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Ischia, with a population of about 50,000, is Italy's 8th largest island, lying off the Gulf of Napoli, some 30 km WSW from Napoli, 35 km west from Vesuvio and about 8 km from the mainland coast at Capo Miseno. Its highest peak, Epomeo, is not a volcano (as which it is frequently described), but is made up of an uplifted and tilted block (horst) of green ash-flow tuff (possibly erupted from Campi Flegrei). Numerous youthful and historic eruptive centers are scattered on its flanks, the most recent of which is Arso, formed in 1302. 

Ischia is easy to reach by ferry (hourly departures), either from Naples Molo Beverollo or from Pozzuoli. The ride takes 1.5 hours at a cost of approx.  U.S. $ 8.00. 

Buses connect all towns on the island, with lines (CS and CD lines) offering rides around the  island.

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