Ischia: the perfect late summer holiday

Homer quoted them in the Iliad, Virgil in the Aeneid. And even Pliny and Strabo had talked about it. In fact, Ischia's thermal waters have been known for centuries: since Roman times when many stayed on the island to take advantage of the beneficial properties of its clay.

And, even today, the practice has not changed. So why not extend the summer with a regenerating break on this wonder island? The climate is mild and the prices decidedly contained. An experience that needs to be done at least once in a lifetime. (Fun fact! Ischia's underground hides the largest thermal basin in Europe: 103 springs and 67 fumaroles with salsobromoiodic, alkaline and sulphate waters that flow all over the place).

First time visitors should start with the Poseidon Gardens: 60000 square meters of garden - a real oasis of peace - in the bay of Citara (giardiniposeidonterme.com). The hot water tanks are made of volcanic stone and are surrounded by colorful plants. There is no lack of hydro massage pools surrounded by tall reeds, where you can relax and enjoy priceless moments of silence.

Poseidon Garden Ischia
 
Casamicciola Terme, the second largest municipality in the island by extension, is another of the must-see destinations on the island.  It was once the spa of the Bourbons, a favorite destination of travelers of the European aristocracy: some of the richest and most famous springs of the island, fed by three thermal basins, flow into the town. Famous since ancient times are also the waters of Gurgitello (consecrated to Apollo), the waters of Cotto, de La Rita and the hot springs of Castiglione or Bagnitiello, by the sea.

Casamicciola

Another island's jewel, it's the Negombo (negombo.it): an oasis of water, rare plants and art. Founded in 1946 by the duke Luigi Silvestro Camerini, a great traveler and humanist, the park overlooks the bay of San Montano, which slopes down to the sea among swimming pools, pools, thermal jets, natural caves, contemporary art installations and lush vegetation.


Negombo Thermal Park


Before leaving Ischia, a trip to Ischia Ponte, one of the island's most characteristic villages, is mandatory. An ancient fishing village, sheltered from the traffic and harbor noise. The islet-fortress dominates the landscape and offers one of the most beautiful postcards in the area: it can be reached through the bridge built in the Aragonese era. After a tour of the ruins of the medieval walls, visit the remains of the Church of the Immaculate Conception with the frescoed crypt of Giotto and the adjoining Convent of the Poor Clares with the nuns' cemetery.


Ischia Ponte


Guaranteed rest at the Garden Villas Resort, one of the most exclusive hotels on the island. Most of the 43 rooms have balconies overlooking the lovely and fragrant grounds, whilst some even have jacuzzis. There’s also a spa, a gym, a pool and a restaurant serving superb cuisine.
 

Travel between the 29/09 and the 20/10 to take advantage of the Stay 7 Pay 6 offer

7 nights on a half board basis starts at £930 per person sharing a Deluxe double with balcony sea view including private airport transfers.

Garden Villa Resort

Garden Villas Resort