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“garden paradise”

Giardini La Mortella
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Coach Tour of Ischia and La Mortella Botanic Gardens from Sorrento
Ranked #1 of 28 things to do in Forio
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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 November 30, 2013

tucked away on a hillside near the Mediterranean is this lovely garden site which takes you away from any hustle and bustle of tourist life. Well maintained and displayed, these gardens were the property of English composer Sir W. Walton and his Argentinian wife. Their passion for flowers and trees is this result.

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Reviewed November 3, 2013

La Mortella garden was created in a former quarry. It was acquired by William Walton and designed by Russell Page but it was his Argentinian-born wife, Susana, who spent her lifetime creating and managing the garden - in fact right up to her own death long after her husband had died. She wanted to create a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere in which her composer husband could work - and she succeeded admirably. La Mortella is THE place to visit on the Isle of Ischia and is well worth making the 50 minute crossing from Sorrento to see. There are other ferry services to Ischia - notably from Naples - which mean a shorter sea crossing.

We were a group of gardeners making a pilgrimage to some of the gardens of the Sorrento peninsula and this particular one was on the top of our must see list. It lived up to all expectations.

The garden is mature with huge parts of it now shaded by tall trees that would have been planted when the garden was first started. The garden has plenty of variety with numerous water features from lily ponds to fountains. It also has some quirky features like the crocodile on the bank of one of the ponds, there is an oriental garden based on a Thai house and also a Greek Temple (or was it Roman?) with some rather risqué motifs. Best to steer clear if you have young - and curious - children with you. One of the attached photos gives you an idea of what to expect. Best to take children to the bird house which has a good collection of colourful birds.

Because the garden is structured from a former quarry the garden stretches from the former quarry floor (which is relatively flat) right up the sides of the quarry which means that there are parts of the garden that are only accessible by taking the stepped paths to the higher levels - not too easy for those with walking difficulties - although there is a lift at one point to the tea room.

The shaded tea room is located at a high level overlooking both the garden and the sea beyond and is a delightful place to relax.

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Reviewed October 14, 2013

The Mortella gardens are without doubt one of the most beautiful gardens in Europe situated on a rocky promentary facing Southern seas and remain as a testament to the dedication of Lady Walton. The villa itself houses a fascinating collection grom the life and work of Sir William Walton who spent many years on Ischia.

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Reviewed October 13, 2013

a lovely way to pass the time when you need a change from the beach and pool is to wander around this beautiful garden and take lunch in the little cafe.

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Reviewed October 9, 2013

It is one of the most beautiful corners of the island and botanical gardens of Italy.
We went there with very high expectations and were fully rewarded by nature's beauty and the owners' genial vision and their deepest love for this land and for their respect for the place. An absolute must-see. You will be transported and enchanted and reinvigorated by such and so much beauty. There is also a lovely caffe with delicious cakes and afternoon teas served with grace at very reasonable prices. Do not miss this garden of marvel, it is truly unique!

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