Ischia is an ‘island with great cultural traditions and countless religious festivals that are celebrated especially in summer.
In the Easter period they are suggestive of Good Friday processions that take place between the neighboring island of Ischia and Procida.
A Forio of Ischia there is a procession with scenes of the Passion of Christ
The Monday after Easter or Easter Monday, the island becomes an ideal place for pleasant picnics outdoors or in the mountains or at the Monte Epomeo Rotaro, in the vicinity of the Hotel, or simple table in restaurants that serve local food with wine outstanding (Biancolella, foot and Palumbo).
In June, flower arrangements decorate all of Casamicciola churches.
In July: 26 one of the most beautiful island feasts: the feast of St. Anne in Ischia Ponte, in the evening we witness the parade of colorful boats that follow the image of the Holy and at midnight the most ‘phantasmagoric fireworks the Aragonese Castle.
In August: Feast of St. Alexander with a parade in historical costume from Ischia Ponte to the Port of Ischia.
Every first week of the month Sausage Festival (Saucicciata) and Wine Festival in Serrara Fontana.
On August 15, the whole island is party to honor Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and there are parties and festivals in all the parts of the island. Even the Hotel Internazionale Ischia as tradition organizes Special Lunch Buffet and accompanied by music and dancing.
By our hotel and throughout the island the use of credit cards is accepted (Carta Si, American Express, Diners Club, Visa, Master Card)
They are especially appreciated the many shops for shopping in Via Roma in Ischia Porto. Where you will find shops of local products. The shops, for the most part, are closed between 13:00 and 17:00.
Each Municipality of Ischia has its barracks Carabinieri (112)
The police station is located in Via Casciaro in Ischia Porto (113)
Fire Department (via Mazzela Ischia Porto) 115
First Aid Medical Emergency 118
Pharmacies are frequent in all Island municipalities and shifts are displayed outside.
Ischia also has a accorsato hospital, “Rizzoli” in Lacco Ameno with a place of active Pronto Soccorso 24/24 and with major flagship specialty departments dell’ASLNapoli2nord.
You will also find a number of doctors in the private sphere.
Almost everyone on the island speak and understand the German language.
Banks with ATMs and ATMs are located throughout the island territory.
An ATM a few hundred meters from the Hotel Internazionale Ischia is located within the Market DECO while a couple of KM there is the headquarters of the Banco di Napoli.
Saturday and Sunday work sogli ATMs.
You can book excursions on the island with tourist guide or tour of the island by boat, the Ischia Hotel Internazionale Ischia staff can arrange tours of the picturesque.
If you want you can rent a car or a bike and explore the island on their own, at the reception of ‘hotel we will give you tips to visit the island.
You can also find a car or motorbike at the hotel in the booking in advance maybe sending an email to the hotel staff.
If you want to taste an espresso coffee of the highest level it consists of a blend of 100% Arabica or an extensive “sweet” delicacy you can not fail to visit the Bar Calise, historic bar with several branches that the primary venue in Heroes’ Square, nestled in a pine forest in the evening the Bar Calise is transformed into a meeting place for locals and tourists where you can sip a spritz before dinner or sip a wonderful homemade ice cream listening to good music.
In Lacco Ameno where you can enjoy the view of the famous “mushroom” in Via Roma it is thought to take a good espresso or a cocktail in “The Triangle”
However you’ll be spoiled for choice for bars and clubs scattered anywhere with a high quality of products offered.
Ischia covers an area of ??46 square km and is the largest of the three islands in the Gulf of Naples, has a rich history connected with the history of Naples.
It is 17 nautical miles from Naples about 30 km in a 20 km from the port of Pozzuoli.
The two main ports are Ischia Port of Ischia Porto and Casamicciola Terme.
Although it is the largest one in the Gulf of Naples has a length of only 10 km from east to west and from north to south there are more than 7 km.
Ischia has a landscape and a versatile face. The highest point: the Epomeo is about 790 m. in height,
From the mountains to the center of the island, the scenery tends to the sea and is repeatedly interrupted and crossed by steep and deep gorges that have been eroded by water over thousands of years creating natural terraces in the tuff.
From Forio, to the west, the landscape opens on lush vineyards, while to the east, facing the Gulf of Naples, Ischia shows its urban face with municipalities like Ischia Porto and its various fractions: Bridge, St. Michael, St. antuono and Campagnano with about 20 000 residents.
Thanks to its volcanic origin and the numerous hot mineral springs, the island is one of the largest spas in Europe.
Its excellent geographical location and proximity to the mainland is considered Ischia, not only destination for spa treatments but also wonderful seaside site for nature lovers, hikers, offering a rich and varied program.
typical products of the island Ischia
The island has always been the tradition of wine-making, even today, almost every Ischia has its own small vineyard and this tradition has been passed down from father to son.
Wine is the oldest and most valuable product of the island. To make it more popular were the local producers of large and fine wines: The cellars D’Ambra, Pietratorcia, Perrazzo, Cenatiempo, Di Meglio and Mazzella.
Rich area is also the production of woven wicker baskets that are used to carry the sale vegetables and fruit, and which is also sold as typical products and the flax and hemp embroidery.
Do not forget to taste the bread baked in the traditional wood oven Boccia Ischia Ponte and the famous lemon liqueur: limoncello together with Nocillo and the famous island Rucolino products solely from local raw materials.
I Savastano brothers creating a brand called “Flavors of Ischia” have filled a market gap, creating fragrant essences and refined colognes made with flowers and the island and cosmetics made from plant extracts and thermal mud.
Another typical product is the production of ceramics dating back to the Greek colonization and is now thriving thanks to the help of young artists. The oldest factory, Mennella Pottery, located Casammicciola.
Even in the field of Ischia excels painting with artists like Cup, Petroni, Gabriele Mattera, Mario Mazzella, Macri ‘, Raffaele Iacono known and appreciated painters known in the national art scene.
Ischia, of course, it’s not just tourism. The studies and archaeological research carried out by the great prof. George Buchner (1914 – 2005) and Don Pietro Monti, rector of the Shrine of St. Restituta in Lacco Ameno, fairly reliable hypotheses have emerged about the time when there were the first human settlements on the island. From human nature bones found on the hill of St. Michael and in Campagnano (Ischia), it is found to human presence as early as 3500. C. (Neolithic).
In the 50s of last century, prof. George Buchner brings to light a group of tombs at the foot of the hill of Monte Vico, who certainly “… were part of a necropolis containing at least a thousand graves of the period between the eighth and seventh centuries. “
A Monte Vico also the remains of ancient kilns and many fragments of clay objects have been identified, seems produced in factories built on site by Calcidesi, masters in this type of manufacturing. Considering, then, that in greek means precisely pithoi earthen vessels, many scholars have inferred from quest’etimo why the island of Ischia was formerly known by the name of Pithecusa Pithekussai or even (in the plural). Others argue that the Pithecusa name is of Phoenician and not Greek origin, and derives from “pithecas-and sandes ignem”, that is, the ground strewn with fire, as indeed the recurrence of violence and its various volcanic eruptions were there to witness.
The seismic instability of the area determined the gradual depopulation of the island in favor of Cuma, then celebrated, as we know, erroneously, for decades as the first settlement of Ancient Greece.
In the fourth century. C., Ischia was ceded by the Cumans in Hiero I, tyrant of Syracuse, in exchange for the decisive obtained from these in the war, won, against Tirreni (Etruscans).
Thus he was born a Sicilian island colony and, perhaps, the first nucleus of defense on the rock on which today insists the Aragonese Castle (474 ??a. C. ).
Archived Roman rule, short, but by no means irrelevant, the history of Ischia coincides with the historical evolution of the Kingdom of Naples policy.
Turbulent the Renaissance period with Ischia several times protagonist of successive conflicts between the ruling house Aragonese, first, against the Angevins, then, against the French troops of Charles VIII. In 1464 the son of Alfonso V of Aragon (1396-1458), Ferrante, legitimate heir of the Kingdom of Naples, defeated, after a violent sea battle around the island, the fleet of John of Anjou. In 1495Ferrante II, eldest son of Alfonso II of Aragon, who retired at a time of Castello d’Ischia to escape the entrance in the city of Charles VIII, organized by the Ischia stronghold the first nucleus of resistance against the French invader, entrusting to faithful Innico d ‘Avalos command of Ischia fortress. The resistance of the Aragonese Castle to the French was so stoic that, the following year, Ferrante II in the victorious return to the city of Naples, first wanted to stop again on the island to thank the people and the allied family of the d’Avalos for loyalty demonstrated to the ruling house, just when the advanced maximum of French troops. Even Ludovico Ariosto wanted to celebrate in his “Orlando Furioso” the heroic resistance of the islanders: “You see Carlo eighth descending From the Alps, and with him is fine throughout France, which passes the Uri, and all the kingdom takes, Never stringer sword and spear lower yourself, Except the Rock ch’a Typhon lies on the arms, on the chest and on the belly; That the bad blood of Avolo contrast virtue is the Inico of Vasto. “
However, despite invasions and internal strife the island experienced during the Renaissance also a profound improvement of its socio-cultural conditions. Look for the many privileges granted in acknowledgment of Ferrante II, either by the subsequent presence, we are in the first half of ‘500, the poet Vittoria Colonna, wife of Ferrante d’Avalos, that within the walls of the Castle put on a real their artistic and literary circle, where he had the opportunity to participate, among others, also the great Michelangelo Buonarroti.
In those years, however, the invasions of the Saracens, or Moors as they were called, with their accompanying devastation and looting became more insistent, so much so that the island’s inhabitants, especially those most at risk of Forio farmhouse, in the western part, They felt the need to build a series of “fortified observations”, which would serve as a warning and defense against the Turks violent predators. The complex system of towers and the maze of alleys that unfolds around them is still the architectural figure of this town that stretches from north to south along the western coast of the island.
The Tower, the symbol of Forio, is a pirate watchtower
After the Aragonese was the turn of the Bourbons, which the island is to the realization of many infrastructures are critical for the subsequent development of the territory. Of all, the inauguration of Porto d’Ischia for Ferdinand II hand, in 1854.
It must be said that in those years immediately preceding the advent of the unification of Italy, the Bourbons transformed the Aragonese Castle, the first in a penal colony, then in a political prison where he locked up the Neapolitan supporters of the Risorgimento. In the walls of the Castello Aragonese passed through, prisoners, the likes of Silvio Spaventa caliber, Tullio Pironti, Carlo Poerio and Luigi Settembrini.
The post-unification history of the island of Ischia is the story of the difficulties related to the next two World Wars, with a tremendous toll paid in terms of emigration overseas – the first time in the early ‘900, then after the end of second war – both with the many fallen on the field to serve the Fatherland. Subsequently, since the 50s of last century, the advent of tourism has redeemed the island and its inhabitants from an economy of subsistence alone, linked mainly to the activity peasant, the small business and to a lesser extent to fishery proceeds.