The "green island", dominated by Monte Epomeo, a volcano which last erupted in 1883 and characterized by fumaroles and thermal springs, fell prey to the Romans, who appreciated the therapeutic thermal waters. Today the island is a popular tourist resort. Ischia, the most important town, is divided into two parts: Ischia Ponte, the older part, which faces the tiny Castello Aragonese island, and Ischia Porto, which is more modern and touristy and whose quay has become popular for evening walks. The other towns on the island are: Casamicciola, renowned for its thermal waters since antiquity; Lacco Ameno, a seaside resort famous for the characteristic mushroom shaped rock near the beach; Forio, which, amongst the picturesque fishermen's houses, conserves numerous works of art such as the 14th-century Chiesa di Santa Maria di Loreto, and then Barano, which offers an attractive view over the Lido dei Maronti, the small village of Sant'Angelo, picturesquely laid down in steps, and the nearby Serra Fontana.
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