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    • Day 21 - Forio, Ischia

      July 30, 2023 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

      Today we left Naples brisk-fully! Straight down to the port after breakfast to get on a ferry to Forio on the island of Ischia.

      Once on the island we went to the hotel to put our bags there, luckily enough our room was ready at 11am instead of 3pm!
      We dropped our bags off to the room, went out for a walk and found a place that had excellent reviews for lunch - I was aiming for something that wasn’t pizza or pasta - Annunziata dal 1936. These guys did burgers/big sandwiches.
      After ordering off translate, we sat down and waited for our food, in the mean time the owner gave us deep fried mozzarella & deep fried some sort of pasta in a ball, delicious. Then the burgers came out, I had grilled chicken with caramelised onion and zucchini sauce while Katie had Parma Ham with salad in sliced Carsareccio Bread.
      We then rolled out of the shop back to the accomodation.

      We spent the remaining afternoon lazing around the pools in sun beds, yes the beach is 300-400m away, but when in Forio!

      We ventured out for dinner to Sarace Restaurant, I was disappointed that their octopus wasn’t available but got steered to fish of the day pasta by the waiter, I can’t say this enough, I have not tasted pasta or fish like this! Everything just melted in your mouth. Katie had the Tuna pieces and I thought the Japanese could do good Tuna, Italians have been hiding this from us! This was the best meal we’ve had in Italy so far, still getting used to some waiters attitudes but the owners are always friendly!
      Capped off the evening with Gelato.
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    • Day 40

      D40 Italy - Forio, Ischia

      August 13, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

      Our mission today was to enjoy a little bit of the western section of the island, by first heading to Giardini La Mortella. This garden is one of the top things to do here on Ischia, and was recommended also by our Air B&B host in Rome, and after a long morning we knew why - it was truly spectacular.

      Mortella is in fact the Italian name of Myrtus communis (a relatively common hedging plant in Australia with edible berries), which used to grow wild and populate the hillside where the gardens were developed.

      The garden is the life’s work of the 1900s composer William Walton’s wife; Susana Walton. Gardening was her passion, and she created the garden for the sole purpose of providing her husband with a place to relax. Landscape designer Russel Page was adopted to support in the early stages of the gardens design; a project at the time which expected to take 10 years. Since it’s inception, it’s continued to be developed to this day, but its bones and core aesthetics remains the same. Page took his inspiration from the surrounding environment. This meant embracing the naturally rocky outcrops of the garden, which features steep steps and dry stone walling created from rock mined on site. The curved paths create a sense of mystery, with small rooms providing vistas to Forio, and irregularly shaped ponds full of water Lilly’s and other Italianate features.

      While the garden today begins in the valley beneath the rocky face and features a long simple water feature connecting three small fountains, Russell Page originally said no to any water (as it wasn’t natural given the landscape), until Naples connected Ischia on town water supply some 12 years later.

      One of the fountains is octagonal shaped, created for Williams 80th birthday. Interestingly and hilariously, William had a button installed in his room so he could turn off the fountains after Susana had entertained guests, and continue composing in silence.

      One of the gardens prize pieces is it’s Victoria House, a small glasshouse with a pond featuring three different species of of Victoria, the giant prickly water Lilly’s. Rhett themselves are fascinating, closing their flowers in the evening and overnight turning in colour and gender from female to male.

      There is a small recital hall on site which was created after William’s death to provide aspiring artists a place to practice and develop confidence in front of real audiences. This opportunity continues to this day, as does the outdoor concerts in the on site performance open air theatre with stadium seating built into the rocky face of the gardens, and with Forio as the backdrop far below.

      We watched a 45 minute video (made in the ?90s?) that had Susana guide us through the garden. In this, she shares a drink of Prosecco, Lemon and Mortella with a young artist who has just performed a recital. This is a drink she proudly created and self describes as ‘a miracle combination’! One which we enjoyed afterwards at the dainty little garden cafe, accompanied by a deliciously sweet and savoury bruschetta and a lemon almond cake - molte bene!

      The last interesting point I’ll mention is that William’s remains were put inside a natural pyramidal rock over looking the garden. Next to ‘William’s Rock’ there is a permanent bowl of Felicia’s, paying tribute to the colour of his eyes.

      If one ever finds themselves in Ischia, visiting Giardini La Mortella is essential. The spirit of both Susan and William Walton lives on in the garden’s aura, bestowed to the trust that maintains it.

      After visiting the garden, we made a beeline to the slither of ‘free’ beach in Forio where we cooled down in the Mediterranean. We wandered the streets of Forio, visited its Basilica atop a spur jutting into the sea, then returned back to our beloved (and quieter) Lacco Ameno.

      After a cooling shower, we headed to the local Archaeological Museum of Pithecusae to see ‘Nestor’s Cup’ in all its glory. This pottery wine cup dates back to the eighth century BC and was discovered in 1954 at Pithecusae (first Greek colony name of Ischia). It is significant in having one of the earliest surviving examples of writing in the Greek alphabet.

      That evening, we wandered into town and feasted on seafood while watching cute Italian children dance their little hearts off to the music blaring in the streets. Tonight was some kind of musical street party, with numerous performers busting out tunes on the foreshore. We spent some time on the fringe of the dance floor bopping along to what must have been popular Italian songs, with the locals singing along, worded for word.
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    • Day 2

      Abendessen im Da Ciccio, Forio

      October 17, 2022 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 21 °C

      Aufgrund der Erfahrungen mit unserer Familie letztes Wochenende in Straßburg dachte ich, ich reserviere sicherheitshalber alle Abendessen für unsere Reise auf Ischia im voraus. Ganz offensichtlich ist jedoch hier gar nicht mehr viel los. Als wir um 19:30 Uhr das Restaurant betreten, gehören wir zu den ersten Gästen, doch nach und nach füllt es sich mit Einheimischen. Der Chef des Hauses empfiehlt uns gekonnt eloquent die Spezialitäten des Hauses und wir sind sehr zufrieden mit unserer Wahl. Sehr leckere Pasta mit wunderbarer Sauce, vorweg Bruschetta mit viel Knoblauch und frittierte Zucchiniblüte mit Schafskäse. Sehr lecker, dazu gibt es ganz wunderbaren Hauswein für 13 € der Liter .Read more

    • Day 3

      Abendessen im Kantharos

      October 18, 2022 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 22 °C

      Schon gestern hatten wir in diesem kleinen, außergewöhnlichen Restaurant mit exzellenter Küche für heute Abend einen Tisch reserviert! Hier gibt es extravagante Gerichte und herzlich erfrischenden Service bei einem hervorragenden Preis-Leistungsverhältnis!Read more

    • Day 4

      La Mortella am 4-Wannen Brunnen

      August 12, 2021 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

      Wir beginnen unseren Besuch im Talgarten, der ab 1956 von Russell Page entworfen wurde.

      Beim Besuch des Gartens, umgeben von viel Grün und dem intensiven Blumenduft, hat man die Möglichkeit, alte Bäume und viele seltene Pflanzen zu beobachten.

      Der Garten hat die Form eines L, dessen längerer Arm von einem Wasserbach durchquert wird, während der kürzere dem Walton-Haus gegenüberliegt.

      Die Hauptverbindungspunkte der Blickachsen werden durch vier Brunnen unterstrichen.
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    • Day 8

      Bootsrundfahrt kurzer Stopp in Forio

      August 16, 2021 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

      Auf der katholisch geprägten Insel Ischia stehen zahlreiche wunderschöne Kirchen. Das schönste der Gotteshäuser dürfte die Wallfahrtskirche „Santa Maria del Soccorso“ (= „Heilige Maria der Zuflucht“) sein! Die Kirche  steht in Forio an einem spektakulären Platz, nämlich auf einem Felsvorsprung unmittelbar über der Küste. Die Kirche ist das Wahrzeichen von Forio und eine der beliebtesten Sehenswürdigkeiten dieser Gemeinde und auch von ganz Ischia.Read more

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    Forio, フォリーオ

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