Hotel Il Gattopardo Ischia

Excursions in Ischia: the concierge will be pleased to help you organize the best excursions in Ischia and discover the secrets and marvels of the island and its surroundings.

The hotel Il Gattopardo Terme & Beauty Farm can organize many excursions on the island both by sea and by land. The guests will be able to discover the beauties of this magic island with guided tours available in several languages. From a simple half-day tour for a first introduction to Ischia’s beauties to a whole day for discovering more of the hidden treasuries of the island.

The rich program of excursions includes also the Amalfi coast as well as the enchanting Sorrento, Amalfi, Positano and Ravello, Pompei and Herculaneum with their archaeological treasuries, the spectacular Vesuvius volcano and the lively, colourful city of Naples.

Discovering Ischia:

- Guided bus tour of the island (half-a-day or whole-day tour), gathering at the Hotel;
- Minicruise around the island (half-a-day cruise), boarding at the port of Forio, 1 km away from the Hotel Il Gattopardo Therme & Beauty Farm. A quick stop in the celebrated crown-jewel village of Sant'Angelo is also scheduled.
- Snorkelling activities (seabed observation from the surface point): highly-qualified experts and marine biologists sharing a perfect knowledge of the most enchanting seabeds of the island will guide you through the excursion. Participants will leave from the shore while on-board-of-a-boat departures may be booked on demand. The necessary equipment will be provided to you once you will have got there. This will include: wetsuits, fins, goggles and snorkel.

Strongly recommended snorkelling excursions will include:
the filled-with-mystery seabed surrounding the Aragonese Castle;
the Roja coloured seabed;
the natural Grotta dell'Elefante (Elephant Grotto);
diving, for the diving fans

Treks: expert indigenous geologists will guide you in:
reaching the top of Mount Epomeo, 789 m (the highest mountain on the island);
visiting the ancient cave hamlet of Falanga (stone houses dating back to the Middle Ages);
walking through the island volcanoes surrounded by lush vegetation;
visiting the farming village of Piano Liguori;

Excursions on the island abound, among them is the visit to La Mortella (which was awarded the award for "The most beautiful garden in Italy" in 2004) and Ravino Gardens.
For further knowledge about the origins of the island, we strongly recommend visiting the Pithecusae (the former name given to Ischia) Archaeological Museum, located in Villa Colombaia in Lacco Ameno, Guevara's Tower in Cartaromana, the Aragonese Castle in Ischia Ponte and the numerous Saracen Towers, mainly located in Forio.

Getaway trips:
- Bus excursion to Pompeii and the Vesuvius. Multilingual tourist guide:
- Visiting the ancient Roman excavations in Pompeii (1997 UNESCO World Heritage sites) and the National Park of the Vesuvius.
- Bus tour of the Amalfi Coast, multilingual tourist guide: Tour of the towns of Amalfi, Positano and Ravello
- Tour of the island of Capri, boarding in the port of Forio. Excursions may be booked either with or without a tourist guide
- Excursions to Procida either with or without a tourist guide

Time has neither dimmed nor diluted the sublime beauty of Procida's natural landscape. Fishing still has the lion's share in the island's economy while Procida has not yet been undermined by intrusive man-made actions: it is still worth visiting it, once in a lifetime at least.