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All you need to know about Ischia


Ischia is also called “the green island” for its rich Mediterranean vegetation. It is a volcanic island in the Tyrrhenian Sea, worldwide famous for its beauty. The cozy fishermen villages, the sandy beaches, the wonderful healthy thermal parks.

Ischia lies at the northern end of the Gulf of Naples, about 30 kilometers (19 miles) from the city of Naples. This island is the largest of the Phlegrean Islands. Roughly trapezoidal, it measures approximately 10 km (6 miles) east to west and 7 km (4 miles) north to south and has about 34 km (21 miles) of coastline and a surface area of 46.3 square kilometers (17.9 sq mi). It is almost entirely mountainous, the highest peak being Mount Epomeo at 788 meters (2,585 feet). The island has a population of over 60,000 people.


Ischia, what to do

Ischia is the name of the main municipality of the island. The others are Barano d’Ischia, Casamicciola Terme, Forio, Lacco Ameno, and Serrara Fontana. You can explore each of them and find out which are the differences!

The main industry is tourism, mainly based on thermal spas that cater to tourists from all countries of the world, eager to enjoy the fruits of the Ischia natural volcanic activity, its hot springs, and its volcanic mud.

In Ischia, you can easily practice many recreational activities and sports, such as:

• Sauna and spa treatment; Excursions by bus and boat; Water sports (swimming, sailing, scuba diving); Excursions on foot and by bicycle (available for hire)
• Visits to museums; Theatre, music, folk;
• Shopping of artifacts and characteristic products;  Typical restaurants (both land and seafood)

Besides you can easily reach Procida, Capri, and Naples from Ischia Porto by ferry or hydrofoil! So an amazing vacation rental in Ischia.


How to get to Ischia

Ischia is situated in the Gulf of Naples in Southern Italy, around 30 kilometers (18 miles) from the nearest city, Naples. Ischia is the biggest island of the Campanian archipelago and especially during July and August is full of tourists. This island has a lot to offer, you can enjoy a day in its marvelous sea and another is climbing Mount Epomeo that has one of the best views over the Gulf of Naples.
Ischia has three ports: Ischia Porto is the main one, where many ferries dock; Casamicciola is located in the North; Forio is the smallest.


How to get to Ischia from Naples

Naples is served by two ports Calata Porta di Massa and Molo Beverello. From Molo Beverello depart high-speed ferries, from Calata Porta di Massa slow and regular ferries. There is a free shuttle between the two ports.


Slow ferry- 12,00€- 90min
Ferry- 16,00€- 65min
High-speed ferry- 18,60€- 50min

To Casamicciola and Forio there are just high-speed ferries from Molo Beverello. The cost is 18-19€ and both take about 60 minutes.

Tickets are sold at the pier. Notice that in the summertime, especially at weekends, it might be crowded, hence it might be better to arrive a little bit earlier to be sure to find the tickets. If you want to avoid the queue you can buy the tickets online on www.traghetti-ischia.info where you can also find the ferry time table. Some ferries stop at Procida before Ischia.


How to get to the ports
Whether you arrive at the airport or the train station there is a bus that leaves every 20 minutes and links all of them.
The Alibus Company bus makes only five stops: Airport, Via Arenaccia, Piazza Garibaldi, Via Marina, Piazza Municipio.
The first stop is outside the terminal 1, at Piazza Garibaldi where the Garibaldi train station is located; the stop of Via Marina allows customers to reach the terminal Porta di Massa (or Varco Pisacane) and the stop Piazza Municipio allows customers to reach the terminal Beverello.
From the Airport to the ports it takes about 40 minutes, while from the train station 15-20 minutes.
The ticket is 4€ and you can buy it on board.

Another option is a taxi. There is also a fixed fare: from the Airport it is 20€, from the train station 10 €


From Mergellina ( Naples )
Naples is served by a third smaller port called Mergellina. This port is closer to Ischia, so the journey is shorter, but there are fewer ferries. To get to the port you can use the second tube line (Metropolitana) or one of the funiculars; they both arrive at Mergellina train station.
If you need to go to Ischia Porto, it takes 45 minutes and it costs 18,70€.
To Forio, it takes about 60 minutes and it costs 18,90€.


How to get to Ischia from Pozzuoli
Pozzuoli is a city and comune of the Metropolitan City of Naples, in the Italian region of Campania.
To get to Pozzuoli from Naples you can use the second tube line or the Cumana train line.
When you go to Ischia Porto, it takes 60 minutes and it costs 11,00€.
To Casamicciola it takes about 60 minutes and it costs about 11,00€.


How to get to Ischia from Sorrento

The port of Marina Piccola, situated in a small cove on the Sorrento Peninsula, is located a few steps from Piazza Tasso in Sorrento.
Getting to Marina Piccola from the train station is very easy, it’s just 12 minutes on foot. Since there are some stairs from Piazza Tasso you should know that there is also an elevator at the Villa Comunale.
The trip to Ischia takes about 60 minutes and it costs 21,20€.


How to get to Ischia from Amalfi, Positano, Capri, and Salerno

From these places, there are ferries only in summertime.
The Alicoast company offers service from Salerno (Molo Manfredi) to Ischia Porto.
The ferry stops at Amalfi, Positano, and Capri.
From Salerno, it takes 2 hours and costs 26,10€.
If you leave from Amalfi, it takes 90 minutes and costs 25,00€.
From Positano, it takes 70 minutes and costs 24,50€.
If you leave from Capri, it takes 50 minutes and costs 18,30€.

From Capri there are also other options:
The NLG company takes 50 minutes and costs 18,30€
The Ischia cruise company also takes 50 minutes but stops at Ischia Porto, Casamicciola, Lacco Ameno and Forio, it costs 16,50€.


How to get to Ischia from Ponza and Ventotene

Those two islands are part of the Pontine archipelago and from June to September the Captain Morgan company operates passenger service on the route Ischia – Ventotene – Ponza.
The service is provided only on Wednesday:
From Ponza 16:45 www.capitanmorgan.it
From Ventotene 17:30

For the return:
Ischia 8.20
Casamicciola Terme 8.35, Lacco Ameno 8:45, Forio 9:00
For other information visit www.capitanmorgan.it

Paradise corner accommodation

Ischia Paradise Corner overlooking the beautiful bay of Cartaromana and the Aragonese castle, boasts a breath-taking view of the Tyrrhenian coast, the Vesuvius and the other islands of the Gulf of Naples. The house is a comfortable vacation rental in Ischia.

The house is part of a small and quiet private property of four villas, ideally located between sea and sky and surrounded by Mediterranean flowers and plants with brilliant colors.
On the spacious front terrace, with sundeck chairs and a table, there are 2 independent front doors, one leading to the living room and one to the main bedroom.
The interior is divided in:
• living room, with a double sofa bed and a self, contained kitchen;
• The main bedroom, a large double room with a self-contained shower bathroom;
There is a second bedroom. This comes with a twin-bedded room with a self-contained shower bathroom.
The house is therefore perfectly suitable for four people but can host up to six.
It is not accessible for wheelchairs, because of the 15+7 steps that separate the street level from the cottage level.
The house is totally and tastefully restored with features and colors typical of this sunny land.
The position, the landscape, the refined furniture make the house a first-class holiday cottage.

Air conditioning: – independent summer/winter devices in all rooms
Kitchen: – gas stove (5 burners)
– coffee makers (gas and electric)
– kettle
– crockery and kitchenware
– dishwasher
– electric oven
– toaster
– barbecue
– fridge
– freezer
– electric blender
Entertainment: – TV set
– CD/DVD player
Communication: – free Internet
– WiFi
– telephone (free local calls)
Linen: – sheets
– pillows
Laundry: – washing machine
– dryer
– iron
– Ironing board
– drying rack
Bathrooms: – 2 showers
– towels
– hairdryer
House cleaning: – available (surcharge)
Parking: – outside (free and fee)


List of bed and breakfast in Ischia

Villa Marinella

Via Castiglione 66 ISCHIA (NA)

+39 081 984244

Web-site: www.villamarinellaischia.it

Villa Fiorentina Bed & Breakfast

Via Cretaio 132 Casamicciola Terme ISCHIA (NA)

+39 081 980234

Web-site: www.hotelvillafiorentina.com

Celestina Bed & Breakfast

Corso Angelo Rizzoli 68 Lacco Ameno, ISCHIA (NA)

+39 081 903048; + 39 392 3137349

Web-site: www.bbcelestina.wix.com/celestina

Villa Raffaela Bed & Breakfast

Via Fundera 112 Lacco Ameno, ISCHIA (NA)

+39 081 3330361 ; +39 320 0247442

Web-site: www.villaraffaelabeb.it

Villa Ravino Bed & Breakfast

Via Ii Mura 1 Forio, ISCHIA (NA)

+39 081 997783

Web-site: www.ravino.it

Villa Patrizia Bed & Breakfast

Baia Di Citara 169  Forio, ISCHIA (NA)

+39 081 907878

Web-site: www.villapatriziaischia.it


5-STAR HOTELS in Ischia

L’Albergo Della Regina Isabella

Piazza Santa Restituta 1, Lacco Ameno, 80076 Ischia

+39 081 99 43 22     Web site www.reginaisabella.com

A unique choice in the world, where the natural environment and the tradition of hospitality come together in a magical mix and rejuvenating for the body, mind, and spirit. The force of the sea and the virtues of hot springs, the solar affability of the hosts, the taste of Mediterranean cuisine, and the search for healthy menus create harmony which gave the Regina Isabella hotel its undisputed prestige. Plus, with the participation of the hotel in the artistic and cultural events of the island, it offers guests charming moments and emotions in every season. In the 50’s Angelo Rizzoli, the famous publisher and film producer, enchanted by the place and tradition of the thermal baths, created the current spa hotel on the homonymous ancient Greek-Roman ruins. Over the years the rooms have framed the happy moments of celebrities such as Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, Charlie Chaplin and Clark Gable, William Holden and Maria Callas, Alberto Sordi, the most famous royals, up to people of culture and art of today.

San Montano Resort & SPA

Via Nuova Montevico 26, Lacco Ameno, 80076 Ischia

+39 081980242     Web site www.sanmontano.com

The excitement is growing at the start of this new season with so many novelties: wonderful Hermes tents elegantly to compliment the brand new Bi-Level Suites, the new “Sunrise rooms”, or the new “Executive Sunset” with a private jacuzzi where to relax and experience amazing sunsets while admiring the views of Ponza and Ventotene.
To launch the 2015 season, the hotel invites its guests to welcome Chef Nando Porcaro, a young culinary master sharing his innovative cuisine based on a mix of local ingredients and a passion for creativity, for an unforgettable authentic and creative Italian meal!
And for the wellness lovers, it announces the opening of the first and only Seaview Spa in Ischia. Come enjoy a massage while admiring the fantastic landscape backed by the glistening blue of the Med! Together with the 6 pools, the natural sauna carved in an original grotto, the open-air massage corner all awaiting you for a memorable holiday on a magic island!

Grand Hotel Il Moresco

Via Emanuele Gianturco 16, Ischia Porto, 80077 Ischia

+39 081 981355      Web site www.ilmoresco.it

Grand Hotel Moresco is an oasis in a small piece of paradise: enclosed by a high lava-stone wall it is plunged in a beautiful century-old pine tree park with gardens and thermal water pools.
Our exclusive location adjacent the elegant shopping street Corso Vittoria Colonna offers you sweeping sea
views of unparalleled beauty over the gulf of Naples.
A unique Mediterranean atmosphere in a luxurious villa furnished with a simple but refined taste with an overall impression of elegance and harmony.

Mezzatorre Resort & Spa

Via Mezzatorre 23, Forio di Ischia, 80075 Ischia,

+39 081 986111     Web site www.mezzatorre.it

Nestled in the green on the sea, the Mezzatorre Resort & Spa hotel is a member of the chain The Leading Hotels of the World, the most exclusive luxury hotels in the world. Mezzatorre Resort & Spa offers 45 rooms and 12 suites, each with its elegant style and all overlooking the sea or the gardens of the park.
There is an outdoor seawater swimming pool, a tennis court, jogging trails, two restaurants, three bars, and a prestigious Spa with three indoor pools, a beauty, and a wellness center. Mezzatorre Resort & Spa Ischia is away from the noise and crowd, but it is possible to reach the romantic village of Forio in a few minutes.

Hotel Miramare e Castello

Via Pontano 5-I Ischia NA

+39 081 991333     Web site www.miramarecastello.alysandyischia.com

The Miramare Castle is located at the entrance of the ancient village of Ischia Ponte, the historical center of the island of Ischia, 200 meters from the “walk” of shops and 1 km from the port. It is an exclusive hotel for elegance, originality, and privacy, with its private beach of fine sand. The Miramare Castle offers a piano bar, sea view terraces, lounges, tea room, roof garden with bar, solarium and two Jacuzzi pools. Two more pools are indoor using the famous and stunning thermo-mineral waters. A Turkish bath in a cave, a gym, a private beach, and a parking area.

Terme Manzi Hotel & Spa

Piazza Bagni, Casamicciola Terme, 80074 Ischia

+39 081 994722     Web site www.termemanzihotel.com

Located in Casamicciola Terme, in the very heart of the island of Ischia, Relais & Chateaux Terme Manzi Hotel & Spa awaits your arrival to provide you with a truly special experience with its thermal Spa, relaxing atmosphere, and superb dining. Your wellness is guaranteed thanks to its great modern spa, which was built around the most famous thermal hot springs on the island of Ischia, the Gurgitiello Springs. After fighting for the unification of Italy, Giuseppe Garibaldi came to the springs to heal his wounds resulting from the battle of Aspromonte.

Grand Hotel Punta Molino Terme

Via Pontano, 36, Ischia Porto, 80077 Ischia

+39 081 99 15 44     Web site www.hotelpuntamolinoischia.com

The Grand Hotel Punta Molino occupies one of the most prestigious areas of the island of Ischia, overlooking the sea and very close to Corso Vittoria Colonna, the exclusive shopping street of Ischia. The property has an architecture that blends in perfectly the scenery outside characterized by dark green pine trees and intensely blue sea with the sophisticated and elegant interiors. A refined and panoramic restaurant offers delicious regional specialties accompanied by some of the most famous national and foreign wines. Multipurpose spaces and advanced technologies make the Grand Hotel Punta Molino one of the most prestigious convention centers providing an accurate and complete organization. With its luxurious surroundings and impeccable service, it is the ideal place for receptions and banquets.

Grand Hotel Excelsior Terme

Via Emanuele Gianturco 19, Ischia Porto, 80077 Ischia

+39 081 991522     Web site www.excelsiorischia.it

A former aristocratic mansion set amidst a luxuriant park by the sea, Grand Hotel Excelsior Terme offers unforgettable views on one of the most beautiful gulfs in the world. The fascination of the once noble dwelling, the secluded beach, the regenerating spa, the fresh and creative cuisine based on the best local ingredients, the short walking distance from Corso Vittoria Colonna, the heart of the island for shopping and elegance, enrich a tradition of exquisite hospitality.


4-STAR HOTELS in Ischia

Hotel San Michele Terme & Spa

Via S. Angelo 60, Sant’Angelo, 80070 Ischia

+39 081 999276     Web site www.hoteltermesanmichele.it

Panorama at 360° degrees and unmatched wellness take the scene at the Hotel Terme San Michele, where the heartbeats to the rhythm of the four elements.
Warm hospitality together with the charm of a typical Mediterranean villa surrounded by a lush garden, are an irresistible invitation for those who love natural tranquility and serenity. The successful combination of maritime tradition and timeless casual elegance with the greatest attention to detail of décor create a welcoming and unique ambiance, the perfect setting for a weekend of pure relaxation, a romantic retreat, or vacation of absolute pure wellbeing.

Park Hotel & Terme Romantica

Via Ruffano 11, Sant’Angelo, 80070 Ischia

+39 081 999216     Web site www.hotelromantica.it

From the architectural point of view, the Park Hotel & Terme Romantica stands out for its numerous buildings forming a harmonious puzzle over a very wide area of 45,000 sqm. A series of bungalows, many one-floor buildings, and some on two floors are well-distributed on the whole area and surrounded by impressive spots of exotic vegetation, enchanting and colored flowerbeds, imposing evergreen trees, panorama terraces and the tempting thirteen swimming pools making up the Romantica Thermal Park. Furthermore, the hotel complex is enriched with equipped sun terraces, the sauna with thermal steam, the nudist terrace, the Fitness Corner TechnoGym™, the Spa Café and the sports fields and equipment: the tennis court, the volley and five-a-side football field, the bowls, the ping pong, the mountain bikes.

Albergo Terme La Reginella

Piazza Santa Restituta,1, Lacco Ameno, 80076 Ischia

+39 081 994300     Web site www.albergolareginella.it

The Albergo Terme La Reginella is a discreet and sheltered hotel situated in one of the most elegant centers on the island, where unrivaled hospitality and atmosphere have been offered to personalities from the show business and the international jet set since the early 1950s when they began visiting Lacco Ameno. The pastel colors of the furnishings and the Neapolitan hand-decorated majolica tiles, combine to create an elegant, fresh, and enjoyable ambiance.

Sorriso Thermae Resort & Spa

Baia di Citara, Via Prov. Panza, 209 – 80075 Forio Ischia,

+39 081 90 72 27     Web site www.sorrisoresort.it

From a consolidated tradition in tourist accommodation, careful attention to every detail, a constant passion in each day’s work comes Sorriso Thermae Resort & SPA the perfect place for a wonderful visit to the island of Ischia, a magical blend of delights, colors, and unmistakable flavors. Overlooking the enchanting Citara Bay and Poseidon Gardens, the hotel is located in Forio, the most attractive and extensive town on Ischia, in an elegant and classy atmosphere, surrounded by Mediterranean gardens and tropical palm trees.

Best Western Hotel Terme Regina Palace

Via Edgardo Cortese, 18 – 80077 Ischia,

+39 081 991344     Web site www.reginapalaceischia.it

The BEST WESTERN Hotel Regina Palace Terme stands at the heart of the bustling shopping center of Ischia main street, just a few steps from the square, but is also completely immersed in the green pinewoods of the island, a charming place that is ideal for reawakening your senses.
Inside the hotel, in addition to the two restaurants: ‘Al Palace’ and ‘La Pergola’, where a particularly refined international cuisine will satisfy even the most demanding palate, you’ll find an American bar, where imaginative delicacies and drinks are served by our barmen while you sit comfortably in the spacious lounges of the hotel or around the spa pool in the garden.

San Valentino Hotel Terme & Spa

Via Leonardo Mazzella,98 – 80077 Ischia,

+39 081982088     Web site www.hotelsanvalentino.it

Typical Mediterranean style, the San Valentino hotel is located in a green and peaceful area adjacent to the beautiful Pine grove of Ischia where you can take a pleasant stroll in your free time.
The Bourbon port, half surrounded by famous clubs and restaurants, and the old Celsi village (Ischia Ponte) are just a few minutes from the hotel on foot, as is the famous Square and Corso Vittoria Colonna, unique with its splendid boutiques and the renowned bars. The local bus stop is very close by to allow guests to tour the island, reaching the most characteristic locations.

Hotel Grazia Terme

Via Borbonica, 2 – 80076 Lacco Ameno Ischia

+39 081 99 43 33     Web site www.hotelgrazia.it

Resort Grazia Terme is situated in a green area of 20,000 square meters and it is surrounded by the beauty of its thermal area. Located in Lacco Ameno, on Borbonica, the most beautiful residential street of the island, the resort offers an overview of the island’s panorama and it is located within a short distance from the historical center, as well as Casamicciola and Forio.
An oasis of wellness with large spaces, gardens, and several thermal water pools.
Your stay will be a unique and unforgettable adventure in the world of well-being, good food, and total relaxation.


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