Lacco Ameno

The town of Lacco Ameno is situated on the northwest part of the island and stretches from the coast to the slopes of Mount Epomeo, it covers 2.7 square kilometres and has a poputation of 4,150 inhabitants.

It is the smallest town of the island, well known for its thermal springs. Its waters - of Legni, Capitello, Santa Restituta, Regina Isabella, the thermal sands of Santa Restituta and the steamy cave of San Lorenzo - are famous.

During the 1950s, the film producer and editor, Angelo Rizzoli adopted the town of Lacco Ameno, he enlarged  the ancient spa baths ‘Regina Isabella’ and build in the town the hospital which is the only on the island. Within a few years, Lacco Ameno and the whole island as a consequence, became the centre of attention of a cosmopolitan high society.

Lacco Ameno is famous for its large rock - known as the ‘mushroom’ because of its peculiar shape. It's just off the shore, a 10-metre high mass of green tufa, which is believed to have fallen down from Mount Epomeo.

Important monuments to visit are: the Sanctuary of S. Restituta with its annexed excavation sites and museum; Villa Arbusto ( the Villa from Angelo Rizzoli) with its Park and the archeological museum of Pithecusae, the church of S. Maria delle Grazie; the church of SS. Assunta in Cielo; the church of San Giuseppe; the Tower of Montevico.