The biggest island in the Gulf of Naples, and is one of the most famous seaside and touristic spa centres within Italy. The ancients called it Pitecusae. It’s beauty has not gone unnoticed by the jet set Jacqueline Kennedy and Liz Taylor are two who have been lured by the bright sun and soft winds. Ischia was also the backdrop for the 1999 Hollywood film The Talented Mr Ripley and has been the location for many Italian films.
Today, the island of Ischia has become a well known tourist centre for its unequalled natural beauty, its mild climate, its therapeutic thermal springs, and for its modern tourist facilities. The landscape is varied and aside from the beautiful beaches, the island boasts mountains, hills, majestic promontories, spectacular volcanic cliffs, ancient forests and beautiful gardens. There are also many beautiful historic sites to visit and the chalk white of the island houses glimpsed among the green of the vineyards, the bluish green of the olive groves and the dark green of the orange and lemon groves add to it’s charm and beauty.
Best times to visit
The Island of Ischia is abundant with natural beauty as a result, the best time to visit the island are undoubtedly May and June, as the long days and the moderate temperatures (generally between 25 and 30 degrees) enable you to swim, sunbathe and enjoy the open air, you will also avoid the crowds which arrive during July and August.
We also recommend the period between the second half of September and the end of October, since as well as the mild climate, this is an interesting time of year in the countryside. The grape harvest takes place in September, and olives at the end of October. Guests at the Ring are invited to assist in the family’s vineyard and olive grove learning the art of wine and oil making.
During the summer period, in particular between the end of June and the start of September, the temperature can reach levels of over 40°C with high moisture content, and even during the night temperatures rarely drop below 30/33°C.
Don’t forget your high factor sun-creams since during daytime hours, and especially at the beach, the strong sunlight can cause burns and allergies.
The temperatures before June and after September are more moderate.