A Guide to Ischia, Italy – The Best of the Island of Ischia

Imagine an island that represents the best of Italy – stunning views, beautiful beaches, great food, and absolutely no pretension. Welcome to Ischia, Italy. This island in Campania, southern Italy, caters to all levels.

And the island of Ischia couldn’t be more perfect! It was easy to get to – just a short ferry ride from the well-connected area of Naples. It was full of places to explore, from small villages to an actual castle to geothermal spas and hiking trails up the mountains. It was filled with tons of good food, including excellent Neapolitan pizza and amazing fresh seafood Farm houses Platter after platter of appetizers and cooked rabbit.

Looking back, I’m still amazed at how much Ischia has to offer. Of all the islands I’ve been to in Italy (about 15 or so so far), Ischia is probably my top two, along with Salina in The Aeolian Islands.

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Meanwhile, what I appreciate most about Ischia is that its visitors are primarily Italians (specifically Neapolitans). This island doesn’t cater to the yachting crowd with luxury boutiques, or tourists hawking cheap souvenirs. Instead, Ischia is filled with cute, moderately priced clothing boutiques and great restaurants – because Italians love to look good and eat well!

If you have read Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels (My Brilliant Friend, anyone?) You may remember that while most of the book takes place in tough neighborhoods in Naples, some pivotal scenes are set on the island of Ischia. If you’re a huge fan of her writing like me, you should come here.

Ischia is a truly special place, one of my favorite places I’ve been recently, and I’m excited to share it with you all.

This post was published in October 2023.

A view of Ischia's winding coastline, lots of small white boats in the bright turquoise waters, and a bridge leading from the island to the castle.
How beautiful is this island?!

Things to do in Ischia, Italy

Ischia can be an island for lying on the beach and eating ice cream – if that’s what you want to do. But that would almost be a waste because Ischia is so much more than that.

I advise you to prioritize taking a boat trip around the island, exploring Castillo Aragones, spending a day in a thermal spa like Negombo, hiking Mount Epomeu (if you are a fan of hiking), and getting around the island using the public bus system.

Kate and Charlie, wearing swimsuits, sit on the bow of a boat in front of some clear green waters in Ischia.
Our boat trip around the island of Ischia was my favorite thing to do in Ischia!

Take a boat tour around the island

Ischia is best viewed from the water! Taking a boat trip here is a must and one of my personal favorite things to do in Ischia. You’ll enjoy the volcanic geography of Ischia from every angle, as well as enjoy swimming and snorkeling.

If you want to take an organized tour, This boat tour around the island includes stops at gems like Maronte Beach, the pretty little town of Sant’Angelo, the Grotta Verde (the green cave, which you can swim in and stand inside), and Baia di Sorgeto.

Want something a little more special? Charlie and I wanted to book a private tour – it was our little moon, after all – so we booked a full-day tour with West Coast In Ischia. West Coast offers private boat trips at very reasonable prices – we paid €330 (US$350) for a boat that can seat up to four passengers, plus a skipper (the wonderful Vito). There was plenty of sparkling wine on board too.

My favorite place we visited on the West Coast was a secret geothermal spot along the coast, where hot earth and cold water combine to create a natural hot tub in the ocean!

So, if you’re ready for a group experience, Check out the boat which includes lunch, some drinks, and snorkeling gear at a reasonable price, or book a private excursion with West Coast for a more personalized experience.

A cactus garden overlooking the coast of Ischia, with whitewashed houses in the hills.
The view from Castello Aragonese, Ischia, Italy

Visit Aragonese Castle

If you’ve seen any picture of Ischia, it’s likely been of Castelo Aragonese – a stone fortress built on a massive rock, connected to the mainland by a stone bridge. And if you think the castle photos are amazing from the bottom, just wait until you get to the top!

The castle was built by Alfonso V of Aragon in the 15th century, but its history goes back to ancient times when it was used as a refuge by the Greeks, Romans, Normans, and Angevins. It’s a must-see for anyone who loves the history, culture, and idyllic views of the Italian islands.

The castle is open to tourists who can explore its different levels, from dungeons and prisons to gardens and churches. From the castle terraces, you can also enjoy stunning views of the Gulf of Naples and the Tyrrhenian Sea. The castle also hosts a small museum displaying archaeological finds, paintings, and sculptures from different periods of Ischia’s history.

The entrance fee is 10 EUR (11 USD) per person. Alternatively, you can book 2 hours Guided tour of the castle, which will give you excellent historical context.

A sandy beach covered in bright blue chairs and umbrellas, with a rocky green cliff in the distance.

Enjoy the beautiful beaches of Ischia

Ischia, Italy, a volcanic paradise on the Gulf of Naples, boasts some stunning and beautiful beaches, perfect for getting away from it all. Ischia has a variety of beaches, whether you crave sandy shores, rocky coves, secluded spots, or fun beach clubs.

Cava Grada Beach An enchanting gem with clear waters and soft sandy beaches, offering stunning views of the picturesque little town of Sant’Angelo.

Fumarole Beach is the place to experience the thrill of volcanic activity beneath your feet as steam and gas vents create a unique beach adventure.

San Montano Beach It is a crescent-shaped beach characterized by calm waters and soft sand, surrounded by green hills. It’s part of Negombo thermal park one of my favorite spots on the island, which I’ll cover below.

Fishermen’s Beach It’s a long, lively stretch of Ischia Porto, full of amenities and shallow waters – a very popular choice for families, and home to dozens of beachfront hotels.

View of a bright red bus driving through the landscape of Ischia.
Ischia is a great place to explore by bus! Via Eugenia Struck on Shutterstock.

Ischia tour by bus

Ischia is worth exploring from top to bottom – and one of the easiest ways to do so is to hop on an Enchanting bus tour Which covers the most important attractions on the island.

The bus tour takes you on an amazing journey, stopping in wonderful places such as Sant’Angelo, Forio, Lacco Amino, Casamicciola Terme, and Barano. You will have plenty of free time to walk around, take photos or buy souvenirs. The tour includes pick-up and drop-off from the hotel or port, which is especially nice.

Touring Ischia by bus is a great way to discover the island’s highlights and diverse landscapes without any hassle Driving in Italy. The budget-friendly price is 15 EUR (17 USD) per person, and you can choose between a morning or afternoon departure. The tour is offered in several languages ​​besides English and Italian.

Two people canoeing in a small red double kayak in front of a small town in Ischia.
The island of Ischia is designated for kayaking.


Want to get out on the water? Get out in a kayak! Kayaking on the island of Ischia Is one of the best things to do on the island. Explore the island’s coast at your own pace, searching for hidden caves, natural pools, and marine wonders.

This tour lasts three hours and takes in much of the southern coast of Ischia, passing through Maronte Beach and Sant’Angelo. You’ll discover amazing places like Sgarrupata Bay, San Pancrazio Bay, and the charming Grotta Verde.

This rafting tour is suitable for all skill levels and runs from April to October. Equipment and manual are included.

Several Ischia appetizer dishes: prosciutto, marinated peppers, onions, chickpeas, fried eggplant, and more.
Ichian cuisine is more than you expect.

Learn how to prepare the local cuisine of Ischia

You may not be surprised to learn that Ischia has great food, but you might be surprised by how diverse the food offerings are on this island. Influenced by its volcanic soil, maritime traditions, and multicultural history, Ischia has more local specialties than you can try in one trip.

from Ischia style rabbit (braised rabbit Ischia style) l Spaghetti with oysters (pasta with shellfish) and a wide selection of local wines, you’ll eat well here.

What’s better than eating in Ischia? Learn how to prepare some local dishes yourself. (Bring the recipes home and your friends and family will love you forever.)

First: Learn the best way to make real Neapolitan pizza from scratch using a traditional wood oven and the freshest ingredients in this oven Pizza making lessons with a local chef. You will also learn how to prepare focaccia and calzone.

Another option is A Locally guided market adventure, and explore the best products and flavors from Ischia. Negotiate with vendors and choose great cuts of produce (never forget that fancy tomatoes from Whole Foods in the US are actually a no-no in Italy). Next, head to a local home, where you’ll prepare a four-course meal under the guidance of your host.

This a local home dining experience It is a great way to experience an intimate and authentic dinner in the home of a local in Ischia. You will be warmly welcomed and enjoy a three-course meal filled with seasonal ingredients, accompanied by wine.

You can also Have dinner with Lucia, a local chef and food lover from Ischia. She invites you into her home and garden, where she will teach you how to cook some of her favorite Isquitan recipes using fresh, local ingredients. Some of the dishes you can learn to make are spaghetti with clams, rabbit with herbs, eggplant parmigiana, and lemon cake.

Finally, you can also immerse yourself in Italian cuisine as you learn how to prepare two of its most beloved dishes – Pasta and tiramisu – In the comfort of a local resident’s home. You’ll meet Cesarina, the certified ambassador of Italian culinary traditions. Enjoy appetizers, make fresh pasta with a sauce of your choice, and make a delicious tiramisu with coffee and mascarpone.

Winding wine terraces cut into the mountains in Ischia, overlooking the sea.
The environment of Ischia is suitable for winemaking! Via Shutterstock.

Learn about wine and spirits

What a surprise – Ischia makes great wine too. The island’s fertile soil, sunny climate, and diverse grape varieties produce exceptional wines and liqueurs. Take advantage and sample regional specialties such as Ischia Bianco, Ischia Rosso, or rucolino in the bars and small restaurants dotting the island.

Additionally, Ischia offers several wine and spirits tours if you want to delve deeper into this exploration.

You can Visit the first distillery in Ischia was founded in 1888 by Vincenzo Pollio. It is a great place to discover the art of making famous alcoholic beverages such as rocket (It is made from watercress leaves, or watercress as we call it in the United States), fennel (made from fennel seeds), and Limoncello (made with lemon). You will enjoy local snacks accompanied by wine.

You can also go on a trip to Ischia vineyard tour and wine tasting To learn about Ischia’s winemaking at a family-run winery located near Mount Epomeo in Serrara Fontana. Wander through the vineyards, cellar, and small museum. You will sip four types of wine paired with a layer of sausage or local meats and cheeses during this two-hour tour.

The colorful Procida Marina is filled with pink, yellow and orange houses in front of a bay full of wooden rowing boats.
The colorful port of Procida, an easy day trip from Ischia.

Visit Procida Island

One of the best things to do in Ischia is to take a day trip to Procida Island, a colorful haven in the Gulf of Naples. You can explore Procida on your own by taking the ferry from Ischia – a quick 20-minute journey – or you can join one of the organized boat trips from Ischia with a guided tour.

What I love about Procida is that it is very small, a fraction of the size of Ischia. You can walk from end to end of the island in one day, admiring the charming houses, many of which are painted bright pink. Definitely don’t miss the bright and colorful Marina Corricella, which you’ll want to photograph from every angle!

There are many tours from Ischia to Procida, but here are some top-rated options:

On this guided cruise, you’ll walk around Procida and stop at the most picturesque spots, such as Marina Corricella, Terra Murata, and Chiaiolella. You can also enjoy some free time on the island to wander around, shop, and eat on your own.

This sailing experience allows you to enjoy the beauty of Procida from the water with a professional skipper and a small group of guests. You can swim, snorkel, relax on board, and visit the island’s main sights.

Do you want to visit independently? there are Several different phrases Between Ischia and Procida, which take between 15 and 25 minutes. It’s a good idea to book in advance if you’re visiting during peak season, between late June and early September.

A stone path across the water leads to a small island with a castle on top.
The road to Castello Aragonese is one of the most iconic sights in Ischia, Italy.

Go on a photo tour

Ischia is a great place for photography and an even better place to take pictures of yourself. There are several different options in different parts of the island – Forio, Sant’Angelo, and Ischia Ponte – where Ischia’s professional photographers will get Instagram-worthy shots of you and your travel companions.

If you want to be close to the center of the island, consider A photo tour of Ischia Ponte – which includes clips from scenes from the HBO version of My Brilliant Friend It was filmed.

For a more small-town feel, the One-hour Sant’Angelo photo shoot will take you on an exciting journey through the most beautiful village in Ischia. You’ll get beaches, shots of the city, and some of the best sunset views on the island.

What about crowded Forio, full of endless Italian charm? the 1-hour photo tour of Saraceni Alley offers postcard-worthy shots in an idyllic urban setting – easily recognizable as Italy, but not as tacky as the Amalfi Coast.

Private photo sessions are one of my favorite ways to splurge on trips, and these tours cost only 40-80 EUR ($46-91 USD) each. This is an amazing deal for memories you will cherish forever.

An Asian-style temple sits on a lily pad-covered pond, surrounded by flowering trees in a botanical garden in Ischia.
La Mortella Gardens in Ischia, Italy, via Shutterstock.

Stroll through La Mortilla Gardens

One of Ischia’s best natural landmarks is Giardini la Mortella, a world-famous botanical garden. This captivating garden includes more than 3,000 species of plants from around the world. You will be surrounded by exotic plants, rare trees, tropical palms, succulents, and water lilies.

Each area is divided into the Valley Garden and the Hill Garden and is distinguished by its own charm and natural atmosphere. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the museum dedicated to the life and works of Sir William Walton, with the opportunity to listen to his music. A Guide to Ischia, Italy – The Best of the Island of Ischia

Admission is €12 ($14 USD) for adults, €7 ($8 USD) for children ages 6-11, and free for children under five and visitors with special needs. Make a note while planning your trip that from April 1 to November 5, the park welcomes visitors on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays only.

Negombo Thermal Spa is a great place to spend an afternoon on the island of Ischia.

Thermal spa experience

The island of Ischia is famous for its natural hot springs, which have been used since ancient times for their healing and soothing properties. (It’s just like Iceland, but tropical!)

Yeshe moved, the spa I visited, is a tropical paradise located on San Montano Bay, where you can enjoy 14 thermal pools with different temperatures and fun features like warm waterfalls, surrounded by gardens on several levels. There is also a really nice and quiet beach, with almost no waves. Spa treatments are also available. I recommend booking in advance. Negombo is open from spring until fall, and the entrance fee is 50 EUR (53 USD) for half a day.

Poseidon Gardens It is the largest geothermal spa in Ischia, featuring more than 20 pools overlooking the Gulf of Cetara. Located right in Forio, this place is one of the easiest locations to reach, the grounds are full of lush greenery and surrounded by high cliffs. A number of health and spa treatments are available. Admission in high season costs €42 ($44) for a full day and €37 ($39) for the afternoon.

O’Vagnitiello Spa Centre It is a relaxing, family-friendly health resort located in the village of Casamicciola Terme, near the port of Ischia. Here you can relax in 12 thermal pools, some indoor and some outdoor, with views of Mount Ipomeo and the sea. You can also benefit from the steam room, sauna, and wellness center. Centro Termale O’Vagnitiello is open all year round, and the entrance fee is €25 (US$27) for a full day.

A white villa located in the middle of a forest, on top of a cliff that descends to the sea.

Hike in Bosco di Zaro

Enjoy adventure and nature at the stunning Bosco di Zaro, a volcanic forest park located in northwest Ischia. This natural oasis is a great choice for hikers.

You can choose from several hiking trails for different abilities, but one of the best starts from Lacco Amino and reaches Zaro Hill, where the Temple of Madonna di Zaro has been a sacred place of worship and pilgrimage since the 16th century. Continue your journey to Belvedere di Zaro, enjoying panoramic views of San Montano Bay and Procida Island.

With free access all year round, Bosco di Zaro is easily accessible from Lacco Ameno. The above flight takes about 2 hours one way.

The view from the top of Mount Epomeo in Ischia, with wispy clouds surrounding the landscape and views over small towns tucked into the coast.
You can enjoy the views from the top of Mount Ipomeo this way!

Hike Mount Ipomeo

For a more challenging but rewarding trek, you can head to Mount Epomeo (Monte Epomeo), the highest peak in Ischia. If you want to enjoy Ischia to the fullest, there’s nothing like seeing it from above!

Mount Ipomeo is a volcanic massif that formed about 10,000 years ago and offers stunning views of the island and sea.

There are many trails that lead to the summit of Mount Ipomeo, but one of the most popular starts from the village of Fontana. You can follow the signs to the Sanctuary of San Nicola, a small church carved into the rock, then continue along the winding path to the top.

The hike takes about 2 hours round trip and I would classify it as a moderate hike with some steep climbing but nothing too technical.

At the summit, you can enjoy stunning panoramic views. Once you arrive at the café, you know you’re almost there, so treat yourself to a lemonade! The people who work there are very nice.

Once you’re back down the mountain in Fontana, you can have an aperitif at one of the bars, or head to Cantina U’Scilatur for dinner. Speaking of this topic…

A wonderful view of a farmhouse: outdoor seating on the terraces of a stone house, with lots of lush greenery below, and a sunset view with purple clouds speckled across a pink and blue sky.
It was a magical place at Cantina U’Scilatur in Ischia.

Visit the Agriturismo for dinner

One of the most authentic and delicious ways to enjoy the local cuisine of an Italian region is… Visit Agriturismo For dinner, Ischia is no exception. Agriturismi are farmhouses that serve food or provide accommodation, and the food is as local as it gets. Top 10 Airlines to Fly to Maldives

Charlie and I visited Cantina Oscillator At Barano d’Ischia for an unforgettable dinner that included ridiculous numbers of antipasti, sumptuous pasta, and the Ischia specialty of pot-braised rabbit. It’s a beautiful, gorgeous, upscale farm, and surprisingly enough, we were there while our 1-year-old fancier’s birthday party was more than our wedding in full swing!

Don’t miss the chance to enjoy their local wines, and a proper meal always ends with amaro, a good digestive drink.

This was the perfect place to visit after climbing Mount Ipomeo in the late afternoon, just before sunset. It’s a bit far from the popular parts of Ischia like Porto and Forio, so you may want to plan your visit carefully. Fortunately, the bus stop is practically next to the agriturismo!

A small Italian truck turned into a shop selling dried peppers and garlic from the back.
Walk around the city and you will see such a scene!

Stroll through Ischia Porto

Ischia Porto is the beating heart of the island of Ischia, and it’s worth taking some time to explore its streets. Here you can find a lot of shops, restaurants, bars and clubs. You can also admire the historic Michelangelo Tower or the Guevara Tower, a former fortress and prison overlooking the sea!

Ischia Porto is also a great place to enjoy the island’s sandy and clear beaches despite its proximity to the port. You can relax at Spiaggia degli Inglesi, a popular beach with sun loungers and umbrellas for rent. Or you can try some water sports or rent jet boats on the right bank of the harbour, also known as la Rive Droite.

A small town located on the beach in Ischia. There is a church with a bright orange and yellow dome.
Forio Ischia: traditional and modern.

Discover the magic of Foreo

Forio has something for everyone: stunning beaches, historic buildings, thermal parks and art galleries. You will love exploring this city and its surroundings. It is famous among locals for its sunsets over the sea, which you can enjoy from the Chiesa del Soccorso, a whitewashed church set on a cliff with the best views.

Forio is also rich in history and culture, as you can visit some of the historical churches, palaces and art galleries that showcase Forio’s heritage.

For me? I loved Furio because of that Appetizers – Get a complimentary cocktail and snack in the early evening, just before dinner time. (One place actually gave us a water treat to fend off hungry pigeons.)

There are also some great places to eat in this city, such as Pizzeria Da Ciccio. More on that below.

The view is walking on a wooden pier to a small colorful Italian village, and wooden boats in the water.
Welcome to Sant’Angelo – well worth a visit on the island of Ischia.

Visit Sant’Angelo

You can visit Sant’Angelo as part of a photo tour or boat tour – but if you don’t do any of these, you should make time to visit on your own. Sant’Angelo doesn’t have a lot of things to do – it’s just a really beautiful place, where you can enjoy the atmosphere.

Sant’Angelo offers a few small but very beautiful beaches, such as Le Fumarole Beach, where you will witness volcanic activity through jets of steam rising from the sand. And if you wish, there are a few smaller geothermal spas within walking distance – Romantica Thermal Park, Tropical Thermal Park, and Aphrodite Thermal Gardens.

I enjoyed the single-serve ice cream cakes at Bar Ridenta – just when I thought the desserts here couldn’t get any better, there was a whole host of frozen cakes! You can stay for dinner and enjoy the sunset with a pasta dish or fresh fish.

Reflection of the bright yellow Museo del Mare building in a pond.
Love this shot of the Museo del Mare, via Urban Napflin on Shutterstock.

Visit the museums of Ischia

You may not have come to a fancy island for museums, but Ischia has some great museums. They do great activities on rare rainy days! Three museums stand out:

First, explore Santa Restituta Museum At Lako Amino, where fossils dating back to the Greek colonization of the islands in the 8th century BC come to life. Discover pottery, coins, jewellery, statues and the remains of an early Christian cathedral and a Roman thermal bath.

Next, head to Ischia Ponte’s Sea Museum (Sea Museum), located in a former prison tower that defended the island against pirates. Immerse yourself in Ischia’s maritime heritage with ship models, fishing tools, naval uniforms and historical documents while enjoying stunning sea views from the tower’s windows.

Finally, the Diocesan Museum (Diocesan Museum) waits in Ischia Ponte, next to the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta. Uncover religious art and objects from the islands, churches and monasteries, featuring paintings, sculptures, clothing, silverware and antiquities from different periods and styles.

Neapolitan pizza is perfect with a bubbly crust, lots of cheese, sauce, and basil leaves.
Ischia is technically part of Naples, so you know the pizza is legit.

Ischia Restaurants

One of the best things about visiting Italy is eating all the food! There are many good restaurants on the island of Ischia. There are dozens of great restaurants on the island, but here are some that I personally recommend:

Pizza da ciccio In the city of Forio They serve amazing Neapolitan pizza (pictured above) – just like some of the best pizza I’ve had in Naples. They have a second location in Ischia Ponte, very close to the castle.

Oras Restaurant In the city of Ischia Ponte It was a wonderful surprise – delicious food with a view of the castle! Every dish was delicious. Our favorite were the fried “eggplant balls” wrapped around smoked mozzarella cheese.

pass In the city of Ischia Porto It is a great choice for seafood lovers in general, and raw seafood lovers in particular. They have a trio of raw threes worth a try.

As mentioned above, Cantina Oscilator In the city of Parano Deschia It is a farm restaurant that serves the best traditional Ishish food I could ask for, including stewed rabbit, rabbit pasta and a huge amount of tapas.

A whitewashed hotel sits high above a hotel in Ischia, with plenty of beach chairs on the rocky coast below.
You can go the resort route in Ischia, or stay somewhere more homely and local.

Where to stay in Ischia, Italy

There are many different neighborhoods throughout the island, each giving a different feel.

Overall, if you had to choose one neighborhood in Ischia, I would recommend Ischia Porto, which extends east to Ischia Ponte and Castello Aragonese. It’s much more than just a place where boats come, it’s also home to some of the best dining and shopping on the island, and there’s a beautiful stretch of sand with beachfront hotels. Top 10 Airlines to Fly to Bangkok

You can walk up to the castle, take a boat tour of the harbour, or hop on a bus that will take you to a different part of the island. Everything runs through Ischia Porto, which is convenient.

Top-rated hotels in Ischia Island, Italy

All the following top-rated hotels are located in Ischia Porto:

  • Top-rated luxury hotels in Ischia: Miramar and the castle It has a million-dollar view of Castello Aragonese, with gorgeous rooms, a pool and access to an underground spa.
  • Top-rated mid-range hotels in Ischia: Aurora Terme Park It offers great value for money, with two pool views, sea views and comfortable rooms at a great price.
  • Top-rated budget hotels in Ischia: Hotel del Postiglione This family-run hotel features simple furnishings. There is no sea view, but there is a roof terrace, and you are close to everything.
  • You can find more places to stay in Ischia here.
People standing on the balcony of the car ferry, taking photos with the coast of Ischia in the distance.
The view from the outside of the ferry to the island of Ischia.

How to get to Ischia, Italy

Ischia is an easy place to reach due to its proximity to Naples. In fact, it’s probably one of the easiest Italian islands to get to, period!

Naples is well connected by flights throughout Europe (and a few places in the US these days). From Naples, there are many continuous ferries to Ischia: car ferries and passenger-only ferries (watercraft). Which phrase is best? It depends.

Car ferries take longer (90 minutes) and do not necessarily have seating for all ticket holders; You may need to stand. But it tends to be a steadier ride and better for people with motion sickness.

Passenger-only ferries take less time (about 1 hour) and have enough seating for all ticket holders. But boating in the Bay of Naples can often cause a little nausea. I have unfortunately seen a few people hydrofoil to Capri and Procida in the past; I’ve also been on some quite uneventful trips. If you are prone to motion sickness, you may prefer the car ferry.

I recommend purchasing your tickets as soon as possible if you are visiting during the summer months.

All ferries drop you off at Ischia Porto. There is, too Ferries to Ischia from Sorrento And carrots Procida And capri.

How to get around Ischia

Do you need a car in Ischia? I don’t recommend it. It’s very easy to get around by bus (or taxi if you wish), and parking is a nightmare in developed areas. If you want to bring your car, make absolutely sure that parking is included at your accommodation. Call your accommodation to double check.

A single-trip ticket costs €1.60 (US$1.70), which you can purchase in advance from the website certainly (Shop marked with a big T). You can find timetables there too, and your accommodation can help you find the right buses.

There is no Uber or other ride-sharing app in Ischia, but there are taxis. Being on an island, taxis in Ischia will cost you much more than you would pay in Naples, for example.

A bird's eye view of the coast of Ischia, with lots of little white boats in the water and lots of whitewashed hotels at the water's edge.
Ischia is intended for summer travel.

The best time to visit the Italian island of Ischia

Ischia is very much a summer destination – it’s all about lying on the beach, swimming in the sea and eating as much gelato as possible. However, like most parts of Italy, July and August are very crowded and very expensive to visit.

I visited in early June and the weather was perfect – summery, warm enough to swim in the water, and it didn’t feel crowded at all. Early June is a great time to experience summer in Italy (especially southern Italy) without crowds. Late September and early October would also be great options for visiting the island of Ischia.

July and August are very busy times to visit Ischia. You should expect high prices for accommodation, crowds everywhere, and you should book tours and ferries as soon as possible, as they can sell out. However, summer is a great time to be on the island of Ischia.

If you want to visit Ischia in the shoulder season—April, May, mid-to-late October, and November—the temperatures will be milder, it’ll be less crowded, and you can enjoy a very interesting place without doing all the work you need to do. Summer activities.

Ischia is a place where people live year-round (population about 20,000), so it never gets completely empty here. While many tourism-based businesses will close during the winter months, there will still be a few places to stay and many restaurants open – especially if you stick to the cities.

However, if it were up to me, I would choose early June or late September as the best time to visit Ischia.

View from the top of a mountain in Ischia, with lots of bright yellow and purple flowers next to the road.
Make sure to make time for hiking in Ischia.

How much time do you spend in Ischia?

Ischia is not just a destination for lying on the beach (I hope you realize that now, in this in-depth article!). It’s a surprisingly large island with a lot of interesting things to do.

To make the most of your time in Ischia, I highly recommend spending at least three full days. One day can be allocated for your boat trip; The second day could be for exploring the castle and perhaps hiking or the botanical gardens. Day three can give you time at the thermal spa and spending time exploring the cities.

If you only have time for a short visit – say, just a day visit – I recommend spending your time in Ischia Porto heading to Castello Aragonese in Ischia Ponte.

Want to book an organized day trip to Ischia? You can! I recommend booking This day trip to Ischia from Naples or This day trip to Ischia and Procida from Sorrento. Both trips are well organized and give you time to explore on your own as well as some great sails around the island and swimming stops!

The interior of a stone castle, with lots of high walls and arched windows.

Travel insurance to Ischia

As we conclude this article, it is absolutely essential that you have travel insurance before traveling to Ischia, or anywhere in Italy. If you become sick or injured during your trip, if you are robbed, or even if you have to return home for further care, travel insurance will protect you from financial ruin. World Nomads is a company I have used on trips to Italy.

Travel insurance will help you in your hour of need If you become acutely ill while in Ischia, trip and break a bone climbing the castle, or if your flights are cancelled, you can get new paid accommodation and flights.

As always, be sure to read your policy carefully and make sure it’s right for you. Find out what World Nomads covers here.

The rocky island surmounted by the castle, as seen from the sea, appears to be surrounded by water on all sides.
The Aragon Castle looks magnificent from every angle.

Is Ischia worth it?

Ischia is one of my new favorite places in Italy – and I love it so much. Yes, Ischia is very much worth it, and I think it’s more worth it than many of Italy’s more popular coastal destinations, from Capri to Cinque Terre.

I think you’ll really like it here.

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