Known properly as Casamicciola Terme, this spa town has the largest concentration of thermal baths on the island and is where Giuseppe Garibaldi came to recover after the 1862 Battle of Aspromonte. The lower town revolves around the busy Piazza Marina with its large bust of the Italian king Vittorio Emanuele II and its marble plaque honoring Henrik Ibsen, who was inspired by the beauty of the area to write Peer Gynt here. Although much of the town was destroyed in an 1883 earthquake, with further damage in another quake in 2017, it has retained some charming examples of 19th-century architecture.
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