The Island of Ischia
The charm of the island between ancient and modern
The largest of the Gulf islands is the perfect destination for a relaxing holiday and wellness retreat, without giving up the pleasures of eating and having fun.
Ischia is a diverse geographical area, as well as a cultural one, which brings together six municipalities, each with a well-defined character, each to be discovered. The past and present intertwine in the streets of the historic centres of the island: aristocratic palaces, churches, monuments, as well as shopping streets, modern spas, restaurants and nightlife venues.
The cultural events of the historic centre of Forio and the ancient village of Ischia Ponte are not to be missed. Visit the Aragonese Castle and the Tower of Guevara. Fans of seafaring atmospheres will appreciate the village of Sant’Angelo in Serrara Fontana.
For a complete wellness retreat, we recommend a visit to one of the island's many hydrothermal parks, the largest of which, the Poseidon, is located in Forio’s Citara Bay. You will be spoiled by the many choices of beach resorts: The island offers several sandy beaches, with amenities available for rent, as well as free beaches.
The nightlife is very active all year round; the top spots for night life are on the Right Riviera (Riva Destra) by the port of Ischia and the Coast of Forio.
Events on the Island of Ischia
What to do on the island: Hundred events for every season
One thing is certain: On this island you will never be bored. There are so many events that enrich the Ischian calendar all year.
Holy Friday, Forio
The Passion of Christ, a theatrical rendition of the Via Crucis, takes place in the afternoon/evening on the streets of Forio and ends at the Soccorso Square with the Crucifixion.
Easter Sunday, Forio
“Corsa dell’Angelo” is a sacred representation that takes place in the historic centre of Forio in the morning. This event represents the evangelical episode of the Annunciation of the Resurrection of Christ.
Santa Restituta Festival – May 16th-18th, Lacco Ameno
- May 16th, Bay of San Montano, theatrical representation of the martyrdom and of the landing of Santa Restituta in Lacco Ameno.
- May 17th, sea procession with the statue of the Carthaginian martyr.
- May 18th, procession on the streets with Santa Restituta and great fireworks show.
Feast of Saint Anne – July 26th, Ischia Ponte
Evening show in the bay of the Aragonese Castle with a parade of decorated boats, and the Aragonese Castle fire.
Spring and summer events with dates that vary from year to year:
Andar per Sentieri (Going through Pathways), Forio
Ecological itineraries and visits to rural settlements, Pro Loco Panza. The event takes place in the months of April and May. Website
Ischia Film Festival, Ischia, Aragonese Castle
Film festival that takes place on the Aragonese castle; includes film screenings, meetings with directors and actors, photographic exhibitions. The event takes place in June / July. Sito web
Ischia Global & Music Fest, Lacco Ameno
The event takes place in Lacco Ameno and is dedicated to cinema and music. It includes meetings with directors and actors, free film screenings. The event takes place in July. Sito web
For the duration of the Christmas Holidays, events and festivals are organized on the island by the six municipal administrations.
Among these: The festival of cod on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, an event that takes place simultaneously in the main squares of the island municipalities at noon on the 24th and 31st of December and includes the tasting of fried cod, wine and roasted chestnuts.