Forio is the second largest municipality, by population and importance. It stretches between two promontories, Punta Caruso (at Zaro) and Punta Imperatore, between the considered most beautiful beaches of the island and in the metallic green of the vines, which from Mount Epomeo, descending into a scene of incomparable beauty. Forio has an area of ??13 square kilometers with a population of about 12,500 inhabitants and its altitude ranges from 0 meters above sea level to 700 in the Falanga areas. It is divided into the hamlets of Forio and Panza with other peripheral villages (Monterone, Cuotto, Citara).
And ‘the only town which has preserved its old town with narrow streets, churches, towers and monuments unchanged in their structure. Main monuments: the church of Soccorso (pictured on one of the Italian stamps) dedicated to Santa Maria della Neve, the Tower, the church of San Francesco da Paola, the church of the Arch of Santa Maria delle Grazie that Visitapoveri, Basilica Pontificia S. Maria Loreto, St Vitus’s Church, the parish church of San Leonardo Abate, S. Maria al Monte.
If Ischia is the island’s commercial center, Forio is probably the cultural one. In the 50 was an international meeting place for show men (Luchino Visconti, Pierpaolo Pasolini, Sir William Walton, Eduardo De Filippo, Liz Taylor and Richard Burton), culture (Elsa Morante, Alberto Moravia, Renato Guttuso, Auden, Pablo Neruda ), politics (Pietro Nenni) and the jet-set (Jacqueline Kennedy, Aristotle Onassis) and many others.
The coast of Forio, with its continuous recesses and protrusions, allows bathing not just from the beaches, but also in secluded places. With little effort you can get to Zaro or, in Panza, the only Bay of Sorgeto that for the presence of hot water wells, is, in any season, for its superb location for a “bath night”.
Church of S. M. Del Soccorso
Citara Beach, and Poseidon Thermal Gardens