Beautiful Capri is one of the most popular traveling destinations due to its mild climate and paradise-like, rich nature. Capri has been included in the top list of the most tourist-attracting traveling destinations for the last few decades and it has been visited by the most beloved artists, writers and intellectuals. No wonder, the irresistible, inspiring beauty of the island is exactly what an artist needs to have a muse. The picturesque beauty of the wildness of the nature of this island has made it a favorite destination for many tourists since the times of the rise of the Roman Empire and even in modern times Capri remains one of the most attractive spots for Italians and tourists from around the world. Tours to Capri are a fairy-tale escape from the hectic life to an imaginary world of the perfect weather, azure waters, golden peaches and high-class resorts!
Where is Capri Located?
Beautiful Capri is located in the Tyrrhenian Sea coast of the Sorrentine Peninsula, near Naples. Officially Capri is considered as a region of Campania, which is a province of Naples. The main town of the island shares the same name. According to famous Greek geographer and historian Strabo, Capri used to be a part of the mainland and it became an island later due to some geophysical changes. This statement has been confirmed later on through studies and surveys made by professionals in the field.
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The Ancient History of Capri
According to scholars, Capri was discovered by Caesar Augustus in 29 BC. Caesar Augustus was so impressed by the magical beauty of this island that he decided to exchange it for the island of Ischia, which is even larger in size. The very first inhabitants of the island were Greek “Teleboi”, who came to the island in the 8th century BC. Today the only thing left as a historical evidence of their existence is the walls on an acropolis built by them.
Capri in Modern Times
Capri nowadays is a tourist center that offers all kinds of interesting places of entertainment as well as shopping boutiques. A lot of things have changed in the island since the old times, especially in the main town of Capri. In contrast to the silence and the harmony of this God-blessed land, surrounded by blue waters now one can enjoy the fun of a modern, crowded town that never sleeps!
If you decide to have an unforgettable summer trip in Capri, here are the must-visit places that you have to see during your stay!
Known as Grotta Azzurra in Italian, this is a sea cave in Capri, a tourist attraction that always leaves a big impact on the visitors. What makes this cave so special is the way the daylight enters the Grotto through the underwater hole reflecting a deep blue tone on the water. The most amazing picture you get to see on a sunny day is between 12:00-14:00 pm, as at that time the picture is clearer than during the entire day. An interesting historical fact about this cave is that for many centuries locals were afraid to go in and explore the cave: according to legends the place was inhabited by demons and sirens. The Grotto became the symbol of Italy as well as a popular tourist destination in 1826 when German writer August Kopisch and his friend Ernst Fries visited the cave with the help of a fisherman called Angelo Ferraro and saw evidences of Roman civilization inside there.
Anacapri is another small town in Capri. This small town stands out for offering great deals at hotels and restaurants in prices that are lower than in Capri (the city). Also the town is a great chance for those of you who love hiking, as there is a magical view opening from the very top of Monte Solaro. It is notable that the beauty of this small town has inspired beloved composer Claude Debussy to dedicate one of his works to it, being the famous “Les collines d’Anacapri” (The hills of Anacapri).
Where to Stay in Capri
According to reviews made by visitors, among the best hotels of the island are Villa Brunella, Grant Hotel Cuisina, La Floridiana, etc. Of course, if you decide to stay in Anacapri you can trust the well-experienced staff of the best hotels of the town, among which appear to be Caesar August Hotel, Capri Palace hotel & Spa etc.
Last but not least while you’re enjoying your stay in Capri don’t forget to visit the gardens of Augustus, Villa St Michele (which is one of the 12 villas built during the times of Tiberius), as well as take a boat tour as it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you’ll remember for your entire life!