What to see in Barano d'Ischia, an itinerary including the main monuments and places of interest, including the Maronti beach, the spa, the Fiaiano pine forest and the Church of San Giovanni Battista.
Located in the southern part of the island of Ischia, Barano is characterized by various hills, from the top of which you can enjoy a wonderful panorama.
The town, located between the tip of San Pancrazio and the promontory of Sant’Angelo, originates from the union of ancient hilly agglomerations, including the hamlets Piedimonte, Fiaiano, Buonopane, Testaccio and Schapan.
Although tradition wanted that Barano d'Ischia was a country with an economy based mainly on agriculture, thanks to the outlet on the sea, consisting of Marina dei Maronti, where the largest beach of the island is located, the tourism sector has also developed bathing.
It is a spa town, where the Olmitello, Cava Scura and Nitrodi springs are located.
The latter, of Greek origin, was also appreciated by the Romans for the particularity of its waters, especially indicated for the treatment of skin diseases.
The main attractions include the Pilastri aqueduct, which marks the beginning of the town, the Torre dei Saraceni di Testaccio, the Montebarano windmills, the characteristic gates located at the entrance of some noble estates, the hundreds of cellars excavated in the tuff for the conservation of wines and the snow pits, intended to conserve ice during the summer.
Other interesting places are the Maronti beach, the pine forest of Fiaiano, the Cretaio hill, where the 1700s church of the same name is located, the Buceto springs, the Schsia hill with the 1600s Madonna di Montevergine church, as well as the villages of Testaccio, Buonopane and Piedimonte.
Do not miss the square of Barano, the city center and home of the two churches San Sebastiano and San Rocco.
On one of the sides of the square there are eighteenth and nineteenth-century buildings.
The church of San Giovanni Battista, dating back to 1400, contains inside a fine canvas, made by the Caravaggio school.