Ischia is the largest of the beautiful islands located off the Gulf of Naples (30km WSW). The 'Green Island' as it is known is around 46sqkm in size and is divided into six towns, Ischia, Casamicciola Terme, Lacco Ameno, Forio, Serrara Fontana and Barano. The island has a population of 50,000. Over the years Ischia has created a strong market for pottery production and the metallurgical industry, starting back in the VII Century b.c. when the island was colonized by the Greeks (the Eubei population). Who named the island Phitekoussai which is derived from the term "Pithekos" meaning Monkey. Showing that there was a presence of this animal on the island. Ischia has volcanic origins explaining why the island acquired the title the 'Green island', its extremely fertile soils have aloud the growth of a vast flora and fauna that extends over the whole island. The island is also graced with Thermo-mineral hot springs. Inviting a good tourist trade. As many hotels offer thermal healing or just plain thermal relaxing. You can find everything that will make up a perfect holiday all in one location. Sun, sea, beautiful panoramas, thermal spas and the piece and quite that only an island can offer.