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Around Us / Capri

There is no spot in the world

with such delightful possibilities

of repose as this little isle...

Charles Dickens

 

Thousands of tourists for centuries are drawn to this unique combination of earth, sky, light and fragrance, from this immense cliff that rises from the deep blue sea. The island of Capri has enchanted writers, poets and musicians, painters and movie stars.  

The same Roman emperors Augustus and Tiberius, two thousand years ago, chose Capri as their residence, a resting place in the intimacy of its natural beauty, where they built beautiful villas.

Exemplary is the great Villa Jovis (Jove’s Villa), the most conspicuous Roman remains on the island, where the Emperor Tiberius spent the last years of his life. 

The starting point for discovering the charm of Capri is the famous "Piazzetta", an open-air salon, center of touristic and high society life, from which you can enjoy the most elegant shopping streets.

Not far from the "Piazzetta" we find the Certosa of San Giacomo, the most important religious edifice on the island and has been rebuilt several times due to pirate raids. Places of particular interest are the “sala del Capitolo”, the apartments of the priory, the cloisters and the Diefenbach Museum, which houses paintings by the German artist that offer a dreamy vision of Capri landscape.

From the Gardens of Augustus, through a wonderful promenade of via Krupp, a tortuous street that descends to the sea, you can enjoy an enchanting view over the bay of Marina Piccola and the Faraglioni, symbols of the island.

In contrast with the worldly atmosphere of Capri there is the discrete and muted charm of Anacapri, more intimate and less visible but no less atmospheric.

Anacapri is also the departure point for the chairlift and the trail that conduct you to the top of Mount Solaro (589 mt), the highest point of the island, from which the view is amazing. 

It is on this side of the island which was built the famous Villa San Michele, "open to the sun and the wind and the voices of the sea", born from the imagination of the Swedish doctor and writer Axel Munthe. In this place he found the light he was looking for and decided to build, at the end of the nineteenth century, a villa, exactly on the remains of a medieval chapel dedicated to St. Michael. 

However, a holiday in Capri is not really complete without a visit to the Blue Grotto, the most famous attraction of the island, whose enchanted cavern attracts visitors from all over the world.

Thanks to the transparency and the blue color of the water, created by a particular effect of sunlight, give us the impression of navigating through a clear sky and the boats seem to float on a fantastic universe.

 

Capri, wild yet at the same time delicate, with its fame and its magic will continue to draw whoever is in search of that special place, rich in history and tradition, elegant but outlandish.

A unique island, “Capriccio” of the gods.

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