The Insider’s Guide to Ischia, Italy

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Curator’s statement

I first heard of Ischia from Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Series, My Brilliant Friend, and became obsessed with visiting this still relatively under the radar island one day. In early 2019, I learned of the iconic Il Pellicano Group’s acquisition of the stately Mezzatorre Hotel, and with my love of exquisite hotels as well as wanting to live out my own Ischian summer adventures, this seemed like the perfect way to explore this beautiful verdant island. What once had been considered as Capri’s less glamorous or overlooked sibling mostly catering to locals and other Europeans on holiday, today, Ischia has become that new hot place to go. That place you can’t wait to tell your friends about. Ischia truly has unique luxury accommodations that each show their own characteristics and charm. This tiny island has it all, with beaches, wineries, thermal springs, its own castle, and even a botanical garden to boot. With its proximity to Naples, you can see influences in the cuisine, and dare I say, the pizza on the island is one of the best I’ve ever had. After reaching out to all our expert Italian friends who have been visiting this gem of an island annually for decades, I experienced this beautiful island for myself and put together a list of all the best places to consider when planning your trip. I already can't wait to return!

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Where to stay in Ischia, Italy

Mezzatorre Hotel & Thermal Spa

From the hoteliers behind Il Pellicano, this glam Ischia outpost attracts a low-key crowd to its Gulf of Naples perch.

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San Montano Resort & Spa

Upscale property overlooking the Pontine Islands with nautical-themed rooms and suites.



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Albergo Della Regina Isabella

Stylish high-end hotel located in a tranquil bay in Ischia, Italy surrounded by private beaches and Mediterranean pinewoods, featuring a thermal spa and fine dining restaurant.

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Things to do in Ischia, Italy

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  • Aragonese Castle - Built in 474BC, with a storied past including Syracusan Greek Hiero I to Alfonso of Aragon, Aragonese today is a wonderful tourist site to walk around. The castle is situated on a rocky inlet and juts out from the main island on the Northeast Coast of Ischia, connected by a causeway. Start from the very top of the castle and make your way down to the ground level.

  • Negombo Springs - Ischia is known for its warm springs, and none are more famous or popular than Negombo. Beautiful gardens surround a dozen pools (each with its own temperature). Overlooking the gorgeous San Montano beach, this is the perfect spot to relax and soak it all in.

  • Sant’Angelo - The most charming town on the southern part of Ischia, and rumored to be where former German Chancellor Angela Merkel would base her holidays. A wonderful town at the very southern tip of Ischia to walk around, grab lunch, and watch the boats in the marina.

  • Scannella Beach Club - THE beach club to go to in Ischia, Scannella is situated down the side of a very, very steep cliff to the water. Come here for the ultimate relaxing day, surrounded only by the sparkling blue sea and natural rock formations. Scannella has three warm water pools, and a great restaurant for lunch. Scannella is only accessible by walking down a few hundreds of steps, which we did and do not recommend, or by taking a short boat ride from Sant’Angelo. Pro tip: take the boat ride!

  • Giardini la Mortella - One of the most beautiful private gardens in all of Italy. Created by Susan Walton, wife of composer William Walton, in 1958, the meticulous tender loving care they had put into this place absolutely shows. Great to explore for a morning or afternoon when you want a break from the beaches. Throughout the summer there are concerts held in its recital hall.

Ischia is amazing on its own, but if you have the time, combine it with a stay on the Amalfi Coast and get the full experience of being able to explore and spend time in popular Positano/Amalfi/Ravello areas, as well as enjoy some relaxing island time on Ischia.

Places to eat & drink in Ischia, Italy

A swimming pool view in Ischia
  • O’Pignattello - An elegant restaurant in the heart of Lacco Ameno, and dare I say, one of the best restaurants in Ischia. Owned by a young couple, this is definitely worth coming to. Using traditional dishes made with local ingredients but with a sophisticated edge, many call this their favorite restaurant in Ischia. Very well curated wine list, including some fantastic Champagnes, and incredible service!

  • Dani Maison - The only 2 Michelin star restaurants on the island, Dani Maison is where you want to go for an impressive and special evening. Starting off with apertivi in the garden with a glass of Champagne, they then lead you indoors to your table for the evening for the most fantastic tasting menu. Each course is a work of art from Chef Nino de Constanzo. There is also a great wine list, boasting many of Europe’s top wineries. Come hungry!

  • Saturnino - Lovely romantic restaurant in Forio. If you love seafood, this is your spot. Wonderful spot for a date, when we went the restaurant was lively and completely full. You can choose a tasting menu (and let them surprise you) or also order a la carte.

  • Terra E Sapori - Traditional Ischian fare. Very casual, authentic restaurant surrounded by vineyards just inland from Forio. Not walkable from Forio, will need a car or taxi to get there, but well worth it! Get their full antipasti plate, everything is amazing, and end with the owner’s own digestif!

Need to Know

For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Bella Rose's guide, The All-Access Guide to Ischia, Italy.

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