Universally known as “the green isle” on account of its lush vegetation, Ischia attracts tourist from all over the World for its sea and its remarkable spa resources. The beaches are
easy to reach and the mild climate means you can bathe during much of the year.
It is certainly the sea which has been the key to the island’s transformation from a fishing community to a centre of international tourism, offering an ample and diversified range of accommodation…
The many beach resorts along the shore between Ischia Porto and Ischia Ponte maintain the island’s tradition as a resort. They stand on wooden stilts, each occupying its own stretch of beach, and rent out beachchairs and beach umbrellas. Other popular spots are the beaches called Maronti, Sant Angelo, Citara and Cava dell isola at Forio, San Montano and finally Casamicciola.
Hire a boat, a trip right round the island is perfectly feasible, for exploring the island’s alluring coastline.
In addition to the bathing possibilities, Ischia has abundant resources in terms of culture and nature.
There are no less than eight zones of mineral springs scattered over the island, not to mention innumerable individual springs,stufas and fumaroles. Indeed, anyone who comes to Ischia planning on recharging body and mind has only too much to choose from!
And if you’ve had your fill of the sea, there are plenty of things to visit, starting from the island’s most characteristic monument, the Aragonese Castle at Ischia Ponte. Built on an islet of volcanic rock reached by a road laid out by King Alfonso I of Aragona in 1438, the castle is in realty a citadel, with streets,churches, a gaol and even a small, out of the way hotel.
There is a manificent panorama from the terraces suspended high over the sea.
At Lacco Ameno you should visit the Sanctuary of Santa Restituta. The crypt gives access to the remains of a palaeochristian basilica with finds which narrate the island’s history from the Greeks to the early Christians.
In the Archeological Museum of Pithecusae close by vases and jewels are evidence of the extensive network of trading carried out by the Pithecusans, Ischia’s first inhabitants. Finally there is the Church of the Soccorso at Forio d’Ischia, where sailors came to give thanks for delivery from danger on the seas. Situated on a west-facing promontory, the church’s simple white façade stands out boldly against the blue of the surrounding sea. What more romantic setting could there be for a stroll at sunset?
When sea and earth meet, unforgettable harmonies of taste are born: triumph of Ischian cuisine are fresh seafood, mozzarella and famous liqueurs such as limoncello and rucolino (made from rocket).
A surface area of barely 4 km2 and some 16 km of coastline make Procida the ideal place for whoever wishes to discover the true dimension of living by the sea. The island offers beaches of sand and stone.
Procida passed to the crown of Naples in 1644, was occupied three times by the British in 1799, while the Neapolitan Republic, from 1806 to 1809 during the Frenchagainst Joseph Bonaparte and G.Murat and in 1813 in wartime against Napoleon.
What is more, its houses maintain all the charm of traditional Mediterranean architecture.
It is no exaggeration to say that the sea is everything for Procida, it accounts for the character of its inhabitants, mostly fishermen or sailors; provides its chief resource, fishing still carried out using traditional methods; and also represents its main asset for the future, because this island has managed to safe guard its natural environment.
There are harbours on three sides of Procida: Marina grande, the port, to the north, with the beach of “Il cannone” nearby; the fishing village of Marina Di Corricella to the east with its houses in whole range of pastel colours; and Marina Di Chiaiolella, to the south, providing moorings for pleasure craft.
There is no doubt that a trip round the coast characterised by rugged tuff cliffs is the best away to get to know its coves and crystal clear sea.
But there are also large expanses of sand, easily accessible for families and young people. The beaches of Chiaiolela are the most popular, with sunbeds and beach umbrellas, as well has numerous restaurants and bars where you can enjoy seafood and limoncello, the liqueur made from procida celebrated lemons.
Procida has also been chosen as a film set for a great number of films, mainly because of its landscapes and its typical Mediterranean architecture. We want to mention here as an example “Il Postino”, with Philippe Noiret and Massimo Troisi and “The Talented Mr. Ripley”, starring Matt Damon.
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