Capri, a stunning island in the Western Mediterranean, a romantic hideaway we all dream of. Ancient history, Italian charm, turquoise sea and spectacular scenery make this island a must-stop when planning your Mediterranean cruise. Its history dates back to ancient times, as far back as the Bronze age.
It has been a summer resort in ancient times too, and perhaps Tiberius, the ruler of Roman empire, was the one who made it the most famous.
Tiberius moved there and built numerous palaces on the island, and loved to swim in the Blue Grotto (the Blue Cave) in the morning, but still managed to find time to rule the empire until his death.
Via Krupp – Historic Footpath on the Island of Capri, Italy
Port of Capri Island
It has been a home to numerous writers and celebrities, who helped establish it as the hot spot if you wanted to be a part of the “in” crowd.
Typical Narrow Street of Capri
However, celebrities and tourist aside, the island has some truly extraordinary attractions, such as the remains of ancient villas, or the town of Anacapri, or the mountain of Monte Solaro that can be reached by a funicular and boasting spectacular views of the island.
A Caffe on Capri Island Italy
In addition, there is a number of grottoes, or caves, the most famous being the Blue Grotto where you can take a small boat cruise inside and float in awe of the unbelievable turquoise water.
Then there are the spectacular Faraglioni, the rocks rising high from the sea, a true landmark of Capri.
The sea has created a natural passage through the rocks over millions of years, and local ships whiz through the passage at bone-chilling speed! 🙂
The sphinx of Villa San Michele overlooks the main Capri harbor
Villa San Michele was discovered and rebuilt by a Swedish Physician, Axel Munthe.
Dr. Munthe wrote a fantastic book giving a great insight into his adventure and the life of the island at the turn of the 20th century.
The famous sphinx overlooks the main Capri harbor.
The island is famous for its specific “feel”, which combines an easy going, very relaxed lifestyle, with the fact that wherever you look you will be stunned by what you see – be it cloud-covered mountain-tops, steep cliffs, ancient villas or that romantic feeling that is constantly in the air.
Where is Capri?
- 11.1 miles/ 18 km from Sorrento, Italy
- 23.6 miles/ 38 km from Naples, Italy
- 26.7 miles/ 43 km from Naples Airport, Italy
- 172.7 miles/ 278 km from Rome Fiumicino Airport, Italy
- 157.2 miles/ 253 km from Rome Ciampino Airport, Italy
Things to See
- Villa San Michele
- The Phoenician Steps
- Augustus Gardens
- Via Krupp pathway
Marina Grande beach, Capri
- Marina Grande
- Bagni di Tiberio
- Marina Piccola
The View of Faraglioni
- The Villas of Tiberius
- Grotta Azzura
- Monte Solaro
Trouble is, once you get to Capri, you don’t want to leave… that’s why you should plan to stay there after or before your Mediterranean cruise.
You will not regret it!
We wish you a fantastic Mediterranean cruise!