CAPRI, A BEAUTIFUL ISLAND NEAR NAPLES, AND GROTTA AZZURRA
On the north-east side of the island, you will find the ruins of a Roman villa called Villa Jovis (pic n°5), built in the first century A.D. by Emperor Tiberius. Here, there are still now some well-preserved halls you can visit, and of course, you can enjoy the amazing view over the beautiful Gulf of Naples. Emperor Tiberius had owned altogether 12 villas in Capri and apart from Villa Jovis, you can also visit Villa Damecuta and Bagni di Tiberio. Not so far from here, you will find the so-called Salto di Tiberio (Tiberius' Jump), a cliff rising sheer from the sea and reaching 197 meters above sea level. According to the legend, the Emperor used to throw the convicts down the overhang. Today, it is an impressive lookout point to enjoy a wonderful view from!
Another not-to-be-missed part of Capri island is the town of Anacapri, located on the western side. Take a walk along Via Giuseppe Orlandi, the main street of this quiet village, with lots of local stores and picturesque corners, then visit some of this town's milestones:
- the sixteenth-century Church of Santa Sofia with a beautiful Baroque façade,
- the Church of San Michele Arcangelo with an amazing majolica floor,
- Casa Rossa, a particular red house built in different styles,
- Villa San Michele located not so far from the historic center. It was built 327 meters above sea level at the request of Swedish doctor Axel Munthe, who arrived in Capri in 1885. Today, the villa is home to a very interesting museum, with archeological findings dating back to the Roman age.
From Piazza Vittoria, the main square of Anacapri, you can also take the funicular to Monte Solaro (pic n°2), 589 meters above sea level: here, you will enjoy the most beautiful view, which expands from the whole coast of Capri to the Gulf of Naples and beyond.
Finally, consider taking a boat trip as well around the island in order to discover all the awesome grottos and bays along Capri's rocky coast. Among them, you will be able to visit the most stunning, the most beautiful and the most popular one, which is the famous Grotta Azzurra (pic n°3). This grotto is 60 meters long and 25 meters wide, but the entrance hole is quite small, so you will have to lie down in the boat when you enter Grotta Azzurra. Once inside, you will not believe your eyes: the water here is bright blue with silver hues, thanks to the sun rays that filter by a submarine natural window. This one-of-a-kind place will make you feel like you are in a fairy tale!
Some pictures of Capri Island:
Capri (pic n°1); View from Monte Solaro (pic n°2); Grotta Azzurra (pic n°2); Faraglioni, the three huge rocks (pic n°4); The ruins of the Roman Villa Jovis (pic n°5); Via Krupp (pic n°6);