Barano is a typical arable town, which lies on the sea. Its splendid beach, Maronti, pulses with spa springs and geysers whose vapours rise from the heated sand.
The most famous springs in the area of Barano are Nitrodi and Olmitello.
A small bus connects Barano with Ischia town, making it easy for tourists to get to. They flock in numbers to the area to watch a typical display of island folklore - the so-called "'ndrezzata" - one of the Mediterranean’s more colourful war dances.
Other than the centre, Barano, there are also the hamlets Piedimonte, Testaccio, Buonopane and Fiaiano to be seen. At one time there used to be the ancient ‘bath of beauty’ at Testaccio, fed by the waters of ‘Succellaro’. At Fiaiano, a stone’s throw away from the crater of Arso, you can admire the magnificent pinewood and the beautiful church of St. Anna.
If you turn towards Vatoliere you will get to ‘Scarrupata’, a place of extraordinary beauty right above the sea which offers the tourist an unforgettable view. San Pancrazio point and Piano Liguori are also of interest, found on the confines of the town of Ischia Port, and have the typical characteristics of island peasant life, with its vineyards dotted with colourful flowers and wild plants. The ancient road, which is made of more than 360 steps, takes you from Testaccio to Maronti beach.
Maronti: coming down from Testaccio you will get to Maronti beach, the longest and one of the hottest on the whole island. Olmitello spring lies almost in the middle; if you carry on towards Sant’Angelo you will find Cava Scura spring. Nitrodi spring had been discovered in the Roman era and can be found in the hamlet of Buonopane. Its waters have curative properties, which are ideal for skin problems.