One of the joys of coming here are the untamed rural surroundings; there’s also a tangible, lived-in feel about La Colombaia, a handsome...
Baia di San Montano
Just outside Lacco Ameno, this gorgeous bay is the place for warm, shallow, crystal-clear waters. Here you'll also find the Negombo spa...
This is the place to come for a dose of pampering. Part spa resort, part botanical wonderland, with more than 500 exotic plant species,...
Across the road from the beach, this unadorned trattoria serves simple, superlative seafood to in-the-know locals. Mamma cooks out the...
La Mortella information
Lonely Planet review
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.