The “La Mortella” garden is represented by the magnificent botanical park called in honor of a myrtle- a plant symbolizing in Ancient Greece and Rome beauty and purity. Therefore this plant is still used at wedding ceremonies.
Susan Walton, the wife of the one well-known English composer, William Walton, created this park. William Walton moved in 1949 to this island (its works you can find in some films, such as comedy “Major Barbara” (1941), “Hamlet” (1948), “Richard III” (1955) and many others.
For creation of the plan of the park was invited the English architect Russell Page. Its creation practically in original state can be seen now: some hectares of the garden with various exotic plants, reservoirs and fountains. In 2004 this park was named as the most beautiful park in Italy.
For Susan Walton after death of her husband the “La Mortella” garden is became some kind of vital purpose, a monument to William’s creativity, and a symbol of their strong love. Susan was buried on the garden territory.
In the “La Mortella” garden you can stay for hours under a shadow of high trees, looking at flowers and fruits of unusual plants. There are a lot of romantic corners where you can listen to the sounds of running water and singing of birds. It is possible to spend unforgettable minutes, enjoying the atmosphere and the nature of the island. Also in the garden there is a Greek theater, where sometimes are held free concerts of classical music. In “La Mortella” park you can see the following plants: callas, lotuses, bamboo, various cactuses, scarlet and other different beautiful and unusual plants. In the garden territory there is also a small lodge with different types of parrots, and a little shop with a cafe.
”La Mortella” garden is open for visitors from 1st of April to 31st of October on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 9.00 till 19.00.
Address: Forio d’Ischia (NA) Via Francesco Calise, 39/ph. +39 081-986220
One more garden on Ischia was constructed by seaman Giuseppe D’Ambra and it is called “Ravino’s gardens”. You can find there a lot of exotic plants, in particular cactuses. In a garden there is also a set of fountains, sculptures and plant compositions in Bonsai technique.
“Ravino’s Gardens” are open for visitors on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 to sunset; on Thursday from 9:00 till 13:00
Address: Forio d’Ischia S.s. 270 (Na) of Italia/ph. +39 081 997783