The site of what was possibly the first Greek colony in Italy, Lacco Ameno (the smallest of Ischia's six communes) hides a rich history under its modern cluster of posh spas. The Greeks were the first to settle in the area in around 750 BC. They called Ischia Pithecusae and built an acropolis on Monte Vico, close to where Lacco Ameno now lies. Numerous necropolises have been uncovered nearby.
Lacco's modern renaissance came in the 1950s and 1960s, when Italian film producer Angelo Rizzoli bought the 18th-century Villa Arbusto and rekindled the Roman penchant for thermal spas. 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.