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Capri, the blue island in the Gulf of Naples

Capri, the enchanting island in the Gulf of Naples, the web page with many photos and travel tips.

Capri, located in the Gulf of Naples, is also known as the blue island and it is one of the most visited enchanted and magical places in the world.
Today I will accompany you on a small virtual journey to discover and visit some of the most beautiful places on the island...let's go...

capri faraglioni

The Faraglioni of Capri (the big rocks).

Capri has 3 enormous stacks and Homer, in the Odyssey, describes them as the boulders thrown by Polyphemus against Ulysses' ship. The three enormous rocks are always immortalized by tourists in their photos taken from the many panoramic points of the island.

Blue Grotto

The blue cave of Capri

To visit the blue cave is an unimaginable experience. Lying in a boat to pass under an arch just one meter high, and after a short stretch of darkness we are ready to start to live a truly fairy tale. The glitter of the water reflected on the walls will decorate the cave with an intense blue; that blue which together with the echo of old Neapolitan songs will allow you to experience a unique emotion.

To reach and visit it, just go to the small tourist port, adjacent to the commercial port of Marina Grande, where there are small boats that will take you around the island and inside the blue cave.

capri terrace square

La piazzetta (the square)

Piazza Umberto 1st, commonly known as the Piazzetta of Capri (little square of Capri) is one of the most visited places on the blue island, perhaps the first stop after reaching the island. Here you can see the bell tower, with its clock, and visit the monumental church of Saint Stephen.
This is a truly magical place, in fact sitting on the bench or at the bar you can enjoy a breathtaking view.
To reach the square, just take the funicular which is located in Marina Grande, the commercial port of Capri. The port where you got off the ferry or hydrofoil coming from the mainland.
From other areas of the island there are minibuses.



via krupp

The Via Krupp, the road carved into the rock

Via Krupp is one of the most beautiful paths in the world, it is in fact it is a road carved into the rock and is among the treasures of Capri that absolutely must not be missed. Walking along it will lead you to Marina Piccola, one of the most beautiful places on the island, a sheltered bay where it's also possible to admire the wonderful Faraglioni.

marina grande

Marina Grande, the commercial port

Marina Grande is the first place visited by tourists, in fact here is the only commercial port and it is here where hydrofoils and ferries arrive from the mainland to reach the island of Capri.
Not far away one find the little tourist port, smaller than the commercial one. The boats depart from here that allow to make a tour around the island, admire the stacks up close and enter the wonderful blue cave.

view mount solaro

Mount Solaro, the highest point on the island

Monte Solaro is the highest part of Capri, 589 meters high and from here there is the most beautiful panorama of the island, in fact you can admire the Sorrento peninsula, the Amalfi coast, Vesuvius, the Faraglioni and, when there is no haze, the Apennines and Calabria region.
To reach it from Marina Grande, first take the bus to Anacapri and from here, in Piazza Vittoria, there is the chair lift, a panoramic route of about 15 minutes that will take you to the highest peak of the island.
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gardens of autusus

The Garden of Augustus

In the wonderful garden of Augustus in Capri one find many examples of flowers and plants typical of the area and from here many tourists love to take photos and selfies from the terrace overlooking the sea.

At beginning, when it was born in the first years of the 20th century, it was named gardens of Krupp, name of a German steel industrialist (Friedrich Alfred Krupp), who purchased some land on the island to build his villa, which unfortunately was not never made.

capri marina piccola bay

Marina Piccola and the beaches overlooking the Faraglioni

Marina Piccola is the most popular tourist place among young people, the beaches, the restaurants and the bars make this area absolutely enchanting for those who want leisure and entertainment.

To reach it from the square of Capri there is a bus, or you can reach it on foot along Via Krupp which leads to the bay of Marina Piccola where you can also find free beaches.

Pictures of Capri...

The history of Capri

It is hypothesized that the name Capri derives from the Greek Καπρέαι (Caprei) or from the Latin Capreae due to the abundance of goats that once there were. But another current of thought attributes the name of the blue island to the Greek word κάπρος (kápros) which means wild boar.

Initially, Capri was joined to the Sorrento peninsula, then it was partly submerged by the sea, separating it from the mainland, creating the Strait of Bocca Piccola.

The history of the island does not begin during the Greeks or Romans time, but much earlier, in late prehistory. This is suggested by the various archaeological finds found in the Felci cave, a large ravine on the southern side of the blue island. In this cave painted vases, artefacts and obsidian (volcanic glass) blades were found, objects from various periods, from the Neolithic period until the Iron Age.

There is not much trace of the Greek period but it is thought that in the 7th century BC. it was the Cumans who settled on the blue island and remained there until the 5th century BC.

Later, when the Romans began the conquest of the Campania region, the emperor Augustus, named the island Apragopolis, "sweet idleness". The charm of Capri was so strong that it induced the sovereign of Rome to make an agreement with the Neapolitans, in fact he exchanged Ischia to immediately obtain the blue island.

Later, after the death of Augustus, the new emperor, Tiberius, decided to move the Imperial residence from Rome to Capri, where he lived for 10 years.

After Roman rule, Capri and the nearby islands (Ischia and Procida), was often ransacked from pirates. It was later disputed by the French and the English until Napoleon Bonaparte arrived and conquered the entire kingdom of Naples including the blue island.

In 1815, after the Congress of Vienna, with the Bourbon restoration, Napoleon Bonaparte was exiled and Ferdinand I of Bourbon returned to being king of a new kingdom, that of the two Sicilies of which Capri was part.

From that moment the blue island became a travel destination for illustrious people of the time, writers, poets, painters etc.

During the Second World War the Germans never managed to obtain the blue island. The Italian soldiers, led by Colonel Guido Marseille, managed to defend it from the invaders until the arrival of the allies on 13 September 1943.

Capri, today, is instead known as one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in the world, so much so that it enchants millions of tourists coming from all over the world to admire the beauty of the Neapolitan Island.

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