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DESCRIPTION OF THE ISLANDS DISTRICTS


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Ischia island
One of the most beautiful islands of the Bay of Naples which during the centuries was the paradise for travellers looking for the quiet rest in first-class hotels. It offers a unique opportunity to recover your health on hot thermal springs and combine that with an active recreation. Sandy beaches, cozy bays with crystal clear water, pine and citrus groves, lush Mediterranean vegetation  -  all these make this island a dream world where all your dearest wishes will come true.
Strabo and Pliny the Elder described the healing properties of local springs in 1 AD. 287 springs with hot thermal water come to the surface from 27 pools. They are proved to have a great therapeutic effect on different forms of rheumatism, arthritis, neuralgia, gynecological and skin diseases, upper respiratory diseases, asthma. Since 1730 Ischia has been specializing on the treatment of female infertility. All thermal treatment centers are fitted with the most modern equipment, thanks to the leading scientific researches.
Each hotel has its own flair. Highly developed tourism industry includes a lot of comfortable hotels to fit every taste and budget. Free-standing, comfortable villas with their own pools and panoramic view of the Bay of Naples. A great number of apartments that gives the possibility to live autonomously.
Ischia island is trapezoidal in shape: 10 km in length and 7 km in width, with the total square of 46 square km. It is a volcanic island. The highest point of the island is mount Epomeo – 787 m. The climate is very soft and close in its characteristic to Mediterranean climate. The average temperature in winter is + 12°, in summer - + 28°.

Ischia Porto

It is the capital of the island consisting of two districts: Ischia Porto and Ischia Ponte. There is a central port there where ferries and high-speed power boats come from Naples, Pozzuoli, Sorrento, Capri. The district starts from the foot of Aragonese Castle and ends in port which is located in the vent of extinguished volcano. Discoes, night clubs, boutiques and shops with local products, restaurants and taverns, wine and tasting rooms. Ischia Porto is a harmonious combination of two centers, each unique in its beauty – “modern” Porto and “antique” Ponte, every of each has preserved its own unique way of life.

Places to visit:

Roma street is a pedestrian area that is famous for the shops located in it. Both those who love shopping and those who love having a good meal in numerous and different restaurants will always find something to do there.

Aragonese Castle never fails to attract tourists from all over the world. It was built on lava cone. Panoramic terraces offer a view of the Bay of Naples, Vesuvius volcano, islands Vivara and Procida. Today it is an open-air museum: churches, museum with medieval instruments of torture, former prison for political prisoners.
Open every day from 9.00 to 19.00

The Sea Museum is located in the picturesque street among ceramic workshops, art saloons. It consists of 7 halls located on three floors of the clock-tower in Ischia Ponte. There are displays of historical models of ships, ancient naval maps, different shells and also a department dedicated to fishery.
Open from 10.00 to 12.30 and from 17.00 to 20.00.

Eden Thermal Gardens with the restaurant of the same name which offers a panoramic view of Aragonese Castle and Vivara and Procida islands: 4 pools and a beach.

Casamicciola Terme

One of the most important touristic centers in terms of quality and quantity of the springs with hot thermal water located there. Seismically active, immersed in greenery of relict pine-trees. The beautiful central square is surrounded by numerous shops, restaurants, pizza parlors, bars. Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, a German composer Richard Wagner, the symbol of united Italy Guisepe Garibaldi, a French writer Alfonso Lamartine, historian Ernest Renan, the king of Italy Victor Emmanuel II, English Prince Charles with lady Diana, famous chemist Marie Sklodowska Curie rested here.

Ceramic factory “La Menella” which managed to preserve traditions of production, painting, colors of paintings typical for the first Greek colonizers.

Thermal park Castiglione, cozy and homelike, immersed in lush Mediterranean vegetation. The park is located on the mountain which flanks smoothly flow down to the sea: 10 pools (open and roofed), 8 pools with thermal water of different temperature, Olympic pool with preheated  sea water, 2 natural saunas, sports ground, center for balneotherapy. There are 2 restaurants and a bar, a boutique and a stone plateau from which you can go down to the sea. Waters of this park are recommended for treatment of genitourinary diseases and in case of musculoskeletal system disorders.

Lacco Ameno

It is the least and elegant city that is popular with those who love shopping. Jewelry shops, sophisticated boutiques. The symbol of the district is a piece of mountain of 10 m height and having a shape of a mushroom, that separated from the mountain Epomeo and ran to the sea. The city is famous for fashionable hotels built on thermal springs. Greek colonizers founded their first city at this place and organized the production of amphoras which were popular with the inhabitants of the mainland.

The famous shop “De Vivo” that offers bed clothing, blankets, plaids, accessorizes for bathrooms made of flax, hemp, silk and that has been sending these pieces of art to many different countries for more than 50 years.

The famous mountain Monte Vico, on the flanks of which the Greek necropolis was founded and the famous Nestor cup was found, which proves the existence of Greek settlements, factories on production amphoras and ceremonial utensils made of terracotta in this area since 7 BC.

Villa Arbusto is a place where the archeological museum Pithecusae is located.  Wonderful view of the sea, mountain Epomeo and Monte Vico.  Exhibits of Greek and Roman eras are collected in the museum (9 halls): ceramic fragments with inscriptions in the Greek language. One of the pieces of  knowledge passed by the Greeks to the Italic peoples was the alphabet. World-famous Nestor cup was brought from Rhodes island and found in the grave of ten-years-old boy. Words from The Iliad by Homer were engraved on this cup.
Museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 9.00 to 13.00 and from 16.00 to 20.00.

Church of St. Restituta, dedicated to the black Madonna of Carthage. Items of the Neolithic age, shells, fossils, items of the Bronze age were found under the church. The temple is built at the place of a pagan temple dedicated to Goddess Numi. In 4 AD a little Christian church appeared there.

San Montano Bay, where the Thermal Park Negombo is located. Cozy grounds, cascades with thermal water, lush vegetation, pools with thermal, preheated sea and fresh water, sauna, sandy beach – all these make this place intimate and comfortable for rest. Restaurants and taverns offer both Ischian and Italian dishes. In 1946 landscape designer Hermanos Carrasco changed the typical rural scenery by setting out the plants brought from Australia, Japan, Brazil, RSA.

Forio

Tourists, coming to Ischia, like this district for its beautiful sandy beaches: Citara, San Francesco, La Chiaia. Comfortable picturesque pedestrian embankment connects the center Forio with Thermal Park Poseidon.  Panoramic terrace of Punta Caruso offers a wonderful view of mount Epomeo, Forio district, the church of Santa Maria della Soccorso, who was the patroness of sailors.
Such people as Pier Paolo Pasolini, Luchino Visconti, Eduardo De Filippo, Elsa Morante, Alberto Moravia stayed in this district. Numerous watch-towers provided protection from the pirates’ attacks. Ateliers of artists, shops with typical Ischian products – all these dispose to good recreation. Restaurants and pizza parlors, discoes and active night life make this district extremely popular with the youth.

La Mortella Botanical Garden,  English composer Sir William Walton dedicated this garden famous for its exotic and rare plants brought from different countries to his wife Susana. In 1956 the designer Russell Page turned the former stone mines into the flourishing garden, enriching natural landscape with fountains, ponds, where a lot of different types of water-inhabiting plants are grown: papyrus, lotus flowers, water lily. 850 species of plants are displayed at the total square of 20 000 square m.
Since spring and till late autumn the concerts of chamber music are given here. In 2004 the Garden won the name “The most beautiful park of Italy”. There is a museum here which is connected with the name of composer.

the Bay of Sorgeto attracts tourists with its hot thermal springs coming to the sea. Hot thermal water mixing with sea water gives opportunity to bath in this cozy bay, located among black volcanic mountains, all year round.

Thermal Park Poseidon – 22 pools with thermal, preheated sea and fresh water, natural sauna. Among palm trees and bouganvilleas, bright spots of rosemary and hibiscus as well as romantic agavas prevails magnificent silence, interrupted only by soft murmur of clear waters which, falling down in churning cascades, renew the water in numerous pools.
Water, coming to the surface, is recommended for treatment of arthritis, arthrosis, osteochondrosis, chronic rheumatisms, for rehabilitation after being injured and in case of respiratory tract diseases.

Cactus garden “Ravino” is famous for its unique collection of cactaceous, tropical and Mediterranean plants. The owner of the garden had been collecting the samples of exotic plants for his garden during 40 years. There are a great number of citrus, palm, olive, coniferous trees and bushes.
Open on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9.0 to 19.00, and on Thursday from 9.00 to 13.00.

the church of Santa Maria della Soccorso, which was built in 1350, is located on the sharply beaked  cape.  It saved features of  Greek-Byzantine and Alhambraic styles in its elegant simplicity. A wooden crucifix of Jesus Christ made in rural primitivism style is kept here and it is considered to be one of the symbols of the island.

Serrara Fontana

Two municipal districts which include Sant’Angelo. It is a place located at the highest part of the island – 400 m above sea level and endowed with special charm. It has preserved the original architecture and life rhythm and is closely connected to centuries-long peasant culture. In this district there is mount Epomeo (789 m) and the hermitage of Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker. The main occupations of the local people are the agriculture and winemaking. It’s the most high-mountain and underpopulated district.

The Hermitage of Saint Nicholas was built by the monks from the order of Saint Clare. It’s a small church cut in the rock and located at the peak of mount Epomeo. The first graves of hermit-monks are dated back to 1459 year.
-  numerous houses located inside tufaceous rocks.

House-Museum  is a wonderful house where you can see a lot of unusual sculpture and carved compositions made of stone, wood, quartz. Stone head of Neptune God, fanciful figures of reptiles, wooden furniture, mosaics made of pebble. Rooms, living room, bathroom, dining room and a kitchen are cut inside the green grey tufaceous rock.

Sant’Angelo

The southernmost point of the island, a picturesque settlement resembling the carefree and multicolored Positano. Its houses, painted in pastel shades, overrun each other giving this settlement a unique appearance. Elegant cafes, cozy restaurants, sophisticated boutiques will help to spend your time in an interesting way.
The first Greek colonizers grew grape and wheat on the local hills.

Thermal park Aphrodite and Apollo – 12 pools with thermal, preheated sea and fresh water, part of which was equipped with hydromasage, natural sauna.
There is Spa-center, private sandy beach, gym, beach volleyball court, area for nudists, playground for children, children pool.

Thermal park Tropical  - 10 pools with the water of different temperature, a pool with sea preheated water and a pool with fresh water. A pool with hydromassage, Spa-center, sauna, natural Roman caves for taking thermal procedures, panoramic terrace, entrance to Cava Grado beach.
– A beach with hot sand – Fumaroles. Trickles of overheated steam rise from the hot sand. It is possible to bake potato, chicken, fish and eggs if you dig a hole of 50 cm depth. 

Thermaes Cavascura are the oldest on the island. A catchment basin is dug up in natural green tuff. There is a system of caves where hot thermal springs with natural steam are coming to the surface as well as a system of waterfalls and geysers. It is an open-air Spa-center. Mud procedures, baths with thermal water, massages. Water is ideal for treatment of gynecological diseases, including female infertility, chronic rheumatic diseases: arthritics, arthrosis, rheumatisms. Chronic diseases of respiratory tracks: bronchitis, tonsillitis, otitis, rhinitis, laryngitis. Water is useful for treatment of skin diseases: eczema, dermatitis, neurodermatitis. It helps in case of venous and arterial disorders.

Barano

The district is located on the multicolored tufaceous hills and surrounded by vineyards and fruit trees. It’s an ideal place for hiking. Fresh mountain and sea air is helpful for people suffering from lung troubles.

Fiaiano (a part of Barano district) is famous for its relict pine groves and riding house. Local restaurants are known for cooking genuine traditional Ischian rabbit.
Quality fruit and vegetables, freshly-caught fish from the Bay of Naples, seefood, shrimps.

Buonopane (a part of Barano district) for the last 600 years the best-tasting bread of the island has been baking here. It is famous for a folk band performing the dance La Ndrezzata.

Maronti beach is a real surprise for tourist, a place of paradise on earth, 2,5 km in length. Sandy beach is rich with thermal springs with water of different temperature. Springs with fresh water: Olmitello, Buceto, Nitrodi.
Water from Olmitello spring helps in case of gastrointestinal tract disorders. Temperature of water is + 28°, + 30°.

Nitrodi spring is unparalleled globally. It was Greeks who first found the medical properties of these waters and built there a temple dedicated to Apollo and nymphs in honor of treasurers of waters. Treatment with the use of thermal waters and fragrant essential oils produced from plants is the most effective therapy that is necessary for modern people living in big cities.
- Combination of aromatherapy and  herbal therapy helps in treatment of respiratory system disorders
- Helps fighting with vascular skin damages because it affects the processes of tissues’ absorption of nutrients.
- It is recommended for treatment of chancres, fistulas, burns, ulcerative wounds.
- drinking cure creates diuretic effect, contributes to a better metabolism, better digestion, removes toxins, eliminates disorders in the function of gastrointestinal tract. Improves the function of kidneys. 
- Helps in treatment of eczema and psoriasis, dermatitis and neurodermatitis.
-  Restores sebaceous metabolism of  skin, deals with acneiform rash.

The line of natural cosmetics is produced on the base of water from Nitrodi spring.

 
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