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CAPRI TRAVEL GUIDE

written by Andrew adams

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Capri is a small Italian town in the bay of Naples located 5km from the mainland. It’s a town located in the Tyrrhenian Sea off the Sorrentine Peninsula, south of the Gulf of Naples in the Campania region of Italy. It’s a celebrated beauty spot and coastal resort. The town has been in the limelight since the days of the Roman Republic. In Greek mythology, Capri is known as the isle of sirens and was a favored resort of the Roman emperors. Capri is characterized by a little harbor known as Marina Piccola, a lined villa known as the Belverede of Tagra, the limestone crags that project above the sea known as sea stacks, ruins of the imperial roman villas, the Blue Grotto and the town of Anacapri. This paradise of idleness surrounded by the bluest seas has been enchanting visitors for decades. This dramatically flower covered island is a well renowned tourist site. From decades ago, the town is a favored touring spot. After all, it is home to former Emperor Tiberius.

Places to visit
Arriving in Capri, you are welcomed by the luxuriant, mild and extraordinary climate. While on the island you are set to enjoy a mixture of history, nature, events, worldliness and culture. This entire features blend together to bring the legend of Capri to life. This legend has no comparison with any other place on the word. In Capri, there are a myriad of eye catching and captivating places to visit. They include;

Grotta Azzurra also known as Blue Grotto.It was once the nymhaeum of Emperor Tiberius and today it has come to symbolize the natural beauty of the Capri Island. It’s a beautiful cave at the water’s edge with a tiny opening to the sea that opens and closes with tides. It’s used as a bath and has been in use since the Roman times. The entrance has a small opening just enough for a small rowboat to get through. At the entrance its dark, one has to enter 30 yards into the cave and then turn back to view the beautiful sight of the light flowing in the cave through the water lit turquoise from below. This special view led to the name Blue Grotto.

Villa San Michele. The museum house of a famous physician from Sweden known as Axel Munthe, Villa San Michele is the perfect Mediterranean island retreat. It’s filled with white colonnades open clear to blue skies, rooms adorned with a fascinating collection of archeological findings and antiques from diverse periods in history. It was built at the turn of the 20th century on the grounds of one of Tiberius’s ancient villas. The villa and its surrounding grounds sit on top of the so called Phoenician steps built by first Greek settlers between Anacapri and Capri.

Church of San Michele Arcangelo. The church is located in Anacapri and a very nice example of baroque style on the island. Though the church is already nice, its mosaic tile floor depicting Adam and Eve from paradise makes it more captivating. The floor was designed by artist Leonardo Chiaiese.

Villa Jovis. Back then it was the splendid residence of Emperor Tiberius. It starts from Piazzetta Umberto I, turns into Via delle Botteghe and continues straight on through Via Fuorlovado via Croce and finally via Tiberio. Other attractions are also present in the vicinity. They are the Church of Santa Maria del Soccorso, the cave of Tiberius and the lighthouse Tower.

One day itineraries. Live the legend by experiencing Capri beyond tourist sites. It takes a few hours or a whole day to explore the island of Capri. Go through some of the fascinating walks and secret paths that are only known by locals. This best introduces you to the true nature of Capri. 

Charterhouse of St.Giacomo. Count Giacomo Arcucci of Capri, a secretary to Jeanne I of Anjou, found a spot enclosed by walls in a small south facing coastal valley called Sama or Lama where he laid the charterhouse foundation. It dates back to 1371 and it is believed that it was built on remains of previous sixth Villa of Tiberius and Roman buildings. Today its home to a museum holding a number of large statues from the Roman age. This statues were recovered from the sea floor of Grotta Azzurra cave in 1964..It also contains a number of convases by the German painter Wilhelm Diefenbach who lived in Capri for many years. He was a member of the European symbolist school that was active up to the Nineteen Century. The charterhouse is also a current site of the Communal Library.

Mount Solaro. It is the highest place on the island at 589 meters above sea level. You can take a chairlift there or walk by taking a narrow street at the beginning of Viale Axel Munthe. The chairlift is stationed near Piazza Vittoria and you get to enjoy a splendid view of The Gulf of Naples and Anacapri while going up. At the top, you will see a complex of belvederes including the remains of Fortino di Bruto, a blockhouse built in the early 19th century when England and France were battling. The region has a vast panoramic view going from the gulf of Naples to the gulf of Salerno, passing from the plain of Anacapri, the Sorrento peninsula and finally Capri with its Faraglioni. The way back from the mountain on foot is one of the most beautiful walks on the island. 

Augustus gardens via Krupp. The Augustus gardens are only a few minutes’ walk from Piazzetta near the Via Krupp. The road was an idea of Friedrich Alfred Krupp, a German steel industrialist. It was built in 1902, a project by Emilio Mayer. It acts as proof that even a road can be a work of art. A few steps from the garden also lies the Certosa of San Giacomo, a carthusian monastery, founded in 1371 by Count Giacomo Arcucci who was a secretary to the Queen Giovanna I of Naples. The monumental building marks an incomparable moment in the traditional architecture of Capri.

Villa Damecuta. Excavations at the Villa began in 1937 under the direction of Amedo Maiuri. Among the findings that were salvaged are fragments of columns made from pure Greek marble. These points out the villas rich décor of marble floors, stucco work, decorations and art works. The panoramic Loggia of the Villa is preserved and reflects a structure similar to that of the imperial Loggia at Villa Jovis. The Villa also has a unique section, the part under the Medieval tower. It consists of an alcove preceded by a vestibule and a panoramic terrace suspended over the precipe. The villa’s ruins are submerged in a breath taking pine grove adjacent to a military heliport and a football pitch. To the villa, take the Grotta Azzurra road or catch a bus from Viale t. De Tommaso. 

Lighthouse Punta Carena. The lighthouse was named after the westernmost point of the island. It is the second most powerful lighthouse in Italy. It stands on the rocky promontory named Punta Carena because it looks like the keel of a ship. Punta Carena is particularly made interesting by the rocky idented coastline, the Mediterranean vegetation, the pine wood facing a small natural bay, the rocky ridge to the east with the so called Grotte dei Caciovalli and Torre della Guardia, the admirable vast panorama from the outermost point of the Carena and finally the very lighthouse imposing over the surrounding landscape and expressing its major function as a point of reference for navigation. The location is a wonderful seaside resort for sun shines from dawn to sunset. Take a chance to enjoy this breath taking view as well as the spectacular night view of the light house in operation, the starry sky, the illuminated rocks, the lamps of squid fishermen shining through the water and the moon of Capri.

Capri forts and towers. It’s an extraordinary beauty long itinerary with inaccessible stretches. The sets of paths and the blockhouses are located on the western coast of the island. They are situated between the Punta Carena Lighthouse and the Blue Grotto. The blockhouses are three namely Orrico, Campetiello and Pino. They were built by the English in 1806 and successively enlarged by the French after they took over Capri at Orrico on 4th October 1808.

Beyond the Island of Capri. The island is not only a dream destination but also a perfect base from which you can explore the history, artistic and natural treasures located on other islands like the Bay of Naples and on the mainland. All this sites are easily visited in a series of fascinating day excursions and trips.



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