Explore the incredible island of Capri via our virtual tour and see why it has been a popular travel destination since Ancient Roman times.
Welcome to Capri, the iconic island in the Tyrrhenian Sea off the coast of the Sorrento Peninsula. This stunning island has been a popular resort ever since the Roman Republic when Emperor Augustus created his own private piece of paradise by building villas, temples and aqueducts to enjoy the island. After the fall of the Roman Empire, Capri experienced a turbulent history, passing from local Neapolitan rule to the Ottoman Empire, the French under Napoleon, the British and finally back to Naples before becoming part of Italy. Not to mention the frequent pirate raids the island experienced during this time. Now though, things have calmed down and Capri is a popular spot for travellers who come on day trips from Sorrento and Naples or stay overnight in the luxury accommodation options. So, sit back and soak up the surroundings of this spectacular island on our virtual tour of Capri.
The tour starts from the charming seaside town of Sorrento, where we will take the hydrofoil over to the island of Capri. The town of Sorrento is well worth exploring, with quaint pastel coloured buildings, narrow laneways and delightful shops selling locally made lacework, ceramics and crafts. The town is also famous for the production of limoncello, the sweet liqueur made from lemons. Take a wander down to the waterfront to admire the incredible views over the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius.
Once we are ready to depart, head down to Marina Piccola to take the boat over to Capri.
One of the highlights of any visit to Capri is experiencing the incredible magic of the Blue Grotto. This sea cave can be entered by a small rowboat, where you can admire the astonishing blue glow created by the sun entering the cave through an underwater hole. The passage to the cave is less than one metre high at low tide, making entry only possible at low tide when the water is calm. Even then, you will need to lie down to safely enter. To experience the brightest illumination, visit on a sunny day around lunch time or early afternoon when the sun is high.
The Blue Grotto’s enchanting illumination is not just alluring to today’s visitors of Capri. The Roman emperor Tiberius used the grotto as his own personal swimming spot and decorated the cave with statues of the sea gods Neptune and Triton. Two statues were recovered from the sea floor in 1964, which are now housed in the museum in Anacapri. The discovery of seven statue bases on the sea floor in 2009 suggests there are at least four other statues yet to be found.
The cave itself is around 60 metres long and 25 metres high. The light that creates the azure illumination enters the cave via a large hole below the water level, beneath the hole for the entrance. The water filters out the red light, so that only blue light is reflected into the cavern, producing the brilliant glow effect inside. While the inviting waters may tempt you to follow in the steps of Emperor Tiberius with a dip, swimming is prohibited in the cave. The best way to experience this amazing natural wonder is with one of the boats that offer cave entrance.
Ascending Monte Solaro will take you to the highest point of Capri, offering your spectacular panoramic views of the island and surrounding waters, including the Faraglioni Rocks, the Sorrento Peninsula and the Gulf of Naples. You can reach the summit on foot via a walking trail that starts in Piazza della Pace in Anacapri and takes about one hour. Obviously, the way there is up hill, but it’s achievable for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness. If you aren’t feeling that energetic, you can take the chairlift (seggiovia) that departs from Piazza Vittoria. The single seat chairs travel over the green vegetation of the island, right to the top in about 12 minutes. Once you reach the summit, take in the astonishing views as you wander the lookout points, or relax with a drink at the café.
Certainly, one of the most iconic sights of Capri is the series of three rocks on the southern side of the island. The Faraglioni Rocks, as they are collectively known, are best viewed via a boat tour around the island, but you can also admire them from viewpoints at Marina Piccola or Augustus Gardens. The three rocks are Stella, the highest at 109 metres tall, Faraglione di Mezzo, in the middle, and Faraglione di Fuori, also known as Scopolo. Faraglione di Mezzo has a large hole in the middle which is big enough for a small boat to pass through. Enjoying a kiss as you pass through the hole is said to bring good luck!
Behind the three main rocks is a fourth, named Monacone, after a type of sea cow that once inhabited the waters near the island. The monaci is now extinct but was similar to a dugong.
Once you have explored the spectacular wonders of Capri, it’s time to head back on the boat to Sorrento.
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