Morning folks! It's not a morning that's going particularly to plan though with some unexpected rain (my least favourite type - I'm more of a fan of the overnight variety) making its unwelcome presence felt. Conditions are expected to stay like this for most of the morning but this afternoon promises better. Speaking of the weather, I wanted to point out a new feature on the website. If you go to our ferries and hydrofoils page you'll now find regular weather snippets of the true situation. For example, the Google weather app this morning told me it was sunny outside when a cursory glance out the window told a completely different story. So if you need to know the current conditions keep an eye on that page. I also created a couple of other pages in our Travel section yesterday. Two of the questions I get asked the most are "how to get to Positano from Ischia" and "how to get to Amalfi from Ischia" and there's no short answer to either question. There are basically 4 different options depending on the date, the time of day you want to travel and whether or not you'd like to avoid buses or taxis. We get so many people that come to Ischia as part of a wider tour of the region including Sorrento, the Amalfi Coast and Naples so hopefully those pages will be of use. On a personal note - I did download the Raiz album as mentioned yesterday along with another one from the film Passione where this type of music is heavily featured. If you're looking for haunting, doleful melodies then look no further. In fact these are the perfect tunes for this rather gloomy morning. To finish on a brighter note today's photo comes from the port of Lacco Ameno and we hope to see this type of sunshine by the afternoon. Back soon. Ciao :-)
Good morning everyone. It's another sumptuous day in Ischia. Sitting in my vantage point in Forio I'm happy to report the sea is once again a picture of calm and I'm met with a vista of a beautiful yacht entering stage left just as I type. Last night I was lucky enough to be in Sant'Angelo for the Raiz concert which took place in the village square. The music was really wonderful, a haunting mix of Neapolitan and Arabic styles so I think I'll have to go and download one of the albums today. This morning sees another important event on the island - the annual Festa della Ginestra. This takes place in the village of Buonopane where people gather to start a Sunday hike through the picturesque hills there. Starting at 10:45am the group then proceeds into the forest where they eventually stop for refreshments and entertainment. One of the showpieces of the day is the performance of the traditional Ischitan dance know as the "'ndrezzata" where a group of guys seemingly attack each other with sticks but don't worry, it's all beautifully choreographed and nobody gets hurt, well not much anyway. The temperature today will be hitting 26°C (79°F) so if you're on the island right now, sit back, relax and enjoy the sunshine. If you're not here yet then get yourself here soon! I'll be back with another update in the next few days. Ciao :-)
Afternoon folks. Although it's not officially summer yet all the tell-tale signs are there. Being a bank holiday weekend (La Festa della Repubblica) things are busier than usual and add in the gorgeous sunshine it makes for quite a cocktail. Looking out to sea right now I can see the weekend boats gathering in the corner of Citara Beach close to Poseidon Thermal Gardens in Forio. It's that time of day where the sea glistens giving the effect of thousands of little diamonds dancing around on the lightest of waves. There'll surely be dancing on the island this evening too, most notably down in Sant'Angelo (the subject of today's photo) where an exciting event is taking place. Some of you may have seen the film "Passione" by American actor John Turturro which is a documentary about the different styles of Neapolitan music and dance. One of the musicians featured in the film is known as Raiz and you can see his style from this clip of the film. He'll be performing a FREE concert in Sant'Angelo tonight which is sure to be a special occasion. If you're unfamiliar with Raiz and his style then make sure you come along tonight because I can guarantee you won't be disappointed. His music contains influences of Reggae, Arabic and traditional Neapolitan sounds which you'll be able to enjoy under the balmy skies of Sant'Angelo this evening. The concert starts at 21:30 so if you're planning on coming down I'd recommend arriving as early as possible to get the best vantage point. Yours truly will also be in attendance so I hope to see a few of you down there too. The temperature at the moment is a lovely 23°C (73°F) and it'll only drop by a few degrees tonight so nice and warm still. Tomorrow seems to be getting hotter still and we're in for a nice, settled spell now. Back soon. Ciao :-)
Morning all! We've got a beautiful day on our hands here on the last day of May. The weather has been a bit up and down over the last month but looking at the forecasts now we're set fair for the foreseeable future. Temperatures today should be up around 24°C (75°F) by this afternoon and no lower than 20°C (68°F) this evening so no jackets or jumpers necessary. I can feel in my bones that it's going to be a really busy weekend here, a combination of the great weather and Saturday being a national holiday in Italy (La Festa della Repubblica) means we'll see a larger influx than usual. It's been fairly quiet here of late so it'll be nice to see the buzz returning. For today's photo I've chosen Castello Aragonese in Ischia Ponte. It's more than 6 years now since I first saw it but it never fails to dazzle me. When you walk through Ischia Ponte and see the castle looming at the end it has a magical presence and from certain angles just seems to be hovering over the water. This really is a must-see for any visit to the island and the village itself is also a great place to visit day or night with lots of bars, restaurants and shops to browse through. Anyway, remember I'm here to help you enjoy your time on the island in whichever way I can so feel free to ask if you need some ideas or inspiration for things to see or do. I'll be back with another update soon so keep an eye out for that both here on our homepage as well as on our social networking sites. I hear from so many of you by e-mail but it would also be great to see more of your photos so please feel free to post those with any comments on our Facebook page. Ciao :-)
Buongiorno everyone! How are you all today? It's a glorious spring day in Ischia and you really have to ask yourself "can it get any better than this?". We're in that period of the year when the island's natural beauty comes to the fore. Wherever you walk you're never far from the hypnotic aromas of jasmine filling the air or the array of yellows, purples and reds creating a beautiful tapestry of colour. I've been out and about this morning and enjoyed walking in Panza where you can get some of the best views on the island. The one in today's photo for example was taken from the Villa Lina yoga retreat where the lucky guests awake to this natural spectacle every morning. In terms of the weather we're only just starting to get back to what would be considered normal temperatures for the time of year. We had some freak temperatures last week that made it feel like winter at times so it's nice to see things getting back on track. Looking at the week to come, Monday and Tuesday might see some cloudy spells while the second half of the week looks really positive. Temperatures should vary between a low of 18°C and a high 24°C (64°F - 75°F) so really lovely temperatures during the day time and perhaps the need for an extra layer if you're planning on staying out all night. Keep all your requests coming in, it's getting really busy now but I'm always happy to help if you need pointing in the right direction for something. I'll be back with another update soon. Ciao :-)
Hello all! My blogging has become incredibly inconsistent over the last few months but I'm now back in position in Ischia and ready to share my thoughts, photos, weather updates and snippets of the latest goings-on around the island. The reason for my recent lower-profile is a very exciting project that I've been working on that will be revealed in the fullness of time (think - Dick Van Dyke working on Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in his garage with tools flying around, lots of noise and no sign of an end product before the big reveal!). Right now it's time to concentrate on Ischia and with the season really getting under way now we're in for a wonderful summer. So watch this space for more frequent updates and just let me know if you'd like a sneak-preview of the new project. To avoid any future disappointment I can confirm that it's not a flying car so I'm sorry if I briefly got anyone's hopes up there. Right now it's early evening and the sun is shining after a day that's had its fair share of cloudy spells. Temperatures are a bit low for the time of year, hovering between 18° and 20°C (64° - 68°F) but the outlook is for a dry week ahead and those temperatures will start to creep up soon. Ciao :-)
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.