The Island of Love - Capri

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One of the most beautiful and regarded as the most romantic islands in Italy, Capri, remembers the events about which innocent girls shouldn’t be even thinking. It’s worth a visit on the occasion of being in Naples area, to dig the history and listen to the mysterious stories of the old buildings.

What’s dark and debauched attracts more people than what’s fun and innocent. Fame of the Italian island reaches back to the Roman times, when Emperor Tiberius built a dozen of luxury mansions. According to the legends, during last years of his governments, he used his mansions to indulge in carnal pleasures and never-ending orgies. In commemoration of the unfettered hedonism, the charming island came to be called the Island of Love.

One of the mansions remembering Tiberius’s debauchery is Villa Jovis. Its ruins are located on Monte Tiberio, and offer an amazing view of the Gulf of Naples. The place can be reached by bus from the town of Capri.

On the way from Naples

The charming island lies in the Gulf of Naples, separated from the peninsula of Sorrento by the Strait of Piccola. It's tiny (its circumference is only 17 km), but it falls into memory of every visitor. It’s a popular point of tours among tourists, who decided to visit the south of Italy and come to Naples. It can be reached by a hydrofoil or ferry from Amalfi, Sorrento, Positano or aforementioned Naples. If you opt for a hydrofoil it takes approximately 40 minutes, while the ferry reaches the target in about 80 minutes.

Unlike the other islands of the Tyrrhenian Sea, Capri has a karst, not volcanic origin. For this reason, it’s made mostly of limestone rocks, and its surface is relatively mountainous. The hills are picturesquely tattered and create fanciful forms: terraces, caves, arches and recesses. Limestone rocks are covered with beautiful Mediterranean vegetation in the color of red, yellow and green. The local flora delights people since centuries – even Homer himself called Capri the Island of Flowers.

Characteristic features of the island are Faraglioni rocks, proudly emerging from the water on the south-eastern part. Their height reaches hundred meters, and the most famous of them has a distinctive hole - the gateway, through which all tourist boats and ships pass.

Attractions of the Island of Flowers

Mysterious caves belong to the biggest attractions of this tiny island. Among the most popular is Grotta Azzura (Azure Grotto), famous for the captivating game of sunlight piercing between the rocks. Equally interesting is Grotta Meravigliosa and Grotta Bianca.

Wandering around the island, you will certainly visit Anacapri, a small town with a chairlift to Monte Solaro. When you reach the top of the mountain you will see a stunning scenery of southern Italy with Sorrento, Naples and Mount Vesuvius at the head. It also offers an amazing view of the Apennines and the island of Ischia.

What’s more, on Capri you can find a town with the same name as the island. Its center is called Piazza Umberto I, also known as the Piazzetta. It’s a lovely square surrounded by multi-colored buildings and paved with volcanic rocks. Next to it is located a Moorish church Santo Stefano, which is definitely worth a visit.

Capri’s temptations

Capri tempts with many attractions, and has actually only one flaw, but unfortunately an important one – the prices. It’s quite expensive, both in terms of accommodation and food. On the other hand, Polish people liked to come here before the war, regardless of the costs. The proof of the popularity of the island among our compatriots is a song "Pamiętasz Capri," (“Remember Capri”) sang by Mieczyslaw Fogg in 1935.

After returning from the trip we also can croon the famous words: "Remember Capri, among the flowers and the sun, remember the blue sea among palm trees? Remember Capri, the island of lovers..." You will never forget Capri.

Translation: Karolina Strzałkowska

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