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Franco, the man in blue

Franco Savastano is 78 years old and lives with his Dutch wife Joke van der Plog called Jos, five years younger than him and known 34 years ago in Ischia thanks to what William Faulkner called “the marvelous movement of the circumstances”, in a house above the sea on the right bank of the Port of Ischia from which he can see all the movement of vessels of one of the finest natural harbors in the world. Jos was for Franco a muse and a model.

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The Oasis of Castiglione

An oasis of peace and tranquility surrounded by lush vegetation that slowly goes to ‘kiss’ the blue of the sea: the Thermal Park Castiglione of Casamicciola has made these two colors that characterize it, a motto and a source of pride (“The bluest green you've ever seen!”), making it a unique piece in the mosaic of colorful beauty of Ischia.

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A sea to love

Navigating to Ischia is the first pleasant experience that welcomes the traveler on our island.
The view of the island from the sea is impressive, it is a promise of joy, as Kaden said. The rugged coastline enclosed by blacks lava blocks against which waves the sea ... then the beach among the cliffs that penetrating the interior meets the most luxuriant vegetation.

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Sant’Anna of the fishermen

Giovan Giuseppe Esposito is 86 years old and doesn’t look his age having an exceptional memory. He has worked as fisherman all his life supporting his family: a wife and four children. Every morning, he ‘goes down’ to the Mandra, his neighborhood, on the beach of Pescatori to greet his friend Bruno who runs the chalet at the foot of the former district prison here called ‘il mulino’ (the mill) and that today is a lovely cultural center where there are exhibitions and theater shows signs of a remarkable cultural and civic vitality of this area.

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The colours of Franco

It's important to have a romantic mood and a bit of the imagination to go back in time and remember how the current street ‘Via Marina’ in Forio, led to “abbasc o mar” (to the sea). The kids, like Franco Calise, probably were not able to appreciate the pure beauty due to their age. The scenery was wild, the beach was long and endless and the sand crossed with the grains also the road a little over a meter wide were there were small shops, where one could buy soda, wine and ice cream.

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San Ciro: St Ciro: the Green Church on clear waters

"“After leaving the village of Panza ... you go to meet the Ciglio farmhouse overlooking valleys, hills and other houses which still form part of the parish of Serrara. It is called Ciglio (Eyelash) because the ancient mythologists islanders and foreign poets considered it a place where the giant Typhoeus, buried under the island, shaped his lashes while a campaign just below called ‘the mouth and the belly’, corresponding to the head of this giant, was Testaccio and feet Pieio or piede.

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Ischia International Architecture Award

From July 8 to 13 Ischia becomes one of the international capitals of architecture. Comes back, in fact, PIDA, Ischia International Architecture Award, now in its sixth edition. “Today - say the organizers - the architectures of hospitality are times of challenge and confrontation between the designers and architects around the world.

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Sant'Alessandro a procession suspended between history and tradition

A small hamlet embedded in the nature of Ischia Port, a true and proper jewel, rich in history and traditions which annually on 26th August in honour of the name day of Sant'Alessandro,comes to life and as the most beautiful jewel enclosed in an enchanted treasure chest, displays all its splendour. 

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Island with a view

"Of volcanic origin, the island of Ischia is one of the most fascinating places in Italy thanks to the conjunction of time, history, art and natural beauty. Here live together the sea and archeology, spas and flavors, folklore and modernity. Of the many possible routes to get to know and appreciate, we chose one that favors glances to the visitor. An island tour through scenarios that tell on it, where you can "see" as well as watch. Scenarios can enchant and fix mind not only for the beauty and evocative power of a panorama.

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Among churches, bell towers and traditions

July has come back and with it also the typical religious festivities of this wonderful month!
Although the scene is captured by the charm of the Prize of St. Anna, still two events deserve our attention: the feast of the Madonna del Carmine in Serrara on July 16 and the feast of St. Mary Magdalene, the patron saint of Casamicciola, on July 22.
The parish of St. Mary of Mount Carmelo in Serrara rises at the end of 1500 for a vow made by the Jacono family, on a farm of Carmelite friars, who came to Lacco Ameno to restructure the Church ...

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  • Surface: 46 Kmq
  • Hight: 789 mt
  • Lat.: 40° 44',82 N
  • Long.: 13° 56',58 E
  • Periplus: 18 miglia
  • Coasts: 51.2 Km
  • Cities: 6
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