10 Things to Do in Isola d'Ischia That You Shouldn't Miss

September 14, 2017 Marissa Gamble

The largest and many say most beautiful island in the Bay of Naples, Ischia is renowned for its curative spas. Ferries and hydrofoils connect Naples to Ischia Porto, the main town. Nearby at Ischia Ponte (connected to the main island by a foot bridge) are the magnificent Castello Aragonese and Guevara Tower. Forio on the island’s west coast, Lacco Ameno in the northwest and Sant’Angelo in the south are the liveliest resort towns. Casamicciola Terme in the north is one of Europe’s oldest spas.
Restaurants in Isola d'Ischia

1. Giardini La Mortella

Via Francesco Calise 39, 80075 Forio, Isola d'Ischia, Italy +39 081 986220
Excellent
79%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Giardini La Mortella

La Mortella is the wonderful mediterranean and tropical garden developed by Susana Walton, the argentinian wife of the British composer Sir William Walton. It is located in Forio (Ischia) and can be visited on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 9 am to 7 pm, from April through late October. Guided visits in the winter months - booking by telephone required.

Reviewed By christine t - Angmering, United Kingdom

Do not miss visiting this fabulous garden!!! Oh my goodness..even if you are not a plant person, this garden will excite you! It is packed full of the most amazing collection of beautiful plants, little intriguing pathways, Fountains, interesting fun sculptural pieces and all on a hillside, so plenty of steps and twisty turny pathways and every step demands you look at another amazing leaf shape, or colourful flower or shadow cast by overlapping shapes....a photographers paradise!! And then, there is a tea room, offering Fortnum and Mason tea!!! At very reasonable prices!! Do go into the music room..we were treated to a practice recital, piano and violin and it was a few moments of reflective calm! Such an amazing garden....wonderful!

2. Castello Aragonese

80077, Ischia, Isola d'Ischia, Italy +39 081 992834
Excellent
70%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 4 reviews

Castello Aragonese

Reviewed By Sonia T

We enjoyed the history, conservation and restoration of this monument. The views were fantastic.

A freshly squeezed orange juice was made that was much appreciated.
Gift shop was stocked with lovely items made by local craftsmen.
Torture chamber items were shocking and a reminder of our not too distant brutal past.
Profits are used to fund ongoing restorations.

3. Monte Epomeo

Isola d'Ischia, Italy
Excellent
69%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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4.5 based on 318 reviews

Monte Epomeo

Reviewed By JudyMarmite - Bushey, United Kingdom

A couple in our fifties and fairly fit we chose an easy way up and more challenging way down. We got the bus from Forio to Fontana and then walked the 3k to the summit. Stunning views on the way up and at the top. The cafe at the top is reasonably priced with unparalleled views. We then descended by foot down a path/road less travelled back to Forio, which took three and a half hours. It was breathtaking, if a little hard on our old joints. Take plenty of water.

4. Sant'Angelo (Serrara Fontana)

Isola d'Ischia, Italy
Excellent
67%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Sant'Angelo (Serrara Fontana)

Reviewed By ccws50 - Ferndown, United Kingdom

Attractive southern resort of Ischia. Visible from quite a distance on the windy approach road.
Parking is up the hill (for coaches) about 10 minutes walk from the resort. Whilst only small it has most things a beach resort needs.
Nice shops, cafes and restaurants abound. Private pay Beaches are to the right and free public to the left.
Worth a visit whilst on the island. Serviced by the public buses CD & CS regularly.

5. Chiesa del Soccorso

Via Gaetano Morgera, Forio, Isola d'Ischia, Italy
Excellent
61%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Chiesa del Soccorso

Reviewed By skeggybaby - Northampton

This little church is so modest compared to the magnificent churches we visited on Ischia and nearby. But it's lovely, so quiet and peaceful. As for the setting, it's just unique. If you are lucky you will see it dressed in white flowers for a wealthy wedding. It featured in the film Avanti one of my favourites so it had a special meaning.

6. Giardini Ravino

Via Provinciale Panza 140b | Fermata Via Bocca, 80075 Forio, Isola d'Ischia, Italy +39 081 997783
Excellent
62%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 419 reviews

Giardini Ravino

This year, among the highlights of new openings in Ischia, we recommend an original garden worth visiting. Open only a few days a week, the garden offers a fascinating walk through a variety of exotic and local vegetation. On display, among water streams, is an impressive collection of cacti and other plants that look like natural sculptures - a collection gathered over 30 years which is a must see for any any garden fan.

Reviewed By nicascc - Brindisi, Italia

If you are in Ischia you must visit this place where you can find a wonderfull selection of cactus and others plants. You can test a cocktail non alcoolic that is Made with natural products, fruits juce and cactus juce, the tomato and cactus pasta is very good.

7. Nitrodi Hot Springs

Via Pendio Nitrodi, 80070 Barano d'Ischia, Isola d'Ischia, Italy +39 081 990528
Excellent
52%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 438 reviews

Nitrodi Hot Springs

The Park of the Spring of Nitrodi offers a hydro-aromatherapy trail which thanks to the direct contact with aromatic and officinal plants boosts the effects of the water. After having drunk the water and taken a shower, visitors can go for a walk in the Park and stop in the specially organised hydro-aromatherapy areas.

Reviewed By Lori G - Monroe, New York, United States

The most amazing place ever! It was totally relaxing, and I physically felt the effects of the healing waters. I highly recommend! I also highly recommend the Cantina restaurant at the entrance of the Fonte delle Ninfe. The small family owned restaurant has some of the best food I had during my entire stay in Italy!
http://www.fonteninfenitrodi.com/en/

8. Baia di Sorgeto

Via Sorgeto, 80075 Panza, Isola d'Ischia, Italy
Excellent
53%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 943 reviews

Baia di Sorgeto

Reviewed By Michael G

Thought I'd better cover a few points not really mentioned.
We got off at St Angelo and made our way down to get the water taxi,except the guy wouldn't take us as it has dangerous rock he said..We presumed we'd maybe hit it at low tide?!So,possibly check that if you're relying on the water taxi.My advice would be to get off in Panza,the village before St Angelo.The Springs are well sign posted from the main road,so you shouldn't get lost.It's a long walk down there,and of course,you have to come back up!
Bus tickets you buy from a bar or a shop BEFORE you get on the bus.We asked about buses from the tourist info when we got off the ferry,but they neglected to mention this!
A local,who mostly all seemed to be very friendly and helpful,pointed this out to us.You stamp the ticket in a machine when you get on the bus,but we only saw a few people do it,and the driver wasn't bothered about checking.
I was a bit non plussed on the Springs.As has been mentioned in some of the reviews,getting room in the pools can be quite difficult,and some of them are too hot to get into.The rocks are slippy and it was quite nice when we did get in one,but I didn't think it was worth the overall cost and effort to get there!

9. Baia di San Montano

Lacco Ameno, Isola d'Ischia, Italy
Excellent
52%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 765 reviews

Baia di San Montano

Reviewed By vantashtik - Crowborough, United Kingdom

This used to be private beach with a very small 'public' area but now has been divided into three sections.The far right is now Negombo, middle section has now been concessione doff to hotels and the far left sectionis 'public' (free) Was only seen with a handful of umbrellas but now coveerd like so many on the Mainland. Also the hotel concession area has inferior sunbeds that do not have a head shade or multiple positioning backs like the ones next door in Negombo. The pric efor two beds and umbrella is still good valu and half the price of Beaches in Liguria. There is also a new 'public' area snack bar area under sails which sevrves the worse cup of coffee I have ever tasted in Italy. It is a fantastic beach, beautiful sand, very shallow walk out to sea (200yds plus and still only chest deep). No stones/rocks/weeds underfoot-beautifully clean and clear.

10. Cava Grado Beach

80070 Sant'Angelo, Serrara Fontana, Isola d'Ischia, Italy
Excellent
43%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
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4 based on 231 reviews

Cava Grado Beach

Reviewed By tfizzle - Portland, Oregon

We went to this beach by walking up from Sant Angelo and their Beaches. Less expensive to rent a chair and umbrella. A couple of vendors selling food and massages on the beach. Beware of jellyfish (medusa) as they sting. This can be a little bit of a hike though but a family can make it.

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