The island of Capri is the pearl of the Gulf of Naples: it has lush vegetation, an extraordinary sea, and wonderful caves. Capri over the centuries has enchanted writers, poets, musicians, painters and many filmmakers have chosen it as a backdrop for their films. The coastline is indented, has several caves and coves that alternate with formidable cliffs. During the Roman Empire the caves were used as "nymphaeum", fountains adorned with mosaics and statues in the beautiful villas that were built in this area. The most famous cave is without doubt the Blue Grotto, characterized by magical effects of light. The centre of Capri can be reached by bus from Marina Grande Pier. The Piazza Umberto I, known as "Piazzetta" is the center of the city and since the Thirties is the hub of tourist life. Of great importance is the complex of the Certosa di S. Giacomo, one of the best examples of Capri architecture, built in 1300 and enlarged in 1600 ', with a splendid view on the Faraglioni.
The gardens of Augustus are rich in paths and ladders, an oasis of greenery with a magnificent belvedere.
From here you arrive at the Marina Piccola along via Krupp, a winding road that goes down to the sea. The most famous promenade of Capri is the one that leads to the Belvedere of the race, a shady square with a view on the Faraglioni, the first called "star" closest to the coast, 109 meters high; The middle one "Faraglione" is 81 m high; The third is "purpose", 104 meters high and inhabited by the rare blue lizard.
On the north-east point of the island rises Villa Jovis, the most conspicuous remains of the Roman era, wanted by the emperor Tiberius, on a cliff at a peak 330 meters high which is named "Tiberius ' jump."
Anacapri is a smaller and quieter town situated on the island, with its pretty little streets, and white houses immersed in greenery. The most important monument is the Church of San Michele, built in the seventeenth century on a drawing by Domenico Vaccaro. The villa has a beautiful tiled floor. In Anacapri were built the famous Villa San Michele owned by Axel Munthe, a Swedish doctor who lived on the island for 50 years. Here he wrote his novel "The Story of St. Michael", helping to spread the fame of the island in the world.
The elegant and original villa is furnished with 18th century furniture, as well as the works of art and artefacts from the Roman period and the garden surrounding the house is of a rare beauty. Anacapri is the starting point of the chairlift that leads tourist to the top of Mount Solaro (600 m), the highest point on the island, where there is a lovely view.
The Blue Grotto, whose enchanted cavern attracts tourists from all over the world, is located in Anacapri. Known to the Romans and rediscovered in 1800, it owes its fascinating aspect of a geological phenomenon that caused the lowering of about 20 meters, bringing the entrance of the cave to almost below sea level. The light filtered by crystal clear water fills the cave with an exceptional blue color.