Ischia Porto is the island’s largest town and the port where the ferries dock. The town has given its name to the island, and is linked to Ischia Ponte, the ancient coastal town with the beautiful fortress.
The majority of the island’s hotels are in Ischia Porto, as well as the busiest shopping streets, for example, Via Roma and Corso V. Colonna. There are also discos, nightclubs, restaurants, traditional tavernas and wine cellars.
Ischia's harbour was once a lake, which was formed after an earthquake. It was first opened as a port in 1854, when they opened the lake to get water to circulate better and thus improve fishing in the area.
During the following years, the areas many spas proved popular and visitor number increased. It was especially popular as a healing place amongst the middle class of Naples during the summer months. The tradition has since continued and Porto di Ischia is still very popular today amongst those that want to enjoy the sun, the beach, the spas and shopping.