third of the round about 56,000 inhabitants live. Other municipalities are Casamicciola Terme, Lacco Ameno, Forio, Serrara Fontana and Barano.
Ischia has many sights/sites to offer, so we can only name a few here, for example impressive Castello Aragonese at Ischia Ponte. The fortress located on a rock off the coast and surrounded by a wonderful Mediterranean garden looks back upon a long history. Fortified as far back as the 5th century BC, the fortress was then enlarged as of 1439 and connected with the main island by means of a bridge by order of King Alfonso of Aragon. It was a place of refuge for the island’s population in times of need and in case of enemy attacks.
Those roaming this fortified island along its stairways hewn from the rock are rewarded with wonderful views of Ischia, the neighboring islands of Procida and Capri as well as the Gulf of Naples.
The cemetery of nuns in the crypt of Chiesa dell’Immacolata is worth a visit, but it is also strange: deceased nuns were left to decay, seated on stone benches. The nuns met there regularly for prayer and to keep in mind the ephemeral nature of life on earth.
How to get to Ischia
From Naples airport it takes you 20 minutes by taxi to the ports of Naples. The Alibus (shuttle bus) runs at 30-minute intervals to the main port Molo Beverello. The bus stops right in front of the arrivals terminal, signs at the airport show you the way to the bus stop.
From Molo Beverollo you can take the ferry (ca. 90 minutes) or the speed boat (ca. 45 minutes) to Ischia.
You are planning on a day trip to the island? From the harbors at Salerno, Positano, Amalfi or on the Isle of Capri you can also reach Ischia!
Tickets and fares are found here.
Important: Apart from only few exceptions, the ferries are bound only for Ischia Porto. The speed boats run as far as Forio.
After arriving on the island, you are well advised to take a taxi or one of the regular busses to the hotel.