Casamicciola Terme (Ischia)
This small town on the northern shore of the island of Ischia is famous for its abundance of thermal springs, so much so that "thermal" is part of its name.
Three things to do in Casamicciola
- Stroll on the promenade
- Relax in the Parco Termale del Castiglione
- Sample the food at “Focolare”, a restaurant in the hills
Given its rich thermal springs, Casamicciola is one of the top tourist destinations on the island. A number of the most important thermal spas are located here, including Pio Monte della Misericordia that once treated Naples' poor.
Some of these historic thermal baths and their adjacent grand hotels were destroyed in the devastating earthquake in 1883. One of the few hotels that remain standing from before the quake is Hotel Terme Manzi, founded in 1860.
After the earthquake, the town was rebuilt at a lower elevation on the seafront, and you can admire the Art Nouveau architecture from the beginning of the 20th century that lines the waterfront promenade.
The Parco Termale del Castiglione
If you want to "take the waters" in Casamicciola, the best place to head is the “Parco Termale Oasi Castiglione”. This large spa estate has ten pools at a variety of temperatures, a seafront, and two restaurants. Entrance is EUR 28.
Behind Casamicciola, the Bosco della Maddalena is a pleasant pine wood where you can walk uphill to Creatio. There are a number of steam vents and small volcanic cones that open up from the thick vegetation on the forest floor.
If you are visiting this area, stop at the “ Il Focolare” farm restaurant run by the D’Ambra family, where you can sample local specialties like the famous coniglio all'ischitana rabbit dish. Ask to see the wine cellar carved from the tufo stone cliff!
Beaches at Casamicciola
- Spiaggia della Marina: located along the waterfront between Casamicciola and Lacco Ameno, this beach is perfect for families with children with shallow water and fine sand.
- Bagnitiello: a rocky beach with thermal springs located near the Parco Termale del Castiglione.