Piazzale Aragonese, Ischia Ponte
Via Luigi Mazzella ends in a small square in front of the bridge leading to the Aragonese Castle. Actually, this can explain its name. This is also the final stop of the Line 7 bus, which takes you from Ischia Porto Harbour.
As usual in tourist areas, there are many souvenir shops and restaurants.
On the wall of one of the houses there is a ceramic panel dedicated to the visit of Pope John Paul II, who visited the island in 2002.
A long concrete pier runs out to sea from the square, where sightseeing boats are moored, and this place is also popular with fishermen.
After walking to the end of the pier, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the eastern shores of the island.
Along the coast there is a street with the complex name Lungomare Re Alfonso D'Aragona il Magnanimo, which means the Embankment of King Alfonso of Aragon the Magnanimous. There are several restaurants with wonderful views of the Bay of Naples.
Coastal residential buildings have absolutely stunning architecture, they are a jumble of countless extensions and superstructures, different styles and colors, where not one house and floor does not repeat another.
The back is clearly visibleThe Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, more like a fortress. The massive bell tower was built at the end of the 16th century, during the rampant Saracen pirates, and served as a defensive structure.
Further on, you can see the house of Malcovati, a professor of medicine who was behind the transformation of the island into a famous SPA resort. A couple of times the poet Joseph Brodsky visited this house, where he wrote the poem "Ischia in October".
Then begin the sandy beaches and endless hotels of Ischia Porto, stretching all the way to the port.
And of course, from the pier you can perfectly see the northern part of the Aragonese Castle, where the monastery of St. Mary the Comforter and the Church of the Immaculate Conception are located.
To the left of the Aragonese Castle, you can see the island of Vivara, behind which the blue silhouette of Mount Vesuvius is visible in the distance.