A six-hectare vegetable garden, lovingly grown by the Arturo family
It’s been ten years since Pasquale and Lucilla decided to expand Villa Mario by annexing a wide plot of land just next to the hotel: their vision was to grow most of the food supply for both the family and the hotel. Once arid and covered in brushwood, the Giardiniello is now a colourful, flourishing lush garden—thanks to the effort and care of the whole family.
Depending on the season, you’ll be able to taste all sorts of delicious fruits of the garden during breakfast and dinner. Looking for a snack? Treat yourself to a stroll through the Giardiniello and pick a fruit from a tree—oranges, medlars, mandarines, strawberries in March and April; peaches and apricots in May and June; pears, plums and figs in July and August; prickly pears and arbutus in September; persimmons and pomegranates in October…
A lesson in local tradition – with sea view
Fruit trees, exceptional flowering plants (walking down the rose path in May is a wonderful experience), scents that come and go with the seasons: a stroll through Eolo’s Giardiniello is an experience that involves all five senses.
The garden really has everything you could wish for: from citrus trees to olive groves, from fruit trees of all sorts (banana trees included!) to rows and rows of tomatoes, onions, zucchini, eggplants, potatoes, broccoli, pumpkins… And there’s more: cauliflower, parsnip, beans, peas and even a spice corner with sage, rosemary, basil, mint, parsley, chilli, thyme, chives and a lot more.
An authentic farmer’s garden with sea view where you’ll learn a lot about Ischia’s farming tradition, ever connected with the island’s fertile volcanic soil. Be sure to ask us for a tour: you’ll see that most of the ingredients of Lucilla’s legendary recipes grow from just a stone’s throw away from the kitchen.
Spaghetti al pomodoro is hands down one of Lucilla’s greatest hits. And if you’re wondering how such a simple meal became the favourite of so many guests from all over the world, it’s only because you haven’t tried our tomato sauce – made with as many tomato varieties as there are in our garden.
Fruit for every season
Spring brings medlars, strawberries and the last citrus fruits of the cold season; summer is a real explosion of colours and flavours—many varieties of peaches, plums, apricots, figs and pears. Local apples and prickly pears make their appearance towards the end of August, while arbutus, pomegranates and citrus fruits will welcome you into autumn.