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Ischia is an unforgettable island whose charming scenery has inspired countless poets and authors. Going on holiday in Ischia means discovering its many wonders day after day, from the enchanting blue of the surrounding sea to the island's architectural gems and the coasts near the Gulf of Naples and the Sorrento Peninsula.

Ischia is the largest of the Phlegraean Islands, so it's a great idea, especially for couples, to rent a scooter to explore every part of the island. Alternatively, the local bus service is excellent, although buses can be quite crowded, especially in the summer. Private vehicles are subject to strict restrictions and limited circulation during peak months. Throughout the year, various strong>Ischia holiday packages are on offer thanks to the island's mild climate, which has made it one of Italy's most desirable holiday destinations all year round. There's much to see in Ischia, so the length of your stay should allow enough time for everything. Begin your visit at the Villa Arbusto Museum and explore eight different rooms that take you through the island's history. You can see archaeological findings from the Neolithic, Classic and Roman ages, mostly found at the nearby Santa Restituta Excavation site. Both places offer a journey into the past, but also explore the present, with an exposition area dedicated to the life of Angelo Rizzoli. Islanders owe him a great deal, as he was the first to realise the island's wonderful potential for tourism.

The town of Ischia itself is another great starting point for discovering the island's architectural gems. From the port, continue along the Riva Destra, turn onto Via Roma and then onto Corso Vittoria Colonna to reach the characteristic borough of Ischia Ponte. This walk reveals the island's pleasant mix of styles, contexts and locations. The Riva Destra is a great place to have fun. This is a real hot spot in summer. On the right side of the port, it offers a great variety of pubs, cafés, taverns, restaurants and pizzerias. The most popular spots include Il Cappuccino, Life, and Molo 18. There's an ample selection of restaurants and taverns, but if you love live traditional Neapolitan music, then Taverna Vecchia Napoli or Il Giardino degli Aranci will be right up your street. Heading up Via Roma and Corso Vittoria Colonna, past endless boutiques and designer clothing shops, you can find Valentino in Corso Vittoria Colonna (discotheque and live music, open after midnight), Harem or Molo 18 facing the port, and Ecstasy in Piazzetta dei Pini amongst many others.

The characteristic borough of Ischia Ponte is a must-see for those who enjoy the unique style of Mediterranean architecture. It is an intricate sequence of buildings, one atop the other, without any kind of city plan or design except for certain precise aesthetics. At the end of the borough, connected to dry land by a jetty of curved stone, stands the majestic Aragonese Castle, the most famous symbol, and perhaps postcard image, of the island. At the top you'll find the loggia of the Santa Maria Assunta Cathedral, where you can enjoy breathtakingly beautiful views of Ischia. Well suited to young couples and newly-weds due to the Riva Destra's night-life, it's best to head to Ischia Ponte in the late afternoon. You can avoid the hottest hours of the day relaxing in one of the restaurants or pizzerias, enjoying a typical dish and a romantic sunset.

Ischia is world famous for its hot spring spas. The Giardini Poseidon in Forio , at the end of the Bay of Citara, is one of the most famous, biggest and beautiful in Europe. Inside it has everything: pools of various temperatures, natural saunas, waterfalls, well equipped health spas offering mud baths and facials. Other great spa parks include Negombo in Lacco Ameno and Castiglione in Casamicciola . Forio is the island's largest municipality, with an urban layout reminiscent of an ancient stronghold. Piazza San Gaetano is the town's gathering point, and the majestic Torrione , the largest of the many stone defensive towers can be admired for many miles around.

In terms of festivals and celebrations, Ischia leaves nothing to be desired. The most celebrated festivity is 26 July, the Festival of Sant'Anna . On the stroke of midnight there are fireworks and audiences will be mesmerised by the spectacular simulation of the Aragonese Castle fire. The Festival of Santa Restituta , a religious event in May, and the Festival of San Michele in September, with fireworks and parades over land and sea, are also worth seeing. This is just a small preview of what the island has to offer, and the fact that so many tourists fall in love with this place and return year upon year, means it's definitely worth organising a last minute holiday to Ischia.

Where to stay in Ischia

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Ischia Porto

4.5/5Wonderful!(50 area reviews)

Travellers come to Ischia Porto for its waterfront views, and you can see top attractions like Ischia Port and Aragonese Castle while you're in town.

Ischia Porto

Top hotels in Ischia

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Grand Hotel Il Moresco & Spa
Grand Hotel Il Moresco & Spa
5 out of 5
Via Emanuel Gianturco, 16, Ischia, Naples
The price is £323 per night

Located in Ischia Porto, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Campanian Archipelago, Ischia Port and Aragonese Castle. Gulf of Gaeta and Via Vittoria ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (34 reviews)

"Absolutely faultless. Staff fantastic, loacation great."…"

Reviewed on 23 Jun 2019

Grand Hotel Il Moresco & Spa
Hotel Regina Palace Terme
Hotel Regina Palace Terme
4 out of 5
Via Edgardo Cortese, 18, Ischia
The price is £143 per night

Located in Ischia Porto, this beach hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Campanian Archipelago, Ischia Port and Aragonese Castle. Via Vittoria Colonna and Piazza ...

4/5Very Good! (84 reviews)

"Sicuramente, la cortesia e gentilezza dello staff merita una menzione. In particolare, il signor Gianni è di un'educazione e disponibilità di altri tempi. E' un peccato che la proprietà non effettui dei lavori di ammodernamento perchè la posizione della struttura è centrale rispetto al passeggio ..."…"

Reviewed on 13 Jul 2020

Hotel Regina Palace Terme
Albergo Atlantic
Albergo Atlantic
3 out of 5
Via Leonardo Mazzella 28, Ischia, NA
The price is £123 per night

Located in Ischia Porto, this beach hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Campanian Archipelago and Aragonese Castle. Ischia Port is 1.3 mi (2 km) away.

3.9/5Very Good! (14 reviews)

"The place is clean and location is decent - quiet street, close to the city center (half an hour walk to the port though, but there is a bus just around the corner). Old furniture in rooms. Staff doesn't speak any English. They were very nice though."…"

Reviewed on 8 Sep 2019

Albergo Atlantic

Popular places to visit in Ischia

Ischia Port
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Ischia Port

4.5/5(39 reviews)

Enjoy a drink on a terrace beside the water, organize a boat trip, or just watch the comings and goings at the main port of the beautiful little island of Ischia.

Aragonese Castle
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Aragonese Castle

4.5/5(39 reviews)

Tear yourself away long enough from snorkeling and relaxing in the thermal spas of Ischia to explore this gem of a medieval fortress on a rocky islet in the Bay of Naples.

Via Vittoria Colonna
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Via Vittoria Colonna

Walking through the towns is an excellent way to discover the soul of Italy. Saunter down this street filled with atmosphere, attractions and shopping.

Associazione Nemo - Snorkeling
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Associazione Nemo - Snorkeling

Explore the wonders of the underwater world at Ischia’s major snorkel club, or join a walking or canoeing tour for a different perspective of the sea.

Pescatori Beach
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Pescatori Beach

Why not spend a care-free afternoon at Pescatori Beach during your travels in Ischia Porto? Wander the waterfront in this relaxing area.

Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta
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Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta

Bask in the serenity and the bright interior of this elegant cathedral near the water’s edge in Ischia Ponte.

Top things to do in Ischia

Ischia & La Mortella Day Trip from Sorrento
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Ischia & La Mortella Day Trip from Sorrento

£72
Per adult
Dining experience at a local's home in Ischia
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Dining experience at a local's home in Ischia

£77
Per adult
Day Trip to Ischia Island with Lunch from Naples
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Day Trip to Ischia Island with Lunch from Naples

£59
Per adult
Ischia Relaxing Private Boat Excursion from Amalfi
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Ischia Relaxing Private Boat Excursion from Amalfi

£1,390
Per adult
Private Boat Cruise Around Beautiful Ischia and Procida
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Private Boat Cruise Around Beautiful Ischia and Procida

£1,265
Per adult
Round-Trip Shuttle Transfer from Naples to Pompeii
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Round-Trip Shuttle Transfer from Naples to Pompeii

£23
Per adult

Reviews of Ischia

4.7

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

11 Oct 2019

Ischia was lovely! Not as touristy as Amalfi Coast/Capri. Beautiful relaxed vibe and great food.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

23 Sep 2019

Authentic Italian island, friendly locals and easily accessible, street music created great atmosphere in the evening, finishing at a reasonable time, however dog fouling should be addressed

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

13 Sep 2019

Ischia was stunning and will definitely return to the island to spend more time exploring the different towns and villages

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

11 Aug 2019

Go soon before HBO fever hits with season 2 Ferante

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

4 Aug 2019

Ischia is not an Island, it is an emotion (see the film Avanti, Jack Lemon and Juliet Mills, to understand the meaning if this).

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

1 Jul 2019

New to me La Mortella - spent whole day loved it - and great staff in restaurant/shop + fair prices. Procida also loved especially Abbey (lovely volunteer staff) and fishing village (ex lunch) and I did round island boat trip on Sea Breeze also vg

Cities near Ischia

Barano d'Ischia

Barano d'Ischia

Casamicciola Terme

Casamicciola Terme

Ischia Ponte

Ischia Ponte