Last May I finally spent a day in Ischia going to the castle, having lunch, and doing a bit of shopping. It was very quiet and I did not encounter many people. I liked the vibe as it seemed a little more "old world" and a scenic island to explore.
Please note I love staying in Capri & Positano and know that Ischia is quite different. I'm considering staying a few nights in Ischia this year which means I might not stay in Capri, but this is my concern which some might consider "controversial".
If spending more than a day there how German oriented is it? Does it make a difference on the time of year or which village I stay? I didn't experience a heavy German presence, but most of my time was spent alone in the castle which had hardly any people and I ate at an off time so again not a lot of people.
I have nothing against the German culture, but it would probably drive me crazy if I heard just as much German as I did Italian while choosing to be in Italy.
In Sorrento I'm not always thrilled about the English pubs and fish & chips in the restaurants, but I find it more tolerable while being in Italy since I speak English.
I've read many posts and people say they loved staying in Ischia, but those posts don't answer my questions. Perhaps those people don't mind the area catering to German tourism on their Italian trip so it doesn't affect whether they loved Ischia or not. I've had some Americans tell me it was very German oriented and have also read that as well, but not sure if time of year or location does become a factor.
I'm not looking for statistics, but honest answers from people who have spent time there. My concern is that if I stay and travel around the island I will encounter more of a German oriented atmosphere which I prefer to experience when I decide to spend the vacation in Germany not while in ItalyEdited: 5:54 pm, March 29, 2013