In the ancient world it was known as Pithecusae, Aenaria, Inanime, Iscla, today it is called Ischia, the perfect place for language courses in Italy. Situated on the extreme western part of the Gulf of Napoli, is amongst some of the most renown coastal areas for thermal centers, both in Italy and abroad. The island has a circumference of only 39 kms, an area of 47km sq. And a population of around 60.000 inhabitants spread throughout the six communities (Ischia, Casamicciola, Lacco Ameno, Forio, Serrara Fontana, Barano). The highest part of the island is at the top of Mt. Epomeo (788ft) which has been an extinct volcano since 1302. The island enjoys a mild climate, with temperatures around 18-20 ° by day and falls to 12-14 ° at night. Recently it very rarely drops lower than 15° Celsius.
Therms and tourism
Colonised by the ancient greeks which amed the island, PITHECUSAE which referred to the terracotta vase production; the island has always been sustained by fishing and agriculture since. It was the Romans who discovered the curative potential of the thermal springs, it became the most prestigious nuceas for thermal baths in the Roman Empire. Today there are 120 thermal bath establishments and of which GIARDINI POSEIDON, il NEGOMBO e il CASTIGLIONE are the biggest and most recognised, along with their hotels. Other than the famous baths, the island is also distinguished by its natural heritage the gorgeous beaches and beautiful bays (almost all of which contain natural springs). "Il coniglio all'ischitana" (rabbit) and the "zuppa di pesce" (Fish soup) are the island’s tradition platters along with the other Mediterranean dishes so appreciated abroad, the gastronomic flair contains the double spirit of the island, that of Marine and woodland.