GIORGIA VOLPI’S 48 HRS INSIDER GUIDE
A bright and volcanic young businesswoman, Giorgia Volpi has worked for The Blonde Salad Team in Milan for 4 years. Check out her favorite spots in Ischia, the island where she recharges her batteries almost every Summer! P.S. If you plan on visiting the island, don't forget to rent a car or a scooter to fully enjoy its beauty!
view - traditional - wine lover
Nice restaurant on the beach serving excellent local dishes, perfectly matched with tasty wines. With bamboo interiors, surrounding greenery and wonderful views, this spot is perfect all-day long.
RISTORANTE PIZZERIA DA UMBERTO
pizza - outdoor seating - lively
Just a short walk from the harbor, this restaurant has a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. They offer local cuisine with super fresh ingredients (especially seafood!), and stellar brick-oven pizza!
family-run - cafe - outdoor-seating
Family-run restaurant-bar with a lovely staff and a cozy ambience. Choose from more than 50 types of Neapolitan pastries and order a cold tea with granita, it's a must!
IL GIARDINO EDEN
seafood - romantic - view
With a stunning view over the Aragonese Castle and S. Anna's rocks, this is the perfect spot for a romantic candle-lit dinner. With a gentle sea breeze and the musical sounds of waves crushing on rocks, I promise the experience will be unique! Make sure to try their raw fish, it's great!
friendly - seafood - lively
The best pubs and clubs are in the so-called “Riva Destra” (right bank), a street in the harbor crammed with little bars and discos. You'll find a whole bunch of dudes ready to have fun all night long. The only person still missing is you!
BLANCO DISCO CLUB
club - cool crowd - view
One of the most impressive clubs on the island. Dance till dawn in one of its many terraces overlooking the sea!
music - outdoor-seating - elegant
This restaurant with beautiful gardens and modern interiors is great also for drinks after dinner. Their cocktails are excellent!
CHIESA DI SANTA MARIA DEL SOCCORSO
secret spot - nature - view
A real cultural gem in the middle of the wilderness and overlooking the sea. With primarily white architecture, this church mixes Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles. If you feel sporty, go up to Monte Epomeo and enjoy the stunning view!
GIARDINI POSEIDON TERME
spa - pool - view
You can't say you've been to Ischia if you haven't experienced one of its incredible hot springs! Poseidon counts more than 20 pools with wonderful views over Citara Bay: it's really a one-of-a-kind wellness center! Take your time and unwind.
VIA ROMA E VIA VITTORIA COLONNA
shop - outdoor - fashion
Best shops in Ischia are definitely here! Via Vittoria Colonna and Via Roma are right in the liveliest area of the island next to the harbor. You’ll find shops and boutiques of any kind, and don’t worry if you’re on a budget: go for a walk along the waterfront and enjoy a killer view!
history - secret-spot - local
Once lived in by local fishermen, the tiny hamlet of Sant’Angelo is a can’t miss! Let yourself be inspired by traditional Mediterranean pottery shops and bring a little souvenir of your trip with you. There are also a lot of pretty boutiques nestled in the narrow alleys.
rustic - history - friendly
Craving some nostalgia? Visit this former fishing village where time stands still. After a trip to Castello Aragonese, check out the high-end shops and take a break for a delicious local dish in one of its traditional eateries.
HOTEL CASA CELESTINO
four stars - cozy - view
White walls, wide arches and bright windows facing the sea. This cozy hotel in Sant'Angelo has 20 rooms, all different from each other.
GRAND HOTEL EXCELSIOR
five stars - luxury - spa
In a stunning location, this luxurious hotel offers a private beach and a revitalizing wellness center. Rooms are wide and well-furnished: its blue-palette colors remind me of the sea! P.S. Their panoramic restaurant serving yummy and creative dishes is a must-try.
L' ALBERGO DELLA REGINA ISABELLA
five stars - family-run - luxury
Opened in 1956 by the prolific Italian movie producer and publisher Angelo Rizzoli, this is the place to go to for a 5-star deluxe dream. With a spa and 4 pools, it attracts a very cosmopolitan and glamorous crowd. Rooms are super comfy and offer an unforgettable view!