Starting from our hometown in the Netherlands we travelled by train, airplane, ferry, taxi and bus. After a long journey we arrived in Barano d' Ischia.
Claudia, the owner, picked us up at the busstop. A very good initiative because we got of at the wrong stop. Beware: the signs at the stops don't mention a name! Although the drivers are very helpful, most of them don't speak a foreign language very well.
If you travel by bus: get off in Testaccio.
The villa is exactly as shown on the photo's. Big, nice marble floors and steps. The furniture and kitchen are sober but practical. Showers, toilets, internet, dishwasher and washing machine worked perfect. The terrace is huge and you have a nice view. Upstairs it's warm but you can open the sliding doors (and hope for a fresh wind). The bedrooms downstairs are quite cool thanks to the shutters.
The villa is situated at the edge of the village. The surroundings are very quiet; you only hear the sounds of roosters and occasionally the barking of a dog.
Famiglia Napoleone, the owners, live right next door and are very kind and helpful. We highly recommend a stay in this villa!
Our opinion of Isola d'Ischia: beautiful island, green forest, deep blue sky and sea, attractive beaches, kind and helpful inhabitants, nice food, clean and clear seawater, plenty of hotspots and panoramic views.
The amount of cars, scooters and buses on the (small) roads stopped us renting a bike. Maybe give it a try in low season?
Traveling by bus is really cheap, but you can't get to all the places.
Favorite hotspots were Castello Aragonese and our visit to San Angelo.
Less favorite: waiting in the heath at the busstop and find out that the bus does not keep to the schedule (schedule found on the internet). And once there is a bus: find out that it is crowded with sweaty people.
@Famiglia Napoleone: thank you very much for the tomatoes, all your help and advise and driving us to Ischia Porto!