Ischia and Campania are two important cities in Italy due to various reasons. Brief information about both of these Italian cities is provided in this write-up to help you in planning a trip during next vacations.
The city of Ischia
The city of Ischia is located in the bay of Naples as a volcanic island. It is inhabited by the people of various cultures since thousands of years who found its climate and location favourable. It is located into the Tyrrhenian Sea to the west of Procida. It has a large wealth of natural and undeveloped rustic resources that attracts people from all over the world.
Ischia enjoys high spring humid and transitional type weather all over the year due to its Mediterranean climatic conditions. Though it also has cold winters but most of its visitors visit here during April to October to enjoy its warm climate.
Buonopane or good bread, rabbit, local honey, fish, tomatoes and lentils are among the regional cuisines of Ischia whereas Ischia Bianco DOC, Limoncello, Forestera and Biancolella are its famous regional wines.
When to visit Ischia
Most of the local and foreigner tourists visit Ischia during their holidays in July and August. But people have started visiting this island in other months also as during peak season the prices of hotels and other things rise very high. Though Ischia has mild climate throughout the years but most of them avoid to visit here in winters due to lack of ferries and closure of some of the hotels in this season.
Places of tourist attraction
Mainly sea, beaches and spa resorts are main tourist attractions in Ischia. It has attractive green hilly landscapes and small fishing ports to keep you busy during vacations instead of exploring its developed attractions like International Festival of Classic Music and Festa della Ndrezzata, Fumarole Beach and Pithecusae Archaeological Museum Vinischia. One can enjoy boat trips along with exploring this island through bus and eating and drinking local cuisines on seaside terraces. You can also visit some particular sights within few days during your stay at this island.
The Castello Aragonesei is the most dramatic and grand historical place to visit at this island. It includes a fortress on a rocky hill which offers wonderful views along with dominating its surroundings. It will be interesting to explore its castle that contains a number of interesting sights, macabre museum and a couple of cafes.
The landscape view of the La Mortella garden designed by Russell Page and created by William Walton, a composer, and his wife Susanna, situated at the foot of Monte Zaro between Forio and Lacco Ameno, is another tourist attraction of this island city. It can be visited on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays between April and October. It features wide variety of trees, pools, cascades and a steel fountain. Occasionally concerts are also hosted in this garden.
In order to see the volcanic nature of this island you should visit some of its natural hot springs and fumaroles or steaming geysers like Fumarole on the Maronti beach, some of which have been converted into spas and swimming pools.
City of Campania
The colourful history of Campania spans from the colonization of ancient Greeks to early Roman republic to the period of creative Renaissance when Naples was considered as the second largest European city. Today Campania is known as the home of Neapolitan culture and cuisines and most densely populated region of Italy. It touches the western Mediterranean coast of southern Italy and contains a large number of hills and mountains along with several gulfs, islands.
The weather of Campania is warm in during July and August as well as cold during January and February. Garlic, olives, basil, tomatoes, seafood, spaghetti, mozzarella and ricotta are the regional cuisines of this city whereas Fiano di Avellino, Falanghina and Greco di Tufo are its popular regional wines.
Tourist attractions in Campania
Campania has a large number of places of tourist attraction where every visitor, local and foreigner, will like to visit during his stay in this Italian city. Brief information about some of the main tourist attractions in Campania is provided here under for your guidance.
Borgo Marinaro: You can enjoy your summer evenings here in the lap of waves and chaotic Naples
Arco Felice and its lakes: The air, water, earth and fire generously present unlimited natural vitality at this place.
Castel Nuovo: The bulky castle dominating the seaport of Naples is hard to miss.
Caserta Vecchia: It is a very well preserved hamlet of medieval era founded in 8 century by the Longobards
Doll Hospital: Ospedale delle Bambole – the Doll Hospital is an unusual shop at the centre of Naples.
Colosseum of Santa Maria Capua Vetere: It is the second largest Italian amphitheatre after the famous bulky colosseum Santa Maria Capua Vetere of Rome.
Galleria Umberto I: It is the wonderful shopping at the centre of the city which is known for its architectural beauty.
Lago Fusara: This small lake is just silver land away from the sea, near Naples.
Giardino della Minerva: This green oasis known as the Garden of Minerve lies in the heart of Salerno
Lake of Fusaro: This is a favourite destination for nature and art lovers due to its stunning Vanvitellian complex.
Mount Vesuvius: It is the world’s most recognised volcano.
Medieval Aqueduct: It was built in ninth century to supply water to medieval Salerno.
Piazza Bellini: It is the lively intellectual centre of Campania.
Palazzo Reale of Naples: This extensive palazzo is situated as a royal reminder of the Bourbons reign in Naples, right on the Piazza del Plebiscito.
San Carlo Theater: This luxurious opera house at the centre of Naples is known as the cultural venue of the world.
Terme di Agnano: This natural lake was drained in 1870.
The Royal Palace of Caserta: This grand palace contains all the facilities you can expect in a royal residence along with gracious gardens.
Salerno War Cemetery: This grassy expansion is the peaceful place where more than 1800 commonwealth soldiers are resting after being killed in WWII.
Virgilian Park: This terrace garden is also known as a green oasis at the centre of Naples.