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Bio2 Ischia, Campania Lying in the Gulf of Naples, Ischia is Capri's sister island, without the VIP status. It's more real, more genuine. It's famous for its thermal baths (built by the Romans) and diving spots and features four-star luxury hotels with great prices year round. Cheap but delicious fish restaurants lie along the harbor of Ischia Porto and the island is one of the few to make limoncello, that moreish lemon juice liqueur. Visitors can opt for long strolls in the lush vegetation, or take a cab, bus or boat to tour the island. A must see is the majestic Aragonese Castle hanging on top of an isle-cliff, connected to the old hamlet of Ponte Ischia. The Guevara Tower and Royal Palace (www.comuneischia.it) are worth a look for history fans, while at Fumarole beach you can see geysers of water vapor both underwater and above the ground. With a temperature of up to 95 C, may want to test the water before diving in. From the harbor ferries head for the neighboring fishermen island of Procida. Bellezza, one of the oldest restaurants on the island, also offers the best taste of the local cuisine. The popular Kiwi Jam bar offers fantastic finger foods and happy-hour menus. There's a huge choice of hotels, but we love hotel Casa Sofia, located in the southern village of St.Angelo, where cars don't run.

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