Ischia Porto is the island’s main port, situated overlooking the Bay of Naples on the same stretch of sea towards Capri. Typical of port towns, Ischia Porto enjoys a bustling, lively yet charming atmosphere, with constant departures and arrivals.
Via Roma, the main street of the town and the busiest. is the ideal location for shopping, offering a range of stores from local craft shops to designer boutiques featuring the most prestigious Italian brands.
Among attractions are without doubt its sandy beaches. The largest is Lido beach, situated very close to the main centre, followed by the smaller Pescatori beach.
Ischia Porto is home to four dense parks shaded by pine trees; Pineta dei Fiori, Pineta degli Artisti e delle Orchidee, Pineta dei Ragazzi, Pineta degli Atleti, where in summer months numerous cultural activities are organised including concerts, exhibitions, plays and open-air cinema.
Ischia Ponte is a charming historic quarter and also ancient fishing village, overlooked by the impotent Castello Aragonese, a fortress dating back to 474 B.C. The poetess Vittoria Colonna, wrote her series of love sonnets while residing at the castle, inspired by her love for the artist Michelangelo, who spent his summers in this charming location. Stories of their secret meetings in the tower of Guevara, situated in front of the castle, and also known as “Torre di Michelangelo”, still prevail.
Ischia Ponte represents one of the most culturally rich areas of the island, home to various book shops, art galleries and museums; one of them most renowned is the Marine museum, home to ancient navigation tools. The charming atmosphere prevalent while strolling along the lanes lined with ancient dwellings typical of a fish village, revels the visitor in a journey through the past among noble dwellings, churches and monuments, all coloured in Mediterranean hues.
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