Top things to do

Top Choice Castle in Ischia Porto & Ischia Ponte

Castello Aragonese

The elegant 15th-century Ponte Aragonese connects Ischia Ponte to Castello Aragonese, a sprawling, magnificent castle perched high and mighty on a rocky islet. While Syracusan tyrant Gerone I built the site’s first …
Top Choice Gardens in Forio & the West Coast

La Mortella

Designed by Russell Page and inspired by the Moorish gardens of Spain’s Alhambra, La Mortella is recognised as one of Italy’s finest botanical gardens and is well worth a couple of hours of your time. Stroll among t…
Top Choice Italian in Ischia

Il Focolare

A good choice for those seeking a little turf instead of surf, this is one of the island’s best-loved restaurants. Family run, homey and rustic, it has a solidly traditional meat-based menu with steaks, lamb cutlets…
Top Choice Italian in Ischia

Montecorvo

At this extraordinary place part of the dining room is tunnelled into a cave and the terrace looks as though it belongs in a jungle. Owner Giovanni prides himself on the special dishes he makes daily, with an emphas…
Top Choice Food in Ischia

Antica Macelleria di Francesco Esposito

This century-old deli is gourmet foodie heaven. Drop in from 8am for fresh mozzarella and wood-fired casareccio bread, plus a lip-smacking choice of cheese, prosciutto, homemade peperoncino salami and marinated pepp…
Top Choice Italian in Ischia

Ristorante da Ciccio

Sublime seafood and charming host Carlo make this atmospheric place a winner. Highlights include tubattone pasta with clams and pecorino cheese, a zesty mussel soup topped with fried bread and peperoncino (chilli), …
Top Choice Mediterranean in Ischia

Gardenia Mare

With bamboo furniture, surrounding greenery and wonderful views of the Castello Aragonese, this makes for a fantastically romantic sunset dinner spot. It's a beach-club restaurant, so you can work up your appetite f…
Museum in Lacco Ameno

Casa Museo

The good news is that this museum is well signposted and has a car park. The bad news is that it's on a perilous corner on Ischia's mountain road between Buonopane and Fontana. Double back if you can because beguili…
Archaeological Site in Lacco Ameno

Area Archeologica di Santa Restituta

Beneath the pretty-in-pink Chiesa di Santa Restituta church, rebuilt after the 1883 earthquake, be sure to visit the Area Archeologica. Excavations undertaken between 1951 and 1974 have uncovered parts of an ancient…
Notable Building in Forio & the West Coast

La Colombaia

One of the joys of coming to Ischia is experiencing its untamed rural character, a feeling exemplified by handsome neo-Renaissance villa La Colombaia. It's little wonder, perhaps, as this is the former bachelor pad …