Ischia Island - La Mortella Garden
Thursday from 02 May till 24 october 2019
Starting at € 80,00
Visit Ischia, the largest island in the Bay of Naples!
The volcanic outcrop of Ischia is the most developed and largest of the islands in the Bay of Naples. It's an intriguing concoction of sprawling spa towns, abundant gardens, buried necropolises and spectacular scenery, with forests, vineyards and picturesque small towns.
- Guests will be transferred to the port of Sorrento by minibus where they will meet their guide at Bar Scogliera and boarding all together on the fast jetfoil (sailing of 1 h.)
- Once arrived on Ischia island, a guided tour by bus will show the most popular and beautiful attractions.
- The visit of Garden La Mortella is the “must” where you will be lost between colorful flower and ancient trees. After the visit you will have free time to enjoy the Mortella Gardens.
- Guests will be transported back to Ischia port in time for the 5.20 pm jetfoil which is the only-one back from Ischia to Sorrento.
- Return in hotels at approx.7.00 / 7.30 pm
operating from 02 may 2019 till 24 october 2019 - departure from Sorrento
Customers will be transferred to the port by minibus where they will meet their guide at Bar Scogliera
The guide arranges ferry tickets and gives customers information. The boat departs at 9.30am and the journey takes approximately 1 hour. On arrival customers will have a guided tour of ¾ of the island, by bus.
La Mortella Gardens. One of England's most important contemporary composers, Sir William Walton, spent much of his life in Italy. He particularly loved the area around the Bay of Naples and the Amalfi Coast where he found inspiration for much of his early music. In 1949, he and his wife Lady Susana purchased property on the hill of Zaro in an attractive corner of the island of Ischia. Here they could get away from London city life and William could start work on his lyric opera "Troilus and Cressida". Naming the site "La Mortella", after the wild myrtles found growing there, they built a house carved into the native volcanic rock. The garden, started in 1956, was created on the site of a gigantic stone quarry, and designed by English landscape designer Russell Page, containing many beautiful and innovative concepts. Extending over an area of 16,000 square metres, these beautifully landscaped gardens complete with pools and fountains have thousands of unusual, rare specimens of Mediterranean climate plants from around the world. Sir William Walton died in 1983, Lady Susana still lives at La Mortella. Guests usually get 2-3 hours in gardens. Before the visit lunch stop. Guests will be transported back to Ischia port in time for the 5.20pm boat back to Sorrento. This is the only boat back to Sorrento from Ischia. Return to hotels approx.7.00/7.30 pm