In the company of a volcanologist, hike up to the peak of Mount Epomeo, Ischia’s tallest mountain, and down into a volcanic crater. You’ll take a five-hour hike right to the top, enjoying breathtaking views over the Gulf of Naples, before walking to the lip of a volcanic crater. Along the way, you’ll get to analyse volcanic rocks and magnifying crystals, and soak in nature’s astonishing beauty.
An easier, equally fascinating 1km trek will instead show you how to cook with natural volcanic heat. Collect herbs en route, bury and bake lunch, and enjoy a refreshing swim in the sea while it is cooking.
More into gentle wandering? Then consider a tour to Giardini La Mortella, Ischia’s botanical garden.
On this intimate visit, guests are invited to explore the lush perimetres of La Mortella, which was created by Susana Walton, wife of English composer William Walton, back in the 1950s. The verdant, sub-tropical space includes meandering paths, pools, and fountains, as well as exotic flowers and lily ponds that bring to mind Monet. During the summer, open-air concerts and performances are often held in the park, against the glorious backdrop of the glittering bay.