Bay of Naples - Part 2 - Orlando / Florida Guide
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To continue on this journey you need to travel across the bay on a hydrofoil to your next stop which is the lava formed island of Ischia. This geological wonder is an appealing mix of picturesque towns, sparkling beaches and hidden burial grounds. You will most likely have most of it to yourself, as the island attracts a fraction of the visitors Capri receives. You can walk along Ischia’s coastline for views of vibrant Naples across the bay and then stop at the car free fishing village of Sant’Angelo to wander around its sleepy harbour and building stacked hillside. Nearby, head to the pristine sands of Maronti beach, while a short walk away are the hot springs of Cavascura and Sant’Angelo’s Le Fumarole, a geothermal beach where jets of steam spit from the rocks. Locals even take advantage of its hot sands, which are said to be above 100ºC in places, by burying food to cook. It’s not just Ischia’s natural sights that are worth heading to. Walk along the causeway to the rock perched medieval Aragonese Castle, where a cloak of mystery shrouds the ancient building’s past, left behind by its many previous inhabitants, including Romans and Basilian monks.
Before heading back to the mainland, you should visit one of the Bay of Naples’ smallest island, and arguably its best-kept secret. Procida is a real treat for the eyes, with its lemon groves and pale-hued houses making the isle appear like it’s been showered by an artist’s paint palette. Such is its appeal that its rainbow streets have attracted the film crews of movies ranging from Il Postino to The Talented Mr Ripley. Procida’s harlequin hamlets are perfect for walking, with the oldest being the 17th-century fishing village Corricella. Its tangle of arches, terraces and domes make for a charming stroll, while its car-free streets offer a quiet escape. Climb up to fortified medieval wall district Terra Murata, with its dominating castle which gives spectacular views of Corricella and beyond. Finish your adventure back on the mainland in the historic city of Naples. Visit some of its array of churches, palaces and castles, exploring the Spaccanapoli, a straight road that bisects the ancient centre, and Toledo Street, which overlooks Mount Vesuvius. Before you leave head to the shoreline and have one last gaze out to sea, at the trio of isles you’ve just explored.
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