From all over the island and beyond, Castello Aragonese is the VIEW. Hike to the top of the castle (or avail yourself of its handy elevator) and the castle becomes the island’s VIEWPOINT, its panoramic overlook, or as they like to call it here, the belvedere.
At the top, you can have lunch, a drink or a snack at “Il Terrazzo” and take in the breathtaking vistas of the Bay of Naples, nearby Procida and Capri in the distance. Meander your way back down through the maze of spaces open to visitors: churches, a convent, a prison, and a room flush with instruments of torture. Don’t miss the so-called “nuns’ cemetery”, where the macabre 17th century practice of draining the nuns’ corpses was carried out.
A picturesque causeway connects the castle to the island at Ischia Ponte. A handy numbered brochure (in English) is part of the price of admission. Along the way you’ll find two cafes, a bookshop and did we mention, there is a hotel inside the castle walls? Set in the castle’s 16th century monastery, Albergo il Monastero offers B&B type accommodation in this unique and atmospheric setting.