Ischia, the biggest of the Gulf of Naples islands, at about 10 miles from the mainland, is known as the Green Island on account of its rampant Mediterranean vegetation or the Island of Good Health, on account of its thermal springs.
In the most westerly part of the Gulf of Naples, Ischia is the largest Partenopean island. Formed by six districts, Barano, Casamicciola, Forio, Ischia, Lacco Ameno e Serrara Fontana, Ischia has acquired International fame as a tourist destination thanks to its numerous thermal and thermo-mineral springs, result of the island’s volcanic origins. The healing properties of these waters have been known since Roman times.
Sites to visit include the Church del Soccorso, the Church of St. Francesco, the Church of St. Maria di Loreto, the Tower and the Parish Church of St. Vito at Forio. At Ischia tourists should be sure to see the Argon Castle, the Cathedral, the Church of St. Maria di Portosalvo, the Sea Museum, the Museum of Arms, Armours and Instruments of Torture, the Island Museum, the Bishopric, and the Church of St. Pietro a Pantaniello.
At Lacco Ameno one finds the Church della Marina, the Pithecusae Archaeological Museum and the Sanctuary of St. Restituita. At Serra Fontana visitors can see the Church of St. Nicola and the Parish Church of St. Maria della Sacca.
Luxury Boutique Hotels in Ischia
Stay in a luxury hotel in Ischia with Small Luxury Hotels of the World to discover an elegant haven in the Gulf of Naples. You’ll delight in a mountainous isle of boutique fishing ports, hot springs and geranium-filled balconies.
Luxury Ischia beaches
On the southern Spiaggia dei Maronti you can bathe in therapeutic springs and pools carved from the rock. By Spiaggia Citara, explore the manicured beachfront gardens of Giardini Poseidon before relaxing on your sun lounger with a chilled glass of Prosecco. Spiaggia degli Inglesi is accessible either by boat or via a little winding path from St Alexander Hill. The beach is a sheltered sandy cove that’s ideal for swimming.
Luxury things to do in Ischia
Climb the rocky inlet of Ischia Ponte to reach Castello Aragonese, an ancient castle rebuilt in the 1300s after the last eruption of dormant volcano Monte Epomeo. At La Mortella, you’ll discover cascading fountains and 800 different varieties of plants and flowers like yuccas, agaves and camellias. This exclusive garden was created by the composer William Walton out of a former quarry.
On balmy evenings al fresco dining gives way to sweeping views of the Bay of Naples. Savour traditional cuisine like rabbit cooked in a terracotta pan with white wine, garlic and tomatoes. Linguine with deep fried sea-urchins and paranza is another island speciality. Enjoy your meal with Biancolella white wine produced on the fertile slopes of Mount Epomeo. Desserts made from the local citrus infused honey are tangy and sweet.
Book a luxury hotel in Ischia with Small Luxury Hotels of the World to explore romantic ruins and fragrant gardens. As you relax by the pool of your boutique hotel, you can gaze across the sparkling Mediterranean to Mount Vesuvius gloaming on the mainland beyond.