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Procida, the pastel-hued Italian island, the most Italian Italian island, the tiny island gem in the Bay of Naples, has now got some tough as nails competition in the ‘what’s the most idyllic place we’ve ever been’ game show that is most certainly not airing on any television network. Not even TLC and I think they’d show anything.

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Horizon chillaxing in Naples.

While the Carnival Horizon spent the day chillaxing in Naples, my family hopped on a Medmar commuter car ferry (the sloooooow, cheap one) to Ischia (pronounced, we learned while on the sloooooow ferry, as ‘Iskia’).

Ischia is the biggest island of the Bay of Naples bunch (Capri, Procida, Ischia) and my only knowledge of it was some faint memory of reading about how famous people visit, stay, party and go about their famous business relatively unnoticed and unscathed from the paparazzi and public gawkers.

So, basically, we’d be right at home.

Ischia Italy Perfect Italian Island Excursion from Naple

The writer (that’s me) oozes ‘rich’ and ‘famous’ while posing for his daughter in front of the castle on Ischia.

As a way of showing off how much bigger an island it is, Ischia has three ports from which to enter it. We picked Ischia Ponte because, well, the timing to that one worked best for us once off the Horizon in the morning and also because it looked walkable to CASTELLO ARAGONESE, the defacto skyline or dominate symbol of this charming, luxurious Italian island.

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As entry points go, Ischia Ponte did not disappoint.

Ischia Italy Perfect Italian Island Excursion from Naple

My gang posing like goofballs after lunch.

While Ischia Porte is closer to the home of the rich and famous and their rich and famous lifestyles, we were treated to a delightful amble through a small Italian village dotted with gelato shops, craft stores, pastel fronted homes and hotels, charming restaurants each one prettier than the next which left me wondering how many meals one could legitimately eat in a 4 hour period, and finally, the castle on the rock on the island on the water.

Ischia Italy Perfect Italian Island Excursion from Naple

Castle + Boat = never a bad photo.

Holy wow the Google Images have got nothing on the live and in the flesh experience of rounding a corner (the corner at the end of this ridiculously Italian Italian street, to be exact) and laying eyes on that medieval beauty.

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On the walk back to port to catch our return ferry to Naples, we had an incredible lunch of zucchini and shrimp gnocchi and mozzarella & tomato salad (an ode to nearby Capri) al fresco on the water, seated across from a woman who’s dog was on her lap, as a man with an accordion rode past on his bike and then began to stroll and play.

A Hollywood script writer, maybe one vacationing on the other end of Ischia, couldn’t have penned a more Italian scene.

Ischia Italy Perfect Italian Island Excursion from Naple

Zucchini and shrimp gnocchi al freso on Ischia Italy.

Ischia Italy Perfect Italian Island Excursion from Naple

Caprese Salad al freso on Ischia Italy.

Al Fresco lunch on Ischia, Italy.

Al Fresco lunch on Ischia, Italy.

Ischia Italy Perfect Italian Island Excursion from Naple

Bring your dog to lunch day is every day in Italy.

Ischia Italy Perfect Italian Island Excursion from Naple

Aaaaaand now we have an accordion player at lunch.

We ate two cones of gelato, walked for miles, bought ceramic trinkets made there on Ischia, took selfies with stray dogs, looked high and low for stray cats, tried on hats we had no intention of buying, posed for photos, laughed, whined at times, dreamed of owning a Vespa, said out loud “oh c’mon on” at the Italian-ess of everything, and had one of the best days ever.

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You will literally NEVER wear this once back home.

Yes, it is adorable but the answer is still no.

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The kid borrowing dad’s camera to get the shot.

A Vespa on an old stone street.

The most Italian photograph imaginable. A Vespa on an old stone street.

Sister Cities of Ischia Italy

Sister Cities of Ischia Italy

Ischia Italy Perfect Italian Island Excursion from Naple

Lemons and Flowers. That pretty much sums up Ischia.

Ischia Italy Perfect Italian Island Excursion from Naple

Selfie with stray dog? Sure, why not.

Ischia Italy Perfect Italian Island Excursion from Naple

Taking a break from all the walking dad is making me do.

Ischia Italy Perfect Italian Island Excursion from Naple

Smile for the camera through the giant ‘is anyone coming around the corner’ mirror.

Ischia Italy Perfect Italian Island Excursion from Naple

I can see Procida from the beach on Ischia.

Ischia Italy Perfect Italian Island Excursion from Naple

I mean, c’mon with that adorable street display of flowers and fruit.

Ischia Italy Perfect Italian Island Excursion from Naple

I took approx 357 photos of pastel hued building, shutters and flower boxes. Here’s 1.

Ischia Italy Perfect Italian Island Excursion from Naple

One of many street cats in Europe. We love them all.

Ischia Italy Perfect Italian Island Excursion from Naple

The original inspiration* for two face, found on the side of an building in Ischia. *not really*

Finally, gratuitous gelato shots to make you hungry and jealous.

Ischia Italy Perfect Italian Island Excursion from Naple

Italian gelato, 2 Euro, with a cookie on top, on a warm spring day on the island of Ischia is a long way of spelling PERFECT.

Ischia Italy Perfect Italian Island Excursion from Naple

The new Samsung S9+ Focus feature treats gelato alright.

Next step: get your family to Italy and maybe, just maybe, to Ischia, a perfectly walkable (with the help of a ferry), perfectly perfect day trip from Naples.

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