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5 Best Views in Ischia
Discover beautiful sights worthy of postcards on one of Italy's most charming islands
When you're on the island, there are many moments in which you feel as though you are standing in the middle of a painting. In my humble opinion, these experiences are never more poignant than when you're looking at the scene from one of these postcard-worthy views:
4. Mont Epomeo
Sandra Jontz wrote about her experience climbing Epomeo for Stars and Stripes in 2012 [LINK: http://www.stripes.com/travel/europe-travel/quick-trips/ischia-island-on-top-of-the-world-italian-style-1.177795], and she offers a detailed description of what you'll experience along the way. She points out that Ischia's tourism officials call the view the best in the world, which I obviously think is an exaggeration because I made it the fourth best view in Ischia.
One of the best parts of hiking Epomeo – say my relatives who have done it – is the chance to ring the bell at the Church of San Nicola, which dates back to the 1500s and is closed to visitors but still stands. Of course, all the Ischitani I know, who have made the trip, always brought sandwiches and water and made a picnic of it.
3. Nitrodi or the Old Road to Maronti Beach
Personally, I prefer Nitrodi because the natural beauty is what makes Ischia special and the beach with all its restaurants, hotels, and striped umbrellas, has become rather commercial in recent years. Plus, at Nitrodi, you can take a shower under thermal waters, take a nap, and then take in the scenery. That's a lot of great "taking" for one day.
Whenever I mentioned that I was writing a story about the best views in Ischia, everyone shouted Cartaromana. It had to be No. 1. It was a given. The focal point of the island is the Castello Aragonese, which at different points in its history served as a home for royalty, a fortress for the Neapolitans, a dungeon and torture chamber, and even a love shack. Today, it is a museum, hotel, and restaurant. I've experienced all three, and they are nothing short of amazing. In fact, the view from the window of my hotel room (where my husband and I spent our first wedding anniversary) could have made the list. You take in the scene of the magnificent bridge that connects the castle to the island, the fisherman selling fresh catches literally as they grab the suckers, and the quaint town of Ischia Ponte with its tiny shops and restaurants.
From Cartaromana, however, you see the castle in the middle of the ocean (with boats surrounding it in spring, summer, and even fall), the rocks that have naturally risen from the sea that look like giant cupcakes iced with more of the greenery that has made Ischia famous, and people lounging at the Cartaromana beach and on some of those rocks (if it's hot enough, of course).
What makes this scene so lovely is the fact that you are witnessing history and nature untouched. Sure, the castle has been repaired and renovated over the years (even rebuilt), but those who performed the work were careful to maintain its original look and protect as much of its original structure as possible. Surrounded by more of that emerald ocean and all that greenery, you might just have found your happy place.
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