ad Anacapri, a picco sul mare,
immersa in un incantevole giardino dipinto dai colori della flora mediterranea
Small pool with waterfall
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We are in Anacapri
On the slopes of Mount Solaro, not far from the nightlife of the center of Capri.
Whitewashed houses, quiet squares and secret gardens, the historic center is a place where it is still possible to walk calmly, among the colorful bougainvillea waterfalls and the scent of jasmine. Everything flows more slowly and you take the time to savor the sweet life of one of the most beautiful islands in the Mediterranean.
From here the chair lift that leads to the summit of Mount Solaro starts, while along via Pagliaro you can reach the famous Blue Grotto by land. For lovers of wild nature you can get to Punta Carena and its imposing lighthouse, the largest in Italy after Genoa.
Anacapri also holds one of the most beautiful and representative churches of the Neapolitan Baroque: the Church of San Michele Arcangelo, with its magnificent eighteenth-century majolica floor, depicting the expulsion of Adam and Eve from Paradise.
Another attraction not to be missed is the Red House, with its brilliant Pompeian red, former home of the American Colonel John Clay Mackowen: today it houses a permanent exhibition of paintings depicting Capri and Anacapri, created between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and a vast collection of archaeological finds found in the Grotta Azzurra.
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Pearl of the Mediterranean, Capri is an island of karstic origin belonging to the Sorrento peninsula.
It is located in the southern part of the Gulf of Naples and is formed by two plateaus, separated by a fertile plain. A certainly evocative territory, where the beauty of the landscapes and the numerous natural attractions represent the greatest pride of the Campania region.
The irregular and jagged coasts welcome cliffs, caves and coves of indescribable beauty. And then breathtaking views, beaches set among the rocks, colorful streets and the scent of flowers, but today Capri is also the place for nightlife, shopping and celebrities.
Its history is linked to that of the Mediterranean and to the populations that have crossed it. The origin of the name is uncertain: someone claims that it derives from the ancient Greek Kapros (wild boar), others from the Latin Capraeae (goats).
The first admirer of Capri was the Roman Emperor Augustus, who in 29 BC he dissolved it from the dependencies of Naples and began his private rule. The Emperor Tiberius then chose it as a retreat from the political life of Rome and ordered the construction of 12 villas, including Villa Jovis in Capri and Villa Damecuta in Anacapri.
The island was subjugated by the Normans, the Swabians and the French, then passed to the Bourbons in 1815. In the second half of the nineteenth century the romantic artists who visited the small island in the Gulf of Naples were fascinated by its pure nature, from the sheer panoramas on the sea and from the simplicity with which the few inhabitants led their lives. Capri was also included as a fundamental stage of the Grand Tour, the journey of the young aristocrats of the time in European countries.
Many the most illustrious names that were attracted by the beauty of the place: the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda and the writer Isabel Allende, the writers Oscar Wilde and Graham Greene, just to name a few.
What to see in Capri
The things you absolutely have to see if you stay in Capri
The name and its reputation derive from the incredible blue color of the waters inside: the sea seems illuminated by a light that comes from the bottom and you can notice many little fishes that swim silver reflections. It is a natural cavity 60 meters long and 25 wide, the entrance is 2 meters wide and 1 meter high. The famous Blue Grotto was already known in ancient times, when Emperor Tiberius had a passage built from his villa to the cave to bathe. Entry is only possible with small boats, you have to lie down to get through, and it is forbidden to swim or dive. At the port of Marina Grande there are the box offices that organize boat trips.
Gardens of Augustus
The Gardens of Augustus consist of a series of flowered terraces that on one side overlook the Faraglioni of Capri, on the other the Marina Piccola Bay and the Via Krupp bends. A photo from here, with the breathtaking view behind it, is a must! Below the Gardens of Augustus is Via Krupp, a splendid road built at the beginning of the 1900s and commissioned by the German industrialist Friedrich Alfred Krupp. It consists of many hairpin bends that seem to be superimposed on each other. Unfortunately, due to the risk of landslides, it is often closed and therefore can only be seen from the Gardens of Augustus.
It is the highest peak on the island, 589 meters above sea level. From here you can admire the two gulfs of Naples and Salerno. It can be easily reached by chairlift from Anacapri or on foot, along one of the paths, such as the one that starts from Villa San Michele. Monte Solaro is also called "Acchiappanuvole" because, above all at dawn, when the thermal change between sea and rock is accentuated, a curtain of vapors is formed. The warmer and more humid sea air condenses in fog on the soil cooled by the night and is pushed by the wind. Where the road is blocked, the fog rises upwards and generates the characteristic crown of clouds. On Mount Solaro, the Hermitage of Santa Maria in Cetrella, once a place of spiritual retreat for monks, and the remains of the Barbarossa Castle, built around the eleventh century and stormed by the Turkish admiral Khair-ad din in 1535, the fearsome Barbarossa indeed.
Piazzetta di Capri
Piazza Umberto I, the worldly heart of Capri, is known as the "Piazzetta". Until the last century it housed market stalls, while today it is the symbol of the island's social life. Bars, tables, tourists and famous people enliven this square at all hours. A stop is a must for a coffee or an aperitif, to fully enjoy the Capri atmosphere. From here the main streets of the island open up.
It is the way of shopping and big names. Start next to the Grand Hotel Quisisana, near the famous piazzetta, and lead to via Tragara. Always full of tourists, it is also rich in history and craftsmanship. Via Camerelle was built by the Romans and was formerly known by another name, via Anticaglia. The current name derives from buildings that were probably cisterns that were used to collect water. Via Camerelle opened the first jewelery shop and the first workshop of handmade Capri sandals.
The three famous rocks of Capri are rocky boulders that emerge from the water, a few meters from the coast. The name "Faraglioni" derives from the Greek Pharos and is due to the fact that large fires were lit here to signal the route to sailors. Everyone has a name: the first united with the land, is called Stella, the second separated from the first by a stretch of sea, Faraglione di Mezzo, and the third Faraglione di Fuori or Scopolo, or head or promontory over the sea. On the latter lives the famous Blue Lizard of the Faraglioni, which is said to have these colors to blend in with the sea and the sky. The Faraglione di Mezzo is crossed by a natural cave that can be traveled by boat.
Immediately after via Camerelle, the shopping street, starts via Tragara. Walking along it you will be accompanied by the scent and the colors of the flowers, until you arrive at the Belvedere Tragara. A large terrace, a magical place that offers one of the most beautiful views of Capri: the Faraglioni are so close that you can almost touch them! Below is the road, made up of 775 steps, which leads to the Arco Naturale and Pizzolungo.
Villa and San Michele Museum
Villa San Michele, in Anacapri, was the residence of Axel Munthe, doctor, writer and art collector of Swedish origin, who built it at the end of the 19th century on the site of an ancient Roman imperial villa. Rich in period furnishings and works of art, she remained as he left her. The garden is a true splendor, scattered with rare and Mediterranean essences, marble and ancient statues: it was awarded as the most beautiful park in Italy. From the pergola avenue, full of terraces and panoramic points, you come to a spectacular circular lookout overlooking the Gulf of Naples. Villa San Michele a house-museum that houses archaeological finds recovered from Munthe in Capri, Anacapri and elsewhere, sometimes donated by friends. It preserves fragments of sarcophagi, busts, Roman floors, marble and columns. In the garden there is a Greek tomb and a granite sphinx that dominates from the lookout point all over the island of Capri.
Dedicated to Jupiter by the Roman emperor Tiberius, Villa Joris is one of the best preserved examples of Roman architecture in the Mediterranean. It is one of the most beautiful villas of ancient Rome and covers 7 square kilometers. It was built in the 1st century BC C. and the emperor spent 12 years there. From here the view is magnificent: it goes from Ischia to Procida and from the Gulf of Salerno to the Cilento coast. Its architectural features are reminiscent of the classic villas of the Roman period, but also those of a small fortress. Once there were the cisterns for collecting rainwater in the center.
Marina Grande and Marina Piccola
In Marina Grande there is the only port of Capri where hydrofoils and ferries dock. Not far away is the public beach of Marina Grande, the largest on the island of Capri, a rocky bay overlooking the blue of the sea. On the left is Piazza Vittoria and the Funicular station. On the opposite side of the island is Marina Piccola, small pebble coves. From here you can admire the Faraglioni in all their splendor