Buona domenica everyone! I hope you're all enjoying a nice, relaxing Sunday and that's very much the current situation in Ischia. We've got some glorious spring weather and the temperatures at this time of year are such that you still feel energetic enough to go for walks and generally explore the island. Looking at the next seven days, it'll hover somewhere between a minimum of 15°C (59°F) and a maximum of 23°C (73°F) and with no rain forecast we're in for a lovely week. Negombo Thermal Gardens in Lacco Ameno, one of the last major attractions to open for the summer season did so this weekend so we're all fully up and running now. We're also fully operational with boat tours and rentals so do drop us a line if you're interested in those. Ciao :-)
Soooo, with reference to my previous blog written on April 1st (aka April Fool's Day, or aka Pesce d'Aprile in Italan), it seems as if the story about oil prospecting was just a big old hoax or "Fake News" as is the current vernacular. BP were not involved in spreading graffiti on a cliff in Ischia and we certainly don't have a team of helicopters to run around reporting on things for us :-) So let's get back to reality and with April well underway the island takes on a new persona. Spring is very much in the air and also on the ground with flowers blooming and the grass given a fine dusting of yellow with those little buttercup type things (that's not their official Latin name by the way). The week ahead is looking bright and sunny with temperatures between 11° and 18°C. Back soon with more. Ciao :-)
Morning all and Happy Easter! It's been a strange old start to the day in Ischia with anger and confusion across the island. This morning while walking along the famous Maronti Beach, one of the local residents was horrified to see the letters "B P" emblazoned across the cliff that separates the beach from the village of Sant'Angelo. There have been recent reports in the press that several oil companies have identified Ischia as a site for off-shore drilling after geological surveys revealed evidence of huge oil fields under the surface of the sea with the potential to rival those in the Arabian Gulf. Rumours abound that the graffiti on the cliff is a crude attempt by British Petroleum to win the hearts and minds of the local public while others believe it's merely a reference to "Buona Pasqua" (Happy Easter in Italian). We've sent a few of the Ischia Review choppers down to the area with a team of reporters and we'll update you on this as more news filters through.
I know it's officially a bit early to say it but anyway I'll get my "Happy Easter" in now while I can! This is a hugely important time in Ischia, not just because of the religious aspect but because the very life of the island is a mirror of the events of Easter. In terms of toursim, Ischia goes through a hibernation from November until April with most hotels, restaurants and thermal parks closed. So Easter not only brings the nicer weather and longer evenings but a real flinging open of doors to usher in the new season with new energy and enthusiasm. To really get a feel for the time of year I'd recommend visiting Forio this evening for the Passion of Christprocession. That starts between 8 and 8 from Forio port and most of the island will be there to watch it. Buona Pasqua a tutti! :-)
I'm Dion Protani, the creator of Ischia Review. Despite my Italian-sounding name I'm from Surrey in England and the blog is designed to give readers an insight into the current weather situation and the latest goings-on in and around Ischia.