Ischia is known as the Green Isle because of its lush vegetation. It is also the only location to boast true sandy beaches. It is a volcanic island dominated by Mount Epomeo, enjoy the view as you travel across the Bay of Naples by hydrofoil and discover the enchantment of Ischia. For a small island, it has many faces and all of them beautiful. This little bit of paradise is sure to enchant. The famous waters of Ischia are known as a ‘cure all’. The island has the largest thermal complex in Europe and spas that are world famous. The Aragonese Castle, easily considered Ischia’s most famous historical monument, stands on a volcanic rock connected to the island by a bridge first built in 1438, an impressive site and a not to be missed photo opportunity. If you choose to spend the afternoon in the thermal spa, after a short tour of the island, you will have approx. three hours enjoy the hot water springs, and relax in the sun. If preferred you can choose to spend the afternoon at La Mortella Gardens where if you stand amid the luxuriant foliage of rare and exotic plants, you will find it hard to believe that the site was once a quarry. Find out how the gardens were created, and take part in a tour of the verdant Ischia Island. Whether you like gardening or not, you can’t fail to be impressed by the bewitching Mortella Gardens. Taking its name from the evergreen bush, Myrtle, the gardens were founded in 1956 by English composer Sir William Walton, and are now maintained by his widow Susana. Extending over an area of 16,000 square meters the gardens offer stunning views over the island, and include a glasshouse which holds the world’s largest water-lily Victoria amazonica. Return in the late afternoon in Sorrento.
Length: Full Day
Highlights: Tour of Ischia Island – Thermal Bath Spa or La Mortella Gardens
Price includes: Jet foil return tickets; English speaking tour escort; Island tour by bus, Local taxes and service charges
Entrance fee not included: Monuments and Thermal Bath entrance fees (approx. Spa entrance 13 euro per person – Towel 1.50 euro each – Robe 2 euro each – price 2012). Entrance to La Mortella Gardens (approx. 12.00 euros)
Lunch: Not Included