“Tra i monti viola dorme | Napoli bianco vestita, | Ischia sul mare fluttua | Come nube purpurea; | La neve tra i crepacci | Sta come studio candido di cigni; | Il nero Vesuvio leva il capo | Cinto di rossi riccioli.
Hans Christian Andersen
The island was the first Greek settlement in the Tyrrhenian area founded in 18BC by the Greeks and originally named Pithekousa (island of Pithekou monkeys or Pithoivases of clay).
More than for its stunning scenery and beaches Ischia is well known one of the leading Natural springs centres in Europe thanks to its volcanic nature. You can find fumaroles, mud pools and springs spread across the town. Many sites are highly qualified for any type of therapy thanks to advanced scientific research.