La Mortella

sights / Parks & gardens

La Mortella information

Forio & the West Coast , Italy
Via F Calese 39
+390 81 98 62 20
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adult/reduced €12/7
Opening hours
9am-7pm Tue, Thu, Sat & Sun Apr-early Nov
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Designed by Russell Page and inspired by the Moorish gardens of Granada’s Alhambra in Spain, La Mortella is recognised as one of Italy’s finest botanical gardens and well worth a couple of hours of your time. Stroll among terraces, pools, palms, fountains and more than 1000 rare and exotic plants from all over the world.

These plants include the huge water lily Victoria Amazonica with flowers that turn from white to crimson red. This veritable Eden was established by the late British composer Sir William Walton and his Argentinian wife, Susana (who died in March 2010, aged 83), who made it their home in 1949, entertaining such venerable house guests as Sir Laurence Olivier, Maria Callas and Charlie Chaplin. His life is commemorated in a small museum and his music wafts over the loudspeakers at the elegant cafe. There are classical music concerts here in the spring and autumn.