Isola di Vivara
The deserted island of Vivara is like something in a movie. Uninhabited, wild, and rising from the deep blue sea, it looks like the set for a thriller film. The crescent-shaped crater was once a volcano and is part of a chain of little islands in the Gulf of Naples. It is connected to bigger, more famous Procida by a long strip of footbridge.
Vivara is a nature preserve left entirely in its natural state. It is covered with local Mediterranean climate fauna, including six rare orchid species, primrose and an abundance of ferns. It hosts migratory birds and is a nature lover's paradise to explore. The woods were once the hunting grounds of King Charles III of Napoli who used it in pursuit of pheasant and rabbit. (Maybe that's how rabbit became the staple dish of Ischia? Hmm, to ponder!)
Cross from Procida to Vivara on the bridge and pass into a natural realm of undisturbed environmental wonders.
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The north-western side of the Gulf of Naples offers the splendour of the small island of Procida, known as "the girlfriend of the sea".
Ischia lies in magnificent beauty in the Gulf of Naples, beyond Procida and across the bay from Napoli.
Casamicciola Terme lounges on the northern shore of the island of Ischia.
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