My mother used to say that when September came around, Ischia finally became hers to enjoy. It was her favourite month. I’ve never liked autumn and my heart deflates as summer winds down, but now that I live in Ischia I understand why my mother loved September. September in Ischia really is beautiful and one of the best times to visit the island.
The August crowds leave to go back to work and school and life here resumes a more tranquil place. As the tourist season starts to calm down and people have more free time, the locals come out again. September is still beach weather, but not as oppressively humid, and I’m looking forward to going on morning walks again and bumping into neighbours and friends.
31 August – 27 October Forio
After a break in August, the weekend concerts at La Mortella resume throughout September and October with their autumn schedule.
These are lovely intimate and informal chamber concerts run by the William Walton Foundation, the English composer who made his home in Ischia with his wife Susanna Walton. Together they created the botanical gardens surrounding their home La Mortella. The musicians are invited from conservatories through Italy, Europe and the US.
Concert tickets also include entrance to the garden, so plan to come a few hours early and walk around.
14 – 22 September Panza
The 12th annual Andar per Cantine week, organised by Proloco Panza, returns this year to offer day and evening tours to the wineries around the island. This is a great way to experience the agricultural life up in the hills below the volcano. The wine tours include wine tastings and food and people also have the opportunity to take part in biking and hiking tours. A selection of restaurants and trattoria will also take part in the week with special menus at a discount price to give people the chance to try typical island cuisine made from the produce grown on the island.
16 September Parco Negombo, Lacco Ameno
Foodies shouldn’t miss Ischia Safari. The annual food festival features 70 chefs, pastry chefs, pizzaioli and restauranteurs and takes place among the gardens at the thermal water park Negombo. Organised by Michelin star chef Nino di Costanza of Dani Maison in Ischia and Chef Pasquale Palamaro of the 5 star Regina Isabella Hotel in Lacco Ameno, the festival aims to showcase the typical authentic cuisine of Ischia, highlighting its strong agricultural element and all the produce grown on the island.
23 – 29 September Ischia Ponte
The International Festival of Philosophy returns this year with a programme of over 100 talks, yoga sessions, concerts and exhibitions at multiple locations around Ischia. The topic this year is on God and whether humans can really debate on the existence of God. All events are open to the public and will take place in the Castello Aragonese, the Carcere of Punta Molino, the Biblioteca Antoniana, and in the church of Arciconfraternita di Maria di Costantinopoli – all in Ischia Ponte, as well as concerts in the Giardini La Mortella in Forio.
The aim of the festival is to bring philosophy and its discussions accessible to the public. This is a great opportunity to experience the cultural life on the island and have access to these great venues.
28 – 30 September Sant’Angelo, Ischia
To close off the month and wind up the summer season in Ischia is the festival of San Michele, the patron saint of the borgo of Sant’Angelo. The two days of festivities include morning and afternoon processions, high mass, and concerts in the piazza. The concerts feature the Solis String Quartet (28/9) and Peppe Barra (29/9).
On the evening of the 30th, there is a procession that starts by sea and then continues onto land up to the piazza and into the church where a mass will start. A concert begins at 10 with local wind ensemble and chorus which then finishes of with an amazing pyrotechnic display at midnight.
So as you can see, September is a lively month on the island and I’m really excited to go to all of these things and experience the island the way my mother did over 50 years ago.