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Our Day Trip To Ischia

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Our Day Trip To Ischia

First of all, we discovered that Ischia is pronounced ‘EEs skiah’ with the emphasis on the first syllable. (and Procida is pronounced ‘PRO cheeda’, with again the emphasis on the first syllable.)

Our day trip to Ischia started in Sorrento, catching the once-a-day ferry at 9:30 AM (€16 each). The ride took just under an hour. We sat outside and the ride was a bit chilly but sunny. Once in the port, we immediately took a local bus down to the little village of Sant’ Angelo (€1.7 each). We enjoyed the scenery and the many local people who got on and off the bus during the 45 minute ride. There is probably a faster bus but we liked this one. The bus stops up on the road above Sant’ Angelo so there is about a ¾ mile walk down a nicely paved road to the actual harbor. We had a little local wine at Ristorante Il Pescatore after the long morning of travel.

Next we took a small boat (€3 each) from harbor for a 1 mile ride over to a section of beach called Cava Scura. The short ride was entertaining once we discovered that the boat driver had lived in the US and spoke better English that he first let on. The boat was beached and we hopped off. We then walked from the water, across the pebbly beach and followed a little stream toward the cliffs about 300 yards. There we found the restaurant that a friend in Sorrento had recommended – Ristorante Stalino. This little place has maybe ten tables and is tucked back up in a cave opening and is run by a friendly couple. He waits tables and she does the cooking. The menu is in Italian and German only. We ordered the brochette (huge and delicious), pasta with clams, the fruita de mare salad (super good) and ½ liter of the house white wine (no wine list. It is either Red or White). The check came to just €24. I know this is a lot of traveling for a nice lunch but we thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.

We walked back to the beach and headed west back toward Sant’ Angelo. We found lots of sea glass on the way. Much prized in the US, the ease with which you find it was quite a surprise to us.

We were walking up many of the “golf cart only” streets and found ourselves at Aphrodite Apollon Sea Resort and Spa. We had taken our swim suits just for this possibility. For €6 each, we spent a luxurious hour in the many soothing hot pools – the waterfall was my favorite spot to sit and let the warm water flow over you. Gorgeous views out over the sea.

We finished our walk back to the taxi stand at Sant’ Angelo and hired a driver to take us back to the main harbor (€40) because we were pressed for time. The ride took only 20 minutes and we made the once-a-day 5:20 PM return ferry to Sorrento.

As you can tell, we had a specific objective in mind so our next trip to Ischia will be spent exploring more of this lovely island.

Edited: 07 June 2010, 17:28
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Sounds like the sort of Ischia I know - both the pronunciation and the pleasure it gave you!

Beware though - we came 'just for the day' whilst visiting Procida as an alternative to staying in Naples - and look what happened to us!

If I've not already forced them on you (and I probably have!), there are way too many pictures of the island here...

www.pbase.com/isolaverde/allaboutischia

Peter

PS - Thanks for a lovely report!

Edited: 07 June 2010, 17:37
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Thanks for that description - we may well make our way to Ischia after your description and Peter's photos!

Peter - what would you suggest as an ideal day in Ischia using the ferry, public transport and walking? I love the look of the city of Ischia in your photo - is this easy to reach. Sorry I have not done any research yet as we have been focussing on where we should walk around Sorrento and on the Amalfi Coast and what to see in Naples!

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Joe - hi!

The morning hydrofoil from Sorrento gets here at around 10:15, and leaves again at 17:20 - which I make to be seven hours?

It docks in our main harbour, at Ischia Porto, and the bus depot is only the shortest of walks away, off to the right. You'll find more bus details here...

http://www.pbase.com/isolaverde/beginisc

If you're likely to be bobbing around, their 4.20 Euro day-long ticket is probably easiest!

For the 'Castello Aragonese' take the number 7 bus, which runs every 15 minutes, and get off where almost everyone else is likely to be doing so! Some of the day the road right down into Ischia Ponte is open, but when it isn't the bus diverts off and you'll have to walk the rest - the drivers will usually shout out.

It will probably take a good couple of hours to tour the little island; while you can't actually get into the ruins of the castle itself, quite a lot remains from the days when all the local population settled up there.

Afterwards the energetic might scoot off to see the gardens at La Mortella, formerly the home of the composer William Walton - but do note their opening days....

http://www.pbase.com/isolaverde/mortella

Or you could have lunch and then stroll back to Porto along the beach, or perhaps through the streets ?

As well as those you'll find in Ponte, this place is a favourite: www.pbase.com/isolaverde/image/111012510

That enough to get you started?

Otherwise, you'll find some alternatives - like one of the spa parks - here..

http://www.pbase.com/isolaverde/iscstars

Peter

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Thanks very much inded Peter - very useful and copied the info to print out so we can take with us - we hope to make it depending on how much we can fit in! I wondered if it would be a good idea to take one of the circular buses around the island - would this be a good way of seeing other parts - are there good views from the bus?

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It is indeed, and yes there are!

You could go either way but it may be an idea to take the one that goes it in a clock-wise direction - the CD - as that's usually quieter than the CS (which passes the beaches of the north coast early on its route).

They're quite frequent, so you can jump off, and get back onto the next one without too long a wait - for instance at Serrara, where there's a very panoramic spot, with a nice bar....

www.pbase.com/isolaverde/image/111012514

or maybe go on a little, and get off at the stop for Sant'Angelo (which is near the carpark at the right of that photo). It's then a pleasant 10 or 15 minute walk down into the traffic-free village - which is hidden by the hill, at the landward end of that sand spit out to the islet.

This year the tourist information people are in a building that's just a very short way to the left as you come ashore from the hydrofoil. They usually have a map and some leaflets available, if you've not invested in a guidebook.

Timetables here...

eavbus.it/opencms/…index.html

Have fun!

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Thanks very much Peter - noted the recommended stops!

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