The island of Capri is pretty well-known. But less well-known to foreign tourists is the island of Ischia, less than an hour by boat from Naples, and equally worthwhile. Take my recommendations below for what to do on Ischia island.
Ischia island is, of course, wonderful in the summer because of its sandy beaches. However, the island is actually famous for its natural hot springs, which bubble up around the rocks. This means that the Island of Ischia is a wonderful place to visit in the cooler months.
Go to Ischia anytime for good food: fish, of course. But we recommend also sampling the local dish coniglio all’ischitana. This very unique dish is made with rabbits bred in a ditch (!). Don’t forget to sample the local wine and honey as well.
Like most places in Italy, Ischia has a rich history which dates back to the Greeks in the 7th century B.C. When you’re done at the beach, or to learn about Ischia’s long history, visit:
Ischia is small enough to easily explore in a few days, but big enough that you can’t do it on foot. Note that traffic can be heavy, and the roads are narrow and winding. In addition, parking can be a challenge, so we rented a couple scooters to get around. After we figured out how to operate them, the scooters ended up being a fun solution. (Although the guy renting them to us had no qualms about handing over the keys with very little instruction).
Photo by Sanjay
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