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“An amazing achievement by Lady Susana Walton and a gem of a place”

Giardini La Mortella
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Coach Tour of Ischia and La Mortella Botanic...
Ranked #1 of 30 things to do in Forio
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: La Mortella is the wonderful mediterranean and tropical garden developed by Susana Walton, the argentinian wife of the British composer Sir William Walton. It is located in Forio (Ischia) and can be visited on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 9 am to 7 pm, from April through late October. Guided visits in the winter months - booking by telephone required.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
Reviewed September 8, 2013

It was worth the hot and sweaty bus ride and the steep climb up a path near the bus stop to reach this Ischian treasure arriving at the lower entrance. The garden was created in a barren quarry between Forio and Lacco Ameno, at the time when water had to be shipped in from Naples. A joy to walk for 1 1/2 hours up and down the garden, cost 12 euros, worth every euro with all sorts of interesting plants from different parts of the world including South America and Thailand and also several hot houses to visit. Interesting for all age groups. There were plenty of lavatories and drinking-water taps and the cafes were very pleasant and offered a welcome break from the midday sun. Shop and museum. Views were stunning from the top. The garden is a credit to composer Sir William and Lady Walton. The only downside is there are no pavements on the nearby main road and it was hair-raising walking back towards Lacco Ameno. Next time we would take the same path we came up on back to the bus stop, about the 3rd stop going towards Forio after Lacco Ameni just short of a salumeria on the right (east side). The path is on the east side about 70m south of the bus stop. Otherwise drive there and park at the garden's car park right at the top. You'll be amazed at the place and the size of some of the trees! A wonder to behold!

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Reviewed September 5, 2013

This small, privately-owned garden is open to the public and holds concerts during the summer months that feature student musicians from the Naples area. The flora are clearly marked and set among the hillsides with walking paths and a tea room.

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Reviewed August 27, 2013

These are such beautiful gardens and although lots of steps as its set on a hillside it was well worth the climb. Well set out and easy to follow. Well worth a visit.

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Reviewed August 18, 2013

We went to Italy, staying in Rome for a few days and then traveling to Praiano for a week. Without a shadow of a doubt this was the highlight.

Beautiful gardens, unlike a lot of formal gardens that we visited in Italy.

Fantastic plants, landscaping, water features etc.

Highly recommended,

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Reviewed August 8, 2013

An amazing setting for a musical evening - brilliant evening.
This was the home of English composer Sir William Walton and his wife for many years. A trust fund supports young musicians from around the world.
On this occasion a youth orchestra from El Salvator were playing.
In the day time the botanical gardens are beautiful and very relaxing.
One can spend a most enjoyable 2 - 3 hours enjoying the beauty

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