Ischia Afternoon Trip

We went to Ischia this afternoon sort of spontaneously.  The fam knew we wanted to make it over there at some point so we knew the basics of how to get there and that we wanted to see the Aragonese Castle, but that’s about it.  So we packed a snack, got in the car, and drove to the Pozzuoli port to see when the next ferry was leaving.  We got lucky and managed to catch one that was loading only about a half hour from when we arrived.

Our ferry!

Our ferry!

The ride took about an hour and when we landed at Ischia, we immediately bought tickets for the last ferry back to Pozzuoli. Unfortunately, we landed around 2:30 and the last ferry out was at 5:50 which didn’t leave us very much time to explore at all, especially considering that the little research we had conducted advised giving the castle 3 hours itself. Knowing this would be more of a scouting mission for our next visit rather than a fulfilling sojourn to Ischia, we grabbed a cab that took us straight to the base of the castle.  Our cabbie was extremely friendly and nice and told Dad he’d come back to the castle just before 5 so he could take us to our ferry. With the agreement made, we headed up to speed walk through the castle.

Mom on one of the castle's overlooks.  The scenery was jaw dropping

Mom on one of the castle’s overlooks. The scenery was jaw dropping

It was perfect weather for a day outside and the castle offered both displays of modern artwork and incredible views of the island.

Art installation inside one of the renovated rooms in the castle.

Art installation inside one of the renovated rooms in the castle.

Every view from the castle offered either something like this

Every view from the castle offered either something like this

Or like this!

Or like this!

When we reached the top of the castle, we stopped for a quick bite since our snack on the ferry didn’t quite cut it. Mom and I split bruschetta and it was so good! Very garlic-y but it worked with the crusty bread and fresh tomatoes.

It took us about 12 seconds to polish this baby off

It took us about 12 seconds to polish this baby off

We made our way quickly through the castle so we would have about 10 minutes to walk around some of the shops right near its base.  My absolute favorite part of the castle was just experiencing the landscape, sea breezes, and incredible views it had to offer.  It was a gorgeous day and the sea was the perfect shade of blue-green.  Next time we go back I hope to get more of a historical view of the castle, but I was quite content today to simply stare out over the sea.

Unbelievable colors

Unbelievable colors

It was a fantastic mini trip, but next time we go we’re definitely leaving a whole day to explore.  Ischia has a lot more to offer!

The view back to the island from the castle

The view back to the island from the castle

Today was one of those days where I felt overwhelmingly thankful for all of the opportunities my family and I have. What a fantastic Saturday 🙂

A question for you: What is a favorite weekend trip of yours?

I’m a big fan of day trips.  Ischia and Sorrento are two of my faves from this summer!

 

 

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