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Lacco Ameno, Province of Napoli, Campania

Lacco Ameno is situated at the foot of Monte Epomeo in the northwest of the island of Ischia, in the Gulf of Naples. The name probably derives from the Greek word lakkos (=stone). The name Ameno (=beautiful) was added in 1863 after a petition of the inhabitants to king Vittorio Emanuele II. The town is a much visited spa resorts, thanks to the so-called "Fonti di Santa Restituta" the patron saint of the place and also of the whole island of Ischia.

Info

  • Population: about 4000 inhabitants in 2017
  • Zip/postal code: 80076
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 081
  • Demonym: lacchesi
  • Patron Saint: Santa Restituta, celebrated on 17 May
  • Frazioni & Localities: Fango, Mezzavia, Pannella, Fundera.

What to see

  • The Villa Arbusto, hosting the Pithecusae Museum, and surrounded by splendid gardens, was built in 1785 by Don Carlo Acquaviva, Duke of Atri, and purchased in 1952 by publisher and movie producer Angelo Rizzoli who sponsored the reconstruction of the ancient thermal baths, the construction of some big hotels and the restoration of Piazza Restituta in the town centre of Lacco Ameno.
  • The Pithecusae Archaeological Museum with many archaeological findings dating back from the Prehistory to the Romans Age.
  • The Angelo Rizzoli Museum with a picture gallery about Angelo Rizzoli's stay on the island of Ischia.
  • The Fungo (=mushroom), an ancient rock of green tuff, about 10 meters high, in the sea facing the edge of a cliff. Erupted from the mouth of Mount Epomeo, with time it cooled and sea erosion shaped it into a mushroom.

Events and Festivities

  • 16, 17 and 18 May, celebrations for Santa Restituta, whose body is kept in the sanctuary. According to the legend, in 304 AD Restituta, a citizen of Carthago in Africa, refused to abjure her Christian religion and was condemned to be burnt alive on a boat, which miraculously reached the San Montano Bay near Lacco.

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