Built by the Syracusan Greek Gerone in 474 B.C., the castle served as a protective fortress for centuries while the surrounding countryside was plundered by various racial and tribal groups, including the Visogoths, Vandals, Ostrogoths, Arabs, Normans, Swabians, and Angevins. In 1301 it served as a refuge against the eruption of the local volcano, Mount Trippodi.
The Italian patriot Guiseppe Garibaldi abolished the prison in 1860, joining the whole of Ischia to the Reign of Italy.
After the concert, I joined others waiting in line to greet Lady Walton. “Darling, it was so nice of you to have come,” she took my hand. I invited her to my upcoming reading at a nearby winery. “Thank you so much, my dear,” she replied. She was still beautiful with an elegant head of graying hair. “She must have married Will when she was ten,” I conjectured (in fact, when they married in Buenos Aires, he was 24 years her senior).
Florio, Ischia, July 2, 2007