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After playing around with various destinations, and receiving thoughtful and generous advice from several posters about several possibilities for a trip this fall (Costa Brava, Gaeta/Sperlonga/Frascati), I have all but decided upon Ischia for a week-long holiday in mid-late September. (There is a possibility that I will meet up with friends and extend the trip to include continue to the Amalfi Coast, but for now, my focus is on the week on Ischia).

I have read the reports here and looked at a couple of guidebooks. We would like to base ourselves in one place that has good swimming (a pool large enough for swimming is a big plus; a beach on site or within an easy walk would be fantastic) and a good range of trattorie/restaurants, and make day trips by bus to various points of interest around the island. We will be coming from the US and will likely fly into Naples and continue by ferry to Ischia.

Sant Angelo looks beautiful but I believe it is a bit inconvenient for touring the island. Forio has a good range of restaurants--how are the nearby beaches?
Ischia Ponte has many lovely looking hotels but is this area overcrowded with daytrippers? (This hotel in that are is #1 on TA:

http://www.hotelaragona.it/


Lacco Ameno?

So I am asking once again, for help in planning our trip. What is the best base and can anyone recommend specific hotels (there are so many that get excellent reviews on TA; this one, for example, looks great for swimming, but it is near Lacco Ameno:
http://www.negombo.it/negombo-hotel.html)

This place,near Forio,looks wonderful, too and,at 50 Euro pp in September, is certainly priced well.

http://www.magnolieischia.com/

I would like to keep the price under 200/220 euro if at all possible.

We will fly home from Naples; the flights will probably depart about 10:30am, if the times have not changed by then. Would it be possible to travel from Ischia to the Naples airport on the morning of the flight or should I plan to spend our last night in Naples?

I am so grateful for all of the advice I received before settling on Ischia, so please bear with me here!!

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