There is a renewed experience of the body: no longer facing the pure image but the quality of life, of things, of history, of memory. It involves a new way of relating to the world.
So today we want to surround ourselves with beautiful things even in their simplicity, beautiful because useful, beautiful to see, to touch, to use, to contemplate. There is in the air a renewed sensitivity towards concepts and values that refer to the kindness and depth of feeling, a sweetness and lightness of ways, the emotion and enhancement of feelings, the relationship complicit with the territory. This is the sense of belonging and love for the place. In addition, we have the attachment to the land that is a link that refers to the culture of taste and propensity to art that have made our country so special.
A life to discover the wonders and secrets of the seabed
Summer 1960, I was twelve. The gift of a Cressi Sub Pinocchio optic diver’s mask gave me the opportunity to cultivate a passion that over the years has grown so much that today, as soon as the weather and sea conditions permit, I dive for snorkeling, long swims or sub jokes fishing all year round.
My evolution as Homo Delphinus (to use Mayol) allowed me to live wonderful experiences thanks to the sea of our island, which still reserves incredible and pleasant surprises. In addition, every day I enrich the discovery of fish species and behavior of the same.
In the sixties, the visibility in the sea of Ischia exceeded thirty meters. I remember big groupers that made fun of putting in candle, then quickly running away in impregnable nests as soon as we tried to approach them.
“Walking along the paths” is an event not to be missed
Ischia, island, sun, sea: it is a correct axiom. In addition, it is obvious but simplistic to the green island, which is a true natural laboratory for Biodiversity of which even the most untrained eye cannot have perception. Then “Walking along paths” in Ischia is a greedy appointment to the discovery of a territory which, rightly, is a natural treasure that never ceases to amaze.
It is precisely because the word ‘wonder’ accompanying every visit.
From Monte Epomeo at 360° you can admire the entire island also noticeable from the outside, but from Mount Vezzi with the rotation of the head you have only the chance to grasp at your right the Port of Ischia and at your left, Sant’ Angelo, is something you never would think.
Vinicio Capossela, multi-instrumentalist and Italian writer, in his album «Marinai, Profeti e Balene» with the song «The Madonna of the Shells», («La Madonna delle Conchiglie») was inspired by the history of the patron saint of the island of Ischia. In particular, the patron of Lacco Ameno that on the other hand hosts a basilica dedicated to the «black» Virgin and a Museum discovered in 1951, which contains the remains of an early Christian crypt and an ancient cemetery. Capossela tells about the martyr, protector of sailors: Santa Restituta. The song, recorded in 2011 on the green island, suggested by the original creativity of the singer intent on chasing eyes thrown into space from the Aragonese Castle of Ischia Ponte in search of the boundaries of the horizon, tells about a “statue returned by sea with skin painted with another color”.
The event program between sea and volcanoes, nature, archeology and geology in Ischia.
A week to discover the beauty of the island, unusual routes to get to know the soul of the Green Ischia: this is “Walking along Paths”, the manifestation of slow and sustainable tourism in its third edition, scheduled from May 18 to 24.
A calendar of events for lovers of trekking promoted by 8 associations, Pro Loco Panza, Cai Ischia Island, Wine routes and typical products, Nemo Association, Association of Friends of Piazza Maio, Epomeo in the saddle, Association PIDA - International Award Ischia Architecture and Federalberghi. Ischia offering a true full immersion along woodland paths, through pine forests, hills, mountains and breathtaking scenery overlooking the sea. Routes that will bring participants - followed by guides CAI - to capture the true spirit of the island, its heterogeneous cores, the boundless wealth of a land rich and fertile, where nature thrives, giving rare species of plants, flowers, vegetation..