How to best spend five days in Ischia, Italy

Craig Farrell of La Collection offers suggested itinerary to make the most of Ischia

Words by Craig Farrell, La Collection

I’ve put together a sample itinerary for a five-night stay on Ischia, at San Montano Resort & Spa.

Day 1: Arrival and Resort Indulgence

Catch a morning ferry from Naples or Sorrento, and in just 20 minutes from the port you’ll arrive at San Montano Resort & Spa. Settle into your room and take in the breathtaking views. Spend the day exploring the resort’s facilities, including the thermal pools and spa. Indulge in a rejuvenating spa treatment to unwind and relax. In the evening, I suggest Acropoli Bar – the laidback terrace enjoys incredible views, the pizza is excellent, as is the cocktail menu.

San Montano Resort & Spa

Day 2: Discovering Ischia’s Charm

Embark on a guided tour of Ischia’s highlights. Visit the Aragonese Castle and explore its historic grounds. Wander through the charming streets of Forio, admiring the traditional architecture and vibrant atmosphere. Enjoy a leisurely lunch at a local trattoria, savoring authentic Italian flavors. In the afternoon, head to the famous Poseidon Thermal Gardens and relax in the healing thermal pools. Return to the resort for a delightful dinner overlooking the mesmerizing sunset – La Veranda Restaurant is the place for seafood lovers – in addition to the delicious a la carte menu, there are the unmissable land and sea tasting menus to sample the areas iconic dishes.

Day 3: Coastal Exploration

Take a boat tour around the island’s coastline, discovering hidden coves and pristine beaches. Stop at picturesque spots like Maronti Beach or Citara Beach for a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear waters. Enjoy a beachside picnic or visit a local seafood restaurant for a mouthwatering lunch. Return to the resort in the afternoon and pamper yourself with a spa treatment or simply unwind by the pool.

Day 4: Mount Epomeo Trekking

Embark on an adventurous hike up Mount Epomeo, the highest point on the island. Enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes as you ascend. Marvel at the unique flora and fauna along the trail. Reach the summit and bask in the breathtaking vistas. After descending, reward yourself with a well-deserved dinner at one of Ischia’s renowned restaurants, indulging in the island’s culinary delights.

Day 5: Relaxation and Farewell

Spend your last day at San Montano Resort & Spa indulging in ultimate relaxation. Enjoy a leisurely morning by the pool, take a yoga class, or simply unwind with a book on your private terrace. In the afternoon, visit the resort’s spa for a final rejuvenating treatment. In the evening, bid farewell to the island with a memorable dinner overlooking the sea, reminiscing about the unforgettable experiences and beautiful moments spent on Ischia.

Lemontano massage at San Montano resort & Spa

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