Ischia will please almost everyone with its mix of spa towns, abundant gardens, buried necropolises and spectacular scenery. Its most famous sight is Castello Aragonese, a magnificent castle perched high and mighty on a rocky inlet, most of it dating back to the 1400s. The beautiful series of paths will take you on a looping route through the buildings and the lush gardens. You’ll want to check out the olive groves and the panoramic balconies. Stroll among terraces, pools, sculptures, lily pads, fountains and more than 1000 rare and exotic plants at La Mortella, one of Italy’s finest botanical gardens. For an alternative walk through nature, head to Giardini Ravino, a garden that pays homage to the cactus and other succulent plants. At Casa Museo you’re sure to take pictures of everything. Every room is filled with intricate sculptures and carvings made out of stone, wood and pebbles. Definitely check out the Alice in Wonderland-style tunnels that will lead you in a hundred different directions. Experiencing the untamed nature of Ischia is one of the aspects that makes it unique. You’ll experience it at the neo-Renaissance villa La Colombia, the former bachelor pad of the Italian film director, Luchino Visconti, which now houses an arts foundation, including a documentary library as well as souvenirs from his films.
Baia di Sorgeto, Spiaggia dei Maronti, Spiaggia dei Pescatori and Baia di San Montano are your best bets for beaches. Baia di Sorgeto is pretty secluded, but the natural, warm thermal waters and its summertime café are worth the descent down 300 steps. Spiaggia dei Maronti is a long and popular beach that was a favourite among pirates for burying their loot. The most active beach is Spiaggia dei Pescatori, which is where you’ll see colourful fishing boats, soccer matches on the sand and a looming castle in the distance. Baia di San Montano is a gorgeous bay with crystal-clear waters and where you’ll find the Negombo spa park. This thermal spa park is a complex of beach, gardens and hydrothermal experiences. You’ll have an amazing time exploring the maze of pools, caves, grottoes and other aquatic installations and art installations. After spending a day exploring the island, you definitely should try some fresh seafood, oysters and shrimp being the favourites. A must-try is the rucolino, made from rocket leaves, which comes in the form of a green liquorice flavoured liqueur. No matter what you decide to do, Ischia’s landscape will never cease to take your breath away each time.