Forio - Busy Resort Town
Location: Situated on the Island of Ischia
Forio is on the island of Ischia in the province of Naples in Italy. The town of Panza is also included as part of the city's territory though it retains its own name. On the western shore of the island, it is hovered over by the slopes of Monte Epomeo. The surrounding countryside is a green and fertile land known for its vineyards like many other places in the Mediterranean. The island it sits on is a volcanic one, and the town is actually home of the highest point on the island rising 788 meters.
Culture: Preserved Historical Center and Large Spas
Compared to surrounding towns, the historical center of Forio is actually really well preserved. Traces of medieval and Baroque architecture and heritage are peppered throughout the city streets. Il Torrione is a tower built in 1480. With two floors, it used to hold a rainwater tank, weapons storage area, and a terrace with cannons. After renovations, it actually became part municipal museum and part home to the artist Giovanni Maltese. It has now been turned into an art gallery dedicated to his works. The Soccorso's church is one of the oldest structures on the island and is dedicated to Saint Maria of the snow. The spas and hot springs are of course a huge draw as well. Thermal Poseidon Gardens is famous worldwide for its 22 thermal ocean water pools, Roman sauna, private beach, and more.
Activities: Beaches, Geysers, and Landscaped Gardens
If you're looking for beauty and water, these converge in this small island town. A prime attraction happens to be Citara beach. It is right alongside the island's largest spa complex known for its use of the volcanic hot springs for medicinal purposes. The volcanic nature of the island also means there are many fumaroles or steaming geysers to be seen which are usually pretty close to the natural hot springs. It can be the sight of a lifetime. For even more beauty, visit Villa La Mortella, a park that was once property of English composer William Walton. A botanical expert planted tropical and Mediterranean plants for him, which have continued to grow over the years.