Night Walk in Ischia Porto
When I returned to the hotel after my first walk in Ischia Porto, it was already getting dark. After dinner, I went to see what this city looks like in the dark. I was immediately encouraged by the fact that the Church of San Pietro next to my hotel was beautifully illuminated.
I got out on the Corso Vittoria Colonna, the town's main shopping street, and headed towards the port.
Nine in the evening, the street is deserted, although many shops are open. I only saw a couple of tourists in one deli. Vacationers seem to have just left the ferry, with suitcases that they carelessly left on the street. After Naples, where you have to hold on to your things with both hands so that they don't get stolen, such carelessness is simply surprising. Well, Ischia is not a Spanish quarter, although the well-known horror stories about it are greatly exaggerated.
Souvenir shop, as you can see, designed for lovers of their own holiday.
To be honest, I used to think that Paul & Shark was a shipping company - such logos can be found on all high-speed ships plying the Gulf of Naples, but it turned out that it was a clothing brand.
If there's one thing worth buying on the island as a souvenir, it's ceramics. This craft was practiced here by the ancient Greeks who lived in the acropolis of Pithecusa.
In the evening, Corso Vittoria Colonna becomes purely pedestrian with a simple and beautiful solution-a mobile flower bed.
Closer to the port, Via Vittorio Colonna turns into Via Roma. This is where the most expensive real estate blocks start.
In the small square where Via Porto begins, you can see a bronze girl sunbathing. The sculpture is called "Aurora", however, I strongly doubt that the goddess of dawn was a supporter of naturism.
Here I turned onto Via Alfredo de Lucca, where the most famous hotels in Ischia are located.
On the square in front of the four-star SPA complex "Ferdinand's Baths" (Grand Hotel delle Terme Re Ferdinando), you can see the original fountain, depicting, apparently, a fishing boat.
It is also full of shops, and some boldly break the stereotype that Ischia is an incredibly expensive place.
Who says the camera roll is dead? Not dead at all! Kodak has found an application of the good old technology-it stamps a disposable camera for underwater photography. Ready-to-dive FunSaver costs ten, which is much cheaper than a special box for a digital camera, which is often more expensive than the camera itself.
After a walk through the already deserted center, I decided to walk all the way to Ischia Ponte to see the Aragonese Castle at night. But here I was disappointed - only a dimly lit monastery was visible to the naked eye, the rest of the cliff was buried in darkness. This panoramic photo was taken only thanks to the tripod, the long shutter speed, and especially the optical stabilizer of the Canon EF-24/2.8 IS USM lens, as there was quite a strong wind and the tripod swayed a little.
But the Villa Antonio hotel, located on the bay opposite the castle, looked very romantic.
The hotel belongs to the ancient family of artists of Los Angeles, and is located on the territory of the old fort. By the way, I asked about the prices - they turned out to be high, but not exorbitant, even in high season a double room costs 120 euros. This doesn't really fit in with the legend that a vacation in Ischia costs a lot of money.