Ischia



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Ischia
The principal tourist attractions of Ischia are its beaches, sea and spa resorts. The green hilly landscape is attractive, as are the little fishing ports, and you can enjoy a pleasant holiday without seeking out more developed attractions. Time can be happily spent taking boat trips, seeing the island by bus or enjoying food and drink on panoramic terraces above the sea. However, there are some particular sights which are worth seeing if you're staying in Ischia for a few days. The Castello Aragonese at Ischia Ponte is the island's grandest and most dramatic piece of history. A fortress on a high rocky islet, it dominates the surrounding area and offers splendid views. The castle is interesting to explore, and contains several sights of interest, a couple of cafes, and rather macabre museum. Visitors interested in gardens will not want to miss La Mortella , the landscape garden created by the composer William Walton and his wife Susanna. Between Lacco Ameno and Forio, the garden lies at the foot of Monte Zaro, cut into an old stone quarry. The garden's designer was Russell Page, and his aim was to create a landscape which would offer peace and beauty. There is plenty of informal, small restaurants serving traditional pasta, abundant locally caught fish and seafood and a variety of pizzas, including the genuine "Neapolitan", originally created in the region. The local white and red wines are drinkable or try the popular lemon liqueur "Limoncello".