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La Rotonda Sul Mare provides everything you might need to make your vacation perfect. It’s central, sea front location is perfect for those wishing to spend days on the beach, mornings in the local market and early evenings exploring picturesque Forio.

The apartment residence features a large sundeck terrace with umbrellas, sun chairs and magnificent sea views and, during summer a private seafront platform with access to sea kayaks, peddle boat and full use of all amenities. All apartments are equipped with a kitchenette, satellite TV, mini-refrigerator, dual air conditioning/heating and a bathroom with hairdryer.

There are a range of apartments available including: doubles, twin, triples and two room apartments. The loft apartment can accommodate up to six people and features private balconies from the bedrooms, private rooftop terrace with unobstructed sea views, and full kitchen.

You are also invited to enjoy the pool area and jacuzzi available at the family’s Hotel Poggio del Sole where you can sip homemade limoncello and wine whilst admiring the view of Forio from the top of the hill.

At La Rotonda sul Mare a full bar is always available as is a widescreen TV and lounge, perfect for those can’t be missed football matches. The snack bar includes light lunch time snacks like paninis and also serves refreshing granitas and icecreams.

For any other activities you would like to enjoy on the island, we can organise this for you, such as: boat hire, bicycle hire, car or moped rentals at reduced rates, scuba diving with the local PADI certified divers, plus we offer free transportation to the “Negombo Spas & Thermal Baths”. Private babysitting can be arranged on request.

Rooms Classic Single Classic Double Classic Triple Family room sleeps 4
Prices shown in euros Single ensuite Double/Twin ensuite Triple ensuite Family: Double with bunk bed ensuite
27/03/15 - 28/05/15 50 70 85 95
29/05/15 - 25/06/15 60 80 95 105
26/06/15 - 06/08/15 70 90 115 140
07/08/15 - 27/08/15 90 120 140 160
28/08/15 - 25/09/15 65 85 100 115
26/09/15 - 07/11/15 50 70 85 95

The Colella family aim to make your stay in Forio the most memorable you will ever experience. Whether you want ischia activitiesto hike Mt Epomeo, charter a boat or simply laze on the beach, they will assist you with any activities you would like to undertake. 

Some of the activities available include:

  • Italian cooking lessons with Mamma Tina
  • Learn to make Limoncello liquer with Salvatore
  • Pizza making with Lorenzo
  • Boat Cruise
  • Olives picking (November) with the famiglia
  • Wine making (late September - October) with Salvatore
  • Mushrooming (November) with Giuseppe
  • Moped rental
  • Hiking, Rock Jumping, Abseilling
  • Thermal Spas
  • Local market and shopping tours
  • Fishing, Snorkelling, Scuba diving, Sailing
  • Day trips to Naples, Sorrento, Amalfi, Pompeii, Capri
  • Italian Language Classes
Please note that some of the activities are seasonal and only available at certain times of the year.

Article: About.com - Italy Travel

Ischia Thermal Parks and Healing Spas

Where to go for treatment spas and thermal pools on the island of Ischia

By , About.com Guide



Ischia, an island in the Bay of Naples, is known for its thermal pools with healing waters and its health spas. The water from the natural hot springs, heated by volcanic action, is believed to be the most radioactive in Europe and is good for a variety of health treatments including rheumatism. The thermal springs have been popular since Greek and Roman times and spas and resorts have been built up around the best ones.

Ischia sees fewer tourists than its neighboring island, Capri, although in summer it's popular with Italians and Germans. The island is a good place for a relaxing vacation, especially in spring and fall. In addition to thermal pools there are beaches, geysers, gardens, ancient ruins, and a castle.

I asked Francesca Di Meglio, whose family comes from Ischia, about Ischia spas and thermal pools and she provided me with this information. She says that all of the thermal pools are helpful, based on her personal experience after three knee surgeries, and that they all help your skin tremendously.

You don't actually need to stay in a fancy hotel to partake of the healing treatments. Yes, some of the hotels, especially the fancy ones, have their own thermal pools and treatment spas but you could simply stay at an affordable hotel and go to the gardens or spas or pay to enter the treatment centers at one of the hotels. Most of them offer this kind of service.

Here are Ischia's top thermal resorts and spas to go to for healing treatments:

  • Negombo in Lacco Ameno is Francesca's favorite place for thermal pools. The ten thermal pools are made of concrete and are found in the mountainside, so that they blend in with nature. There is also a beach so you can swim in the sea, too. Negombo is a thermal pool park, and you don't need a reservation. You can just show up, pay the fee and enter. If you want massages or some other personal treatment though, you should call ahead and make a reservation. Negombo website, in Italian.
  • Poseidon is the most famous and largest of the thermal parks. It is lovely, set next to the sea where you can swim, and has about 20 pools of different temperatures, some with waterfall or hydro massage. The thermal pools here are typical pools fed by natural hot springs. There are gardens, restaurants, and a bar. It's a little expensive. Poseidon Gardens is on the Bay of Citara, on Ischia's west side.
  • Cava Scura, in Sant' Angelo, is probably considered the best healing treatment spa and their thermal pools are thought to be the oldest.
  • Aphrodite thermal park in Maronti (near Sant' Angelo) has a great reputation. Aphrodite has eight thermal pools and a beach. Classic treatments, such as mud baths and massage, are available.
  • Castiglione is a more economical choice for thermal pools, making it popular with kids and families, so it can be crowded and less relaxing. If you're traveling with kids, Castiglione would be a good choice. The thermal springs here have been known since Roman times. In addition to the nine thermal pools, there are an Olympic-sized pool with sea water and two covered pools.
  • Nitrodi in Buonopane (in the comune di Barano) has healing showers and the water is best known for helping with skin ailments.

Built in the 1960's as what was once a small beach cottage belonging to the late Zio Mario, was transformed in his honour, into a beautiful sea-side residence.

Since then, Amerigo and the family have invested annually in upgrading and renovating the Rotonda residence into what it is today: servicing 9 apartments, offering a large communal terrace area for guests to sun-bathe, enjoy lunch or sun-downers; as well as a beachfront bathing area with a platform over the sea and full use of amenities including showers, kayaks, deck-chairs and floatables. The downstairs reception area features a snack bar serving light lunches and snacks, fully stocked bar and gelateria; reading lounge, flatscreen TV and free access to wireless internet connection.

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Family hospitality is the essence of Residence La Rotonda sul Mare owned by the Colella Family: Papa Salvatore, Mama Tina and their three sons Giuseppe, Amerigo and Lorenzo.

Each family member contributes in an unique way to the running of their family businesses: La Rotonda sul Mare, Hotel Poggio del Sole, Ring Hostel and Ristorante La Casereccia. Papa Salvatore makes liqueuers, wine, olive oil and preserves; Mama Tina’s delicious home cooked meals; Lorenzo’s famous woodfired pizza; Amerigo’s skillful maintenance and Giuseppe who assists with your every requirement while staying with the family.

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Learn the secrets to authentic southern Italian cooking with Mama Tina and Papa Salvatore as they teach you age old recipes passed down through generations.

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