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Explore Ischia, one of Italy's lesser known destinations

Ischia is the largest island in the southern Italian region of Campania

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Heading to the beach at Sant’Angelo in Ischia.

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Enjoy a passeggiata, an evening stroll, as the sun dips below the Mediterranean. That’s when the streets and squares of the town of Ischia Porto fill up with locals and visitors. People watch over a café corretto, coffee “corrected” with grappa or sambuca, at the bustling Gran Caffè Vittoria.

Amanda Ruggeri

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To get the best sense of Ischia and its past, climb or take the elevator up to the Castello Aragonese. The island’s main – and most stunning – attraction is connected to the town of Ischia Ponte by bridge and clings to the top of a volcanic rock.

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The view from Castello Aragonese.

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Dating back to 474 B.C.,Castello Aragonese was rebuilt by Alphonso of Aragon in 1441; it eventually housed 13 different churches, along with residences, shops and gardens.

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In Sant’Angelo, find the stand selling fresh-squeezed juice, called spremuta, right at the bus stop. The vendor takes his craft ery seriously, and it’s likely to be the best juice you’ll have in all Italy.

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In Ischia, you’ll enjoy tomatoes like you’ve never had before.

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Ischia is a feast for the eyes, with sweeping vistas, colourful beach towns and some of the best bruschetta on Earth.

Amanda Ruggeri

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