Positioned in the majestic Tyrrhenian Sea, Ischia is a town on an island of the same name, where you’ll discover paradisiacal beaches, bustling harbours, ancient structures and fresh seafood restaurants. While the township offers numerous shopping and sightseeing opportunities, the rest of the island is perfect for exploring forests, vineyards and spa towns.
Things to do in Ischia
Head to Ischia’s bustling harbour district, home to a glittering strip of waterfront restaurants and cocktail bars. Dine on Neapolitan cuisine at Ristorante Riva Destra or delicious fish and crustaceans at Ristorante L'Ostricaro. Afterwards, grab a beer, wine or cocktail at Drink't n Drank't or watch live music at Mojito Bar.
There are numerous peaceful parks around town, including Pineta Park Mirtina and Parco Pineta of Athletes, the latter of which has incredible views of the Tyrrhenian Sea and the harbour. If you’re looking for some beach time, head to Spiaggia dei Pescatori or Spiaggia di San Pietro, which has beach chair rentals, water sports and beachfront bars.
Do you love Italian history? Head to the clifftop Aragonese Castle, a romantic medieval fortification connected to Ischia by a stone bridge. Guided tours showcase the castle’s history, which dates back to 474 BC, and also give you access to tunnels within its centre.
Nature loves should save time to explore the rest of the island, particularly the towering Monte Epomeo, the highest peak on Ischia. The hike up to the mountain’s summit reveals historic landmarks and dense chestnut forests. Alternatively, visit the Giardini la Mortella, a hillside botanical garden with Mediterranean flora, lily ponds and host to summer concerts.
Getting around Ischia
Ischia is best reached by catching a ferry or hydrofoil from Positano, Amalfi, Naples or Sorrento. The town has public buses that access all major destinations on the island. You can also hire a car or scooter to get around.