Capri, which lies in the heart of the gulf of Naples, is a postcard with bright colors, the jewel of the Gulf of Naples and together with the quiet Anacapri located just on the hills is the most exclusive part of the island of Capri, which offers to its guests spectacular views. Capri has a wonderful coastline which can only be appreciated from the sea. The coast is also formed by numerous caves with steep cliffs that drop sharply into the sea. Under the rocks there are many caves, which in the Roman period were used as nymphaeas of luxurious villas built during the Empire. With our boat tour around Capri you will discover the natural beauty of the island, the Blue Grotto and the White Grotto, the bay of Marina Piccola ,the most beautiful beaches of Capri Island, famous for its spectacular views of the Faraglioni. The Roman emperors Augustus and Tiberius have undoubtedly contributed to the history of the island. The presence of the ancient Roman dates back to 29 BC when the emperor Augustus arrived in Capri, indeed the island still preserves the testimony of the past: the ruins of Greek Acropolis, the Bagni di Tiberio, Villa Iovis and Villa San Michele. But there is much more to discover in Capri.
The Blue Grotto is the symbol of the island and brings with it a very long history.In 1826 was described in the stories of the German writer Augusto Kopisch, who described its natural beauty.The grotto has very ancient origins and it was certainly a nymphaea of one of the richest houses of the coast.
Indeed, going back further in time, it is dated back to the Roman Empire, proved by the statues discovered in the grotto.Its light colour is a miracle of nature. Sunlight creeps in the cavity and reflecting on the sea gives the light back to it creating a shining blue.The locals knew the grotto under the name of Grodola and it was avoided because, according to ancient legends, it was populated by witches and monsters.
La Piazzetta is Capri's beating heart, its real name is Piazza Umberto I, to reach La Piazzetta you need to cross the funicular terrace but first take a look a the view of the gulf of Naples. Once La Piazzetta was the place of the local market, today this small square of lava paving is considered the "living room of the world". Often compared to places like San Marco in Venezia or Rossio in Lisbon. In the summer nights, side by side with the residents you can find Hollywood stars, heads of states, writers and artists slightly eccentric. All intent on sipping a drink in one of the bars in the shadow of the bell tower.
The clock tower marks the time of Capri, a peculiar time, suspended. This is the feeling you get when you take a break in the Piazzetta. The journalist Roberto Ciuni in his book "La Piazzetta di Capri" has told its thousand faces. To frame the place: buildings renovated in the seventeenth century and the eighteenth-century complex of the Town Hall. During the low season, Piazza Umberto I seems to expand and leave space for the locals who populate it since early morning, accompanied by the scent of freshly baked croissants.
This villa is the largest monument of the island built during Tiberius Empire. Placed on top of Mount Tiberio, at 354 meters above the sea level, in an exceptional position, it was the main house of Emperor Tiberius, and its design reflects the rigorous personality of the Emperor. It is divided into a several different floors terraced situated all along the hill with a distance of 40 meters from one another.
The reason why the villa was built was the need for water. Indeed the architects were forced to build a complex system of canals to pick the water's rain up and save it for the emergencies. The rooms of the villa are narrow and small and over the years the villa has been destroyed by the weather.
The lighthouse of Punta Carena is located on the south-western end of the island of Capri, on the Limmo peninsula, a name that derives from the Latin limen and means border. Beyond there is only sea and sea up to Sicily. Behind it rises the cliff of the Migliera crossed by the defense walls built by the English at the beginning of the 19th century to protect Capri. The lighthouse built in 1866 is one of the most important in the Tyrrhenian Sea. At the Lighthouse you will also find bathing establishments and restaurants, far from the hectic bustle of Capri where you will find an unforgettable panorama and the always clean sea.
Arco Naturale is a rock about 12 meters wide and 20 meters high - which has been excavated by atmospheric agents over the centuries. Today it looks like an Arch overlooking the cliff known as' O funno.
It was built by Swedish physician and writer Axel Munthe, author of the famous novel The Story of San Michele. The villa was built by transforming a simple rustic home and an ancient chapel dedicated to St. Michele initially built on the ruins of the Augustan age, which testify the presence of a luxurious residence.It is an imposing building of great stylistic freedom, surrounded by a massive and well-maintained garden. It is owned by the Swedish Foundation Munthe and it is open to the public. Moreover it is conserved in a suggestive atmosphere with many rustic and antique furniture and numerous pieces of excavation.
After a coffee in the Piazzetta you can follow Corso Vittorio Emanuele, the scent of the artisanal pods of Gelateria Buonocore, worldwide known for its homemade ice creams, will attract you. Continuing, you arrive at via Camerelle, the shopping street, and at the Grand Hotel Quisisana. Here you can indulge in unbridled shopping. There are luxury boutiques but also craft shops: don't go home without buying a pair of handmade Capri sandals. And yes, in via Camerelle you can also find the scents of Capri, essences created with island flowers. Via Camerelle leads to the Tragara viewpoint: in this almost enchanted place you can observe the Faraglioni
Faraglioni it is the greatest feature of the island and is formed by four reefs floating in the blue sea.
The first is called Stella or Star and it is 109 meters high; the second is called Mezzo or Middle and it is 81 meters high, the third faraglione is 104 meters high and hosts a blue lizard, a rare animal species; finally the fourth faraglione lies by itself and it is called the Monacone.
It took its name from a sea lion who used to live there centuries ago.The best vantage points to take photos with the Faraglioni in the background are: Punta Tragara Belvedere and The Augustus Gardens.
The Charterhouse of San Giacomo is a marvellous monument of Capri-style architecture and the most ancient, it was built in the 14th century by Count Giacomo Arcucci, adviser to the queen of Naples, Joan I of Anjou. During the 17th century, the Charterhouse was extended and restored with Baroque basics. The Charterhouse offers two beautiful cloisters in different dimensions. Today it is possible to visit the museum, the library and the school in the charterhouse. You can enter the monument taking an avenue where at the end of it you can find another entrance with a tower. Beside the tower there is the porch of the Church. The Charterhouse of San Giacomo is structured in three blocks of buildings: outside there is the convent with pharmacy and the women's church , some steps ahead there is the a building for monks with the stables and laboratories where they used to work; and finally another block with the cells around the Big Cloister and other areas around the Little Cloister.
Casa Rossa, painted in a Pompeian red, was built in more architectural styles with battlements and mullioned windows. Inside there is the structure of a square tower and a courtyard. The owner was the American Colonel John H. Cay Mackowen, arrived in Italy just after the American Civil War and settled in Anacapri until 1899. He followed the example of Axel Munthe: he gathered many archaeological ruins in his house.
Do you want to observe Capri from its highest point? Visiting Capri in one day can also give you this emotion: don't miss the extraordinary beauty of Mount Solaro. You can get there in no time. It takes 15 minutes with the chairlift that leaves from Piazza Vittoria. Once at the top you can embrace the Faraglioni, the town of Capri, Sorrento, the Gulf of Naples and Salerno with a single glance.
The owner was Friedrich Alfred Krupp, who moved to Capri at the end of the 20th century. The gardens were built among the ruins of ancient Roman Empire. Krupp gave the gardens to the town of Capri and in the garden lies a statue of Lenin by the sculptor Manzu.
Via Krupp Friedrich Alfred Krupp spent his summer holidays in Capri and had a road built in the rock, unique in the world for its beauty, with a difference in height of about 100 meters and a series of hairpin bends so narrow as to seem superimposed, which led from Marina Piccola, where he docked with his yacht, to the area of Gardens of Augustus, where the Quisisana then reached the most famous structure of Capri. Via Krupp is currently closed due to the danger of falling rocks. It can only be admired from the top of the Gardens of Augustus.
On the south side of the island of Capri lies the bay of Marina Piccola. It is only 15 minutes away from the Piazzetta. It has always been a group of corral-fishermen's houses facing two tiny beaches not so far away from an ancient roman dock. Since 1930 the area has constantly developed. Indeed the tourist sector has known a significant progress because of its good position and marvellous natural beauty.
Marina Piccola is popular even for its fort which has been transformed into a summer residence by the physician von Behring. After the war the English singer Grace Fields bought the residence and it has been transformed by the artist into a bathing establishment called Canzone del Mare
The White Grotto and the cave are two wonderful cavities both directly accessible from the sea through a series of very steep steps built in 1901 by two Englishmen.
The caves are strongly suggestive for the strange shapes that their stalactites and stalagmites have taken over the centuries.
The White Grotto is divided into two basins communicating by a two- meter- long canal. The grotto is marvellous especially for the series of its horizontal sediments.
Marina Grande lies in the wonderful island of Capri on the north side of the island, in front of the gulf of Naples.
It is considered to be one of the most attractive port in the South of Italy. It is popular also for its coloured and renovated buildings facing the blue see just in front of it and moreover for its numerous boats and ships floating in the blue water of the port.
It can be divided into two parts: the west arm which works as commercial port, and the east arm which today is very crowded with hydrofoils going from this port to the other points of destinations of the Bay of Naples, and with many yachts and marvellous sailing boats from all over the world.
The commercial port was built in 1928, while the east port or the tourist port was built about thirty years ago.
Villa Lysis, also known as Villa Fersen lies not far from the ruins of Villa Jovis. It was surrounded by vineyards and cypresses of a massive garden.
The residence was built in 1905 and initially was called The Gloriette but later took the name of Villa Lysis dedicated to Liside, disciple of Socrates and mentioned by Plato in his dialogues.
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