Capri italy travel guide

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It has two natural cavities; when you enter you will be enchanted by the reflections of the sun’s rays on the bottom that produce wonderful chromatic effects. In fact, it is called Green Grotto because the color of the water is emerald green. Do not miss to visit this beautiful place of Capri!

The grotto is located in the northeastern part of the island, below Punta della Cannuccia.  Its name derives from the white calcareous rock. In the 16th century it was used by pirates to hide their ships.

You can reach this fantastic grotto only by boat, but you can visit it on foot; a staircase carved into the rock will allow you to climb to the top of the cave to admire it. You will also be able to observe a stalagmite reminiscent of the Virgin in prayer. Without a doubt one of the places you have to visit in Capri!

On Monte Solaro, it is certainly worth visiting the hermitage of Santa Maria a Cetrella; in the past a spiritual place of the monks and an object of pilgrimage for sailors before leaving for the dangerous expeditions to collect coral. You should also stop to observe the remains of the Barbarossa Castle, built between the eleventh and twelfth centuries.

What to see in Capri in one day

With an area of 10.36 km², and a perimeter of about 17 km (see map of Capri) we can not understand how so many people fit in the boiling of its tourist streets. There are four important towns on the island, Capri itself, Anacapri, Marina Grande (the port where we docked when we arrived in Capri) and Marina Piccola (the beach).

A fortress against the attacks of corsairs, the island of Capri boasts secluded coves and crystal clear waters in grottos of a thousand shades, beaches where giant yachts anchor with rich people from all over the world, white houses, suspended like tightrope walkers on the rock; countless terraces, balconies open to the intense blue of the Mediterranean, narrow cobbled streets where there seems to be a competition to decorate the balconies with flowers of all species and colors … What more could you ask for?

Piazza Umberto I is the little known name of the famous Piazzetta, open to the panoramic view of Monte Solaro from the terrace with the white columns of the funicular. The Piazzetta is both for tourists and for the lucky inhabitants of Capri, the social center. Anyone arriving in Capri must pass between the narrow free spaces left between the tables of the terraces, where people meet for breakfast or just to chat, often protected by the umbrellas that mitigate the force of the strong sun. On one side of the Piazzeta, in front of the staircase, there is the town hall and nearby the tourist office where to ransack the brochures and punish questions about the best routes, the houses of celebrities, or the most “select” stores of Capri. In the courtyard of the Town Hall we are surprised to find a fluted column and the fragment of a circular marble base, probably belonging to the villa of Augustus in his Palazzo dei Mar.

Capri Island

Capri is located in the Gulf of Naples. This island is known as the island of the mermaids, being since the times of the Roman Empire a nice place to rest from the hustle and bustle of the cities. Over time it became a place where the Italian and international jet set went to rest in their villas surrounded by turquoise waters.

Capri is easily one of those excursions that you can do in one day, despite being an island that is quite easy to access. The most common way to get there is from Naples or Sorrento, since they are the largest cities located just in front of it. So let’s know how to get to the island of Capri.

The SNAV ferry leaves from the port Molo Beverello, it takes about 45-50 minutes. Getting to this port is easy if you are staying in the center, in about 20 minutes walking you are there. The seats are cushioned and comfortable and you travel inside. At least from what we could see and check in situ.

Another cheaper option is to sail with Caremar, whose boats leave from the port Calata Porta di Massa, it takes longer to arrive, the frequency is less but it is cheaper. So you choose which option is the most convenient for you to reach this luxurious island.

Capri Island photos

2- From the Port go up to Capri by Funicular or cab.3- The Piazzeta is the nerve center, the central streets populated with top brands and luxury stores. Beyond, narrow and narrow streets where I recommend walking aimlessly4- Go up to visit Villa Yovis (I recommend you do it by cab and if you have time to take advantage of the descent to do it walking) The views of the villa, its gardens and architecture are great5- Going down there is a detour to the “arco naturale” a place with amazing views, terraces and bars to regain strength.

9- The secret to enjoy Capri is to live it. Stay there and enjoy it when the tourists who arrive during the day leave it. Give time to each of the sites of the island to enjoy them.10- Activities and excursions to do in Capri:

Guide to tour the most authentic and charming villages of the Amalfi Coast. Vietri Sul Mare , Maiori , Minori , Atrani , Conca dei Marini , Sorrento , Furore , Praiano . Beyond the emblematic destinations such as Amalfi, Positano or the Isle of Capri, those villages that surprise. The Amalfi Coast to live it.

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