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Peter Bardwell | profile | all galleries >> The island of Ischia >> Forio tree view | thumbnails | slideshow

Final months on Ischia.. | To and from Ischia | Ischia - a beginner's guide | The year in pictures | Ischia - favourites | Beaches | Ischia's thermal spa parks | The city of Ischia | Casamicciola | Lacco Ameno | Forio | Serrara Fontana | Barano | Festas and events | Campania - Daytrips from Ischia

Forio

The town of Forio, at the heart of its Comune on the western side of the island,
has a small port that offers year-round hydrofoil connections with Naples.

In the C14th and 15th the inhabitants built a series of large towers to defend themselves from Saracen
pirates. The largest of them all, Il Torrione - just off the main square - is today a civic art museum.

In the late 40s Forio was a popular escape for an international group of artists and writers - among
them W.H. Auden, Christopher Isherwood, Tennessee Williams, and Truman Capote.

More recently, the area has become more widely popular, thanks to both the magnificent
beach at Citara and a particularly pleasant microclimate.

The Comune also includes the village of Panza, often visited by the amazing band of the army's Bersaglieri
regiment, and - on the Zara headland - the wonderful gardens created by Lady Walton at "La Mortella".

Click on the pictures for a larger size - most have captions and a few details....
Times and directions..
:: Times and directions.. ::
The Walton gardens at La Mortella
:: The Walton gardens at La Mortella ::
La Mortella, June 23rd 2012
:: La Mortella, June 23rd 2012 ::
La Mortella, early Oct 2010
:: La Mortella, early Oct 2010 ::
La Mortella, late Oct 2011
:: La Mortella, late Oct 2011 ::
Giardini Ravino
:: Giardini Ravino ::
Forio - elsewhere
:: Forio - elsewhere ::
Panza - the village
:: Panza - the village ::
Fanfara of the Besaglieri - Panza 2010
:: Fanfara of the Besaglieri - Panza 2010 ::
Panza's many wineries
:: Panza's many wineries ::
Naval wedding at the Soccorso
Naval wedding at the Soccorso
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The church of the Madonna Del Soccorso
The church of the Madonna Del Soccorso
Madonna Del Soccorso
Madonna Del Soccorso
In the Soccorso
In the Soccorso
Main square
Main square
Elephant or not?
Elephant or not?
The Torrione
The Torrione
Stairway into the Torrione
Stairway into the Torrione
A French welcome to the Museum
A French welcome to the Museum
Various works by Giovanni Maltese
Various works by Giovanni Maltese
More Maltese
More Maltese
And one more!
And one more!
Similia Similibus - Like with Like
Similia Similibus - Like with Like
The lovers' rocks
The lovers' rocks
Looking inland from the Soccorso church
Looking inland from the Soccorso church
Ventotene on the horizon
Ventotene on the horizon
The feast of San Francesco
The feast of San Francesco
The church of Santa Maria della Grazie
The church of Santa Maria della Grazie
Evening entertainment
Evening entertainment
The view northwards from the Torrione
The view northwards from the Torrione
Chiesa di San Gaetano
Chiesa di San Gaetano
Visit by the band Citta di Umbertide
Visit by the band "Citta di Umbertide"
You woke me!
You woke me!
t1%2f85%2f449985%2f4%2f110614094.6EtTc1gN.jpg Church ceiling
Church ceiling
Harbour view
Harbour view
Presepe - made entirely of chocolate
Presepe - made entirely of chocolate
Presepe - the harbour of Forio
Presepe - the harbour of Forio
Winter storm
Winter storm
View across to San Vito
View across to San Vito
Forio town centre - street map
Forio town centre - street map
Forio sunset
Forio sunset
Santa, in Forio
Santa, in Forio