Where to go to indulge in Roman splendor and wellness. Ischia is for pampering like they did in ancient times. What makes the visit even better is the delicious Italian food and living in a beautiful villa from the 1600’s.
This beautiful villa in Barano D’Ischia was built between the end of 1600’s and early 1700’s. Over the years the descendants of the family have restored the villa, but kept the classic style of this farmhouse.
In the garden you can find a lot of fresh fruit and vegetable depending on season, including tomatoes, eggplant and peppers. From March to August you can enjoy zucchinis, radishes, peas, different beans, lettuce and potatoes. The season of sweet orange is from autumn to spring, while lemons are fresh throughout the year. And grapes for days – never seen so many grapevines! (Bonus: they taste like wine…)
The closest, elongated beach is Maronti beach. Here you can find restaurants with sunbeds and umbrellas. On the way down to the beach you drive past Paradise Restaurant on a clip. This is the perfect sunset spot!
The Thermal Baths of Cavascura
The old Romans knew how to indulge in splendor and wellness, and Ischia is one of the few islands that still have natural thermal baths. Situated 300 meters from Maronti beach, straight into the mountain. The thermal baths of Cavascura is hollowed into the rock of a deep valley.
Here you can live like a true Roman! The thermal baths of Cavascura offers preserved caves, a small waterfall and sauna and hot spring heated from the volcano. Treat yourself and take the full package, included the mud mask for face and body. This is a truly amazing experience!
Ischia has one of the richest and most varied hydrothermal resources in the world because of the volcano, so you can find several thermal parks throughout the island. Try Poseidon Thermal Garden or Negomobo Thermal Park, if you want a full spa day.
The Spring of the Nymphs of Nitrodi
If you want to a therapeutically treatment for body and mind, like they did in Roman times, this is something worth experiencing. The spring of the nymphs of Nitrodi is situated on the top of the mountain and is surrounded by aromatic and medical plants. The water of Nitrodi is known for giving special therapeutic benefits, so people come here to bath and drink the water.
Daytrip to Procida
From Ischia you can easily visit the famous Amalfi Coast. Boats go almost every day, but you may need to spend a night if you go to for instance Positano and Sorrento.
If you want to experience another island, but don’t feel like going so far (and avoid the crowd), Procida is a perfect option. Situated 30 minutes with boat, you find this little colorful island. Boats go all day every day from early morning to late night, and it’s almost just Italians going to work here (off season).
Walk around in the cobblestone streets and take in the beautiful Italian culture on every corner. The fortress gives a magnificent view of the coastline and is an ideal sunset spot. If you want to stay for a couple of days, you need to stay at La Casa sul Mare Hotel.
Worth mentioning about going to Ischia:
Ischia is located about two hours from the port of Napoli. You can easy get around the island with bus, but if you want explore from north to south, car is the best way. Barano D’Ischia is a great place to stay with both groceries shops and small Italian tavernas.