|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
This apartment comprises two bedrooms, two bathrooms, kitchen and patio/terrace with chairs and tables. Can accommodate 5 people. Microwave on request. Another similar apartment is composed of two studios on the same floor, door to door, each with its own bathroom. Sleeps up to 5 people. One room has double or twin beds, the other has a double and a single bed or 3 single beds.
Each studio has a balcony with magnificent spectacular sea views over the ocean and kitchenette corner, equipped with cupboards, refrigerator and gas hob. Tables and chairs are provided for eating either inside or on the
balcony, al fresco.. The bathroom has a shower and the apartment has ceramic tiled floors throughout. A large wardrobe provides plenty of hanging and storage space and is equipped with extra blankets for cooler nights. The ground floor apartment has full wheelchairs access and the terrace has dining furniture and a BBQ on request.
Villa Olivia is an attractive, family-run property, situated about 10-15 minutes walk from the centre of the little town of Forio, Ischia's most western resort.
The Villa stands back from the road in a large garden of vines, cacti, olives, citrus fruits, roses and palms. Throughout the summer geraniums and bougainvillea cascade colour everywhere. The large gardens feature relaxing corners and two pools, a large outdoor swimming pool Mt 12 x 5,5 and a covered heated pool with natural spring water of 34°C.
The villa is divided up into self-catering one-room en-suite studio apartments, which sleep 2 people, and two-bedrooms en-suite apartments which sleep 5 people. Each apartment has a kitchenette, shower room, and a balcony or terrace with sea or mountain view, perfect for 'al fresco' dining on the warm Mediterranean evenings. Many free beaches including 'La Chiaia', 'Spinesante' are located within an easy walk off our Villa. Bus stop at the gate. Supermarket at mt 50.
The island of Ischia:: Known as the Green Island because of its abundant flora, Ischia is also renowned for its exceptionally mild climate and therapeutic springs. Formed almost exclusively of volcanic rock, Ischia is the largest island in the Bay of Naples, offering sandy beaches, crystal clear sea, wooded mountainsides and much more. Walkers can explore coastal paths or the rugged terrain of Monte Epomeo -789 m. History enthusiasts will enjoy the Aragonese Castle at Ischia Ponte, the Archaeological Museum at Lacco Ameno and other interesting historical sites. The island bus service is good, with frequent buses to all the main points of interest. Car-hire is reasonably priced and the characteristic little Microtaxis are plentiful. Although the British have frequented the Isle of Capri and the Sorrentine peninsular for many years, they seem to have only recently re-discovered Ischia and its delights. One particular local attraction is the spectacular garden 'La Mortella' (see below).
Forio:: The largest town on the island, Forio is full of interesting shops, excellent restaurants and numerous pavement cafés where you can sit and watch the world pass by over a coffee, aperitif or ice cream. There is a daily market and several good bookshops - WH Auden spent much of his time here, as did Henrik Ibsen and others. The town has a picturesque harbour full of fishing and sailing boats from where you can catch the hydrofoil to Naples or round-the-island pleasure trips. Adjacent to the harbour are the beautiful beaches of Chiaia and San Francesco with pale sand and crystal clear water. Just beyond is the exotic garden 'La Mortella' created by Lady Susana Walton, widow of the English composer Sir William Walton, with the help of the celebrated landscape architect Russell Page. This year is the centenary of Sir William who died in 1983, so his music and the garden have been much-featured recently in the media. Summer visitors to the garden from can enjoy free classical concerts.
Beyond Ischia:: Although there is plenty to keep visitors happily occupied on the island, it is also very easy to visit the islands of Capri and Procida, or to spend a day on the mainland; Naples, Pompeii, Herculaneum, Vesuvius and Sorrento are all possible. There are regular ferries and hydrofoils to most places from Ischia Porto, a limited service of both from Casamicciola, and several hydrofoils daily from Forio to Naples.
We were again given a warm welcome by Giuseppe.Everything was clean,well maintained & beautifully cared for.The description of the apartments was accurate,with balconies looking to the mountains or sea,the gardens & pools even more stunning than we remembered.We enjoyed the 2 enticing clear pools,the indoor being great on cool days too.The gardens surrounding the property make it a tranquil place to be.Planted with a rich variety of trees,flowering shrubs and cacti,they give a wealth of colour,scent,& interest – absolutely beautiful! Rustic seats in the gardens & loungers around the pool provide delightful places in which to relax in sun or shade.Talkng with Giuseppe about the island,the way of life,the history,the many places to visit & trips to take was so interesting.We appreciated his friendly approach & willingness to spend time with us. He even booked trips for us.We took his advice on places to eat & were not disappointed.The situation of Villa Olivia is ideal,being out of the bustle of Forio,but within easy reach.It is so convenient having a food shop close by& to be only 15 minutes from sandy beaches & Forio itself.The nearby bus stop is handy.We also enjoyed walking down the quiet back path to Forio,a pretty little town with a morning market,harbour,beaches & lots to see.Whiling away a few hours there,a coffee,ice cream or lunch is very relaxing!Leading from Villa Olivia are delightful walks along quiet winding roads revealing enchanting hidden corners & amazing views.We walked to Lacco Ameno & Mortella Gardens.Sorgetto,Ngombo,the Castle & Mt.Epomeo are some great places to visit.A real highlight was a dinner laid on by the family.Guests & family gathering together around long tables under the bay tree with good food,home produced wine & the company of people from around the world made for a truly memorable evening.If staying during the grape harvest guests are invited to participate & can even tread the grapes in the traditional way-a fantasic experience!We had a wonderful holiday in this special place,where one is made so welcome by Giuseppe & his family who really care,not only about the place, but also the people who come to stay.We really appreciate this emphasis & feel we have experienced a genuine taste of Italy & Italian life.Family & friends have been delighted with our recommendation & we will continue to thoroughly recommend the property.Thankyou not only for a beautiful place to stay but also an exceptional experience of hospitality.
Other Activities: geological excursions with a guide