Recent months have tried us all and everyone is feeling the need for open air and a chance to enjoy the natural world: a garden visit is the ideal way to re-establish contact with the green environment, of which so many have been uncomfortably deprived. La Mortella, where culture, music, botany and landscape come together in an unfailingly emotional poetic narrative, is opening its gates again to visitors to nurture the spirits and offer beauty, peace and contemplation.

The strange weather of recent weeks has not hindered the advance of the spring season, which, in all its glory, will be on offer to visitors from Thursday 13th May. Flowering plants at their seasonal best include late-blooming Camelias and early water-lilies colouring the various ponds in myriad shades. The 6-foot, emerald green florescences of the spectacular Puya berteroniana, a tough, Chilean spiny plant, are nearly out, while up in the Hill garden the Furcraea longaeva is preparing its incredible floral displays up to 5 mts high and with cascades of bell-shaped flowers. The flowering plants in the Mediterranean garden are at their best now: wild Ischian shrubs, from cistus to heathers and lavanders, Neapoitan garlic and field gladioli and poppies, flower side-by-side with plants from South Africa to California and Australia, far-flung continents which share a similar Mediterranean climate. Throughout the property explosions of colours are everywhere: in the oriental section the young leaves of the Japanese maples shine in reds, purples and acid greens; the South American Wiganda caracasiana flaunts its huge clusters of violet flowers while the exotic Metrosideros trees blaze with feathery, scarlet blooms. The rare Brunfelsia grandiflora is covered in blooms which change colour: violet at first, they progress to pale lilac before finally turning white, which explains their common name in South America, yesterday-today-and-tomorrow.

Alongside the opening of the garden, over the week-end of 15 and 16 May the indoor chamber-music concerts will start again at 5 pm – with all the required safety provisions in place – to restore to visitors the possibility of enjoying the original concept of La Mortella as a place where the garden and music are indelibly fused. The first concert will be given by the Chagall Piano Trio, playing music by Brahms and Shostakovich. The inaugural performance on Saturday 15th will be dedicated to HRH the Duke of Edinburgh, who died recently, and will include a brief tribute to Britain and the royal family, so important to La Mortella.

In recent months, during which the usual winter closure to the public of the property was prolonged by the Covid 19 emergency, the garden staff has continued working to take care of the botanical collections and public structures and to guarantee that members of the public can visit the garden and enjoy every corner and variety of display in complete safety and with all the required restrictions in place.
Staff members have nearly all completed their vaccinations, in line with the regional guidelines; all facilities are repeatedly hygienised throughout the day and hand sanitisers are available to visitors in numerous places around the garden.

The garden will be open to the public as usual on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, from 10 am to 7 pm, (last entries 6 pm).

Tickets can be booked on the phone (081-986220) or bought on arrival. We implore and require visitors to observe all the rules to prevent contagion: wear a mask at all times, wash and disinfect your hands frequently, avoid aggregation and maintain an interpersonal distance of at least one metre.



Garden visit only:

  • € 12,00 - Full price

  • € 10,00 - Reduced price 1*
    Children 12-18 years old
    Senior above 70;
    Residents in the Island of Ischia municipalities
    Cardholders (Il Quadrante Insula Card).
    Personal assistant of visually or mobility disabled person

  • € 7,00 - Reduced price 2*
    Children 6 -11 years old;

  • € 0,00 - Free*
    Children under 5 years old;
    Disabled with certificate of disability over above 51%


Concert ticket including garden visit:

We regret that the available places are reduced, due to compliance with the social distance regulations for virus containment. Therefore we only offer one admission fee, there are no age-related reductions or discounts.

  • € 20,00 - Single rates

  • Free admission only for disabled people with a certificate of disability over 51% *
    * admissions will be dictated by availability of places and distancing regulations


  • The concert takes place indoors and lasts about 60 min.
    It is mandatory to wear a face mask for the entire duration of the concert.
  • Tickets must be booked at the Giardini La Mortella ticket office, from 10 am to 6 pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, or by telephone 081-986220.
  • NOTICE: Please make sure to arrive well in advance (at least 40 minutes before the beginning of the concert) to complete the formalities required by the anti Covid19 legislation.
    In order to collect the tickets it is MANDATORY to provide personal identification data. The attendance register will be kept for 14 days and body temperature will be measured at the entrance, pursuant to Ordinance no. 56 of 12.06.2020 and following of the Campania Region.
  • The Management reserves the right to modify the program in case of technical or artistic needs.

Fondazione William Walton e La Mortella
Via Francesco Calise 45
80075, Forio (NA)
tel.: 081-986220, 081-986237 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Opening days 2024

The Garden is open to the public
from March 30 to November 3, 2024

Opening days:
   - Tuesday
   - Thursday
   - Saturday
   - Sunday

Opening hours:
   from 9.00 am to 7.00 pm
   (last entry at 6.00 pm)

Visiting info
Entry fees

ph: +39 081-986220

Via Francesco Calise, 45
80075 Forio (NA), Italy