Good afternoon everyone, this is my second update on what has been a very unusual day for us all in Ischia, to say the least. As the day has unfolded the picture of what happened last night has become much clearer and much of the worrying mystery taken out of the situation. Just to recap, last night around 9pm there was an earthquake in the area of upper Casamicciola, recorded between 3.6 and 4 in terms of magnitude. Although very brief, the earthquake caused severe damage to the Piazza Maio area with several buildings collapsing. Two people sadly died, one lady after being hit by falling masonry from a church and another after being buried in rubble under her own home. Between 20 and 40 people were also recorded as suffering injuries resulting from the damage but most of those injuries were thankfully of a minor nature. At times there have been reports of people being trapped in rubble from the half or dozen or so buildings that collapsed, amongst these, three brothers who have now all been rescued.
In what has been an extraordinary day full of worry, stress and anguish, the one thing that has really caught our attention is the support that so many of you have shown for this beautiful island. Many of you that have either been here already or have a trip planned in the near future have overwhelmed us with your sympathy, kindness and positive comments for which we can't express our gratitude strongly enough.
Many of you have asked if it's still safe to travel to Ischia or if there is likely to be any travel disruption. Over the next couple of days it's likely that queues at the ports might be a bit longer than usual but to all intents and purposes the island is very much open for business and there's a determined willingness of the people to simply get on with things. We're not going to turn a blind eye to the sadness created by the lost lives and lost homes but if you walk around the island now, aside from the areas around the ports you'll find most people are going about their business as they normally would, working, relaxing on the beach or eating in the restaurants. Throughout the day we've carried out lots of airport transfers, boat rentals and other activities without a hitch and we're already a considerable way along the road to recovery.
Once again I'd like to thank everybody for their overwhelming display of support for ourselves at Ischia Review and the island as a whole, something that's touched us all greatly. Please continue to write in to us with your questions about travel and any other concerns you may have. As always we'll give you our honest, friendly advice so that you can continue to enjoy this island paradise along with us.
Today's photo by the way was taken at Citara Beach in Forio around 3pm. As you can see, despite the little test we've had we're back on our feet again and basking in the glorious summer sunshine.
Back with more soon, Dion Protani :-) 4pm Tuesday 22nd August 2017
Afternoon everyone but better to say "Buon Ferragosto a tutti!". "What is Ferragosto?" I hear you say - well to all intents and purposes it's a national holiday in Italy and a day when the country comes to a grinding halt and makes its collective way to the beaches. The holiday dates back to Roman times and was originally named after Emperor Augustus, his name coupled with the word "Feriae" which is Latin for festival/holiday bringing us to the shortened form of Ferragosto. In religious terms it's also the Assumption of Mary but these days you'll find the largest congregations gathering at the beach under an umbrella. It's a perfect day for sun-worship as well, clouds still nothing but a distant memory and a current temperature of 30°C (86°F). Just in case there was any lingering doubt, the weather is set fair for the next seven days with similar temperatures to today. I'll be back with another update soon so all the best until then and enjoy the sunshine! Ciao :-) Dion (email@example.com)
Morning folks! It's the quiet part of the day before the office opens and just enough time for a little update. We're now well into August and the island takes on a very different persona this month, its busiest of the year by far. Roads, shops, restaurants and beaches are all that bit fuller as this is the month when most Italians are able to take their holidays and a lot of them choose to come here. In fact this is something that should be highlighted, whereas most resorts in Italy have a largely international flavour, Ischia is very much Italian and offers a genuine glimpse into the nation's culture. Right now is the time for most people to find somewhere cool by the water as the country is in the midst of a heatwave and Ischia's beaches and hotels offer an abundance of opportunities for that. There are parts of the country where temperatures are 40°C (104°F) right now but we seem to have escaped that for the moment with the mercury expected to reach around 32°C (90°f) at its hottest this afternoon. As has been the case for around the last 4 months now, the forecast for the rest of the week is for some sunny periods mixed in with sunshine and the occasional outbreak of blue skies and a big dollop of bright yellow sun! That's all from me for the moment, I'll be back with another update soon. Ciao :-) Dion (firstname.lastname@example.org)
It's another balmy, sticky evening on the last day of July as the island gears up for the biggest event of the year. La Festa di Sant'Anna should have taken place last week on the 26th but due to what turned out to be some incorrectly negative weather forecasts it was postponed until this evening. So whilst many people were disappointed to miss out, many others will now get to witness this truly spectacular spectacle (can you really put those two words next to each other?)! Proceedings get under way from around 8:30pm but be sure to get down there as soon as you can as pretty much the whole island will be descending on Ischia Ponte. There's really nothing to report on the weather front at the moment, hot and sunny as standard. It's a hard life here! Ciao :-)
It's another hot and sticky day as the new week begins. Temperatures were really high over the weekend, causing the crickets to chirrup away and making that unmistakable sound that just says "summer". It still hasn't rained for such a long time but we might be in for a little change, at least for the first part of this week. There's been a bit of a breeze around this morning and it looks like that might develop into something stronger over the next 24 hours although the week-long outlook remains very positive. This being the final week of July we'll be flat out again but things start to change for us slightly as soon as August arrives. During August the large majority of visitors are Italian which means less need for us Ischia Reviewers but we're not quite there yet! Back soon. Ciao :-)
A new week begins in Ischia with the perpetual blue skies and hot weather that have been around for so long now that it's difficult to remember just what "other" weather is like. There is one important difference today though and that's the choppy seas with intermittent flecks of white dancing around the surface like a flock of sheep scattered by an aggressive dog. The conditions are not serious enough to be a threat to any travel plans though and this is beautifully illustrated by the sight of a huge white cruise ship entering the scene stage right, heading south to Sicily or Africa. So we're all set for another week of fun in the sun. Today's photo comes from the lovely, not to be missed village of Sant'Angelo and I'll be back to fill up this little space again soon. Ciao :-)
Day is turning to night again on what has been another sweltering day in Ischia. It's astonishing to think it's rained less than 3 days in the past 3 months and it's got to the stage where I don't even bother checking the weather forecasts anymore. We're getting to the hottest time of the year and even now at 8:30pm it's just a touch under 30° Celsius (86° Fahrenheit) which means you can go out at night with that lovely warm feeling all night. You could even sleep on the beach or go for a midnight dip if you wanted to. This afternoon I was down in the lovely bay of Citara in Forio, a magnet for weekend boaters attracted by its clear water, particularly in the area just in front of Poseidon Thermal Gardens as can be seen in today's photo. I might just go for that dip now! Back soon. Ciao :-)
Evening folks! At the risk of repetition it's been another beautiful Sunday in Ischia. Sometimes when you've been somewhere for a long time you start to take it for granted yet a quick walk around Ischia Ponte this afternoon reminded me what a truly unique, wonderful place this is. Walking down the hillside towards the village you're confronted with a view that it's really something special. On a clear day like today Capri looks like it's a 5 minute swim away while just behind Castello Aragonese there are the islands of Procida and Vivara while Mount Vesuvius looms large in the background. Cast your gaze slightly to the left and you can see some of Ischia's pretty beaches dotted with multi-coloured umbrellas. It's truly a blessing to be here. Back soon. Ciao :-)
Buona domenica a tutti! It's a gorgeous Sunday afternoon in Ischia, slightly cooler than it's been over the last few days which makes it pretty much ideal. The extraordinarily long dry spell has continued for yet another week and there's still no sign of any rain on the horizon which will no doubt please most visitors, if not my basil plants. Looking out as I do on to the bay of Citara in Forio I can see dozens of yachts have taken up the usual Sunday position, just in front of Poseidon Thermal Gardens. That particular spot is one of many around the island which are popular for their crystal clear, shallow water, perfect for taking a relaxing dip in, another one being the beautiful bay of La Scannella in Panza which is the subject of today's photo. Back with another update soon. Ciao :-)
Afternoon folks! It's a steamy, sultry Sunday afternoon in Ischia with the temperature gauge reaching up to the 30's and just a touch of wind to keep us all a bit cooler. Right now the conditions at sea are fairly calm but that wasn't the case this morning after some heavy overnight winds left white horses galloping over the waves for the first part of the day. There was supposed to be some rain last night as well but it never materialised and that means it's now a matter of months since the last downpour which is very odd indeed and playing havoc with gardens at present. Some plants and flowers are more resilient than others though and that's nicely demonstrated in today's photo of Castiglione Thermal Park in Casamicciola where the Bougainvillea is in full flourish. Ciao :-)
I'm Dion Protani, the creator of Ischia Review and the blog is designed to give readers an insight into the current weather situation and the latest goings-on in and around Ischia.