Forio set between the picturesque and colourful landscapes of Mount Epomeo and the splendid white sandy beaches framing a crystalline sea, is the most populated commune in the Isle of Ischia.
The toponym of Forio has a various etymology: somebody thinks it derives from a dialectal expression used by a local that, fed up with the overcrowding castle Aragonese, decided to "get out" (forio) of there; some historians say it derives from the classic language, meaning fertile or land of flowers. Whatever origins the name has, Forio is one of the most fascinating places of the island for both natural polychrome beauty of the landscapes and architectural richness.
The Church of St Maria del Soccorso (XVI century) characterized by different styles following one another, among which you'll clearly notice the Moresque one, is located onto the homonym promontory dropping from the cliff to the sea. That magic point offers touching sunsets, and lovely views of the towers, built in the XVI century and used as sighting and defensive towers against Saracen pirates. Among these towers stands out the majestic "Torrione", a cylindrical construction placed at the centre of the town.
The stunning villas built around Punta Caruso will surely catch your eye. In the area of Zaro, near Punta Caruso the ancient unbelievably beautiful ex-residence of the popular English composer Sir William Walton, known as La Mortella, will leave you breathless. Sir Walton's wife, transformed the villa into a notable museum, framed by over 800 rarely beautiful plants, that give life to a mesmerizing botanical garden.
La Mortella, , planned in the 60's by the architect Russell Page, will offer astonishing panoramas of the sea and the whole island, enjoying delicious sweets and English specialities. Do not miss it!
One of the most enchanting beaches in Forio is Citara, rich in thermal springs, whose name derives from a temple once dedicated to the goddess Venus Citara. Where once was the temple, during 60's was built a thermal park, called Giardini Poseidon: the biggest thermal park of the isle, with neat gardens and a private beach. Good restaurants, a "grotto" digged into the rock , shops, a newsstand and a bar guarantee a perfect stay. Enjoy lovely walk through the fantastic flowered beds and stunning baths with different temperatures.
Panza, extremely pretty hamlet of Forio, so appreciated by the Germans and tranquillity seekers. The typical landascape is characterized by the vulcanic crater of Campotese, where to find incredible vineyards and restaurants to taste the wine and local food.
The most important wine house in Ischia is called "D'Ambra Vini" and is located in Panza, where you'll have the possibility to visit the museum of the folk wisdom of the isle, "Museo del contadino".
If you rather are in the mood to try a totally new free experience, go to Sorgeto bay. Here a thermal spring heats the seawater and you can easily enjoy a bath all over the year, in natural pools formed by rounded stones.
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