Antique print dated 1895.
The page is over 115 years old and in good condition.
In order to enhance and protect the page we have set in within a bespoke frame and mount.
Frame size 400mm x 370mm. available also in a
gold frame, your choice. RtW.59.
Entitled – Ischia. The Castle-Crowned Rock.
Below the picture an inscription reads:
Ischia. – Before we leave Naples altogether, there is one other excursion to be taken from it.
This is to the lovely island of Ischia, in the Mediterranean, which is reached by one of the Societa Florio Rubattino Company’s steamers in 3 and a quarter hours.
The Isola d’Ischia lies eight miles south-west of Cape Miseno, and is seven miles long by four broad; the circumference of the island, without considering numerous indentations, is about nineteen miles, and the population 24,000.
Ischia, the capital of the island, with 7,000 inhabitants, stretches most picturesquely along the shore in the form of a street, one mile in length.
This street exends from the Castle, on its lofty isolated rock, on the south, to the Punta Molin on the north.
Our illustration shows the castle-crowned rock.
The Castle was erected by Alphonso V., of Aragon, in 1450, and is connected with the land by a stone pier, 280ft. in length – it is now used as a prison.
Certain it is that the Isola d’Ischia is one of the loveliest spots imaginable.
Strolling along the road which skirts the north coast from the town of Ischia, one passes extensive groves of young oak, chestnut, orange, pomegranate, fig, myrtle, arbutus, and lemon trees – all in luxuriant profusion.
We now pass from Porto d’Ischia and Casamicciolo, to Florio on the west coast, and thence to the Monte Imperatore.
From the Piazza at Porto d’Ischia, close to the baths, one may take a carriage excursion to Morepano, whence one walks to the base of the extinct volcano, Mount Epomeo.
Here the road crosses the Lava dell’ Arso, and leads through pine woods and luxuriant orchards and vineyards to Barano, from the heights of which one beholds a lovely panorama of the sea and the glowing, fertile island.
The ascent of Epomeo takes an hour and a half; the mountain is 2,600ft. high, and descends almost perpendicularly on the north side.
The earthquake of 1883 destroyed 7,500 lives, and Casamicciolo was laid in ruins.
According to Government instructions, the new town has been built of light wood and plaster.
Standing above the Hermitage on Epomeo, one looks down upon the Bays of Gaeta and Naples; Sorrento, Vesuvius, and Capri, while to the north loom the distant snowy peaks of the Abruzzi.
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