10 Best Things To Do In Forio, Italy

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Every corner of the country Italy is blessed with the wonders of the world. Away from the mainland, the islands of this country possess a certain charm. The island of Ischia is located on the bay of Naples, it is not only the largest island of this bay but assumed to be the most beautiful one. The town Forio is based on the slopes of Monte Epomeo, it is the second largest and the busiest town of the Ischia island. The historic areas of the town Forio are well persevered, whereas the countryside around is green. The surrounding countryside is popular for its vineyards, which produce some of the finest wines Italy is famous for. The city and its coast, however, has much more to offer to its visitors. Read on to learn more about the best things to do in the area!

1. Explore the icon of Forio; the church of Chiesa del Soccorso

The church of Chiesa del Soccorso is an iconic destination of the town Forio. The church is dedicated to the Santa Maria della neve or the Saint Maria of the snow. The church is located in an iconic location, risen over the mountains and surrounded by the sea from below. The white structure of the church is not so big, but it has a certain charm. This church was established in the 14th-century. The amazing scenery of the church is iconic, which has inspired artists from an ancient era.

Chiesa del Soccorso

Address: Via del Soccorso, 80075 Forio NA, Italy

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2. Explore the Forio town center on foot

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No matter how modern the town is, the town center of this city still preserves the history of this town. All through the island of Ischia, Forio has preserved the architecture from the medieval and Baroque era. This town has faced the attacks from the Saracens many times, which they had captured eventually. Thus, the architecture of the town also boosts the Saracen ancestry. The town center of Forio is best discovered by foot. Apart from the church of Chiesa del Soccorso, there is Torrione, which is considered as the icon of Forio. Another interesting structure located here is the La Colombaia, which is the summer residence of the famous director Luchino Visconti

La Colombaia

Address: Via Francesco Calise, 142, 80075 Forio NA, Italy

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3. Visit the Torrione

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Torrione is the icon of Forio. It is a fortified watch-tower, located in the heart of Forio. It was constructed in the year 1480 for the protection of this island. It used to protect this town from the attacks of the Saracen and pirates. At that time this tower used to have 4 cannons for protecting the town. Nowadays this tower serves as a museum. It showcases the art of the famous artist Giovanni Maltese. Giovanni Maltese can be described as a sculptor, poet, and artist. He was born in the year 1852 in this town. He had spent a large part of his life in this tower, which was presented to him by the town community. The tower also offers a great view of the town from this tower.


Address: Via Torrione, 32, 80075 Forio NA, Italy

Website: Torrione (in Italian)

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4. Enjoy the beaches of this town

You can enjoy the flavor of the Coastal Forio in the beautiful beach Citara. This beach is located 30 minute’s walk away from the town center. There is an old legend connected with this beach. It seems that Feaci, the people living at Scheria or Ischia, provided Odysseus, the famous Greek king of Ithaca, the means to go back to his home. Thus, Goddess Venus punished those Feaci people by turning them into stone. It is believed that the rocks around the beach are those poor Feacis. Alongside history, the beach is quite enchanting with the modern bars and restaurants. There are another two beaches of the town as well, Cava dell'Isola and San Francesco.

Citara Beach

Address: 80075 Forio, Isola d'Ischia, Italy

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5. Visit the Poseidon Gardens Thermal Park

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Located on the Citara Beach, the Poseidon Gardens are famous for their amazing varieties of Natural Thermal Pools. There are 22 different pools for the disposal of the visitors, which possess different temperatures. The volcanic features of the earth in this area regulate the temperature of these pools. Apart from the pools, the park also features the sundeck and parasols, where you can relax with a drink after dipping in these pools.

Poseidon Gardens Thermal Park

Address: d'Ischia, Via Giovanni Mazzella, 338, 80075 Forio NA, Italy

Website: Poseidon Gardens Thermal Park

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6. Take a full day to explore Frazione of Panza

Panza (Forio)
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The Frazione de Panza is a small town located within the community of Forio. Panza is a typical Italian small village which has many hidden attractions like Sorgeto Hot Springs. The bay of La Scannella is another jewel of Panza. The crystal clear water is full of well-designed yachts, which is good for swimming and snorkeling. If you are not so fond of getting into the water, you can explore the caves around. Explore the whole village by foot.

Frazione of Panza

Website: Frazione of Panza

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7. Take a day trip to the natural hot springs of Sorgeto Hot Springs

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The Sorgeto Hot Springs is a natural hot spring birthed from the volcanic activity. This attraction is located close to Panza, ideal for a day trip in Forio. The thermal water naturally flows to the sea which has formed a number of pools. These pools can be termed as natural spas created by nature which you can enjoy completely free of cost. As the temperature of these pools is reasonably high, they provide warm and comforting bathing opportunities, especially in the winter.

Sorgeto Hot Springs

Address: Via Sorgeto, 80075 Forio NA, Italy

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8. A trip amongst nature: explore the La Mortella Garden of Forio

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The former house and garden of the British composer Sir William Walton and his wife Lady Susana Walton is open for the public to enjoy. The gardens of La Mortella are specially designed and maintained by Lady Susana Walton. The open-air Greek theatre at the higher end of the garden is another wonder of this garden. Music mixes with nature in this unusual garden, which received the honor of being the most beautiful park in Italy or Il Più bel parco d’Italia in the year 2004.

La Mortella Garden of Forio

Address: Via Francesco Calise, 39, 80075 Forio, Campania, Italy

Website: La Mortella Garden of Forio

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9. Explore the tropical Mediterranean botanical park: the Ravino Gardens

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Located in the bay of Citara, Ravino Gardens was created by a sailor named Giuseppe D’Ambra. His visits to various parts of the world inspired his creation of this botanical heaven. To know the details of his journey, you can visit this garden on a Saturday around 5:30pm, when Giuseppe himself gives a guided trip explaining his own journey.

The Ravino Gardens

Address: Via Provinciale Panza, 140b, 80075 Foria NA, Italy

Website: The Ravino Gardens

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10. Try a vineyard tour and wine-tasting: the Casa d'Ambra Vineyard

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Your trip to Forio will remain incomplete without visiting the vineyards surrounding this town. For a better glimpse of the wine of Forio, visit the Casa d'Ambra Vineyard. The tour through the Casa d'Ambra Vineyard will give you a better glimpse of the wine-making process with a chance to taste the finest ones.

Casa d'Ambra Vineyard

Address: Via Mario D'Ambra, 30, 80075 Forio NA, Italy

Website: Casa d'Ambra Vineyard

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The coast, finest wine and mouthwatering Italian seafood....

The town of Forio is all about the coast, the finest wines and mouthwatering Italian seafood. It is also a great base for exploring the island of Ischia. In between discovering the town, don’t miss a trip to the sea-view restaurants.

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