It is the island of mermaids, its beauty has enchanted the most resoluted sailors, it has been celebrated by poets and muses. The island of Capri is one of the most beautiful islands and the most famous Italian island in the world.
The favourite holiday destination for Jacqueline Kennedy and Onassis, Greta Garbo, Grace Kelly and Ranieri of Monaco. In the past, the people who passed their holidays in the island could meet Liz Taylor walking along tiny streets or Kennedy’s widow buying some jewels. Its famous Piazzetta has seen many Hollywood stars, politicians and famous personalities. So, a perfect destination for those who want combine the beauty of sea with worldly pleasure. Charles Dickens wrote: “At no place in the world there are so many occasions of delicious quiet as in this small island”
Capri has always fascinated, and it still fascinates, poets and artists with its wild nature, rugged coasts, breath-taking landscapes. Its name comes from the Greek word kàpros which means boar, from which the latin word capreae, which means goats.It is smaller than Ischia and it doesn’t come from the Phlegraean Fileds’ volcanic activity; on the contrary, it is a spur which detached from the Sorrentine peninsula during the prehistory.
Its coast is rugged and rich of caves, the most famous of which is the Blue Grotto. You can enjoy a pleasant diving to discover the sea bottoms, red corals and the typical Mediterranean marine species.
Capri, Anacapri, Marina Grande and Marina Piccola are the most important population centers of the island. In the municipality of Capri there is the famous Piazzetta, a small rectangle full of cafés, tables and chairs. You can reach it by funicular from Marina Grande or by bus from Marina Piccola and Anacapri. You can walk around to discover tiny streets and buildings. On the top of Piazzetta’s stairs there is the most important church of the island, the old Cathedral of St. Stephen, a 16th century Benedictine cloister restored by the architect Francesco Antonio Picchiatti. Always from the Piazzetta you can reach the Charterhouse of St. James, an old convent of the 14th century today restored and seat of the museum consacrated to the german painter Karl Wilhelm Diefenbach, concerts and conferences.
Anacapri is less chaotic than the Piazzetta but equally beautiful and charmant. It is rich of silent alleys, colourful buildings and squares. From here you can reach Mount Solaro and the Museum of Villa Belvedere by chair lift. The most famous house of Anacapri is the Red House, characterized by its red plaster. Today it hosts the permanent exhibition “ The painted island: pictorial travel to Capri and Anacapri between the19th and 20th century”.
Marina Grande is the main ship and ferry dock. Port Captaincy and Tourist Office are here. Its beach is the biggest of the island and it is equipped with beach resorts and hotels.
From Marina Piccola you can admire the faraglioni (stacks) in all their beauty. It is in the southern part of the island and you can get it by bus, leaving from the Piazzetta, or by taxi or by foot through Via Krupp.At Marina Piccola there are many equipped beaches and the famous Rock of mermaids.
The Blue Grotto
The famous Blue Grotto is in the municipality of Anacapri. You can get it by sea but when weather is bad and in high-tide conditions visits are not recommended because the grotto is in part submerged by the sea and entrance could be dangerous. The name is due to the color effects the light creates by filtering through the rock and falling into the water. In the past, the emperor Tyberius used it as private pool. You can get it by boat from Marina Grande or by bus from Anacapri. The entrance ticket costs 13 euros and the grotto is open every day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m, if weather is good.
The Faraglioni ( the stacks)
The island of Capri is its stacks. These three peaks, the highest is about 100 m high, has gone all around the world without never moving from here. They have passed from tale to tale, from letter to letter, from photo to photo. They are the symbol of the island, like Vesuvius for Naples.They are called Faraglione di Terra, Faraglione di Mezzo and Faraglione di Fuori. The blue lizard lives on the last one. In the Faraglione di Mezzo there is a small cave, about 60 m long, which brings good luck to lovers. They say that kissing under this arch seals impossible loves and passions. This is why boat trips include not only a visit of the island, grottos and caves included, but above all the passage under this wonderful natural gallery, considered a powerful love elixir. You can reach stacks even by swimming from the opposite beach. The zone is equipped with beach resorts and tourist services.
How to move in Capri
In Capri it is very easy to move. The island is very big and you can visit it even by foot, especially at springtime. As an alternative, you can use public or private means. Many societies rent scooters and bikes. The harbour of Marina Grande is a bus and taxi station and a funicular station. There are many connections between Capri and Anacapri and buses usually leave every 15 minutes.
Città di Capri