In the 1950s and 1960s, French starlets and European royalty came to play at the legendary Terme Regina Isabella spa resort. The stars may have gone, but one local icon remains, sprouting out of the sea: the iconic Il Fungo (The Mushroom) is a 10m volcanic rock formation spat out by Monte Epomeo thousands of years ago.
Sant’Angelo & the South Coast
Tiny Sant’Angelo attracts a voguish crowd with its chic boutiques, seafront restaurants and great beaches. Quiet lanes spill down the hill to fashionable Piazzetta Ottorino Troia, where tanned locals sip Campari and soda and take in late-night summer music concerts.
Ischia Porto & Ischia Ponte
Although technically two separate towns, Ischia Porto and Ischia Ponte are bookends to one long, sinuous sprawl of pastel-coloured buildings, terrace bars and restaurants, and palm-fringed shops and hotels, all of which makes for relaxed and enjoyable wandering. The ferry port itself was a crater lake, opened up to sea at the request of Spanish king Ferdinand II in 1854.