Created in 1958 by Lady Susan Walton, La Mortella Botanic Gardens were developed over the course of 50 years on the island of Ischia. Considered one of the most beautiful private gardens in Europe, it was built on land that was once covered in volcanic rocks. Today, the botanic gardens are divided into a valley garden and a hill garden, each with a distinct character. The hill garden features Mediterranean vegetation and architectural elements that reflect the history and archaeology of Ischia. It is dominated by the Greek Theater, an auditorium that was carved out of the slope of the mountain with a stage overlooking the Bay of Forio.
The valley garden is home to a wide variety of trees and flowers, including ginkgo biloba trees, magnolias, hydrangeas, tree ferns, geraniums, Brahea palms, yucca, aloe and water lilies. It also features 65-foot tall trees that produce yellow flowers similar to tulips.Also on the grounds is a house that includes a concert hall and museum where concerts are held on the weekends each fall and spring.
The botanic gardens are accessible by bus from Ischia, Casamicciola or Lacco Ameno, as well as by hydrofoil from Naples, Molo Beverello or Mergellina, or by ferry from Naples or Pozzuoli. If coming by water, note that you will need to switch to a bus for the remainder of the journey.The ticket office closes an hour before closing time.