Ischia, Capri, and Procida are the three main islands of the Campania archipelago and they all have a thousand-year history. For centuries they have attracted all types of travelers and are an evergreen destination for the inhabitants of the region surrounding Naples, Italy.
Despite being close to the mainland and to each other, they are extremely different – both for their geological composition and individual character. Capri is called the “blue island” for the deep blue of the sea that bathes its steep limestone cliffs. Ischia is known as the “green island” for its green tuff rock that shows the island’s volcanic and deformational history. Procida cannot be identified with one single color as it is full of houses painted in an extremely varied palette and carved into the cliffside.
In terms of settlements, dominions, and cultural influences, the history of the three islands echoes that of Campania’s mainland but they still differ in personality and cultural habits.
Ischia is the largest of the three and is the favorite destination for lovers of thermal baths. From the 14th century onwards, the many natural springs ofIschia have been studied and classified for their therapeutic properties and this has turned the whole island into one big spa center.
Capri has always had a vocation of hosting people in its elegant villas with breath-taking views. From the emperor Tiberius, who lived on the island for ten years to artists, movie stars, and day-trippers. From the opening of its first hotel in 1822, Capri has never ceased to welcome and be admired by international travelers, while Ischia and Procida have always been a favorite destination for Europeans and Neapolitans.
Procida, the smallest of the three, has always had an essential relationship with the sea and with religion, so much so as to name its main harbor “Catholic”. Unknown to most of the world until a few years ago, and perhaps with smaller crowds than its two more famous sisters, Procida has now conquered the spotlight by being nominated “Capital of Culture in Italy” for the year 2022.
This conversation is designed to introduce participants to the history and the many naturalistic and artistic sites that these islands offer and will provide all the best tips and tricks for a once-in-a-lifetime journey through the Tyrrhenian Sea.
About Your Expert
Fiorella Squillante holds a degree in modern languages and art history, a post-graduate course in education and didactics and a master-course in exhibition design. She is a specialist in art history and Neapolitan culture and art. She works with the main museums of Naples as a member of the education department. She also works closely with Friends of Museums from abroad. Fiorella is the president of the cultural association “Fine Arts”, which organizes private viewings and themed routes in Naples and Campania, and visits to stately homes and private collections. She writes about Naples and Campania for a popular guide book and is the author of “Naples in 3 Days”, a guide to Neapolitan art and architecture and a book for children and teenagers called “Pompeii is Cool!“.
This conversation is suitable for all ages.
90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.