Welcome to Ischia Porto & Ischia Ponte
The ferry port itself was a crater lake, opened up to sea at the request of Spanish king Ferdinand II in 1854. While the story goes that he couldn’t stand the stench of the lake, his request was more likely inspired by the prospect of increasing shipping-tax revenue.
Whatever the reason, it was a great idea, and now the harbour is fringed by a string of restaurants serving fresh seafood. Head further east and you’ll hit the Spiaggia dei Pescatori, where the compelling scene of brightly painted fishing boats, bronzed flesh and lurid beach umbrellas is backed by the pyramid silhouette of the imposing Castello Aragonese.