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Today, some like to think of Ischia Island as The Odyssee's Pheacia, instead of Corfu. This belief is
understandable, as the place seems permeated with the kind of mysticism described in Homer's
The Island has a few sites that are really worth seeing:
Argonese Castle: the Argonese Castle was built on a rock near the island in 474 BC. At the same time, two towers were built to control enemy fleets' movements. Later on the rock was occupied by Parthenopeans (the ancient inhabitants of Naples). In 326 BC the fortress was captured by Romans, and then again by the Parthenopeans. Today the castle is the most visited monument of the island.
It is accessed through a tunnel with large openings which let the light enter. Along the tunnel there is a small chapel consecrated to Saint John Joseph of the Cross (San Giovan Giuseppe della Croce), the patron saint of the island. After arriving outside, it is possible to visit the Church of the Immacolata and the Cathedral of Assunta.
Some other of the Island's most popular sites:
The Gardens of Villa Ravino: a botanical garden, located in Forio-Citara Bay. Giardini Ravino is a botanical garden with one of the richest collection of cacti and succulents cultivated outdoors in Europe.
The Villa La Colombaia: Villa La Colombaia is located in Lacco Ameno and Forio territories.
Surrounded by a park, the villa (called "The Dovecote") was made by Luigi Patalano famous local socialist and journalist.It is now the seat of a cultural institution and museum dedicated to Luchino Visconti. The institution promotes cultural activities such as music, cinema, theatre, art exhibitions, work-shops, and cinema reviews. The villa and the park are open to the public.