Me and a friend decided (quite spontaneously) to go to Italy for a few days in May. We found cheap flight to Naples and then explored what else we could see in the surroundings. After really liking the islands near Naples we decided to sleep two night on Ischia and two nights in Naples. First I want to describe Ischia, and I’ll make a separate post for Naples.
At the beginning we didn’t plan to do too much sightseeing – we were much more interested in food and relaxing. However (not the first time this happened!) our days were quite packed with things to see because we still wanted to see everything. So here it is – the full itinerary for the island of Ischia!
Our adventure started in a typical Italian manner – with a 2-hour wait for a bus that’s supposed to run every half an hour. :) There’s a circular line called CD that runs around the island and connects all major tourist attractions. We bought day tickets in Tabbacheria (you can’t buy tickets on the bus) and when the bus came we were finally on our way to our first stop – Monte Epomeo, the highest mountain of the island. From Fontana where the bus stops you need to walk for about 45 minutes to reach the top of Monte Epomeo. It was already hot (can’t imagine how it must be in summer) so we were really glad when we finally came to the top. We didn’t have an exact plan so we decided to take another way down to Serrara instead of Fontana. It turned out to be much longer but there were beautiful views from every corner.
view of Sant’ Angelo from Serrara
When we reached Serrara we first stopped for a big glass of freshly squeezed orange juice instead of hopping on the bus right away. We sat on a bench with a great view of Sant’ Angelo beneath, sipping our juice and hoping that the next bus will come in less than 2 hours this time. Luckily it did and we continued our way towards Forio. It was already quite late so after a quick walk in the old town we chose a restaurant and sat down for some pizza and a glass of wine. After dinner we got some ice creams and watch the sun fall into the sea before heading back home to Ischia.
Chiesa del Soccorso, Forio
The next day we were already on our way to Naples. On our way we stopped for a quick walk around Procida, which was a bit gloomy because of the weather, but I still found it beautiful.
We didn’t have plenty of time but we managed to see most of the tourist attractions in one day, which would be even easier without a two-hour wait for the first bus. Do you know what the driver said to us after we complained about the delay a little? He said “The bus comes maybe every half an hour, but you know everything in life is maybe.”