fountain of Youth

Even the ancient Romans knew to appreciate the thermal waters of Ischia. Probably the best thermal springs in the world, musculoskeletal disorders and internals disease are improved as waters are like a fountain of youth for our body. That being said, the island offers many beautiful facets of its vegetation.

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The best thermal springs in the world!

Ischia is much more than just a vacation. Experience the healing power of nature and strengthen your health. Recharge your batteries! The island of Ischia is a jewel of the Mediterranean located in the Golf of Naples. The island is precious for energizing the body cells, finding a sense of well-being, and rejuvenation. 

Getrud Lehner Lais- Seminar Leader

The Island of Ischia

Ischia has an area of 46 square kilometers with a circumference around 39 kilometers (km). Ischia belongs to one of the three largest islands in the Gulf of Napes and is rich in history. Ischia is located around 33 km (18 nautical miles) from Naples and just 19 km (10 nautical miles) from Pozzuoli. The two main ports on the island are Ischia Porto and Casamicciola Terme. Although the largest island in the Bay of Naples, Ischia only has a longitude (east to west) of 10 km while the north-south stretch runs just a length of 7 km. Monte Epomeo is the highest mountain on Ischia at 790 meters. On the northern side of Epomeo, the mountain rises quite steeply while the southern side slopes gently towards the sea. Monte Epomeo is located approximately in the middle of the island. The landscape tilts in the direction of the sea and is repeatedly broken up by deep ravines. These ravines have evolved over several millennia by the water in the Tuffaceous rock. On the western part of the island lies Forio, a landscape surround by terraces where wine is mostly grown. The capital city of Porto spreads across the east side of the island along with its city bridges- San Michele, San Antuono and Campagnoano, and 20,000 inhabitants. Ischia might be considered the largest spa in Europe thanks to its volcanic origin and many thermal mineral springs. The island’s desirable location, typical southern Italian climate, and proximity to the mainland offers an extensive and diverse program for sunbathers, culture, artists, and hikers.

Typical products of the island

Traditionally, wine has always been grown on Ischia. The vineyards continue to be managed from generation to generation. The main grapes of the island are Biancolella, Forastera, Rilla, and St. Lunardo. 90% of the wine grown here is white while just 10% is red. The wineries that made Ischia famous for viticulture are D’Ambra Vini, Pietratorcia, Perrazzo, Cenatiempo, Di Meglio, und Mazzella. The weave of wicker baskets, which are seen offered on the street, are used by farmers as a means of transport for fruits and vegetables. Another tradition is flax and hemp embroidery. The Savastano brothers produce soaps, candles with fragrances, as well as spices within their factory, all of which are offered in the shops. They also manufacture the perfume known as “Air”. A visit to the factory is very interesting. Drugstores offer special, natural cosmetics based on the well-known fango (natural mud). For the sweet-tooth, there is of course the best-tasting and most famous ice cream from the Elio Bar in Forio or Cicco Calise or Casamicciola in Ischia. Another typical product of the island is the production of ceramics whose origin dates back to the Greek colonies. This tradition has been brought back to life by many young artists. The oldest factory is located in Casamicciola, Mennella, which is unfortunately no longer in operation. There are also famous artists on the island including Cup, Petroni, Gabriele Mattera, Mario Mazzella, Macri and Raffaele Iacono, all of whom have made a name for themselves in the art world.

Historical Background:

Artifacts from the Stone Age prove that people lived on the island of Ischia 4000 years ago. Even during the Bronze Age (1000 BC) the island was already inhabited. History says the Phoenicians, the first navigators of the Mediterranean, colonized the island. The city and island were called “Pithekoussai”. In the 4thcentury (328 BC), the Romans recognized the valueof the island as a holiday island and baptized it as “Aenaria”. The Romans visited the thermal springs and constructed the first baths. However, the island repeatedly experienced misfortune as the Vandals, Byzantines, Lombards, Franks and Normans conquered the island. The earliest interpretation implied that the name “Ischia” was derived from the word “island” (insula). In 1194, the Stauffer’s acquired the Kingdom of Naples and Sicily, and later the island of Ischia. However, the Church of Rome was against Stauffer rule. In 1260, Charles of Anjou was commissioned by the Pope of Naples and Sicily to expel the Stauffer’s from the island. In 1299, Charles II Anjou took over the island. In both 1828 and 1854 the island was hit by earthquakes. Apart from the earthquakes, cholera also claimed many victims. In 1860 and along with Garibaldi, Italy finally gained national freedom. Only once more did foreign soldiers step foot on the island- the German Army between 1942 and 1944. In the 1950’s, Ischia was finally discovered by tourists


Hotel Internazionale

Excellent thermal water for the improvement of cell intelligence

Natural bathtubs of Sorgendo

In this bay, the thermal springs mix themselves with sea water. This is a special type of bathing culture that can only be experienced in this bay


In the Cavaskura, the ancient Romans bathed in the stone-beaten bathtubs. The thermal water and natural fango (mud) have a very good effect on the musculoskeletal system. There is also a particularly positive effect on gynecological diseases

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This warm, family-run hotel is always worth a visit

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