What to see in Capri – Top 10 attraction
Capri what to see during a holiday on the isle?
There are so many things to do in Capri to fulfill every kind of desire!
You can wake up and start the day with an amazing breakfast at one of the most beautiful terraces overlooking the ocean, before reaching Monte Solaro, the highest peak on the isle, famous for the various panoramic trekking paths in the nature. The isle is characterized by the typical flora and fauna of the region which includes Mediterranean plants, colorful flowers, citrus trees and brooms.
At lunch time restaurants are always open at Marina Grande, the main port of the isle.
Here you can taste local recipes and typical dishes from Capri. A boat tour is one of the best activities to do, during the warmest months, to discover the natural coves around the isle, swimming and laying on the sundeck, sipping a drink under the Mediterranean sun. The isle is also famous for shopping. The city center hosts the most famous international fashion boutiques, as well artisanal stores and boutiques.
The Piazzetta, the real hearth of the isle is the perfect place for a sunset aperitif, before starting to live the local nightlife. Enjoy a wonderful Capri boat tour.
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The Top 10 Attraction
The top 10 sites we suggest to visit in our article “what to see in Capri” .
10 places you can’t miss!
- The Faraglioni, Three giant rocks, symbol of the isle of Capri.
- The Blue Grotto, a natural cave where you can admire all shades of blue.
- Villa San Michele and the most beautiful garden in Capri.
- Piazzetta, the vivid hearth of the isle.
- The bays of Marina Grande and Marina Piccola in Capri.
- The Augustus garden and the ocean view terraces.
- Mount Solaro, the highest and most panoramic peak on the isle.
- Villa Jovis, and the ruins of the ancient villa owned by the roman Emperor Tiberius
- the “Charterhouse of San Giacomo”, a peaceful place;
- The Lighthouse at Punta Carena, one of the oldest in Italy.
The Faraglioni rocks in Capri
The Faraglioni are three spours of rocks around 100 meters high, emerged from the blue ocean of the isle. The name comes from the Greek word “Pharos” that means “Lighthouse” – (Faro in Italian)
because the highest peak of those rocks was used to illuminate the coast as reference point for the sailors during the ancient ages. The Faraglioni are now the habitat of the blue lizards (podarcis siculus coeruleus), a rare reptile featuring a brilliant blue skin.
Not everybody knows that anyone of those rocks has a proper name. “Saetta” (Thunderbolt) is the one connected with the isle. “Stella” (Star) is the one in the middle and Scopolo (untranslatable) is the external one. The 4th one is less known and is named “Monacone Rock” and is located just behind the three main rocks. Until the beginning of the 19th century it was the habitat of the monk seals and from this fact the rock took his name.
The Faraglioni rocks are protagonist of the most beautiful postcards of Capri.
The complex of rocks has been filmed in many movies, as well as background of international tv spots. Even the legendary Omero in his poem “The Odissey” talk about the Faraglioni as giant rocks that Polifemo the cyclops threw at sea.
The Blue Grotto – La Grotta Azzurra
The Blue Grotto is famous as the Faraglioni rock and together represent the isle of Capri in the world.
The Blue grotto is part of the town of Anacapri, the second municipality on the isle, located on the northern side. The name comes from the deep blue of the water inside the natural cave. The roman Emperor Tiberius used to visit the cave often to relax and swim.
The cave’s entrance is a tiny hole in the rock, only accessible by sea with smaller paddleboats, laying down on the boat ground, rising once entered. The visit to the Blue Grotto only last few minutes and it is not possible to swim inside, nevertheless a visit to this unique place may be one of the highlights of your journey in Capri.
The Piazzetta in the hearth of the city center
The jetsetter meeting point is simply known as “Piazzetta” that literally means “little square”.
The real name of the square is “Piazza Umberto I”, king of Italy at the end of the 18th century. The plaza is easily reachable from the port with the Funicolare, the panoramic cable car on the isle. Years ago a local market with products from the isle and the freshest catch of the day used to take place in the square. Now the piazzetta is the vivid meeting point of the isle, internationally recognized as an elitarian place.
The perfect place where to meet friends for an aperitif at one of the various bars, in a suggestive frame, close to the main shopping roads as Via Camerelle. Many of the international celebrities, actors and artists visited Capri.
The isle is one of the most exclusive destination for the world star system holidays.
It is impossible to resist to the tentation of the panoramic terraces close to the Piazzetta, where to see the blue ocean and the Mediterranean nature rich of flowers and plants.
Not far away the Ignazio Cerio Caprense Centre, a little museum hosting archaeological finds.
Villa San Michele
Villa San Michele is in Anacapri and was built at the end of the 18th century with the project of Doctor Axel Munthe. Upon his death, the house was left to the Swedish government, now managed by the Italian Great Garden association.
The Doctor said about the Villa: “La mia casa deve essere aperta al sole e al vento e alle voci del mare – come un tempio greco – e luce, luce, luce ovunque!”.
“My house have to be open to sunlight and wind and voices from the sea – as a Greek temple – and light, light, light everywhere!”
The complex hosts the most beautiful gardens in Capri. An ancient medieval chapel from the 10th century, dedicated to the saint and the ruin of an ancient roman villa. From the last one comes most of the archaeological find on the isle and statue decorating the garden, as the famous head of Medusa. From Villa San Michele it is possible to reach the port of Marina Grande by walking, through a 900 steps path.
The bay of Marina Grande
The bay of Marina Grande is a natural cove hosting the touristic port of Capri. Here you can find the main beach on the isle. All the boats reaching Capri arrive at the port and it is possible to meet famous people arriving on the isle every year.
The bay of Marina Piccola, on the southern side of the isle, is a marvelous viewpoint of the Faraglioni of Capri. Here is possible to enjoy a sunny day, even in winter. The bay of Marina piccola has two beaches Marina di Pennauro and Marina di Mulo. The two beaches are separate by the Siren’s Rock. Omero, in his “Odissey” talked about this rock as the siren’s lair.
Augustus garden is the green heart of the isle of Capri. Ages ago the gardens were named for Friedrich Alfred Krupp, a deutsche businessman who bought the area to build his villa. Later on the gardens were named for Augustus, to honor the roman history of the Emperor. From the flowerful terraces, rich of native plants it is possible to view the Faraglioni of Capri and other amazing views of the isle.
The history of Via Krupp is very interesting. The road connect the Augustus Gardens with Marina Piccola. It has been built forging the vertical rocks of the cliffs.
The road was commissioned by the deutsche businessman to reach easily the bay of Marina Piccola where his boat used to be anchored, from the Grand Hotel Quisisana, his favorite place in Capri.
Monte Solaro is the highest point in Capri, around 600 meters above the sea level.
An amazing place to restore your soul, walking around the nature, trekking, and watching the local flora and fauna. The natural beauties of the isle melt with the ruins of ancient civilizations living on the isle in ancient ages.
The Barbarossa Castle and the Santa Maria Cetrella Refuge are some of the proofs of the history of Capri. The Mount Solaro is easily reachable with a panoramic chairlift, from the city center of Anacapri, on the isle of Capri.
Villa Jovis, built during the 1st century before Christ, is part of the historical and archaeological heritage in Capri, as it has been the private house of the Roman Emperor Tiberio Giulio Cesare Augusto.
The Villa is strategically located on Mount Tiberius, on the west side of the isle. Here the Emperor use to spend his time walking, surrounded by the nature.
With a stunning view on the bay of Naples and the Sorrentine Peninsula, the villa has been restored in 1932 with the supervision of the Archaeologist Amedeo Maiuri.
During the excavating works many statues have been found, including one of the Emperor Tiberius, now exposed at the Louvre Museum in Paris.
The “San Giacomo” Charterhouse
The “certosa di San Giacomo” was built in 1371 by Count Giacomo Arcucci. The Monastery host a cloister and the friars accommodations, wonderful baroque paints and a museum named for the deutsche Karl Diefenbach.
The Lighthouse at Punta Carena
The Light house at Punta Carena is also known as “il Faro di Anacapri”. Built in 1862 but operative only from 1867. It is the bigger one in Italy and his light can reach almost 32 Miles (around 51 kilometers). Here is possible to swim on the way to one of the best sunset in your life.
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