Ischia On the Road

Ischia, Italy
The most beautiful and biggest island in the Gulf of Naples, Ischia is one of the most famous seaside and touristic spa centres of Italy and the world, it is also famous for its unequalled natural beauty, for its mild clime, termal waters, modern tourist facilities and hotels and lastly for its "wine". On the island the viticulture has millenarian origines. The cultivation technique, is like the greek traditional one, in fact is different from that one used in the middle of Italy and in the rest of the Campania province. For long periods the economy of the island was based on the viticulture that influenced the life and the uses of the inhabitants. The cultivations on the isle are extended from the coasts to the steep mountain slopes where the vine is cultivated on proper terraced fields.White Grapes Biancolella, Forastera, Arilla,S.Lunardo Red Grapes Guarnaccia, Pedirosso o Pere e Palummo Six are the communes of the island: Ischia, Casamicciola Terme, Lacco Ameno, Forio, Serrara Fontana and Barano, with about 50.000 inhabitants. Ischia is the most important. Into the harbour area is the trading part of the town and another important area is that one around the "Castello Aragonese" which is called "Ischia Ponte", a picturesque ancient fisher's village.Forio is the second major town of Ischia according to population number and importance. It stretches between two promontories, Punta Caruso (at Zaro) and Punta Imperatore, between the considered most beautiful beaches on the island and into the metallic green of the vineyards which cover the slopes of Mount Epomeo, descending into a scene of incomparable beauty. Forio covers 13 square kilometres and has a population of 12,638 inhabitants; it ranges from 0 km above sea level to 700 in the Falanga areas. It is divided into the hamlets of Forio and Panza with other peripheral villages (Monterone, Cuotto, and Citara). It is the only town which has preserved its entire historical centre with its tiny streets, churches, sighting towers and monuments - all of which are unaltered from their original construction. The main monuments are: the church of Soccorso (pictured on one of the Italian stamps) dedicated to Santa Maria della Neve, the Torrione (big tower), the church of San Francesco da Paola, the church of Arciconfraternita' of Santa Maria delle Grazie known as Visitapoveri, the Basilica Pontificia S. Maria di Loreto, the church of San Vito, the parish church of S Leonardo Abate, S Maria al Monte. You should visit the exotic garden of villa Gancia, the garden of Lady Walton; the troglodyte house dug into a mass of tufa and the spa gardens Poseidon and the Bay of Sorgeto near Panza which, due to its hot water wells, is the favorite place in any season for a midnight dip. However, the natural beauty of Ischia does not finish there. Everything from the sea to the mountain - including its harbours, the small bays, its convenient beaches and ports, the high rockface along its coast, the vegetation, the variety of the plant life, the pine trees and the myriads of multi-coloured flowers - make Ischia one of the most beautiful islands of one of the most beautiful countries in the world. When you ll be there you ll feel what others ( Luchino Visconti, Pierpaolo Pasolini, Sir William Walton, Eduardo De Filippo, Liz Taylor and Richard Burton Elsa Morante, Alberto Moravia, Renato Guttuso, Auden, Pablo Neruda, Pietro Nenni and the jet-set Jackelin Kennedy Aristotele Onassis) just felt and made of this island theyre