Lush, lovely and lovingly cared for, La Mortella Gardens is one of Ischia’s finest attractions. Myrtle bushes, le mortelle, gave the garden its name, but it was the life-long love affair of a composer, Sir William Walton, and his Argentinian wife Susana, that gave it life.
The garden’s original design is owed to British landscape artist Russell Page, but it was Susana who lovingly cultivated it for more than 50 years. An exotic and eclectic variety of plants built on several levels in a volcanic gorge, she conceived of it as a place of inspiration for the renowned composer. The walk through the garden can be quite steep with lots of steps, but the many features encountered along the way and the views from the top are well worth the journey.
William’s legacy also lives on with three annual concert seasons: chamber music recitals in the spring and the autumn and a summer Festival of Youth Orchestras with symphony concerts every Thursday evening in the property’s Greek theater.
La Mortella is open from the end of March through the 1st of November.