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Italy: Capri

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A March 1998 trip to Capri by kylebarber

Certosa di San Giacomo Photo, Capri, Italy More Photos
Quote: Highlights and photos from my short excursion to the island of Capri.

Italy: Capri

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This beautiful sun drenched island doesn't seem that far away from the mainland port of Sorrento, which I used as a base camp to explore the Amalfi Coast region. But it is miles away in its pace of life and temperament. Capri is a warm weather getaway for the fabulous, dotted with expensive hotels masquerading as villas. This doesn't stop hordes of daytripping tour groups from partaking in the fun, though there is a clear division between the visitor and home-owner camps. No matter how you feel about the unusual scene of Capri, you are certain to be impressed with the natural splendors that pop up at every turn. While the famed Grotta Azzurra might not live up to high expectations, the stu...Read More

Grotta Azzurra

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This natural wonder has attracted large crowds of curious tourists for almost two hundred years now, but its significance as a cultural and perhaps religious site dates back to before recorded history of life on the island of Capri. To get the cave, you must catch a speed boat from the Marina Grande which then transfers you to small canoe-like crafts that will fit into the grotto's narrow opening. Depending on the time of day, the cavern inside glows a brilliant or subdued dark blue color. Other tourists in my boat wondered aloud if they had rigged the cave to appear blue, but in fact the color is a natural phenomenon of light that is refracted from the bluish water outside the small underwater...Read More

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Certosa di San Giacomo

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Certosa di San Giacomo Photo, Capri, Italy
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The Certosa di San Giacomo, dating back from 1374, was a somewhat unpopular monastery that has architecturally stood the test of time. The monks were not so agreeable with the local population of Capri, and made sure to fortify their community against outsiders. Today the ruins are in good enough shape to house classes for school age children and a museum that features local artifacts, including some statues that were found in the Grotta Azzurra.

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Giardini di Augusto

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I Faraglioni from Giardini di Augusto Photo, Capri, Italy
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I stumbled across Giardini di Augusto, so there were no expectations as to what the gardens would feature. Well, this is not a sight for horticultural enthusiasts. But the views of the southwestern and southeastern shorelines of Capri are hard to beat. You can easily make out I Faraglioni, the three large rock formations that shoot straight up out of the ocean. And you can also rest your weary feet after hiking up and down the pathways of the island.

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Capri to Anacapri

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While hardly a true bus tour, the local bus transport from Capri town to Anacapri is as mcuh an adventure as practical transportation. The buses climb a twisting, narrow two mile road the skirts the very edge the island's sea cliffs. At some points the road requires the busses to double back to navigate the tight turns of the road. Looking out your window you do not see any curbside, rather a perilous drop of hundreds of feet into the ocean directly below. While the views are spectacular, this ride can be harrowing for some people. The adventurous folks will want to make sure to sit on the right side of the bus from Capri to Anacapri, and vice versa on the return trip back.

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Punta Tragara

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I Faraglioni from Punta Tragara Photo, Capri, Italy
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Walking away from La Piazetta to the south, you'll begin to approach the shoreline via Via Tragara. Near the end of this road is a wonderful lookou point, Punta Tragara, which offers the best views of Capri's famed I Faraglioni. The limestone columns rise out of the sea to heights of 350 feet above the surf. If you choose to follow the stairs down from Punta Tragara to the water's edge you'll find luxury dining options and a different perspective on the towering rocks.

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