This was once a convent. Built in the 16th Century, the cloisters and passageways once echoed with the sound of rosary beads and prayers. Today, it is the building that contemplates on a rock overlooking the sea while, inside, the residents relax. Thousands of religious hours have been worn into the walls and smudge the atmosphere with a centuries old blessing for all who enter. The views are stunning and you can certainly enjoy them on the open sun terrace while dining al-fresco in the traditional Italian way. The island of Ischia is famous for two things, its colourful past and thermal springs. It is the healing powers of the island’s volcanic waters that has lead to many nations fighting for its resources over the centuries, leaving ruined castles beaded over its hills and plains. Explore the hotel’s inner walls and find the internal garden with a fanfare of exotic plants, olive trees and vineyard from which the hotel makes its own wine.