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Wiki: The Aragonese Castle which stands on a volcanic rock, is the most impressive historical monument in Ischia, built by Hiero I of Syracuse in 474 BC. At the same time, two towers were built to control enemy fleets' movements. The rock was then occupied by Parthenopeans (the ancient inhabitants of Naples). In 326 BC the fortress was captured by Romans, and then again by the Parthenopeans. In 1441 Alfonso V of Aragon connected the rock to the island with a stone bridge instead of the prior wood bridge, and fortified the walls in order to defend the inhabitants against the raids of pirates. Around 1700, about 2000 families lived on the islet, including a Clarisses Convent, the Abbey of Basilians from Greece, the Bishop and the Seminar, the Prince with a military garrison. There were also thirteen churches. In 1809, the British troops laid siege to the island, under the French command, and shelled to destroy almost completely. In 1912, the Castle was sold to a private owner. Today the castle is the most visited monument of the island.







Ischia Porto is the first place that most visitors to the island of Ischia see and in many ways it's the most important. With a figure of around 16,000 It has the largest number of permanent residents of any of the island's six main towns and its busy port traffics the majority of Ischia's visitors to and from Naples via ferries and hydrofoils.

Upon arrival at Ischia Porto visitors find an attractive port area flanked on one side by the trendy Riva Destra (Right Bank in English), an elegant pathway that houses dozens of bars and restaurants, each with a view across the port. During the summer this area is frequented by the owners of yachts who use the port as a base for the duration of their stay. Some of the world's most influential and famous celebrities are known to have brought their super-yachts into this same port as word spreads of its fame.





The twin onion domes are those of The Basilica of Santa Maria di Loreto, which was founded by sailors in the fourteenth century. Inside can be found a panel of the Madonna of Loreto by Decio Tramontary, dating to the sixteenth century. Also paintings by Caesar Calise, one showing the "Martyrdom of St. Bartholomew "(1596) and the othe S. Nicholas of Tolentino "(1607).





Beneath the row of trees toward the left is my friend Franco's La Piazzetta, where I always take a morning espresso doppio con latte caldo.





The white villa at center, above the trees in lower right, is one of my friend Elena's rental properties.





This is the hospital where I spent eight days in treatment.












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