Ischia 90s style

cheap
one day, but it's better to have two
May
many landscapes
tasty Italian food

That awkward moment

The main reason behind this flying visit to Ischia is the sudden embarrassment to have realised that I've lived in Naples for 10 years and I've never been to this island!

Exactly, I never took advantage to go there back when it was right in front of me: I had to take a flight from London 😅

I bought the ferry tickets at Pozzuoli harbour straight from the Caremar ticket office. A passage to Casamicciola harbour, leaving at 10.15 am, returning at 5.30 pm, for two persons (me and mum, our small dog shipped free of charge), paid 35€ in total. The ferry made a stop at Procida and in about an hour landed to Ischia.

Casamicciola

Just after landing we needed to decide how to move around the island. we had 3 options:

  • Rent a car (35€ per day);
  • Surrend to the harassing taxi drivers (they asked 30€ just to bring us to the other side of the island);
  • Buy a daily bus ticket (just 3.60€!)

We definitely went for the third option. The reliability of the service left me positively impressed: we didn't wait more than 10 minutes at every bus stop!

The day was sunny and the temperature was perfect for a pleasant walk.

Lacco Ameno

Heading west, we arrived at Lacco Ameno.
The first thing that catched my eye was il fungo ("mushroom"), the village icon. It's a big green tuff laying down into the sea right in front of the beach: it was produced by the eruption of Mount Epomeo and then crafted by the sea through the years until it gained this peculiar shape that reminds a mushroom.

Walking around these streets I stopped to shot every corner: they're so Italian! The decorated tiled stairs, the news stand, the Vespas parked along the streets, the flowers pots, the old street lamps, children playing football on the Church square, the restaurants in front of the beach!

We sat on the beach eating a sandwich and enjoying the sun, then quickly went to the next stop: it was already lunch time!

Forio

In less that 10 minutes the bus arrived at Forio d'Ischia, throwing me straight back to the 90s!
The truth is that I've already been to Ischia, but back when I was a child, so my memories were blurry. Forio bombarded me with the images of its alleys, the Church, the bars, the pottery workshops and the boutiques I've already seen but completely forgotten. It stayed the same of my childhood memories: pure white, silent and slightly damaged ❤

We were now heading to Punta del Soccorso: it's a 5 minutes walk from Forio.
It was lunch time, people were not on the streets any more, windows and doors were half closed.
We took a lemon slush and went to enjoy the beautiful Chiesa del Soccorso , a small all-white church surrounded only by the blue of the sky and the sea. This chapel has two circular flight of steps covered by colourful majolica dated back to 1700.
Leaning out I could see the crystal-clear sea... then we untied my dog and went down the stairs to touch that marvel: such a shame it was not hot enough to have a bath!

We rested a little bit, I snapped dozens of pictures and it was already 3 pm! We had to run to our last stop!

Sant'Angelo

We took half an hour to arrive at Sant'Angelo, but that was ok as the village is really small: one hour of visit is enough!

In a shop selling typical local products we bought limoncello biscuits and spices for pasta 😋

The walk toward the village rewards with a stunning view: the sea is crystal clear here too, the colourful houses are gathered together on the left hand side, on the beach and on the right hand side at the bottom of the little island, which is connected to the main land by a trail.
Bar, shops and restaurants are gathered on the little square facing the beach: they've started to be busy with tourists!
It would have been nice to stay until sunset and see how the lights slowly turn on, making the atmosphere more romantic than ever...but our time was running out.

Sant'Angelo is definitely my favourite part of Ischia 😍

Back home

Ischia absolutely deserves longer time to be fully appreciated, I'd say at least a whole week-end.
It would have been lovely jumping into the sea, relaxing on one of the gorgeous beaches (Maronti beach, for example), doing the famous thermal baths or visiting the Castello Aragonese.
But this day out has been a Mother's day present for my mum, and she had to work the day after, so...we had to be content with a quick walk 😅

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