Is it safe to look up yet? You know I think it might just be. My previous blog entry was on 1st June which is an indication of what a busy summer it's been. Of course summer isn't quite over (23rd September is the first day of autumn) but with the transition from August to September, there's a hugely different atmosphere on the island. August is the month when most Italians take their summer holidays and with Ischia being a major sun and sea destination, the island receives more than its fair share of visitors.
During August, everything is a little more expensive and a little harder to find availability for, be it accommodation, boat rentals, restaurants or any other activity a tourist might want to undertake. Then 1st September arrives and there's a grand, collective but inaudible sigh of relief that cascades around the island.
Now, the main tourist season is far from over with September a very important month and things still going strong for the first two weeks of October, but everything is just a little bit easier and a little less stressful than in August.
This summer was the hottest I can personally remember and compared to previous years, the amount of days lost to rain or rough sea for boat rentals was strikingly low. We had a pretty bad May in that respect but since then it's been 3 months of unadulterated messing about on the water with our Boat Tours and Boat Rentals. We've seen a big jump in the number of tours booked with skippers this year, partly because we've had more boats to offer but also, more English-speaking skippers, for whom we've received fabulous reviews and feedback.
With September now upon us there are fewer requests to deal with and more chance of finding boats, private transfers and taxi tours of the island available. This is a really lovely time of the year to visit Ischia as there's a greater feeling of peace and quiet after the chaos and extreme heat of summer. From August daily temperatures in the mid 30's (Celsius), September brings a milder heat, measuring around 23 - 28° C (73 - 82° F) during the day times whilst also remaining warm enough to go out in a t-shirt and shorts at night without feeling a chill.
I think the last word of the previous paragraph says everything about the current mood: it's most definitely a time to "chill" in the modern, relaxing sense; we're still some way off the other type of chill.
Back with more soon :-)
Dion Protani - firstname.lastname@example.org - Monday 2nd September 2019
Buongiorno a tutti! My blog updates are getting more and more spaced-out these days (you can read that in two ways but I'm definitely speaking in terms of time!) as the summer takes a firm grip on daily proceedings. Taking a quick glance back at May: it was a rather unusual month of weather as a freak cold spell took hold throughout Italy but now that we're into June, conditions seem to be stabilising somewhat. Given the disappointing May, we should be in for a glorious summer and autumn to make up for it, (that is how it works isn't it?) and there's so much to look forward to over the remaining 5 months or so of the season.
With regard to things to see and do, anything that's anything on the island is now fully up and running and it's all systems go from now until the middle of October. In the middle of June we'll see the direct hydrofoil services between Ischia and the Amalfi Coast start again and those will remain available until the middle of September. At the time of writing (3rd June), the tickets aren't yet available through our booking engines but they will be soon and the first hydrofoil will be leaving Amalfi on 15th June.
Despite the cool temperatures in May, we've been enormously busy with requests for our services such as Private Transfers, Boat Rentals, Taxi Tours and Boat Tours. We always prioritise our clients' e-mails above everything else but as a result, there are some pages on the website which we haven't had a chance to update yet with the latest timetables and prices etc. We are working our way through those at the moment but if you do see anything you're not quite sure about, please drop us a line to ask and we'll be happy to confirm anything you're unclear on.
I've included a photo of Cartaromana Beach in Ischia Ponte on today's blog, for no other reason than it shows what summertime in Ischia is all about. Italy is full of beautiful, dramatic, charming views but I'm yet to see anywhere quite as beautiful as Castello Aragonese.
Anyway, that's all from me for now; looking forward to a wonderful month of June and hearing from all you lucky people about to make your way to Ischia! :-)
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.