Ischia is an ideal location for a relaxing getaway, especially if you visit in May, June, or September when the high-season crowds aren't at their peak and you can enjoy the island's leisurely atmosphere and natural beauty in relative peace.
Here are a few ideas for a three-day stay on Ischia at a relaxed pace:
Once you've arrived at your hotel, get an overview of the island of Ischia with a tour by land to see its highlights and views.
- Rent a scooter: independent couples who already have experience driving a scooter can explore the island on their own.
- Hire an open-air taxi: on Ischia, you can explore via a traditional open-air taxi (similar to a tuk tuk or rickshaw). These fun vehicles seat 4 passengers on benches covered with an awning, and a three-hour tour of the island costs around EUR 80.
You can ask your hotel reception or concierge to book a taxi or have a rental scooter delivered directly to your hotel.
After you've cased the island, it's time for an afternoon aperitivo and walk in vibrant Ischia Porto: on the "riva destra" there are a number of lively bars and cafès perfect for an aperitivo...our favorite is Porto 51.
For dinner, you can stay on the riva destra of the port to dine at Terrazza di Mimì or get a waterfront table at Dai Tu near Punta Molino. Otherwise, stroll (or take a scooter or bus) to Ischia Ponte where you can visit the historic center and Castello Aragonese before dining in one of the many traditional trattorias like Da Cocò or Da Ciccio.
For a walk after dinner, we suggest heading back to Ischia Porto and taking Via Roma, the main thoroughfare lined with shops open late into the evening and cocktail bars with live music and entertainment.
The few dance clubs on Ischia are also located here, including “New Valentino”. Otherwise, for nightlife the best spot is again the riva destra, where the island's youth gather for cocktails late into the night...
Dedicate your second day to "taking the waters" at Ischia's famed thermal baths! Linger over breakfast and then head to one of the two most famous thermal spas on the island: Poseidon or Negombo. Both offer a number of thermal pools at various temperatures, a sandy beach with crystalline water, and a spa center for massages and treatments. There's no better way to relax for a day!
Poseidon or Negombo: Which is Best?
Both of these thermal baths are beautiful, but we prefer the atmosphere at Negombo, with a lush garden, a number of private terraces, and excellent cafè and restaurants. Remember that the spa grounds are very steep, so those who have limited mobility and problems climbing stops may want to opt for Poseidon. Children are not allowed in Poseidon, while at Negombo children under 12 are not allowed in the thermal baths (this type of spring water is not recommended for children under 12).
After your day at the spa, you can take a stroll through one of the many villages on Ischia. We recommend Forio, which has pretty historic lanes and artisan workshops. Try to arrive in time to take in the sun set from the terrace in front of the Church of Santa Maria del Soccorso: if you're lucky, you may catch sight of the rare “green ray”, a flash of emerald light just as the sun dips below the sea. Be sure to make a wish!
For dinner, try one of the many farm restaurants on the island to sample authentic country cooking. In Forio, we recommend Cantina di Zio Jack (call to request their shuttle service, as the road to the farm is hard to navigate) or head inland to try coniglio all’ischitana at Il Focolare.
Your schedule today depends on how much time you have before you have to catch the ferry. If you aren't leaving until the afternoon, deposit your bags at your hotel and spend the morning visiting the Mortella Gardens, one of the most beautiful parks in Italy. Afterwards, head to Borgo di Sant’Angelo to enjoy this postcard-perfect hamlet. From here, you can take a water taxi to the Baia di Sorgeto or walk to Fumarole, two spots on Ischia where there are open public thermal springs.
Your relaxing break on Ischia has come to an end, so it's time to hop on a ferry and bid arrivederci to Ischia!