Hidden Italy: Ischia

At Citalia we have over 90 years’ experience and over this time we have discovered a number of Italian hidden gems that are off the beaten track. We have travelled the country top to bottom, bottom to top, and everything in between to bring you our extensive knowledge and secret treasures.  
Without further ado, introducing the latest in our Hidden Italy series, Citalia’s Choice for August…ISCHIA!  
Ischia is one of Italy’s best kept secrets. Off the coast of Naples, the island has plenty to discover.  Here are some of our favourite things about Ischia for you to enjoy on your next Italian adventure.

Visit the Thermal Spas

Ischia is famous for its natural thermal springs so be sure to plan a visit while you’re there. A unique and relaxing experience, the springs are known for their therapeutic properties since ancient times. The thermal waters are rich in minerals believed to aid healing for various ailments including skin and respiratory conditions. Enjoy the calm and tranquil atmosphere, the ideal place to destress and unwind.
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Take a Boat Tour

Taking a boat tour is the best way to explore the coastline of the island. You can discover hidden coves and soak up the views of the ocean. There are various boat tours available to cater to your needs whether that’s a leisurely cruise or more of an adventure. Witness the stunning landscapes from the sea taking in the picturesque cliffs, verdant greenery, and charming villages from a different perspective.
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Taste the Local Cuisine

The cuisine of Italy is some of the best in the world, and trying the local dishes of Ischia is a wonderful experience. The island offers a range of dishes that showcase the rich flavours of Southern Italian cooking. Be sure to try Coniglio all’Ischitana a famous dish from the island that is slow cooked to perfection and made with rabbit, tomatoes, garlic, and white wine. Another popular dish is pizza Ischitana. This is a unique style of pizza that has a thicker crust than the traditional Neapolitan pizza and is topped with local ingredients such as tomatoes and fresh fish.
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Explore Castello Aragonese

A must do activity while in Ischia is exploring Castello Aragonese. One of the most iconic landmarks on the island it holds centuries of history within its walls. Dating back to ancient times, it was originally built in 474 BC by the Greeks and over the years became a strategic stronghold expanded by various rulers. Inside the castle complex you’ll find several museums and exhibitions where you can learn about the culture and history of Ischia.
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Where can I stay in Ischia?

We have some excellent hotels available for your next adventure to Ischia.

Grand Hotel Punta Molino, Ischia
  • Beautiful island setting
  • A 15 minute walk from the best bars and restaurants on the island
  • Relax on the private beach overlooking Castello Aragonese
Botania Relais and Spa, Ischia
  • Discover Italy's hidden gem, the Green Island of Ischia
  • Enjoy a sophisticated stay at an exclusive Mediterranean spa resort
  • Soak up the healing powers of natural thermal springs
Excelsior Belvedere Hotel and Spa, Ischia
  • Located a few minute's stroll from the centre if Ischia Town
  • Private beach with access to clear Mediterranean waters

Discover the real Italy with Citalia

Ready for Ischia? Well, here is our commitment to you. With 95 years’ experience we pride ourselves on ensuring you Travel with Confidence. Our Italy Experts are on hand to help you plan your next enchanting escape. Discover the real Italy with Citalia, your next adventure is just a call away…  

Enjoyed uncovering Ischia? Discover more of the real Italy in our latest blog series. Every month we’re revealing a new off the beaten track destination, explore the regions our experts have already shared, with Hidden Italy: Aeolian Islands and Hidden Italy: Basilicata.

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