Spend some hours at La Mortella Gardens.
La Mortella Gardens is a very large green area with more than 3000 species of esotic and rare plants. It was built By William Walton (an English composer) and his wife Susana on the site of a hillside quarry. This park is divided in two areas; a lower garden (the valley) and un upper garden (the hill). The lower area was designed starting from 1956 by Russel Page; an architect. The upper one by Susana Walton from 1983.
There are some nice spots here; as some oriental creations; a Thailandese pagoda and a oriental path; a lake with two fake alligators; a big aviary with lots of little birds and some conservatories.
Don' t skip the small theatre on the upper garden. Here you can watch a video about the history of the gardens and see several memorabilia owned by William Walton.
Among the facilities into these gardens there is a cafe where you can have a light meal, a shop (for souvenirs...) and the toilets. There is a lift to go to the upper garden.
- Family Travel
The Aragonese Castle.
The Aragonese Castle is a fortress which stands on a volcanic rock connected to the island by a bridge built in 1438. It was originally built by Hieron I of Syracuse in 474 B. C. It was then occupied by the Parthenopeans; the ancient Neapolitans. In 326 B. C. the Romans took it over and then again the Parthenopeans, Visigoths, Vandals, Goths, Arabs, Normans, Swabian and Angioini. The castle reached its golden age at the end of the XVI century when it hosted 1892 families; a nunnery, the bishop, various religious orders; the prince and his garrison. There were 13 churches at that time on that area.
Today the castle is made of the ruined cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption; a crypt with the remains of an older chapel, dating back to the eleventh and twelfth centuries; decorated with frescoes and some other churches.
At the end of your tour of the castle you can visit a museum of weapons and another of istruments of torture (replicas).
There is a cafe-restaurant, a restaurant and even a hotel inside the castle.
- Castles and Palaces
- Historical Travel
- Museum Visits
Go to the beach!
There are two nice beaches you shouldn' t miss on this island, if you like to lie in the sun. San Montano Bay and the Maronti Beach.
San Montano Bay is situated in Lacco Ameno. One side of this beach has free of charge entrance and the other is owned by Negombo Thermal Gardens. There is an outdoor cafe on this beach.
The Maronti Beach is the largest one of the island. It is around 3 km long. It is situated east of Sant' Angelo. There are various restaurants and cafes on this beach. You can go there by direct bus from Ischia Porto. Otherwise you can take a water taxi from Sant' Angelo.
- Sailing and Boating
- Diving and Snorkeling
Giardini Poseidon : the modern thermae
I "Giardini Poseidon" or "Poseidon's Gardens" are a park of balneotherapy located on Ischia Island.
There, you will be able to relax with the technics invented already by the Romans.
In fact, the park has 22 pools with different temperatures from 20 to 40° celsius.
You can experience the "Kneipp" a pool at a very hot temperature where you are supposed to stay only 5 minutes.
Or the sauna followed by a cold bath in a 15° water.
It's a bit special but quite energizing !
There is also a private sand beach, a children pool, a restaurant..so you can easily spend the day here.
The park also hosts a departement for curists with specific treatments : fisiotherapy, massages, and a beauty institute...but it's not included and quite expensive.
The entrance costs 28 euros for full day or 23 euros for half day.
Note that the bathing cap is compulsory (but you can buy one at the shop)
- Spa and Resort
Very Busy Beach
Spiaggia San Francesco is a long, busy beach located just outside Forio. It is a fairly long walk from the main road (and the bus stop) but it the walk is along a flat surface. 90% of the beach is pay-per-use (€3 per day for umbrella and sun chair), and the remaining 10% is in a cove that tends to catch the seaweed and garbage. Swimming around the beach is lovely and you can swim out to a tiny grotto (about one hundred meters out).
Spiaggia dell'Inglese was one of the nicest beaches I visited on the island. It was very secluded and was 90% free [the other ten percent was pay-per-use lounge chairs with umbrellas]. It is a ten minute walk downhill, watch for the signs as you take the bus from Ischia to Forio [it is about three stops outside of Ischia]. I felt very secure on the beach and even left my stuff on the sand when I went to the nearby restaurant for lunch [very cheap pizza and soda].
Castello Aragonese is one of the most striking monuments on the island. It stands on a small island near Ischia Ponte. The castle can be reached over a stone bridge. The small island is about 113 meters high and the climb can be made on an old mule track or by using a modern elevator that was installed in the seventies.
The castle was built in 1441 by Alfonso D’Aragona on top of the ruins of an old fort that dated back to 474 B.C. This fortified castle was used to protect Ischia’s population from pirate attacks.
In the 16th century, almost 1900 families lived in the castle, as well as some religious orders who lived in the 13 churches inside the fortress.
The charming place inspired Ariosto to write the poem about Orlando Furioso.
Church of Soccorso
This tiny white-washed church is located in a truly spectacular position: in the square on the Punta del Soccorso in Forio, that looks out onto the crystal clear sea. A typically Mediterranean site of astounding beauty.
Bay of Sorgeto
World famous Sorgeto bay was a little rough and tumbly on the day we were there. Even the owner of our hotel which was a five minute walk away told us you could swim in the sea all year long because of the hot vents. But it was a wild stormy day and we walked down the steps, had the place to ourselves, it was very beautiful, but it looked very dangerous to think about jumping in.
- Hiking and Walking
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
This beatiful castle is built on a rock. A bridge allow to reach it from the coast. It has been used also as a convent for catholic nuns. The castle is worth a guided tour. Obviously, there's a ticket to pay. It's also a perfect place for anchorage if you go by boat. On the coast in front of the castle there is a small town, Ischia Ponte, where you can eat, buy postcards or drink a beer. There are also several hotels.
- Historical Travel
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Fabulous blue sea
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