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Ischia is a volcanic island in the Tyrrhenian Sea. It lies at the northern end of the Gulf of Naples, about 30 kilometres (19 miles) from the city of Naples. It is the largest of the Phlegrean Islands. Ischia is the name of the main comune of the island.

Main sights

Castello Aragonese
Lacco Ameno
S. Angelo d'Ischia
Ancient gardens of “La Mortella”.

Aragonese Castle

The Aragonese Castle (Castello Aragonese, Ischia Ponte) was built on a rock near the island in 474 BC, by Hiero I of Syracuse. At the same time, two towers were built to control enemy fleets' movements. The rock was then occupied by Parthenopeans (the ancient inhabitants of Naples). In 326 BC the fortress was captured by Romans, and then again by the Parthenopeans.

The gardens of La Mortella , located in Forio-San Francesco, were originally the property of English composer William Walton.

Giardini Ravino is a botanical garden with one of the richest collection of cacti and succulents cultivated outdoors in Europe. Giardini Ravino has been the subject of an award from the OPE (European Parliamentary Observatory) for the most ecofriendly property in South Italy. e CS, #1 or #2 bus routes.

Villa La Colombaia is located in Lacco Ameno and Forio territories. Surrounded by a park, the villa (called "The Dovecote") was made by Luigi Patalano, a famous local socialist and journalist. It is now the seat of a cultural institution and museum dedicated to Luchino Visconti. The institution promotes cultural activities such as music, cinema, theatre, art exhibitions, workshops, and cinema reviews. The villa and the park are open to the public.


    Sant'Angelo (Sant'Angelo, in the comune of Serrara Fontana)
    Maronti Beach (Barano d'Ischia)
    Church of the Soccorso' (Forio)
    Bay of Sorgeto, with hot thermal springs (Panza)
    Poseidon Gardens - spa with several thermal pools (Panza)
    Citara Beach (Panza)
    English's Beach (Ischia)
    Pitthekoussai Archaeological museum[11]
    The Angelo Rizzoli museum[11]

The main industry is tourism, centering on thermal spas that cater mostly to European (especially German) and Asian tourists eager to enjoy the fruits of the island's natural volcanic activity, its hot springs, and its volcanic mud.

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