Cruise Port Atlas | Ischia, Italy Day Trips | Attractions

Ischia, Italy Day Trips | Attractions

With limited time in port, planning is the best way to make the most of your time. Should you strike out on your own? Should you hire a local guide? Or should you book a shore excursion offered by the cruise line or an international tour company? Below we have listed the attractions and activities that many other cruisers have enjoyed. This information should help you plan.

The advantage to cruise line tours is that they are timed for your visit and give you flexibility to change your mind after your trip begins. The advantage of using a large international firm is that tours are often less expensive than cruise sponsored tours. The advantage to using a local tour company or guide is that prices can be significantly lower or you may be able to get a customized trip just to see the attractions that interest you most.

Cruise lines that visit Ischia: None scheduled at this time

Recommended Attractions: Aragonese Castle, Maronti Beach, Citara Beach, English Beach, Pescatori Beach, La Mortella, Villa Ravino, Spas and Volcanic Waters

Batumi BoulevardAragonese Castle

Port to Castle - 2.5 KM, 10 minutes

The first castle was built on this islet off the east coast of Ischia by Greek Syracusan ruler Gerone in 474 BC. It was a natural spot and because of its steep sides easily defended. When the island’s Mount Epomeo erupted in 1301, the people made their way to the safer islet, crowding over 1000 families onto it for a significant period. Much of the current castle and the stone causeway were built in the 15th century by Alfonso D'Aragona. The castle features incredible views of the cathedral with its stucco work open to the sky due to British bombing during World War II, the Nun's Cemetery, and a torture museum. The main castle is not open to the public, but there is still plenty to see.

Photo by Rolf Cosar

Sun, Fun and Spas   Plants from all over the world   Sea and Garden views   Flowers and Walking  

Uneven surfaces and hills    Somewhat Wheelchair Accessible

Batumi Botanical Garden ViewLocal Beaches

The most famous is Maronti Beach (right) which features thermal spas and all the comforts you’d expect at a well-developed beach area. Citara Beach, on the west coast near Foria, is adjacent to the Poseiden Garden Spa facility. Closer to where your ship docks are the Pescatori and English Beaches.

Sun, Fun and Spas   Plants from all over the world   Sea and Garden views   Flowers and Walking  

Strenuous Walking    No Wheelchair Accessibility


William Walton's GardenForio's Gardens

Port to Forio - 10 Km, 25 minutes

A number of wealthy immigrants to the island built estates and gardens in and near the islands western city of Forio. Most famous is the garden of William Walton, the English composer. Known as La Mortella (right), the garden was designed by famed British landscape designer Russell Page, and was a place of repose for the musical genius. The Gardens at Villa Ravino were created by owner Captain Giuseppe D'Ambra over a period of 50 years as a botanical garden. They have received awards for their eco-friendly design.

Views from hillside of the harbor   For children who like being outside   Formal English Garden   Unique Plants  

Flat Walking    Not Wheelchair Accessible

Volcanic Thermal Springs

The geothermal springs and volcanic mud that are featured at spa areas on the island have attracted visitors for centuries. Casamicciola Terme is perhaps Europe's oldest town featuring thermal baths, located on the island's north coast not far from the central peak, Mount Epomeo. It is also the island's center of seismic activity. Other spa locations can be found in many hotels, both expensive and reasonable. There are caves with natural steam, hot jets along the shore, and outdoor mud baths.

Geothermal Waters and Volcanic Muds   Many spas in natural settings  

Accessibility varies depending on the location.

Interests Key:

Art Architecture Beach Children Wild Animals Local Cuisine Flora Gardens-Parks Geology

Diving UNESCO Views Wine Dance Music Shopping History Hiking

Walking & Wheelchair Accessibility:

No Walking Easy Walking Normal Walking Difficult Walking Accessible Limited Not Accessible