Lacco Ameno is a town and comune situated in the northwest of the island of Ischia, in the Metropolitan City of Naples off the west coast of Italy. The town has a population of around 4,800 inhabitants.

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Location of Lacco Ameno
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Lacco Ameno is located in Italy
Lacco Ameno
Lacco Ameno
Location of Lacco Ameno in Italy
Lacco Ameno is located in Campania
Lacco Ameno
Lacco Ameno
Lacco Ameno (Campania)
Coordinates: 40°45′N 13°53′E / 40.750°N 13.883°E / 40.750; 13.883
CountryItaly
RegionCampania
Metropolitan cityNaples (NA)
Government
 • MayorGiacomo Pascale
Area
 • Total2.08 km2 (0.80 sq mi)
Population
 (28 February 2017)[2]
 • Total4,838
 • Density2,300/km2 (6,000/sq mi)
DemonymLacchesi
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
80076
Dialing code081
Patron saintSt. Restituta
Saint dayMay 17
WebsiteOfficial website

It is located at the feet of Mount Epomeo, facing the sea. The name most likely derives from the Greek lakkos, meaning "stone". The name ameno was added to the official name in 1862.

On July 28, 1883, Lacco Ameno was severely damaged by an earthquake; together with the neighboring town of Casamicciola, the earthquake claimed over 2,300 victims. 269 houses, about 69% of the entire building fabric, were completely destroyed, and only 18 buildings remained undamaged.

However, this could not stop the change from a fishing village to a health resort with thermal springs. The Italian publisher Angelo Rizzoli made Lacco Ameno a place for the international jet set by building several hotels in the 1950s and 1960s. In 1962 he also donated to the only hospital on Ischia, "Ospedale Anna Rizzoli".

On August 21, 2017, a moderate magnitude 4 earthquake struck Lacco Ameno and Casamicciola Terme, killing two people, partially collapsing a church and destroying several houses.

Main sights edit

Lacco Ameno is home to an 11th-century church, built over a pre-existing Palaeo-Christian edifice. The Museum of Santa Restituta houses several prehistorical findings and Greek ceramics from the 8th-2nd centuries BC. There are many luxury hotels and boutiques frequented, especially in the summer months.

 
The Fungo (mushroom) sea rock.

References edit

  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.

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