Serrara-Fontana town extends over 669 hectors and has a population of 2,950 inhabitants. It is the highest town above sea level on the island. In fact, it stretches from the sea as far as the slopes of Mount Epomeo at 789 metres above sea level. The town is divided into the following: Serrara, Fontana, Sant'Angelo, Succhivo, Ciglio, Calimera and Noia. Each of these is typologically different from the rest of the island. A lot of the island's farming traditions have been preserved in this area and the modern lifestyle continues to reflect them. The land is hilly and often furrowed by deep gorges created by rainwater. Only Sant'Angelo lies on the coast. It is a little fishing village which has to be explored on foot.
The town centre is made of a dense group of low, pink houses. The houses line the narrow streets which join up in the town's little square near the natural isthmus which joins the town to the promontory - typical of Ischian towns. The main monuments are: the church of Assunta and San Michele Arcangelo, the church of the Madonna di Montevirgine, the parish church of S Maria SS del Carmine, the parish church of S Maria della Mercede, the San Nicola hermitage and the little church of S Nicola di Bari.
Go for a trip up Mount Epomeo, where you can enjoy a view of the whole island, magnificent sunrises and sunsets, the Frassitielli and the Falanga. Spa centres include 'Aphrodite', 'Apollon' and 'Tropical' gardens.
Sant'Angelo is Serrara-Fontana's only seaside town. Serrara-Fontana is mainly agricultural, lying over 400 metres above sea level, south of the massive volcano Epomeo. Sant'Angelo is a pretty little village with humble fishermen's cottages and a beautiful and unique beach, flanked by the sea on two sides. There are various trips of interest you can go on, amongst which there is the one to the valley of Cavascura, where a powerful thermal water spring gushing from the rock at a 100 degrees feeds a spa centre dug into the rock. A trip up Epomeo is also a must - most tourists prefer to go at night in order to enjoy the following morning's dawn from the mountain's summit. If you choose a night with a full moon you will be able to see Forio in the bright light, looking like an eastern city, and a satellite disappearing into the horizon. The name 'Epomeo' has a wonderful meaning: 'to view the panorama from high above'
Mezzatorre Resort & Spa Near Forio d’Ischia, perched atop the cliffs in the midst of a thick pine grove of seven hectares, in one of the most enchanting and still unspoiled corners of Mediterranean maquis ...
Arroccati intorno ad antichi crateri, nella parte più alta, si trovano vigorosi boschi di castagno e di acacia; nelle zone scoscese e lungo i pendii si innalzano querce secolari contornate spesso da lecci ... (Caratteristiche ambientali di Ischia)