If you have chosen the island of Ischia as your next travel destination, you should know that this island is not only a tourist destination but also the basin of the Greco-Roman culture. With its 6 municipalities, the island of Ischia is full of stories and hidden places, each with its own characteristics and beauties.

In your tour of Ischia, if you are a lover of ancient history, you cannot fail to visit one of the places where the most ancient artifact belonging to the Greek culture is preserved. Read and find out more. Ischia and its history await you.

The garden of Villa Arbusto Museum ¦ Exclusivehomeischia

Visit the town of Lacco Ameno and its beauties.

Lacco Ameno is one of the smallest towns on the island, yet it retains the greatest historical heritage. Strolling along its Angelo Rizzoli course, you will be captivated by the peace that reigns in this place. The long piers where the boats are anchored, the small shops and restaurants present throughout the course. Once you arrive in the main square, you will be welcomed by the Church of Santa Restituta, patron saint of the island, below which the finds of one of the oldest Greek colonies are preserved. What are the other places and the characteristic elements of this village? Read and discover them all.

One of the majolica benches in the museum of Villa Arbusto ¦ Exclusivehomeischia


The mushroom

One of the elements that will appear to you as soon as you arrive in the village of Lacco Ameno is the mushroom. This represents the "genius loci" of this village. It is a single block of tuff located in the middle of the sea and not far from the shore. One of the many elements that underline how much the island of Ischia has a volcanic origin. Many legends have arisen around this "rock" which over time have been handed down since ancient times when Ischia was a colony of Magna Graecia. It is said, in fact, that the block represents the landing of Venus, finding herself on the run from her husband Hephaestus, angry at the betrayal with Mars. But despite the legends attributed to it, the mushroom is none other than the fruit of one of the eruptions of Mount Epomeo.


The mushroom in LaccoAmeno the mai street Angelo Rizzoli ¦ Exclusivehomeischia


The Archaeological Museum of Pithecusae

A thousand-year history is hidden in this small volcanic island. The Pithecusae museum, the original name of the island of Ischia, is located inside Villa Arbusto. The villa was originally the residence of Commendatore Angelo Rizzoli. In fact, the latter wanted to preserve all the oldest finds from prehistory to the Greco-Roman era inside the villa. Among these, mention should be made to the Nestor's Cup. In addition to being a relic, the cup represents a piece of history of inestimable value. This belonged to the grave goods of a young boy in the San Montano necropolis. The archaeologist Giorgio Buchner found the find. Its importance is due precisely to the lateral incision. The engraving, in fact, mentions Nestor, the Homeric hero of the Iliad and the Odyssey. The find thus demonstrates the contemporaneity of Homeric writing with that of the settlements of the Chalcidian and Etruscan peoples present on the island of Ischia also in the 770 a.C.

The cup of Nestor in the Pithecusae Museum, Villa arbusto ¦ Exclusivehomeischia


The Church of Santa Restituta

The village of Lacco Ameno, although small, is not only the first colony of Magna Graecia, but also represents one of the first Christian settlements. Under the churchyard of the church dedicated to the Santa Restituta, located right in the heart of the central pizza, there is also one of the first paleo-Christian cemeteries. Under the floor of the church, in fact, there are paleo Christian finds as well as finds belonging to the first Christian colony.

St. Restituta in the San Montano Bay ¦ Exclusivehomeischia

The feast of Santa Restituta

One of the most folkloric celebrations is dedicated to the holy Restituta. The festival is celebrated every year on May 16, in the bay of San Montano. During the first of the days dedicated to the feast, the representation of the landing of the lifeless body of the saint on the beach of San Montano takes place. It is said that the young woman was persecuted and killed by the Romans for her strong Christian faith. Then when the boat with the body of the saint landed on the beach, it is said that white lilies were born, since then, the latter are associated with the veneration of the saint. The representation that is celebrated every year for the saint is one of the most evocative, absolutely not to be missed.


The mushroom in the main street Angelo Rizzoli in Lacco Ameno ¦ Exclusivehomeischia


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