An island that offers a landscape of wild beauty sculpted by wind, sea and the hand of man, this is Capri.
With a precipitous, jagged coast, and encircled by the famous faraglioni (sea stacks), enormous and uniquely-shaped boulders, and by numerous caves that tell of evocative plays of light.
The most famous of these caves is the Grotta Azzurra (Blue Grotto), closely connected to the history of tourism in Capri. The island continues to be both a legend and a favorite destination for travelers, intellectuals and the international jet-set – “performing” at any given time in the legendary piazzetta, the real-time theatre of the island’s ‘Dolce Vita’. Capri is a gem radiating a brilliant history through all its different facets.
Its innumerable points of interest allure visitors with their tales of an enchanted past. Its discovery by the ancient Romans is hinted at by countless archaeological finds – e.g. Villa Jovis, whose construction was commissioned by the Emperor Tiberius.
The Certosa (Basilica) di San Giacomo is an obligatory stop; today it houses a museum exposing two statues that were recovered from the deep Grotta Azzurra.
In Anacapri, the characteristic Casa Rossa (Red House) is a striking piece of work within a gorgeous and colorful landscape: inside is the L’Isola Dipinta (“The Painted Island”), a permanent exposition of images illustrating the island’s history and traditions.
Beyond the cultural attractions and sea and nature in all their charm, Capri also offers good shopping: tasteful boutiques and artisans’ studios selling “Made in Italy” items and typical products alternate along the characteristic sidestreets and alleyways.
Moreover, the exuberantly-flavored local food is tied to the island’s maritime and peasant traditions.