The “smoking” beach of Ischia
Ischia, boasting one of the oldest hydrothermal heritages in the world, is home to the fascinating fumaroles of Maronti Beach, near Sant’Angelo and the Aphrodite Apollon thermal park.
On one of the island’s hottest slopes lies a small beach where thermal energy escapes from the subsoil in the form of clouds of steam and bubbles of gas in the sea.
The phenomenon of fumaroles is caused by the volcanic activity in Ischia. Used since ancient times for healing treatments, today this spectacle attracts increasing numbers of visitors who can go diving to admire it underwater.
Alongside the undeniable charm of this strip of coastline in the Gulf of Naples, it is also ideal for people suffering from rheumatic pain: sand baths are known to have regenerative effects. But watch out for the high temperatures: on the beach, the steam released through the sand can reach up to 100 degrees Celsius.