|Sunset over Ischia Ponte|
One of the first things I did after getting settled in my B&B was to take a bus ride around the entire island. This is possible for a cost of @ 2 euros, and takes about 90 minutes. At Ischia Porto, there are a variety of buses to take you to other parts of the island, and two lines that complete a circular route of the entire island. I wanted to see what the other cities might have to offer, and I quickly realized that it would take much longer than a week to explore all the sights that interested me.
For lunch that day, I had a "salad from the sea," which turned out to be a real feast, with shrimp, mussels, clams, calamari and several other kinds of fish, mixed in with radicchio, tomatoes, olive oil and lemon juice. It was really tasty and cost only 7 euros!
|Insalata di Mare|
|La passeggiata under the lights|
|Every street had a different pattern of lights.|
After the parade, there was music and food, with stalls lining Piazzale Aragonese, the piazza that leads to the ponte (bridge) crossing over to the Castle, which you'll learn more about in the next post. The scent of roasted nuts and Torrone (nougat candy) filled the air.
However, the real fireworks were not set to start until midnight, and I was worn out by 10:30, so headed back to the hotel. About 12:30 a.m., I heard the REAL fireworks going off: it sounded as if the whole island was exploding! This went on for nearly thirty minutes, and I kept wishing I had stayed up to see them.