ISLAND OF ISCHIA
The castle aragonese is so named after Alfonso of Aragon who in the mid 15th Century turned the castle into an impregnable fortress against Saracen attacks. Over the centuries it became the centre for a number of inhabitants; including a cultural centre for poets established by Vittoria Colonna, the wife of Ischia's feudal chief. It is rumoured that Michaelangelo (a friend of Vittoria's) may have lived in the tower that bears his name, near the castle. By the 18th Century it housed 2,000 families, 13 churches and a hodge podge of poor nuns. In the end, the castle was even used as a prison.
It is located on a rocky outcrop a short distance from the main ferry port of Ischia Porto; connected to the main island by a long narrow pedestrian causeway.