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Island of Capri: world famous holiday destination of the Roman emperors




The Italian island of Capri is located in the Gulf of Naples in the Tyrrhenian Sea. With its mild climate and incredible beauty, it has long attracted vacationers. The ancient Roman emperor Augustus loved to rest here. His successor Tiberius, who built his baths and more than a dozen villas here, did not stand aside either. The most famous of them, Villa Jupiter, has survived throughout the centuries. Today, this piece of paradise is renowned for its stunning natural beauty, delicious cuisine and world-class shopping. This is a place worth seeing, as it is not for nothing that many celebrities anchor their yachts in Marina Grande!

And in the 21st century, the island of Capri still attracts holidaymakers. People from all over the world come here to escape from busy life and enjoy peace. There are only two small towns on the island – Capri and Anacapri, which are connected by an ancient Phoenician staircase with 921 steps. The steps were carved into the rock in the 7th-6th centuries BC and served until 1874. The destroyed staircase was restored in 1998.

Capri beach
Capri beach. Photo: PavelChatterjee, via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0)
Punta Tragara
Punta Tragara. Photo: VV Nincic / flickr (CC BY 2.0)
Capri port
Capri port. Photo: Tubus, via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Ancient architecture has been preserved in both cities. In the historic center of Anacapri, there is the Church of San Michele, dedicated to Saint Michael the Archangel. It was built in the 17th-18th centuries and was part of the Teresian monastery.

Church of San Michele, Anacapri
Church of San Michele, Anacapri. Photo: Berthold Werner, via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Interior of the church of San Michele, Anacapri
Interior of the church of San Michele, Anacapri. Photo: Franzfoto, via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0)

In the city of Capri there is a monastery of San Giacomo, erected in the years 1363-1371. In the 16th century, it was plundered and partially destroyed by the bandits of the pirate Dragut. The monastery, restored by local residents, exists in our time and is always open to visitors. Open-air concerts are held in the courtyard of the monastery. There is also a museum of the German artist Diefenbach.

Monastery of San Giacomo
Monastery of San Giacomo. Photo: Norberto Chavez-Tapia, via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Monastery of San Giacomo
Monastery of San Giacomo. Photo: Cezar Suceveanu, via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0)
Monastery of San Giacomo
Monastery of San Giacomo. Photo: Berthold Werner, via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Capri has many natural attractions. The visiting card of the island coastal and oceanic rock formation called Faraglioni. The closest and highest of them is connected to the island.

Faraglioni
Faraglioni. Photo: sneakerdog / flickr (CC BY 2.0)
Faraglioni
Faraglioni. Photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/, via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Faraglioni
Faraglioni. Photo: DEZALB / pixabay (Pixabay License)

Cliffs, grottoes, reefs and cozy pebble beaches are located along the entire coastline of the island. The emblem Capri is the Blue Grotto. It got its name due to the stunning azure color of the water, which is illuminated by the sunrays penetrating through a small entrance to the grotto.

Blue Grotto
Blue Grotto. Photo: Colling-architektur, via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Blue Grotto
Blue Grotto. Photo: Colling-architektur, via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0)

From Anacapri, using a cable car, you can climb Mount Monte Solaro, which 589 meters high, and enjoy a stunning view of Naples.

Aerial view
Aerial view. Photo: nitell / pixabay (Pixabay License)
Aerial view
Aerial view. Photo: realist / pixabay (Pixabay License)

Another iconic place on the island is Via Krupp. This paved road, built in the early 1900s, connects the monastery of San Giacomo and the Gardens of Augustus to the port. Perfectly carved on a sheer cliff, this masterpiece is one of the most beautiful roads in the world.

Via Krupp
Via Krupp. Photo: Berthold Werner, via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Via Krupp
Via Krupp. Photo: Jerry Lai / flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0)

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