HOW TO PACK FOR ISCHIA
God bless the South of Italy: it’s one of the most nostalgia-inducing, desirable destinations on the globe. We’re all lusting after La Dolce Vita, dreaming of slurping seafood spaghetti by the sea, sipping Aperol spritzers and granita. But as summer hits and three quarters of the world’s tourists descend on the Amalfi Coast, you sit there – sun hat on and fork in said spaghetti – wondering what exactly is dolce about this vita? Niente.
Thankfully, at &FINALLY, we have one very Italian co-founder, with one very Italian Dad who knows all the good Italian spots to hit up when the rest of the world is busying itself on the tiny island of Capri. So, we took very little clothing and copious amounts of accessories and settled on the island of Ischia. Here’s our overview.
Ischia embodies all the beauty of this famous coastline (some parts could be mistaken for Capri), all the character of South Italy’s brilliant people, and all the culinary goodness for which Naples is famed. Car access from Naples is banned over summer in order to stop local residents overcrowding the island; if they want to visit, they have to hop on the aliscafi like the rest of us.
WHAT TO DO:
Hire a car and explore: we all love lying by the beach, but it would be a sin not to enjoy what this island has to offer. Go to Sant’Angelo for Positano-esque vibes, Forio for a bustling town and Lacco Ameno for food. When visiting the latter, be sure to try the pizza at Il Triangolo: Heaven.
WHAT TO PACK:
Rustic vibes for lunch in Lacco Amena; chic nautical for exploring Ischia town; a touch of the exotic for shopping in Forio. See below for more.
LUNCH IN LACCO AMENO
This quiet, unassuming town is home to exquisite little restaurants on the water that are perfect for the midday sun-break. Throw your towel in this perfect raffia tote from Clare V, slip on these Ancient Greek Sandals for a little life and this wooden necklace by Vanda Jacintho for a dose of understated glamour.
SHOPPING IN FORIO
If you shop anything like we do, comfort is key: tie your hair up with a classic striped J-Crew skinny scarf and some matching sliders to wrap up the look.
A STRIP TO SANT’ANGELO
A one-shoulder swimsuit nicely doubles up as a bodysuit when worn with some linen trousers (or similar.) Throw on some graphic gold bangles and a woven hat and you’re ready to sight see.
SUNBATHING IN SAN MONTANO BAY
You can afford to go a little more ‘Sophia Loren’ here: a little print and some classic beach accessorising by way of a coral-esque necklace and a classic Moynat bag.
RELAXING BY THE HOTEL POOL
Ischia is a colourful place, so why not have a little fun with brights? Fans have made a come-back, and we love this playful Nannacay one. Throw on some pom pom earrings and keep the rest neutral for balance.