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Excusion to the Island of Capri

The Island of Capri

The highest point of this large island is at Monte Solare, the sun mountain. It is located on the west side of the island. This mountain is responsible for keeping the climate fairly mild, as it blocks the cold winds from sweeping over the island. Because of this climate the vegetation is very lush.

The mild temperatures in the spring and fall are usually around 14-16 degrees Celsius. Therefore the best months to visit are from April-June and September-October.

Ferries and speed boats go to and from the island numerous times daily. They all land in the picturesque little port Marina Grande.

Island of Capri - Marina Grande

Isle of Capri, Italy Amalfi Coast

You can reach the heart of the island by riding in a cable car. If you don’t feel like standing in line and enjoy walking, there is a path with winding stairs that goes there also.

Busses and taxis on the island will take you wherever you want to go on the island. In Capri you can catch busses to Anacapri, Marina Grande and Marina Piccola.

The Piazzetta di Capri (officially called Piazza Umberto I ) is a charming little plaza in the heart of Capri that is more often than not bustling with busy people It is both interesting and enjoyable to sit in one of the 4 exquisite bars, in the shadow of the clock tower and just watch the people.

Beautiful view on the Faraglioni

If you start walking away from the main plaza you will see a much quieter side of Capri. You can walk along the little paths and a get a better view of things. For example you can walk to the look out point Punta di Tragara, from which you can see the Faraglioni-cliffs, which is a very fascinating.

The rocks carry names like Stella, Scopolo, Monacone or Faraglione di Mezzo. In the Faraglione there is a tunnel that you can ride through in a boat. The names of these rocks originate from the time of seafaring. When ships were passing through the people there would light fires as to show them the way, therefore the word “faro”, which means light, is part of one particular rock’s name.

It pays off to visit these rock formations, especially at night time when they are lit up by the moonlight and remind you of a picture out of a fairy tale story.

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Other sights on the island are the gardens of Augustus or the Villa San Michele, which was built by the Swedish doctor Axel Munthe.

On the northwestern side of the island you can pay a visit to the world famous Grotta Azzurra, the blue grotto. It awes its visitors with its intensive blue color the and how everything has a silvery shimmer if you dip it in the water in there.

The sunlight comes in through a small opening located under water, which absorbs the red light and only lets the blue light enter the grotto. The Grotta Azzurra can be reached by boat, by foot from Anacapri or by bus.

The part of the island called Anacapri is reached by a stairway from Marino Grande that begins right next the San Constanzo Church. The stairway is called “Scala fenicia” and has over 500 stairs. Formerly this was the only way to reach Anacapri but in the last years a street has been built making Anacapri just a little more accessible to the outside world.

Port Marina Grande