Ischia town – attractive capital of Ischia island

Ischia is the main city of the Italian island with the eponymous name – Ischia. It is divided into two parts – the historic one is called Ischia Ponte and industrial one is Ischia Porto.

The city, which is situated on the east coast of the island, is home to about 16,000 inhabitants. Both parts of this city are very attractive.

View of Ischia from Castello Aragonese, Campania, Italy
View of Ischia from Castello Aragonese, Campania by Mark

Ischia Porto

Ischia Porto is, as it is apparent from its name, built around a port which has great importance for the island. It is the largest port on the island, which makes Ischia city to become an important trading center.

Ischia Porto is also an important social and administrative center of the island. This port was in ancient times a flooded volcanic crater that was in 1854 connected with the sea by the channel.

Ischia Porto is now very modern and quite lively part of the city. A major city’s attractions are the typical fish restaurants in the harbor and shopping street Via Roma or Corso Vittorio Colonna.

Ischia town, Ischia island, Italy
Ischia town, Ischia island, Italy by Chiara Marra

Ischia Ponte

Ischia Ponte is the older part of the town and its name could be translated as “Ischian bridge”. Originally a fishing village has grown into fairly large city that still retains its old Italian character.

The most important monument here is Castello Aragonese situated on a rocky outcrop in the city center. It was built in the 14th century and served as a fortress to defend the city from pirates.

Castello Aragonese, Ischia, Italy
Castello Aragonese, Ischia Ponte, Campania by Rolf Cosar

You should not miss a visit to this castle. In addition to the castle there is also a cathedral, Michelangelo Tower, the Church of Madonna delle Grazie or attractive sea museum.

Very interesting can also be a visit to the factory of perfume or a tour of the old aqueduct. Ischia Ponte is a great place for those loving historical sites, nature as well as swimming.

Castello Aragonese, Ischia Ponte, Campania, Italy
Castello Aragonese, Ischia Ponte, Campania by Jimmy Harris

Between Ischia Porto and Ischia Ponte is situated pine grove that was planted on the original black lava field. The field is called Lava dell’Arso and is stretched up to the beach.

Capital of Ischia island also provides a wonderful swimming. Long coastline offers excellent conditions for lounging, as well as the many kinds of water sports. One of the very high quality and popular beach is Spiaggia dei Pescatori or Cartaromana, where hot springs bubble directly up into the sea.

Cartaromana bubbles, Ischia, Campania, Italy
Cartaromana bubbles, Ischia, Campania by Flavia Brandi

From the port of Ischia, you can go for interesting boat trips. A unique experience for everyone will surely be a visit to the neighboring island of Capri, Amalfi coast or Naples. Another option is to go to Pompeii, Mount Vesuvius and Monte Epomeo. You can also take a bus or boat and take a round trip around the island.

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