Weekend in Capri

Going to Capri for the first time can be highly emotional

Photo by CameliaTWU
The emotions you’ll be confronted with the first time you arrive on Capri will be quite intense; as soon as you get to Marina Grande and pass by the many people trying to give you hotel, restaurant and guided tour flyers, you’ll get on the cable car that will take you up to Capri proper.

A huge mass of people will form in the famous main square, making it difficult to find a spot at one of the open air bars since it will be quite a while before any of the lazily strewn people get up and leave. 
You might as well take advantage of this to explore the streets and alleys, where the earthy colour of the walls will capture you as surely as the vines climbing upon them, before you’re distracted by the shops along via Camerelle where lovers of shopping and curios make their rounds.

The suggested path would be via Serena, which would take you to the splendid Giardini di Augusto where the famous Faraglioni can be seen in all their splendor as they pierce the sea’s deep blue.

The Grotta Azzurra (Azure Cave) is one of Capri’s most famous locations, and a definite must for your weekend visit.

After taking your breathtaking photographs, grab a bus to Anacapri to enjoy the incomparable panorama that looks upon the Gulf of Naples. Make sure to save some time to visit San Michele Villa, or to take the lift up Monte Solaro, the highest point of the island, where you might find the Eremo of Cetrella.

You’ll only be able to go on after drinking an unforgettable caffè.
Going back down to Marina Grande, climb aboard one of the many motorboats that’ll take you to Capri’s most famous destination: the Grotta Azzurra. A bit unsteadily, you’ll get on smaller boats shaped like eggshells, which are unique in that they’re the only shape that can easily pass through the cavern’s entrance. Only the waves washing against the wooden boats will break the silent admiration you’ll have for the glowing reflections of the sun against the brilliant walls and the cobalt blue water.

To visit Capri is to become part of this world-famous island, which is a must for any international jet setter.
Italy’s most beautiful parks
Our readers have voted Capri’s San Michele Villa as one of the most beautiful parks in Italy. Other such parks include the Parco giardino Sigurtà in Valeggio sul Mincio, in Verona, the Villa Medicea in Castello and the Villa Gamberaia in Settignano, in Florence, the Ruspoli Castle Gardens in Vignanello, in Viterbo, the Reggia di Caserta and the Villa d’Este in Tivoli, the Giardini la Mortella on the Isola d’Ischia, the Villa Durazzo-Pallavicini in Genoa, the Parco di Monza and La Certosa in San Lorenzo di Padula, and the Villa Cimbrone di Ravello in Salerno. 

Written by: 
Aldo Galvagno
Translation by:
Daniel Yeatman

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