Written by airynfaerie on 06 Jul, 2010
One afternoon during our week stay in Ischia we decided to take a small trip to the neighboring island of Procida. After just about 15 minutes on the ferry we'd arrived at Marina Grande and took off on foot to explore the small fishing village…Read More
One afternoon during our week stay in Ischia we decided to take a small trip to the neighboring island of Procida. After just about 15 minutes on the ferry we'd arrived at Marina Grande and took off on foot to explore the small fishing village of Corricella. One of the inspirations to visit this island was to find locations from the film, "The Talented Mr. Ripley". Here is where most of the in-town scenes were shot. Besides finding most of the film locations around the Piazza dei Martiri and Via del Rocco, it was enjoyable just walking around the pastel buildings and small little streets. We hardly passed many people walking around, much less any vehicles. It was the sleepy part of the afternoon, and sometimes as we walked through narrow alleyways I felt like we were the only people there.When we made it to the other shore line, we wandered on the dock area where so many small fishing boats were almost piled on top of each other. Sailing ropes and fishing nets spilled out on the stone walkway, and the expansive convent Abbazia di San Michelesat on the hill looking down on us. We found a quiet seat outside of the restaurant "La Locanda del Postino" (which is aptly named as it was one of the filming locations for the Italian movie "Il Postino"), and enjoyed a mid-afternoon snack. The owner of the cafe was very friendly, and a couple locals struck up some conversation with us while we ate a pastry and drank a caffe. A little bit later we headed back towards the marina and in order to dodge the small rain showers we popped inside a couple other cafes. Overall, Procida is a quaint little town, but after just a few hours, I was ready to go back to Ischia. But if you're staying in Ischia, it's a great side trip, and quite easy to reach by ferry. Close
Written by airynfaerie on 04 Jul, 2010
A beautiful way to experience the coastline of Ischia is to take the iconic Italian evening "passegiata" (stroll). With many stretches of road along the water's edge, it's easy to enjoy the Mediterranean, especially beautiful at sunset.We stayed in the town of Ischia Ponte, so…Read More
A beautiful way to experience the coastline of Ischia is to take the iconic Italian evening "passegiata" (stroll). With many stretches of road along the water's edge, it's easy to enjoy the Mediterranean, especially beautiful at sunset.We stayed in the town of Ischia Ponte, so from there we walked north to the larger sister town of Ischia Porto. The walk to Porto is through pedestrian-only avenues full of cafes and shops. If you want, take a small detour and head one block each towards the sea. Here you're bound to find a few open parks which overlook to the ocean.From the main square in Ischia Porto, we hopped on one of the buses and rode about 10 minutes further north to the next town of Casamicciola Terme. Here, you'll find a lovely park at the harbor. This town is home to some of the island's most famous thermal springs. Spend a little bit of time at the marina here, grab a "lemon spritzer" to cool off, then start on the beautiful walk up the oceanfront sidewalk to the next town.At just under 2 km the walk between Casamicciola Terme and Lacco Ameno isn't far at all, and with the view from the raised sidewalk looking north towards the cliffs of Lacco Ameno, the walk couldn't be more pretty. This is one of the popular stretches on the island for joggers, so you're bound to pass a few on your stroll. We actually took this walk by accident - but it ended up to be a happy accident indeed. (We thought we'd exited the bus in Lacco Ameno's marina, but it ended up being Casamicciola. So, instead of waiting another 20 minutes for the next bus, we saw a lot of people walking along the sidewalk and decided to follow them instead. It was nice being able to see the cliffs ahead of us and the marina of Lacco Ameno being to come into view. You'll know you've reached the heart of Lacco Ameno's harbor when you see a mushroom-shaped rock rising out of the sea near the many boats parked at the marina. "Il Fungo" (the mushroom), is a volcanic rock formation very popular with the photographers. Across the street from this, is another open park area and plenty of cafes to enjoy a before-dinner drink or a full aperitivo. We ended up enjoying a glass of "rucolino" the regional arugula-flavored liqueur and then went for a dinner at the Pizzeria Sirenella.It was a lovely evening, made even better by the waterfront walk. Close
A big inspiration for our recent trip to the Italian island of Ischia came from my favorite film, "The Talented Mr. Ripley". As soon as we arrived I immediately recognized several places and was ready to start our self-guided "film locations tour". Most of these…Read More
A big inspiration for our recent trip to the Italian island of Ischia came from my favorite film, "The Talented Mr. Ripley". As soon as we arrived I immediately recognized several places and was ready to start our self-guided "film locations tour". Most of these locations are situated on the waterfront of this gorgeous island.Several locations are in other parts of Italy which we've visited already (Rome, Anzio, Naples), but one of the main settings was on Ischia (which in the film was named as the fictional town of "Mongibello"). Just down the road from our hotel was the star of Ischia Ponte: the Castello Aragonese. This castle on a rock was the backdrop for many of the scenes during the main part of the film when they're in "Mongibello".When Tom first arrives in "Mongibello" we see him meet up with Dickie and Marge on a crowded beach. After some research I found out that this was the private beach "Bango Antonio" which was farther up the shore than I'd imagined. Still, just a leisurely stroll later, and we had arrived. It was our first full day in Ischia, and the morning was a bit overcast, so we used it to wander around. Since it wasn't time for bathing suits quite yet, we sat at the little bar/restaurant for a caffe while we watched just a couple people meandering through the beach chairs. Later we headed back towards the Castello and found the building which stood in as Dickie's house. The villa "Palazzo Malcovati" is a private residence, and juts out into the sea interrupting the walkway along the water's edge. On the side facing the Castello is the balcony where many of the patio scenes took place.On the more northern side is the balcony where Tom, Dickie, and Marge stood while watching the "Festival of the Madonna" celebrations. This small cove seemed much smaller in real life, but I recognized it immediately.Finally, we headed over to the neighboring island of Procida (just about 15 min by boat) where the in-town scenes were filmed. This is also the main location of the popular Italian film "Il Postino". It's quite a small island, and we walked from the main boat harbor to the southern end of the village, Corricella, where we passed the Piazza dei Martiri where most of the scenes were shot. It was surprising how many of the locations (Silvana's market stand, bocce ball court, steep road where Tom and Dickie walk and ride scooters) were all within feet of each other. I really just stood in one spot and took photos while I turned in different directions. We've done these "film tours" on other trips (Amelie in Paris, plenty of movies in NYC, etc) and they're always very interesting to see the places in person. If anyone is familiar with the film "The Talented Mr. Ripley", I'm sure they'd love finding these places around Ischia! Close
With 34 km worth of coastlines, and the majority of the island's villages sitting alongside the shoreline, it's hard not to be in view of the Mediterranean at all times. The beaches are varied from sandy and powdery to pebbly and rocky. Some parts of…Read More
With 34 km worth of coastlines, and the majority of the island's villages sitting alongside the shoreline, it's hard not to be in view of the Mediterranean at all times. The beaches are varied from sandy and powdery to pebbly and rocky. Some parts of the coastline are sheer cliffs dropping straight down into the water, while others offer spacious sand. There are plenty of private areas to explore, and caves are often found by boaters against the rocky walls.A few of the days we were there, we checked out a handful of different coastlines. Our first full day we walked around the shoreline in Ischia Ponte where we were staying and admired all the striped buildings of the private beach "clubs". This is a very common idea in Italy (and is very different from any beach experience I've had in the States), where the majority of the known beaches are private instead of the open public spaces. Normally, the beach guests pay a daily fee for entrance to the protected beach area of a specific club. With the fee comes a private area with beach chairs and umbrella, and most "clubs" have bathrooms, showers, and changing areas as well as an open-air snack bar. Besides the fact that most all of the clubs were decorated in bold stripe patterns which I loved, it was so interesting seeing all the textures from the small fishing boats pulled on to the shore. It was still early in the day (and a bit overcast) when we initially checked out the beach near our hotel, so it was a good juxtaposition to see it quite still and empty contrasted with later in the day when it warmed up and bodies filled the beach chairs.Of the other times we've spent on Italian beaches, we've just visited public spaces, but it was really nice this time to try out a private beach. Our hotel had a deal with "Bango Mario" for a small discount on the daily fee. I do think that it's completely worth the 7€ fee to have the sand raked and cleaned through the day, chairs set up for you, and facilities close at hand. When we arrived the attendant escorted us to our chairs and opened the umbrella. Although we live on the ocean, it's still nice to be in completely different scenery - and every time I opened my eyes and saw the Castello Aragonese just off-shore I smiled. Close
Written by hannible04 on 09 Oct, 2004
Forio is the second major town of Ischia according to population number and importance. It stretches between two promontories, Punta Caruso (at Zaro) and Punta Imperatore, between the most beautiful beaches on the island and into the metallic green of the vineyards, which cover the…Read More
Forio is the second major town of Ischia according to population number and importance. It stretches between two promontories, Punta Caruso (at Zaro) and Punta Imperatore, between the most beautiful beaches on the island and into the metallic green of the vineyards, which cover the slopes of Mount Epomeo, descending into a scene of incomparable beauty. Forio covers 13 square kilometres and has a population of 12,638 inhabitants; it ranges from 0km above sea level to 700km in the Falanga areas. It is divided into the hamlets of Forio and Panza with other peripheral villages (Monterone, Cuotto, and Citara).
It is the only town which has preserved its entire historical centre with its tiny streets, churches, sighting towers, and monuments - all of which are unaltered from their original construction. The main monuments are: the church of Soccorso (pictured on one of the Italian stamps) dedicated to Santa Maria della Neve; the Torrione (big tower); the church of San Francesco da Paola; the church of Arciconfraternita' of Santa Maria delle Grazie, known as Visitapoveri; the Basilica Pontificia S. Maria di Loreto; the church of San Vito, and the parish church of S Leonardo Abate and S Maria al Monte. You should visit the exotic garden of villa Gancia, the garden of Lady Walton; the troglodyte house dug into a mass of tufa; and the spa gardens, Poseidon.
If Ischia town is considered to be the business centre of the island, Forio is probably the cultural one. In the 1950s, it was an international meeting place for show business personalities (Luchino Visconti, Pierpaolo Pasolini, Sir William Walton, Eduardo De Filippo, Liz Taylor, and Richard Burton), writers (Elsa Morante, Alberto Moravia, Renato Guttuso, Auden, Pablo Neruda), politicians (Pietro Nenni), the jet-set crowd (Jacqueline Kennedy, Aristotle Onassis), and many others.
The wavy shoreline of Forio allows bathing not just from the beaches, but also from other more secluded spots. You can easily get to Zaro or to the only Bay of Sorgeto near Panza, which, due to its hot water wells, is the favorite place in any season for a midnight dip.
Written by Villadon on 25 Feb, 2005
We caught the overnight train to Naples and Ischia (an island in the Bay of Naples pronounced EES-KEE-YAH). After we arrived Naples (at the Napoli Centrale Station), we took a 45-minute walk to the Port of Molo Beverello and then a 1.25-hour ferry journey…Read More
We caught the overnight train to Naples and Ischia (an island in the Bay of Naples pronounced EES-KEE-YAH). After we arrived Naples (at the Napoli Centrale Station), we took a 45-minute walk to the Port of Molo Beverello and then a 1.25-hour ferry journey to Ischia. Our first glimpses of Naples was litter everywhere, scooter riders darting here and there in the traffic, honking horns constantly, traffic chaos, and parking in every conceivable spot, no matter where. We tried crossing the roads and just had to take a deep breath and walk - no rules.
Ischia is interesting, with houses built up the sides of every hill, and it has been renowned as a place to come for the thermal waters since the Roman times. Our resort has a swimming pool and a Jacuzzi with thermal waters piped in (#2256 – not ideal, but okay). Not a lot of English is spoken, but there were surprisingly a lot of German tourists, with menus in Italian and German. We awoke on our first morning to the sound of gunfire, but it was the just the locals hunting wild doves in the woods nearby. Ischia Porto is nice, with lots of little streets opening into plazas lots of shops, cafés, etc. We had lots of pasta and ice cream.
We spent another wonderful day looking around Pompeii and caught the Circumvesuviana train from Napoli Centrale, passing Mt. Vesuvius, and then going on to Pompeii. This was such an experience. The city dates back to the 6 or 7th century AD; was badly damaged by a violent earthquake 62AD; and then on 24 August 79AD, was buried under ash and rock. This has been an ongoing excavation site since 1748, and it still continues to be one today, with a lot still remaining to excavate. It was an advanced civilization, especially in the arts, with a lot of painting still remaining on interior walls of the houses. You can still see the wheel tracks worn into the stone roadways. So great! Next time I would also like to visit Herculanium nearby.
Another day we set off on the 40-minute ferry to the island of Capri. This is much smaller in area than Ischia but where all the beautiful people holiday. There were lots of white houses on the sides of hills again. There were also great views from Anacapri in the hills and Porto Capri on the coast.
We decided to spend Saturday looking around Napoli and investigated Museo Archologico Nazionale to see their world-class, exquisite treasures from Pompeii.
Rome is just under a 2-hour train journey from Naples.
Written by travel2000 on 31 Oct, 2000
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…Read More
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 colours-I've collected 3 already!
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…Read More
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 colors.
There are some boutiques and shoe stores. I found the prices higher than in Naples, but the styles were up to date and very wearable. There are many name brand stores here-I bascially just window shopped those.
Also remember, when in Italy, remember to get the receipt! For any purchases however small! Close
Written by sara e sergio on 02 Dec, 2008
The month of October my boyfriend and I went to relax on one magic Island call Ischia .There, We found a nice relaxed and very familiar place "RESIDENCE BAIA Di SORGETO self catering apartaments",via fumerie 29 Forio. where we meet Peppino e Rosa…Read More
The month of October my boyfriend and I went to relax on one magic Island call Ischia .There, We found a nice relaxed and very familiar place "RESIDENCE BAIA Di SORGETO self catering apartaments",via fumerie 29 Forio. where we meet Peppino e Rosa Thea the owners , friendly and nice people ready to give all information . We found a cosy atmosphere there, the room was cleaning and big confortable and well equipped .It was fantastic spending our time to swimming in the hot themal water of the pool. We really really had a good time .Ischia e Baia Sorgeto are a very magic place to unwind ourself and spend your holiday .... thank you Peppino e Rosa Close