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Capri

  • Monuments - Campania

The island of Capri, the most famous of the islands of the gulf of Naples, it has always been renowned for its exceptional sights, which include the Faraglioni, Blue Grotto, and Piazzetta.

The cableway which makes its way up to the town of Capri in twelve minutes departs from the inlet of Marina Grande, the island's small port.

The town of Anacapri, the island's second inhabited centre, is immersed among olive groves and vineyards. From here, visitors can take a chair lift to Monte Solaro, at 589 metres above sea level, where an enthralling view awaits, ranging from the Gulf of Naples to the Gulf of Salerno.

Blue Grotto
The Blue Grotto is a natural sea cave, 60 meters long and 25 meters wide . The cave mouth is two meters wide but only roughly a meter high, so to enter visitors must board small rowboats which transport a maximum of four passengers. The skipper will have you lay back along the bottom of the boat while he guides you through the opening using a metal chain attached to the cave walls.

Opening hours: each day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with favorable sea conditions (in case of certain high winds, the cave mouth is inaccessible).
Getting there: by bus from Anacapri or by boat Marina Grande.

FARAGLIONI
Island symbol, they have been originated by water erosion. The first one close to the coast is called Stella, the second is Middle Faraglione the last one is named Outer Faraglione or Scopolo.

THE PIAZZETTA (UMBERTO I SQUARE)
Island's centre and well known fashionable meeting place it has been called "The Word parlor." The Piazzetta has a square plan configuration. It is surrounded by palazzos on three sides and has a belvedere on the south side facing the Mt. Solaro. In the square you can see the Clock Tower (with its characteristic majolica dial), the Town-Hall Palace (once used as Episcopal residence) and the St. Steven Church.

VILLA SAN MICHELE - ANACAPRI
Villa San Michele in Anacapri was the home of the Swedish physician, Axel Munthe. Built on the ruins of an ancient Chapel dedicated to San Michele, the villa now belongs to the Axel Munthe Foundation and has been transformed in Museum.
In his book 'The History of San Michele', the Swedish doctor tells of his arrival in Capri in 1885 and the progressive construction of the villa; which followed a series of sketches made on a wall rather a precise set of plans.
The building is articulated on various levels: the study is on the first floor, the loggia crosses pergolas and columns to reach a circular viewpoint which looks out across the Gulf of Naples.
In Villa San Michele a number of ancient artefacts are displayed - objects found by Munthe in Capri, Anacapri and elsewhere, some of which donated by friends.
Fragments of sarcophaguses, busts, Roman paving, marble and columns can be observed. In the garden there is a Greek tomb and a granite Sphinx which gazes out over the whole Island of Capri.

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