South Pacific Familyadventure 2008
Thu 13 Apr 2023 17:49
Ischia is the smaller and less famous compared to big sister Capri and was initially the private property of emperor Augustus.
He traded Ischia for Capri which subsequently made Capri more famous but today infested with tourists and insane prices in Capri, Ischia is becoming increasingly popular. For the one who saw "The talented Mr Ripley" with Jude Law,Gwyneth Paltrow and Matt Damon,a major part of the film was filmed in Ischia and Procida.
We dropped anchor in Punta di Vico on the northwest part of the island expecting quite strong winds from southeast in the morning.
Waking up early due to an increasing swell we found the anchorage uncomfortably exposed to winds from southeast of galeforce (not predicted).
We had to weigh anchor and cross the Bay of Naples into Marina Molo Luise which is the "cheaper" of the two marinas in Naples charging "only" 120Euros/night + VAT+electricity !! (for 150 Euros you get 4star hotelroom).
The marina is really nothing with no service except ordinary shorepower (adapter needed) and water. Staff is helpful and nice and the major thing is the location which is reasonably central.
Some cruisers will warn you from going to Naples ("a dirty mess with high proportion of criminality,traffic and overcrowded") but both Mercedes and me liked this city. Allthough plenty of tourists it´s genuine and people are nice. Walking narrow streets in central Naples is charmy with an all time mess of walking crowds,motorcycles and cars. Plentiful of restaurants,bars and cafeterias are tugged into whatever wall is possible and large parts of the walls are covered with grafitti(even the Swedish environmentalist star Greta Thunberg is on a wall allthough molested with a Hitler moustasch). The energy from the city is contagious and it´s National Museum of art is a good preparation for a visit to Pompeji.