|The largest of Neapolitan islands, lies off
the southern arm of the Gulf of Naples, about 10 km. from the
mainland. With volcanic origins, it has prevalently mountainous
terrain, with Mount Epomeo at its highest peak reaching 788 m.
The coastline is very jagged with fascinating promontories and
enchanting coves, stupendous bays and romantic creeks, some of
which are only accessible by boat.
The island is divided into six village areas: Ischia, the centre,
which is further divided into Ischia Ponte, the old sea village,
and Ischia Porto, the most modern and exclusive area. The
other villages are Forio, Barano, Casamicciola Terme, Lacco Ameno,
and Serrara Fontana. Called the Green Island,
because of the lush Mediterranean vegetation that typifies it,
and the island of health, for the wealth and quality
of its thermal springs, Ischia is one of the most visited destinations
for tourists from all over the world, attracted by the fascination
of a place that combines nature, culture, and tradition, with
modernity, history, and myth.