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Situated on the island of Ischia, in the bay of Naples, Forio is a prime place for a holiday to remember. The volcanic island of Ischia can be found in the heart of the Tyrrhenian sea, not too far from the mainland of Italy and a mere 30km away from the cultural heart of Naples.
While its shores may evoke memories of the Talented Mr Ripley, which was filmed here over 14 years ago, the island of Ischia has much more to offer than images of Matt Damon. In fact, Ischia is a bit of a jewel in the crown of the Tyrrhenian Sea, with Forio holidays providing an affordable way to explore its beauty. Its neighbour Capri may seem a little too exclusive for your purse, but with Forio holidays, you can enjoy superb value for money.
Enjoy the great outdoors as part of your visit and you can see the landscapes in all their glory, or head for the mainland to discover the Amalfi Coast and the Neapolitan Riviera. Book a break in Forio for a chance to experience this treasure of an island in the Gulf of Naples; you won't be disappointed.
Often considered to be one of the most authentic destinations that Italy is home to, a trip to Naples is a must during your stay on the island of Ischia. Hop on the hydrofoil or join one of the regular ferry crossings and spend the day exploring the cultural, historical and shopping highlights that this beautiful city boasts.
Built in 474BC and connected to the island via bridge, the Aragonese Castle is the most visited monument on the island for many reasons. It can be accessed through a tunnel, which is also home to a small chapel, consecrated to Saint John Joseph of the Cross, the patron saint of the island. Once you're there, be sure to visit the churches and cathedrals, including the Church of the Immaculate and the Cathedral of Assunta. There are also various exhibitions within the castle to appreciate, including one dedicated to medieval torture... creepy!
Many people claim that the mud at the thermal spas on the island of Ischia has therapeutic properties, and with holidays in Forio, you're perfectly placed to try them for yourself. The island's thermal spas are a major attraction on the island, powered by the dormant volcano that calls the island home. The hot springs and volcanic mud will provide a refreshing and invigorating experience, where you can say goodbye to the tensions you have been carrying on your shoulders and walk away feeling revitalised.
Explore the Museo Archeologico Pithecusae
Home to a variety of exhibitions, artefacts and displays that help visitors to appreciate what the area once was when it was occupied by Greeks around 8BC - this stunning museum is a must-see during your stay in Forio if you're a lover of local culture and history.
Lose Yourself in the Gardens
There are a number of public gardens located in and around Forio where you can while away the hours taking in the fragrant combination of aromas and admiring the beauty of the various flowering plants. The lush gardens of La Mortella are a real treat for the senses and home to a variety of tropical plants, while the gardens of Villa Ravino boast a number of cacti and vegetation that nature lovers will adore.
From the Thermal Poseidon Gardens to the Villa La Mortella, basing yourself in the gorgeous resort of Forio will open up opportunities to explore as much or as little as you like. It's also a shopping hub, if you have a great eye for a bargain!
Home to two different centres, Ischia Porto and Ischia Ponte, a stay in the largest city on the island will provide you plenty of opportunities to explore the finest parts of this destination. Home to a variety of museums and cultural sights, a stay in Ischia Town is as much about the sightseeing opportunities as it is about the shops and food!
Take the plunge and go for somewhere a little different this year. Book an unforgettable package holiday to Forio via Direct Holidays and look forward to the experiences in store on this stunning island in the heart of the Tyrrhenian Sea.