2019-08-16 Ventotene Island to Ile de Procida, via Ile d’Ischia, Italy

Mid morning we make our departure saying goodbye to our sister ship which was moored a couple of berths along from us
Tying up along the port wall in the Ventotene harbour was free of charge however we paid 5 euros for water and power which was quite reasonable
In the background is the tiny island, Isola di Santo Stefano with it’s abandoned jail that operated from 1797 when it was completed to 1965
As we depart from the island of Ventotene we pass the ancient harbour which was unbelievably carved out of solid rock
2 hours later, motoring in a easterly direction, we approach the island of Ischia which is another volcanic island situated off the mid western Italian coast, close to the city of Naples
We approach the west coast of Ischia at Punta Caruso and the area of Foriano where there are a number of spectacular clifftop houses, most with swimming pools carved into surrounding rock
Isola d’Ischia is the largest island in the bay of Naples and is a very popular destination for visitors by boat or ferry, as it is located only 30 kms from Naples
We pass the popular town of Lacco Ameno on the north west coast of Ischia
Looking back to Punta di Monte Vico with the Cemetery, Cimitero di Lacco Ameno perched on cliffs high above the water
We arrive at Porto d’Ischia, the main town of the island, located on the north east coast
We decide to continue on as we were keen to anchor for a while and have some lunch and a swim
In our travels we see some beautiful traditional yachts
We decide to continue on towards the tiny islet which is situated on the east coast of the island of Ischia
An Argonese Castle which was built in 474 BC dominates the islet which is attached to the island d’Ischia by a stone walkway
The bay beside the islet with the amazing castle was very busy. There were no comfortable areas for us to anchor so we decide to continue on to the nearby island of Procida
We motor for 5 nautical miles (9 kms) northeast to Ile d’Procida and arrive back at one of our favourite Mediterranean islands. We continue to the northeast of the island and anchor off Marina Corricella
The Monastery of Santa Margherita Nuova which is perched high on the clifftops of Punta dei Monaci overlooks our favourite anchorage ….. and no doubt popular with others too!!
Once again Betsey could not wait until we all went for a swim
We enjoy a late lunch under the shade on the bow of the Tangaroa
This is one of the most picturesque bays we have visited over the many years of cruising the Mediterranean
A golden sunset!!
Having a tired granddaughter we decide to dine aboard tonight and enjoy a wonderful pasta dish with mussels, chilli and tomato

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