There are six towns on the island of Ischia, and the largest is the town of Ischia, which is divided into two areas: Ischia Porto and Ischia Ponte. Ischia Ponte is where the famous Castello Aragonese is located, one of the most iconic symbols of the island.
Three things to do in Ischia Ponte
- Visit the Castello Aragonese
- Take a dip at the Scogli di Sant’Anna
- Stroll through the historic center
Ischia Ponte can be easily reached from Ischia Porto in 10 minutes by bus (line 7) or on foot in about 30 minutes (it's a couple of kilometers from the port).
Ischia Ponte is one of the most historic and best preserved villages on the island of Ischia, a former fishermen's village set at the foot of the island's noble castle. At the time is was called “the village of Celsa” as it was home to a number of mulberry tree plantations (called "gelso" in Italian).
The original architecture of the village is largely intact, made up of narrow lanes crowded with historic homes. There is a mix of humble island residences and baroque aristocratic palaces like the Palazzo dell’Orologiaio, today home to a small but interesting marine museum.
The Aragonese Castle
The Castello Aragonese is a citadel with churches, convents, prisons, terraces, and historic residences encircled by a defensive wall, and is set on an islet off the coast of Ischia but connected to the mainland by a bridge built in the 1300s.
- Open daily all year
- Hours: 9AM to sunset
- Tickets: EUR 10 for adults; EUR 6 for children 10 to 14; free for children under 10
- Book a guided tour by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning +39 081 992834
- The path to visit the castle is about 2 kilometers and takes about 1.5 hours
- There are a number of flights of stairs, so the castle is not accessible to wheelchair users
This medieval castle is the most famous symbol of Ischia, and island within the island. The first settlement can be dated to the 5th century BC, and the village was later enlarged and fortified by the Romans. In the 1400s, Alfonso d’Aragona built the castle in its present form and used it as a fortress during wartime and as a residence during peace. The end of the Aragon reign and the waves of plague in the 1600s brought gradual abandonment of the castle, which was used as a prison during the Bourbon reign. After the unification of Italy, the castle was abandoned until 1912, when is was purchased at auction by the Mattera family, who began restoring the complex. It is still owned by the same family today.
Beaches at Ischia Ponte
- Baia di Cartaromana: just steps from the Castello Aragonese, this small bay is known for its pretty Sant’Anna coastal formations There are a number of thermal springs that come up through the sea floor and heat the water.
- Spiaggia del Pescatori: a pretty sandy beach between Ischia Porto and Ischia Ponte
Dining in Ischia Ponte
There are a number of excellent eateries serving traditional island specialties in Ischia Ponte. Our favorites are:
- Da Ciccio
- Da Cocò
- Aglio, Olio e Pomodoro