Isle of Ischia, the largest island in the Gulf of Naples, has a volcanic origin. The highest point is Mount Epomeo at just under eight hundred meters. The island was formed about eighty thousand years ago after a powerful volcano eruption; the last eruption was at the beginning of the fourteenth century but there is still very hot water coming out.
The island was populated in the eighth century BC by Greek colonists; later it was a Roman island, a pirate gathering point, and a Saracen island. The famous Nestor's Cup with the oldest known inscription in Greek characters was found on Ischia. The Aragonese Castle is a fortress, which is located on a small rocky island of trachyte on the east side of the island of Ischia. It is connected by a two-hundred-meter-long brick bridge with the old Borgo di Celsa. On the island, there are several natural spas available.
There are many hostels on the Isle of Ischia from which you can choose. All Isle of Ischia hostels are located on the seaside of the island and there are no hostels in the middle of the island. There are seven municipalities on the island -- Ischia (with Porto und Ponte), Casamicciola Terme, Lacco Ameno, Forio, Serrara Fontana, and Barano d'Ischia -- and you can find an Isle of Ischia hostel in each of them. Forio is the culture center of the island but Isle of Ischia hostels in other municipalities are also good. The hostels on the Isle of Ischia are quite good and have average prices. As the island is a summer resort, there are many Isle of Ischia hostels that operate only in the summer but others are open all year long.
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