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Departure from Positano

Sail the coastline between Positano and Amalfi
Complete independence
Small gozzo boat or rubber dinghy

Rubber Dinghy 5.70 m and other options...

From € 230 Per boat | Max 6 passengers

Duration 4 hours 7 hours

Excellent
(115 Reviews)
Positano and Amalfi: Boat Tour from Sorrento
Shared

Departure from Sorrento

Visit Amalfi and Positano
Set sail from Sorrento
Water and beverages on board

Amalfi Coast Boat

€ 109 per guest

Duration 8 hours

Excellent
(797 Reviews)
Capri: Boat Tour incl. Blue Grotto
Shared

Departure from Sorrento

Free time to explore Capri
Blue Grotto visit
Small-group tour

Capri Boat + Grotta

€ 109 per guest

Duration 8 hours

Excellent
(797 Reviews)
Shared Gozzo Boat Capri Tour from Positano
Shared

Departure from Positano

Boat tour + 4 free hours to visit Capri by land
See the best of Capri with a 7-hour tour
Departure from Positano

Gozzo Shared Tour

€ 100 per guest

Duration 7 hours

Excellent
(115 Reviews)
Semi-private tour of Pompeii & Mt. Vesuvius from Naples
Shared

Departure from Naples

Authorized guides!
Lunch included
Pick-up and drop off in Naples

Semi-private tour of Pompeii & Mt. Vesuvius from Naples

€ 85 per guest

Duration 8 hours

Excellent
(378 Reviews)
Capri Boat Tour: Open Ticket
Shared

Departure from Capri

Flexible tour date
Admire Capri by sea
Various departure times each day

€ 18 per guest

Duration 1 hour

Excellent
(378 Reviews)

Departure from Amalfi, Positano, Praiano

Private boat tour with skipper
4 or 7 hours to explore Capri from Positano, Praiano or Amalfi
Choice of boats

Romar Pepe Nero and other options...

From € 350 Per boat | Max 4 passengers

Duration 4 hours 7 hours

Excellent
(115 Reviews)

Departure from Sorrento, Amalfi, Positano, Nerano, Massa Lubrense

Free time to visit Capri
Departure from Positano, Amalfi, or Sorrento
Picnic on board

Gozzo Fratelli Aprea 7.50 and other options...

From € 800 Per boat | Max 10 passengers € 900

Duration 8 hours

Excellent
(175 Reviews)
La Dolce Vita: Capri Boat Tour
Shared

Departure from Capri

See the most beautiful side of Capri
Swim in the crystalline bays
Aperitivo on board

Traditional Gozzo Boat

€ 59 per guest

Duration 2 hours

Excellent
(378 Reviews)

Departure from Positano

A private boat at sunset
A romantic Prosecco toast on board
Drop anchor near the Li Galli Islets

Gozzo Fratelli Aprea 7.50 and other options...

From € 200 Per boat | Max 12 passengers

Duration 2 hours

Excellent
(115 Reviews)
Capri Boat Tour with Blue Grotto: Open Ticket
Shared

Departure from Capri

Open ticket: choose your tour date
Admire Capri by sea
Various departure times each day

Motorized Boat for island boat tour

€ 18 per guest

Duration 2 hours

Excellent
(378 Reviews)
Capri Boat Tour from Sorrento, Naples, and More
Shared

Departure from Naples, Pompeii, Sorrento, Castellammare di Stabia, Herculaneum, Portici, Torre del Greco, Piano di Sorrento, Vico Equense

Pick-up locations in Sorrento, Naples, etc.
Visit Capri on land and by sea
English-speaking skipper

Motorized Boat

€ 55 per guest

Duration 8 hours 8 hours 10 hours

Excellent
(378 Reviews)

Ischia Insider: Your Complete Guide

Long stretches of sandy beach, vibrant green hills, natural hot springs, luxury spas, and excellent cuisine that blends seafood classics with inland specialties: Ischia is an ideal Italian destination for those who want a carefree beach holiday where relaxation and wellness are the order of the day.

Ischia is known as “The Green Island” for its lush countryside of Mediterranean flora that covers much of its area.

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Where is Ischia?

Ischia is an island off the coast of southern Italy in the Bay of Naples, and is part of the Campania region that also includes Capri and the Amalfi Coast. Set about 40 minutes off the coast of Naples by ferry and just a few kilometers from the tiny islet of Procida, Ischia is the third most populated island in Italy and is connected to the mainland by ferry all year round. You can catch a hydrofoil to the island from Molo Beverello in Naples or a regular ferry from Calata di Massa in Naples and the town of Pozzuoli. Ferris also run to the island from Sorrento, Capri, Positano, and Amalfi in the summer.

Where should I stay on Ischia?

The island of Ischia is home to six towns: Ischia (divided into Ischia Porto and Ischia Ponte), Casamicciola, Lacco Ameno, Forio, Sant'Angelo, Serrara Fontana, and Barano. The most lively are Ischia Porto, Casamicciola Terme, and Forio with its Bay of Citara and the beaches of Maronti. Those looking for a more laid-back atmosphere can opt to stay on the slopes of Mount Epomeo (Monte Epomeo) between Barano and Serrara Fontana. Sant'Angelo is ideal for a couple who want to holiday in a romantic fishing village atmosphere. There is a wide range of restaurants in all the towns on the island, most of which feature fresh fish and seafood or traditional island dishes like the famed “coniglio all'ischitana” (Ischian rabbit).

Best Place to Stay on Ischia Island

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Which are the best thermal springs and beaches?

Ischia is a volcanic island, rich in hot springs with sulfuric thermal waters gurgling up at different points across the island that have been popular since Roman times. The largest thermal spas are Poseidon, Negombo, and Castiglione. You have to purchase a ticket to enter these thermal parks and access about 30 different natural thermal baths at various temperatures. Free public hot springs are located in the Baia di Sorgeto, where you can also swim in sea water that has been warmed by hot springs that bubble up from the sea floor, and in Cartaromana. The most beautiful beaches on the island are Maronti Beach and the Bay of San Montano.

The Best Beaches on Ischia

What should I see on Ischia?

In addition to beautiful hot springs and beaches, the island of Ischia is home to a number of historic and cultural gems like the imposing Castello Aragonese, which dates from the Middle Ages. The small Pithecusae Archaeological Museum in Villa Arbusto, holds Nestor’s Cup (Coppa di Nestore), one of the oldest surviving examples of the Greek alphabet unearthed until today. You can also visit the beautiful Giardini La Mortella, the Torrione di Forio, and the Chiesa del Soccorso.

When is the best season to visit Ischia?

Tourist season on Ischia begins around Easter and lasts until October. The best time of year to visit Ischia is in spring and September. The busiest months are July and August, when it's warm enough to really appreciate the island's many beaches, but it can also be very crowded.
Most hotels and hot spring spas are closed between November and March, though Ischia does remain somewhat active all year long and the public hot spring spas remain open, unlike other islands in the Bay of Naples.

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Public Hot Springs on Ischia
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Soak for free in these public hot springs

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The Negombo Spa on Ischia
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Taking the waters in a tropical garden

Thermal Spas on Ischia
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For a day of complete R&R

What's your dream hotel?

Choose among our selected and reviewed accommodations on the island, with more than 12.000+ dream rooms reserved.

L'Albergo della Regina Isabella
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5 stars luxury - Lacco Ameno - Ischia

Luxury, glamour & spa on Ischia

  1. Thermal wellness: the best of Ischia's spa tradition
  2. Lifestyle Regina Isabella: your tailor-made vacation
  3. Gourmet, Neapolitan and island cuisine - with a view of the sea
Excellent
(517 Reviews)
Villa Capricorno
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Luxury Villas - Ischia

Ischia luxury at Villa Capricorno

  1. Your private thermal infinity pool
  2. Direct access to the picturesque Spiaggia degli Inglesi beach
  3. Starlit dinners with sweeping views over the Mediterranean
Albergo Il Monastero
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3 stars - Ischia

Nights to remember, inside Ischia's Aragon Castle!

  1. Sleep in a monk's cell, inside Ischia's Aragon Castle
  2. The delicious Southern Italian and island cuisine
  3. The view of the sea and Ischia Ponte from the terrace
Excellent
(366 Reviews)
Mezzatorre Hotel and Thermal SPA
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5 stars - Ischia

Destination spa? Destination Ischia!

  1. The world class spa facilities
  2. The mouth-watering Mediterranean cuisine
  3. The crystal clear sea washing the Bay of San Montano
Excellent
(491 Reviews)
Terme Manzi Hotel & Spa
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5 stars - Casamicciola Terme - Ischia

Limitless luxury at the foot of Mount Epomeo

  1. The ultimate in Mediterranean luxury on the island of Ischia
  2. The world-class spa built on the site of the Gurgitiello spring
  3. Food and and wine with wow! factor
Excellent
(840 Reviews)
Grifo Hotel Charme & Spa
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4 stars - Casamicciola

All the colors of Ischia!

Relax in the pool and spa
Sample the Mediterranean cuisine in the restaurant
Shuttle service 24 hours a day for arrivals and departures

Excellent
(1801 Reviews)

Top sights

Ischia Porto
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The beating heart of Ischia

Sant'Angelo and Serrara Fontana (Ischia)
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From the mountains to the sea

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At the foot of the Castello Aragonese

Casamicciola Terme (Ischia)
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Where thermal waters reign

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The largest town on the island

Sights

The smallest town on Ischia