ISCHIA

Ischia, known as the Green island, is another volcanic island that forms the extreme point of the Campi Flegrei.
Much bigger than the other islands (Capri, Procida), it hosts also an old dead volcano and dozen of still active thermal springs. In fact, one of its best attractions are these thermal baths and beauty treatments offered in comfortable and attractive resorts by the sea.

But Ischia, or better Pythecusa was also the first colony of Magna Grecia (VIII cent.) and it has a small but rich museum dedicated to the findings of the old greek colony. The highlight is for sure the Nestore’s bowl.
Greeks coming from Eubea settled in the area of Mount Vico building the acropolis, temples and walls. In 322 b.C. Romans conquered Ischia (and Naples) and Ottaviano Augusto gave it to Naples in exchange for Capri for which he completly fell in love.
The island was then invaded by the Heruli then by the Ostrogoths (V cent. a.D.) before being annexed to the Western Roman Empire by Byzantins. Saracens arrived and destroyed everything in 813 and 847. Ischia known then the dominion of Normans, Svevians, Angioins and Borbons following the story of Naples.

Interesting cultural tours are possible in the several municipalities of the island: the Aragonese Castle, built in 474 b.C. on a rock near the island by Hiero I of Syracuse, is the witness of Ischia's history. Not to be lost a visit to the beautiful La Mortella Gardens with tropical and Mediterranean plants and to the Villa La Colombaia.

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