Wondering what to see in Ischia in a day? Here are the places and experiences not to be missed, from the Castle to the Archaeological Museum.
In the eyes of the visitor, Ischia is a paradise of beauty and well-being in all seasons. A place dominated by water, from the crystal clear sea that caresses its shores to the natural hot springs that rise further inland, among terraces and tuff caves. If in the past we have already suggested the must-see stops for a relaxing romantic weekend in Ischia, today we want to accompany you in the discovery of other unmissable places and experiences on the island, also suitable for those who can devote only a day trip to it. Yes, because even a few hours are enough to appreciate the charm and history of this pearl of the Phlegrean Islands: come with us and discover what a day trip in Ischia can offer!
The first stop: the Aragonese Castle
More than spas and beaches. Our one-day tour of Ischia starts from the Aragonese Castle, which has very ancient origins: the first construction dates as far back as 474 BC. The fortress, which later became a symbol of the power of the House of Aragon, dominates the coast from the top of an islet that houses churches, gardens, convents, prisons, and viewpoints suspended between sky and sea. Easy to visit, the castle is open all year round, 7 days a week, from 9 am to sunset.
Visit Ischia in one day: the enchantment of Forio
Forio d’Ischia is the island’s largest and most picturesque township. It’s wonderful to lose yourself strolling through its alleyways: admire the central Piazza San Gaetano, visit the Basilicas of San Vito and Santa Maria di Loreto, and don’t miss the splendid church of Soccorso, overlooking the sea, with its snow-white ceramic tiles reminiscent of those in the most beautiful towns on the Amalfi Coast. Forio is also known for its majestic towers, dating back to the time when the island had to defend itself from Saracen raids.
The Archaeological Museum of Pithecusae
Among the things to see in Ventotene, another beautiful island in the Tyrrhenian Sea, we previously suggested you focus on archaeology by visiting the local museum, which is rich in underwater artifacts. And in Ischia, too, you have several options for immersing yourself in the charms of the past even for just one day: housed inside Villa Arbusto, a splendid 17th-century villa in Lacco Ameno, the Archaeological Museum of Pithecusae illustrates the history of the island from prehistoric to Roman times through more than a thousand artifacts.
Here you can marvel at the vestiges of the peoples who have conquered Ischia over the centuries and even see the famous Cup of Nestor, the celebrated cup described by Homer himself!
Ischia in a day: the island tour by sea
To appreciate an overall view of the beauty of Ischia, as a last treat, we recommend that you take a tour of the island by sea. Local boat services offer several options for scenic excursions that depart from the island’s three ports: Ischia Porto, Casamicciola and Forio. This is your chance to admire the bays, inlets and natural sculptures drawn by the rocks and water from a splendid vantage point.
To Ischia with Italo
Getting to the wonderful places we have described is easier than you might think: thanks to the partnership between Italo and Snav, you can reach Ischia in an hour by ferry (at a discounted price) from the port of Naples. Why not organize a short two-day trip to Naples and combine a tour of the island immersed in history and nature? Ischia will remain in your heart, we are sure of it!