Category: Life in Ischia

Holy cow, I’m 40

All summer I’ve had this number looming over my head as if being in the last few months of my 30s meant something, as if it were my last days being young and now I can’t say that I’m young anymore. Today I’m turning 40. I’ve always been the baby in my family, by a very large margin, and while I still am, turning 40 feels like a big deal, like I can’t say that…

Ferragosto in Italy – its history and celebration

For most of my life, I’ve lived in places where August 15th wasn’t a big deal at all and I was always kind of sad about that because in Italy, especially in my dad’s home town of Monte di Procida, where my family still lives, Ferragosto is one of the finest days of the year. Here in Ischia, Ferragosto marks the peak of the tourist season and the island is packed! The ferries this weekend…

Photo essay: Ischia Ponte and the secret via Soronzano

One of the secrets of Ischia Ponte is the pedestrian pathway via Soronzano that connects Ischia Ponte to Cartaromana. Back in the day via Soronzano was used as a trade route between the farmers in Campagnano, up in the hill above Ischia Ponte, and the fisherman down below. The farmers would bring their produce down to the market below, buy some fish and then carry it back up. Nowadays, the pathway meanders along stone walls…

Elena Ferrante’s season two of My Brilliant Friend comes back to Ischia

I am so excited! Shooting of the Ischia scenes in the second season of RAI/HBO’s ‘L’amica Geniale’ (My Brilliant Friend) starts. While last year shooting concentrated in Ischia Ponte and Barano, this year scenes will also be shot in Forio. Two episodes will be dedicated to Lila and Lenu’s summer holiday in Ischia. In the second volume of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan quartet Storia del nuovo cognome (Story of a new name), thanks to Lila, Elena…

Enjoying the best of spring time in Ischia

Ah, finally it’s spring time in Ischia. The wisteria is blooming, the orange and lemon trees are blossoming, the lizards are waking up from their winter sleep, the markets are full of fava beans, peas, asparagus and strawberries, the winter storms have passed and I feel like a new person. It’s spring in Ischia. Winter on the island isn’t that bad, and it can actually be quite nice, especially if it’s good weather. It’s a…

Beyond the beach: hiking in Ischia

While Ischia has amazing beaches and seaside towns where you can easily spend your entire vacation, there is also a whole different world happening up in the hills above the sea. Ischia is also known as l’isola verde (the green island) because it is a fertile island full of vineyards and wineries, forests and orchards. This is the perfect place to experience hiking (also known as trekking in Italian) and hiking in Ischia is a…

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