Jackpot of the Sea!
Trip Start Jul 22, 2010
25Trip End Nov 02, 2010
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So, I've really been missing water, not the kind we drink - oh and by the way all the water i've been drinking is from the tap - which comes from nature, down the mountains. I had read that Italy has many hot springs/thermal baths and each city i was in i couldn't seem to get to them as they were in areas that public transport didn't go. So, when i had a couple days between Rome and my next farm, i decided to get crazy and go to an island off Naples that is known to have many hot springs. You've probably heard of "the isle of Capri?" Yeah, i didn't go there. I went to what i would call the poor man's Capril - a neighboring island called Ischea. This was my chance - hot springs AND the ocean! I found a hostel online (now that i was an old pro at this hostel thing) and booked it for 1 night so i would at least know where i was going upon arrival.
The ferry over was fantastic - it was late afternoon, so the sun was low and warm and lit the islands and bay of Naples with cheer and depth
The next day i took a bus to Panza, the town near the most natural hot springs i could find info on (remember, this is a second world country...not much info on the internet, let alone places to get ON the internet). It was a long charming road twisting down to the sea in the cove called Sorgeto. This is where i laid on the end of the dock and let the waves wash over me. Salty and refreshing! Then i sat my butt amongst a large group of strangers in the hot springs where boiling hot water gushes up from the rocks, mixes with the cool sea water and you have yourself a steamy healing sulfur bath. There were probably 25 people, but no one to talk with, no one to listen to - just me and mother earth. It was fantastic! On the way down to the cove, I stumbled (almost literally) upon a fantastic B&B with absolutely stunning views...check it out: http://www.puntachiarito.it/indexuk.htm I figured it wouldn't hurt to stop in and check prices
One of the other guests told me about a wonderful thermal spa called Posidon where they offered about 10 different pools at different temperatures where you do a series of bathing to invigorate your heart and heal your wounds. WOW, this rocked too! I just can't believe how lucky i am to trip upon these wonderful and affordable experiences. I do miss sharing them with other people sometimes, yet i find it really enjoyable to just be. I completed the series of baths and then sat and ate my lunch (figs and peaches) out on the beach and napped while the ocean lapped with friendly waves.
I truly loved Ischea, especially this B&B and didn't want to leave....but, since i HAD to, it was wonderful that a gentleman who frequented this place also happened to be leaving on the same ferry as me - 10:30 to Napoli and he drove me to the port, then he loaded his car on and we hung out on the ferry, speaking broken languages and enjoying the ride