A tour around Ischia and Naples: what to visit and what to do! (video)

Are you curious to learn about two of the most famous places in Italy? Do you want to have some information about these incredible places? Then this vlog is perfect for you! Ischia is a volcanic island in the north of the Gulf of Naples, and it is famous for its thermal baths, its crystal clear water, and its breathtaking views. Whereas, Naples is the regional capital of Campania and one of the most fascinating cities in the Mediterranean area: an incredible scenery surrounds this city that has an immeasurable cultural heritage.

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THINGS TO SEE IN ISCHIA

  • CASTELLO ARAGONESE

It is a fortified building of the 5th century erected on a rocky island of the east part of Ischia. It is a building full of history, with breathtaking views and places that convey the strength of this castle that allows you not only to enjoy its art and culture but also to understand in a better way our past and our future. You can visit the castle by passing through various places: the Chiesa dell’Immacolata, the Convento di S.Maria della Consolazione, the Cattedrale dell’Assunta, the Carcere Borbonico, and the different terraces, among which the Ulivi’s one is one the most fascinating. Today the castle represents an important tourist attraction that is open to the public every day, even though during this current state of emergency due to COVID19,  the castle is reachable only through the pedestrian path.

 

  • SANT’ANGELO

Sant’Angelo is an ancient fishing village near Serrara Fontana that offers sensational views, peace, and tranquillity. Among the most interesting things you can see in this place, you can find the historic center that is full of shops and restaurants, the Chiesa di San Michele Arcangelo, the Cave Petrelle where you can find the characteristic “stufe”; in particular, Cava Grado is one the most visited beaches not only because of its beauty but also because of its two thermal centers.

 

  • SORGETO

Baia di Sorgeto is surrounded by rocky walls, and it is a well renowned and highly appreciated place because it offers the possibility of taking thermal baths for free and directly into the sea, thanks to the mix of hot and cold water, and fresh and saltwater. Here, tourists can relax, enjoy the benefits of thermal waters and also unwind in the restaurant where, among the many offers, it’s also possible to buy thermal muds. To have access to these thermal baths, you have to go through a pedestrian path from which you can enjoy an incredible view over the whole bay, or you can also use a taxi boat to get to this place. Moreover, Baia di Sorgeto is open day and night, both during winter and during summer.

 

  • ESCURSIONE IN BARCA

It is one of the activities that you absolutely have to do when you visit the island for the first time: only in this way you can admire the island’s beauty from a different perspective and, during those days when the island is especially crowded, you can escape the mass of tourists and enjoy some peace and tranquillity. With a boat tour, you have the chance of admiring the rugged southern coast and the northern one that is less irregular, the crystal clear water, and the natural landscapes that are typical of this area. The presence of a local tourist guide offers the opportunity of discovering Ischia’s curiosities and secrets, making this experience even more riveting.

 

  • GROTTA VERDE

It is a natural beauty found in the south-eastern part of the island that you can reach by sea and can only visit if you swim there. Grotta Verde is a natural cave that originated from marine erosion and has a shallow seabed of sand. The name of this cave comes from the phenomenon that colors your skin of a very bright green due to the sunlight and its reflection on the water.

 

THINGS TO SEE IN NAPLES

  • PIAZZA DEL PLEBISCITO

It is one of the most famous squares of the city, and it is placed in the historic center, at the end of Via Toledo, and surrounded by a big colonnade. Its surface covers more than 25 thousand m2, and it is enclosed by notable historic buildings. In this square, you can admire two equestrian statues of Carlo III e  Ferdinando I, designed by Antonio Canova and Antonio Calì. Moreover, among the landmarks you can admire in this amazing square, there is the Chiesa di San Francesco di Paola, one of the most remarkable examples of the Italian neoclassical architecture; the Palazzo della Prefettura, erected on the remains of an old Dominican monastery and currently used as the headquarters of the authority that presides over the provincial territory; the Palazzo Salerno, constructed towards the end of the 18th century and now employed as the location of some of the offices of the Italian Army.

 

  • PALAZZO REALE

This building, which was endowed by king Filippo III of Spain, is one of the most important buildings of the Piazza del Plebiscito. In the past, it was a Bourbon residence whereas nowadays, it is a highly appreciated attraction because of its art and history; in the building, you can also visit the Biblioteca Nazionale di Napoli and the Giardino Pensile, recently recovered, whose structure is supposed to reproduce and update the original project that dates back to the 18th century.

 

  • IL LUNGOMARE

Tourists who visit Naples for the first time cannot skip the stroll down the lungomare of the city. It is a relaxing walk that allows you to admire the most famous and captivating views and monuments of the city: the promontory of Posillipo, the volcano Vesuvio, Capri, and so much more. The promenade down the lungomare develops alongside the coast and leads to areas that are known for their art, their uniqueness but also for the shopping and the nightlife. In particular, Borgo Marinari, a small characteristic port on the Isolotto di Megaride, is a must-see stop for those who love and appreciate good food.

 

  • VIA TOLEDO

It is one of the most famous streets in the city. It develops for about 1 km and connects Piazza Dante to Piazza Trieste e Trento. On its itinerary, it intersects with other streets, that are equally relevant, churches, and important buildings. Since the 16th century, Via Toledo has been known for its cultural activities and its shopping. Moreover, there are a lot of bars and places where you can taste some of the local specialties, such as sweet and savory sfogliatelle.

 

  • SPACCANAPOLI

It is a road that crosses the historic center of the city, from Quartieri Spagnoli to Quartiere di Forcella and since the Greek and Roman periods, it has represented a major arterial road. Its name comes from the fact that this road cuts the city in a straight line. Along Spaccanapoli, you can admire some notable buildings such as Palazzo Carafa di Maddaloni, Chiesa di Santa Maria del Presidio, Chiesa di Santa Maria ad Ogni Bene dei sette dolori and Complesso di Santa Maria dello Splendore.

 

  • CASTEL NUOVO

This iconic building, also known as Maschio Angioino, was built in a strategic position towards the end of the 13th century during the reign of Carlo I d’Angiò. For many years, it had been used as a royal residence and fortress, but also as the abode of many artists and intellectuals such as Giotto and Boccaccio. Under the rule of the Aragonese, the castle started to be used a lot more like a fortress, and its structure became more resistant and stronger; during the reign of the Bourbons, factories and houses began to develop near the castle, but in the first decades of the 20th century, the project of isolation to maintain the castle’s historic value and requalify the area started. Currently, the castle houses the Museo Civico, a major cultural center of the city, and a destination for many tourists.

 

The itinerary between Ischia and Naples is complete, but if you are curious and you want to learn more about Italian beauties, have a look at the videos vlog su Bologna, Verona, and Polignano a mare. Don’t miss them!

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