We stayed here for a week in late October/early November, and we really enjoyed it. Our apartment was simple but comfortable, with its own tiny kitchen, adequately equipped with just a two-burner stove and a microwave (no oven or dishwasher). I was glad we chose one of the slightly bigger apartments, because at this time of year you don't spend all your time outside on the patio, and I suspect the smallest apartments might have felt a bit cramped.
In front of the apartments, between them and the busy road, there is a wonderful cactus garden, which is a local tourist attraction in its own right - visitors come just to go round the garden, but residents can visit for free any time, of course. And looking beyond that, there are splendid views out to the west - I imagine the sunsets in summer could be spectacular.
The local town (Forio) is lively, a bit touristy of course, but not at all in a tacky way. You can walk there in about 20 minutes, or there are buses, which can be amazingly crowded. They don't seem to run to any sort of timetable, but they are reasonably frequent.
As others have reported, VIlla Ravino is exceptionally well run by friendly, helpful and hospitable people. For example, we arrived on a dark wet evening, without a car, and one of the family cheerfully offered to drive us down to the local supermarket and wait while we did some food shopping.
I would thoroughly recommend this place. It's simple, well-situated and very good value. In fact, I couldn't put it better than the poster who wrote 'recommended to like minded independent travellers looking for a bit of character and no frills.'
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome To The Residence VILLA RAVINO, A Family Establishment With Self Catering Apartments Offering You A Relaxing Holiday On The Charming Island Of Ischia. An Enchanting Place Lying In The Heart Of The Mediterranean, An Hour's Sea Journey From The City Of Naples. Renowned For Its Volcanic Origins And Rich Soil, Ischia Offers A Wonderful Climate All Year Round With ischiaUnforgettable Landscapes Immersed In Blooming Flora Of Vivacious Colours, Lemon, Orange, Olive Trees And Grape Vines. Your Days Can Be Taken Leisurely On One Of Ourbeaches Or Small Romantic Bays Looking Out At The Deep Blue Mediterranean Sea. Alternatively You Can Explore Ischia's Historic Villages And Museums Or Take In The Beautiful Scenery On A Walk Or Via Horseback Trekking. An Unforgettable Visit Is To The Beautiful Garden "La Mortella" Created By Lady Susana, The Widow Of Sir William Walton. Here You Can Listen To Classical Concerts.With Our Mediterranean Time-Clock, You Would Have Enjoyed An Afternoon's Siesta And Can Now Shop Late Into The Evening. Otherwise Evenings Can Be Passed Peacefully Watching The Sun Setting Over The Sea Whilst Sampling Fresh Local Dishes And Wines In One Of Ischia's Rest.Nts. Ischia Has Many Religious Festivals Often Resulting In Evening Fireworks And Street Entertainment. ... more less