Ischia Journals

Ischia Island

A travel journal to Ischia by travel2000

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Quote: It's a beautiful island off the coast of Napoli, not as well known as Capri but much bigger in size. My husband spent his childhood summers growing up there and I often wonder why he misses this island so much.

Ischia Island

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Overview

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Thermal waters, mud masks, beautiful beaches, crystal clear water, romantic castle on the hill (featured in Mr Ripley movie), silent volcano, gelato and people-watching...what a way to spend a summer.Quick Tips: Here is a good website to get you started Ischia Online Best Way To Get Around: You can take a car on the ferry with you. OR you can rent a car once on the island: Ischia Rentacar is one place. Do a search on the Ischia website for 'Auto/Motonoleggi' for more information. While I was there in September, I was told that you ca...Read More

Cicio

Restaurant

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This is close to the pier and on a main street. In the morning, order your cappuccino and cornetto at the cashier (yes, that's croissant, sometimes with apricot or marmalade jam filling-it's the same as the brioche up north) and pick it up at the counter by showing your receipt. Anyway, sit outside and watch all the Italians and Germans go by showing off their tans.

Cicio also has lunch service, with grilled vegetables, lasagne, pasta, you pick what you want at the counter and they actually serve you when you are seated. In addition, they have good gelati-it's about 3000 lire for a small cup and you can choose 2 flavours.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 31, 2000

Cicio
Via Porto
Ischia, Italy

La Bitta

Restaurant

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We had spaghetti with sea urchins, fried seafood, spaghetti alle vongole (clams), various pizza (quattro stagioni, normanna, etc), shrimp cocktail....you can watch the people 'swimming,' walking back and forth the pier, OR the people on their docked yachts eating the same food as you!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 29, 2000

La Bitta
Via Porto
Ischia, Italy

Parco Termale Castiglione

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Attraction | "Castiglione"

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One of the main reasons to visit Ischia is to relax, and no better place to do it than at Castiglione. A thermal park on a green valley slope, you have to take a cable car to get inside. The view is breathtaking. It is right above the water, with different levels of pools, and also a small area for swimming in the sea. We came here 4 times on our last visit in September. It can get filled up with Italians and German tourists, but it's not the most expensive place (we paid 32,000 lire per person) and it's so enjoyable. It's a short taxi ride from Ischia Porto, where you get off the ferry. (The taxis are really something else! Rent the movie 'Avanti' with Jack Lemmon and you'll get a feel for the island...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 30, 2000

Parco Termale Castiglione
Via Castiglione 36
Ischia, Italy 80074
081 982551

Castello Aragonese

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Attraction | "The Castle"

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If you've seen the movie 'The Talented Mr Ripley', then you'll immediately recognize this castle. It's in the background of all the beach scenes. As you approach Ischia Porto on your ferry or hydrofoil, you will see the castle perched on the hill. In the old days, people used to band together and hide there when attacked. There are passageways intricately woven in that fortress. You can either take the elevator up or walk. I recommend taking the elevator up and then walking down. There is much ground to cover once you get up there. First, the views are simply amazing. On a clear day, you can see all the way to Capri and Naples Bay. The water below is so clear, you can see the rocks and ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 30, 2000

Castello Aragonese
Ischia Ponte
Ischia, Italy

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Here is a sampling of things I've purchased on my last trip in September. I think these are the specialties on Ischia: 1. L'Enoteca, at Vittoria Colonna, 270: limoncello (famous lemon liquer-keep this in the freezer at home), mandarin orange jams, and jars of baba soaked in limoncello. The store owner is very friendly and would be more than happy to give you a small tasting of liquers. 2. Le Muse, at Vittoria Colonna,270 Bis: painted ceramic jugs and espresso cups-the also have bowls, serving plates...the whole array. The styles here are really nice, not the ugly painted ceramics you find elsewhere. The colors are natural. My patterns were ivy vines, very subtle with earthy color...Read More

The Stroll

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Start at the bottom of the hill, at the start of Via Roma. Stroll up the hill and window shop. This street is filled with stores, restaurants, piano bars, ceramic stores, and people just like yourself, STROLLING! This street becomes Via Vittoria Colanna at the top of the hill. When you get to the top, (it's a very gentle slope so don't expect steep climbs!), pick out your favourite flavour at bar Vittoria. (Mine are crocantino, hazelnut liquer, and lemon.) Pick fast as there will probably be a crowd of people around you. (Remember to pay at the cashier first, then select your flavours at the gelati counter outside.) It's about 2500 for a small cup. The plastic cups come in different sorbet...Read More