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Platypus

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Barano d'Ischia, Italy
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Aragonese Castle - Only official guide
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Crossing the bridge, once a drawbridge, you will reach the volcanic tidal island on which stands the majestic Aragonese Castle. An itinerary to discover the most fascinating pages of Ischia and Italian history.
Until 200 years ago the Aragonese Castle was the only safe dwelling for the inhabitants of Ischia, who went to the main island exclusively for commercial or working reasons. In 1500 there were 13 churches on the island and in 1700, according to a census, 1856 families lived there.
The guided tour will be articulated among the paths that lead to the monastery of the Poor Clares, with the attached cemetery (once putridarium in which the nuns were left to decompose); the Cathedral of Ischia with the crypt that preserves the frescoes of Giotto's school, the Bourbon prison, the museum with armor and torture tools. And yet the avenues, the millstones, the ancient houses, the churches and a breathtaking view.
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$5.71 per adult
Giardini La Mortella - Only official guide
Owned by the famous English composer Sir William Walton, the Gardens were built on the project of the great landscape architect Russel Page and then transformed by the passionate hand of Lady Susana Walton.
The harmony of the set of plants, avenues and fountains, has made the garden a magical and enchanted place, an oasis of beauty and peace accompanied by the presence of tropical and subtropical plants in sharp contrast, but still in harmony with the rest of the vegetation of the island.
The Gardens host a multitude of specimens, some of which are very rare, coming from all over the planet and the guided tour will be an exceptional opportunity to admire the most interesting species while the guide will invite you to grasp the sensory stimulations given by the forms, colors and from the smells that permeate the paths.
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$5.71 per adult
Dynamic tour of the island
This dynamic tour will be the best way to discover the largest of the Parthenopean islands, rich in history, culture, nature and traditions.
The Aragonese Castle, the La Mortella Gardens, the Vapor Heads will be some of the excellences told and shown by an expert guide.
A tour that aims to get to know the area, so as to offer not only a general overview, but to visit a Vicolo Saraceno, touch an active fumarole, learn more about geology and endemic vegetation.
An experience that will make pleasant the discovery of the history, traditions and geology of a place so unique in the world, "Ischia".
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$28.53 per adult
A day as a catfish
A tour of the island on a characteristic Lancia di Pescatori with an expert "Lupo di Mare", to better appreciate the slow pace of navigation. Enjoy the beauty of the area seen from the sea and swim in the most beautiful bays and inaccessible sea caves by land.
An active tour, during which we will take you back in time, where you will not only be a spectator of a day at the beach.
You will make coffee with an old Neapolitan mocha. In a wicker basket cherry tomatoes, "Freselle", oil, wine of the farmer will be the ideal snack, prepared all together, in sharing, with summer products.
Stop at the characteristic fishing village of Sant’Angelo for a walk among the narrow streets and the colorful houses of the fishermen. Finally we will leave for the visit to the wildest part of the Island of Ischia, until we return to the starting point in time for lunch and an afternoon siesta.
More info on: platypustour.it/project/un-giorno-da-lupo-dimare
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$39.94 per adult
Bioluminescence at the Borgo
Have you ever imagined being able to observe bioluminescence in the Mediterranean Sea? This curious luminous phenomenon belongs to several living species that emit light, thanks to the triggering of particular chemical reactions within their body. You will appreciate it with a night navigation on a glass-bottomed boat and admire the sea that is colored by myriads of luminescent sparks, right under your feet.
A marine biologist will explain all the dynamics of the phenomenon and the numerous manifestations in nature. Under the light of the Mediterranean constellations, the song of seabirds and the chirping of cicadas, you will see the sea light up with fluorescent sparks.
You will experience a unique experience with the magic of bioluminescence combined with notions of marine biology, the fascination of night navigation around the Aragonese Castle and the village seen from the sea.
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$17.12 per adult
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We heard of this place by accident and decided to visit we were not disappointed. The plants that were seen were outstanding and plentiful with lots of variety and including some exotic species. The gardens themselves had a lot of interesting features including some water...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The guide was very knowledgeable of the site. With her vivid explanation you are drawn back in time. The history of this site is very rich and has shaped this region as we know it today . Very recommend for people who appreciate architecture and...More

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VFortuna, Marketing Strategist at Platypus, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Dear leonardopN8312IV, thank you for your feedback, it's very important for us. We are very glad you appreciated the Castle experience and we'd like to see you soon to show you more about Ischia. A big hug.

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We were given an excellent private tour of Ischia Island, tasting local wines along the way. Alessandra was a very knowledgeable and helpful guide, who knew all of the Island’s history. She (and our driver Giovanni) took us to interesting wine cellars and panoramic viewpoints...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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VFortuna, Marketing Strategist at Platypus, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Dear B3893IDtomm, thank you very much for your enthusiastic words and many claps for Alessandra who helped you to know everything about our wonderful island :) We'll give your compliments to Giovanni too, of course ;) We hope to see you soon again to show...More

Reviewed April 29, 2019

I booked the Castle and Giardini de Martella tour and it was just amazing, from the time I made first contact with them till the end of the tours. Our guide was Alessandra, a native of Ischia who just knows everything about the Island, the...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank ricardof738
VFortuna, Marketing Strategist at Platypus, responded to this reviewResponded May 3, 2019

Dear ricardof738, we are very happy you had an excellent experience and appreciated our tours. We'll give to Alessandra your compliments and we wish to see you soon again to take all our experiences ;)

Reviewed April 2, 2019 via mobile

I booked a wine tour for 7 people having read good reviews on here. The tour surpassed all expectations, it was a 4 hour tour where not only did we taste local wines but more or less had a tour of the island and learnt...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank 990maisiew
VFortuna, Marketing Manager at Platypus, responded to this reviewResponded April 3, 2019

Dear 990maisiew, it's fantastic to read such words. We'll give Alessandra your compliments and we're waiting for you for another experience all together ;)

Reviewed February 12, 2019

We are really happy to suggest this local agency. We had a wonderfull local experiece with amazing guys,

Date of experience: September 2018
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VFortuna, Marketing Manager at Platypus, responded to this reviewResponded February 15, 2019

Dear Heinrich82, thank you very much. We are glad to read your beautiful words. Hoping to see you soon again, we give you a big hug :)

Reviewed October 9, 2018

My friend and I scheduled a cooking class through Platypus. We had a fabulous time! From the bolognese sauce with homemade tagliatelle to the eggplant parmesan to the tiramisu, everything was amazing. Our Italian hosts were wonderful and the interpreter, Eny, did a wonderful job....More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank LinaMac
VFortuna, Marketing Manager at Platypus, responded to this reviewResponded April 3, 2019

Dear LinaMac, we are very happy you appreciated our cooking class experience. We hope to see you soon again to teach you more about Italian kitchen ;)

Reviewed September 24, 2018 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our 4 hour bike tour along the north side of the island. The bicycles had batteries with pedal assist which was ideal for the hilly areas. Our guide, Alessandro, was extremely knowledgeable with the islands history and geology. My sister visited the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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VFortuna, Marketing Manager at Platypus, responded to this reviewResponded April 3, 2019

Dear jpbandsvk, we are glad you appreciated our bike experience. We'll give your compliments to Alessandro and you give a warm greeting to your sister from us. We wish to see you soon for another experience all together :)

Reviewed September 10, 2018

My mom and I did the cooking class and absolutely loved it! They scheduled a car to pick us up and bring us back to our house. The outdoor kitchen is absolutely beautiful and the meal we made was my favorite meal I had my...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Christina F
VFortuna, Marketing Strategist at Platypus, responded to this reviewResponded September 13, 2018

Dear Christina F, we are very happy you appreciated our cooking class experience. We hope to see you soon again to teach you more about Italian kitchen ;) A big hug.

Reviewed August 7, 2018

We went on a snorkeling tour near the Aragonese Castle in Ischia Ponte with this tour company and very much enjoyed it. The tour started with a presentation of the local history and what we were going to see: both archeological and naturalistic sites. It...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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VFortuna, Marketing Strategist at Platypus, responded to this reviewResponded September 7, 2018

Dear Octopus713, thank you very much for your words and it's nice to read that you enjoyed the snorkeling tour. We wait for you to show you much more about Ischia. A big hug.

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Response from VFortuna | Property representative |
Dear Maria, we are pleased to receive your kind message. Every Wednesday we have the Experience called "sea dog" and we tour the entire island by boat stopping at the most beautiful bays for swimming. The price of the tour... More
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Response from VFortuna | Property representative |
Hi aaz2015, as I answered to other question you posted, you can find more info on our website platypustour . it. In addition, you can email us at info[at]platypustour . it. Regards. Vincenzo Fortuna | Marketing Manager
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