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CAPRI

The splendid island of Capri rises in the Tyrrhenian Sea, in front of the Sorrento peninsula. Became famous in 1826 after the discovery of the Blue Grotto, Capri is a “mythical” place that continues to be a destination for travelers, intellectuals and stars of the show. Among the first to be fascinated by it, the Roman emperor Tiberius, who exiled himself on the island: his is the magnificent Villa Jovis, known as the “palace of Tiberius”, which can be reached after a 45-minute walk from the church of San Michele . In the 1950s the island became the place of the summer “turtleneck” and attracted personalities from the world jet set. Among all, Jacqueline Kennedy who imposed her style by introducing the fashion of walking barefoot, even though the island was already famous in the world for its rope sandals. But this fantastic island, in addition to being visited by illustrious people, is famous above all for its natural beauty, millenary history, mild climate and bright landscape. In the cobalt blue of its sea, it is all a succession of caves – if there are 65 – and stacks. Of the latter, three are the best known: “Stella” (109 meters), “Faraglione di mezzo” (81 meters), “Scopolo” (104 meters). Do not miss a visit by motorboat or by small boats to the Blue Grotto – 60 meters long by 25 wide – whose name derives from the magnificent color of the seabed that is reflected throughout the cave.

The view over the large inlet of Marina Grande is magnificent, the small port of the island from where the funicular starts which in twelve minutes goes up to the town of Capri. Filled with characteristic corners: tuff houses, terraced roofs, arches, pergolas, winding streets that emerge on Piazza Umberto I, the “Piazzetta” – a real outdoor lounge, gathered around the cafes from which to enjoy the splendid view on Marina Grande -, the Church of Santo Stefano (rebuilt in 1600 by mixing Baroque shapes with Arabesque domes) and Palazzo Cerio – which was once the castle of Giovanna I d’AngiĆ², now home to the center dedicated to the history of the island -, make it an unforgettable place. A staircase leads up to the esplanade of the chapel of San Maria del Soccorso: the view over the gulfs of Naples and Salerno is breathtaking. The Tragara viewpoint offers an enchanting view of the stacks and the Marina Piccola. Equally spectacular is the Natural Arch, what remains of the vault of a high cavity overlooking the coast. Anacapri is the second center of the island, surrounded by olive groves and vineyards. To visit, in Piazza San Nicola, the church of San Michele with its beautiful majolica floor, and Villa San Michele, whose garden with pergola invites you to stop. Another place not to be missed: Capo Massullo, here in fact rises in a spectacular panoramic position the Pompeian red house of the writer Curzio Malaparte, a building that represents a masterpiece of Italian rationalism. Finally, those who love nature must climb Mount Solaro (589 meters), by chairlift or on foot through a mule track: here it is also possible to visit the remains of the Fortino di Bruto (early ‘800)

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