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Forio is picture-perfect: a stunning medieval seaside town backed by rugged mountains and fronted by a sandy beach. Delve into the warren of historic streets to find architectural gems like the pastel-shaded baroque cathedral and the Il Torrione tower museum – one of twelve 16th-century turrets found in the town – or take a wander down to the sea for one of the island’s finest beaches. Although Forio is Ischia’s second-largest town, this picturesque port is small by mainland standards and still maintains an authentic Italian feel, complete with bustling markets and seafood restaurants. There’s also a great bar culture here, with sophisticated seaside bars offering live music to accompany the views.
Some of Forio’s best attractions are hidden away behind historic walls – namely the town’s botanical gardens, Giardini la Mortella – a spectacular tumble of rare plants from all over the world that climbs into the foothills to a vantage point high above the town. For those looking to relax, there are also a number of thermal spas to enjoy close by. Whether you are looking for historic sights, authentic dining or just a sunbed by the sea, Forio has it covered.