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Casamicciola Terme, Province of Napoli, Campania

Located in the northernmost part of the island of Ischia and bordering all the other municipalities of the island, Casamicciola has a commercial harbor for ships and ferries to Naples and Pozzuoli as well as a smaller tourist port for private boats and yachts.
The territory of about 5.5 sqkm is mostly hilly. The population has always exploited the thermal springs of Casamicciola, making the place famous for the quality of spa treatments. Along the coast there are three equidistant beaches, in the Fundera, Marina and Perrone area.

Info

  • Population: about 8200 inhabitants in 2017
  • Zip/postal code: 80074
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 081
  • Demonym: casamicciolesi
  • Patron Saint: Santa Maria Maddalena, celebrated on 22 July.

History

The first human settlements on the Ischia island date back to the 8th century BC, when the Greeks founded the colony of Pithecusae (today Lacco Ameno), which soon became an important commercial center for the Etruscans, Phoenicians and Egyptians who came to purchase articrafts in ceramics, bronze, iron made on the island.

The island came later under the control of the Romans, who used it as a vacation and spa resort. In the Middle Ages Ischia was attacked by the Goths, Lombards and Normans and finally conquered by the Swabians. Since antiquity the island was hit several times by the eruption of the Epomeo, the last eruption being in 1301.

In the following centuries the population increased concentrating along the coast in six villages: Ischia, Casamicciola, Lacco Ameno, Forio, Barano and Serrara Fontana. In the early 17th century the "Pio Monte della Misericordia" of Naples, an organization of enlightened aristocrats with humanitarian aims, established in Casamicciola a large spa establishement for the poor of Naples, and in the following centuries the place became a spa resort for people from all over Europe.

On July 28, 1883 shocks triggered by former volcano Epomeo made about 2,000 victims, almost half the population. The town was rebuilt closer to the sea, along the marina. The name was changed to Casamicciola Terme in 1956.

Economy

As for the whole island, the economy was based on agriculture and fishing; then starting from the early 20th century, artists, poets and actors first, then a wider community of tourists, started to discover this hidden jewel between the sky and the deep blue sea, with its rich Mediterranean vegetation and the many thermal water springs.

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