One of the coolest career summarizing photos I've seen

One of the coolest career summarizing photos I've seen

Michelangelo Balestrieri

Ischia born Captain/Sailor

Michelangelo Balestrieri is a seasoned captain who has sailed across the world working on tanker and passenger ships alike. His wisdom and photos show a life of learning, understanding, and adaptation to the world around him. More...


Valentina Verde

Island Wine Industry/Making

Valentina is an awesome well traveled woman who met us at her families vineyard, Pietratorcia. She took us around and gave us a tour of the property. Afterward we got a chance to sit down with her and ask her a few questions about her life and family's business. More...


 "I'm going to show my students this"

"I'm going to show my students this"

Brigida Manco

First person account of early island life

Brigida Manco has lived on Ischia for most of her life and has seen the island transform from an agricultural market place with few roads to a tourist destination for people from all over the world. We talked inside the house she was born in and she would constantly point out landmarks from her window. More. . .


 "Greg lets go to the beach for my picture"

"Greg lets go to the beach for my picture"

Ludovica Bondavalli

Ischia Night Life

Ludo and her family run two of the biggest clubs in Ischia. During the week she takes the ferry to Naples to attend school and on the weekends comes back to the island. She is the ideal person to have as an Ischiatani Night Life Ambassador. More. . .

Luigi Trani - Topolino

London/Ischia Restaurant Owner

Luigi Trani, or Topolino, has lived an amazing life filled with respect, appreciation and, of course, great Italian food. He owned famous restaurants in London, became friends with Princess Diana and even sang to the Beatles. More...


 Dario, The Tour Guide

Dario, The Tour Guide

Dario Della Vecchia

Island History

Dario and his family have been running the Hotel Villa Maria in Ischia Porto for generations. He is also heavily involved with the cultural center in the Hotel, providing education and restoration for Michelangelo's Tower. More...


  "Try and get the boats in the background Greg"

"Try and get the boats in the background Greg"

Dion Protani

Ischia Tourism

Dion is the owner and operator of IschiaReview.com, a information and booking service for all things Ischia. He offered to meet us in Forio and tell us about his time on the island and tourism industry. More. . .


 "We all try and out do eachother with our meals."

"We all try and out do eachother with our meals."

Ristorante Il Borghetto - The Arcamone Family

Ischia Restaurants

The Arcamone Family has run Ristorante Il Borghetto now for 12 years. I had the honor to sit down with Mimmo and talk about the restaurant business on the island. As we looked over the Gulf Of Naples drinking vino bianco I learned about the passion and work it takes to run a business on Ischia. More. . .


 Shaun Williams in his Sunday's best

Shaun Williams in his Sunday's best

Shaun Williams

Running a business

Shaun is the Owner of the Paradise Beach Backpackers Hostel in Forio, Ischia, Italy. He love the occasional step aerobics class and is a self proclaimed genius. He spends his days waiting at the bus stop, worrying about the hostels reviews, and entertaining different conspiracy theories. More...