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A day trip to the island of Ishcia – Napoli

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I'm Reposting this because the New York Times has a wonderful travel story about Ischia having a moment in the Sun ......

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I had not been to Ishcia for over 40 years. Then I helped crew ( in the slimmest of ways) a yacht that was being moved from Antibes to Athens. The yacht pulled into Ischia for a couple of memorable nights.

This time we set off from Port of Naples by Ferry, a trip of 90 minutes that stops off at the delightful island of Procida. The Island was still in hibernation, but starting to wake and prepare for the onslaught of visitors from all over Europe.

This island plays a huge and disruptive part in the lives of Lenu and Lila from the Elena Ferrante book "My Brilliant Friend" To my eye the island is a home to more Lila's than Lenu's!

This island has also been used as a location for many films The American swashbuckler film The Crimson Pirate (1952) was filmed on and around the island during the summer of 1951.
Part of Purple Noon (plein soleil 1959), directed by René Clément starring Alain Delon and Marie Laforet was filmed on the island.
Avanti! (1972), starring Jack Lemon and Juliet Mills.
Part of Cleopatra (1963), starring Elizabeth Taylor, was filmed on the island.
Ischia Ponte stood in for "Mongibello" in the Hollywood film The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999).
The American film And While We Were Here (2012), starring Kate Bosworth, was filmed on the island.
Castello Aragonese was used as the 'Riva's Fortified Fortress' island in Men in Black: International (2019).

Both Ishcia and Procida make a wonderful pause and intake of breath from the chaos and din of Napoli.

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Ischia, Italian: [ˈiskja], Neapolitan: Ischia is a volcanic island in the Tyrrhenian Sea. It lies at the northern end of the Gulf of Naples, about 30 km (19 mi) from Naples. It is the largest of the Phlegrean Islands. Roughly trapezoidal in shape, it measures approximately 10 km (6 mi) east to west and 7 km (4 mi) north to south and has about 34 km (21 mi) of coastline and a surface area of 46.3 km2 (17.9 sq mi). It is almost entirely mountainous; the highest peak is Mount Epomeo, at 788 m (2,585 ft).[2] The island is very densely populated, with 62,000 residents (more than 1,300 inhabitants per square km).[3]
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  1. A great day trip but even better as a day- overnight – day if visiting Naples. Would love to have seen more of both islands.

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  2. Lorrie,
    Your photos are amazing! I didn’t know you were part of a sail crew!
    Such an adventurer always!

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