FROM CAPRI WITH LOVE
Capri is an island of wonder and love. A land of never-ending legend, a place where myth, history and imagination merge. Inspired by its beauty, writers travel to the island to discover all it has to offer, creating enchanting tales of awe and wonder.
Moreover, the pearl of the Mediterranean is a paradise where the Dolce Vita never ends.
Dive into the crystal blue waters and immerse yourself in Capri’s panoramic views and fragrant aromas.
A postcard from Capri with love…
Legend has it that Capri was founded by Koloneus, a handsome man descended from the Gods, Vulcan and Venus. He was sent to Capri to express his love, dedicating a sea stack to each of the women he treasured…
According to history, Capri was a Greek colony when it was “discovered” by the Emperor Augusts, on his way back from a journey to the the Orient in 29BC.
Falling in love with it, he brought it under the rule of Rome, marking it as a destination for the privileged to relax and nest. But it was his successor Tiberius who, after settling on the island for over ten years, established it as a place of grandeur.
From the Roman emperors to the stars of Hollywood, no one can resist its charm. Over the years, everyone has captivated by Capri; an island rich in history and nature and famous for its elegance and elite visitors.
A very old story which continues to fascinate with its wonders
THE FARAGLIONI | FROM CAPRI WITH LOVE
Capri’s coastline is home to the towering Faraglioni, the rocks which rise majestically from the sea and one of the most iconic symbols of the island. These unique natural structures (coastal and oceanic rock formations eroded by waves) have each been given a name: the first, still attached to the land, is called Stella, the second, separated from the first block by a stretch of sea; Faraglione di Mezzo and the third, Faraglione di Fuori or Scopolo, meaning the head or promontory stretching into the sea. The Faraglione di Mezzo is characterized by a central cavity, large enough to allow for the passage of a small boat.
These three formations have become so iconic that they instantly remind anyone of Capri.
They are also the protagonists of the unforgettable Dolce&Gabbana Light Blue campaigns, featuring David Gandy and Bianca Balti shot by Mario Testino.
Take a stroll along the sloping cliffs of Capri and admire the sea view, as you spot the famous Faraglioni in the distance. Your gaze drifts towards the Arch or Love, the natural opening in the rocks where girls sigh; longing the be kissed by the boy they love. Rumour has it that kissing here brings good luck.
MARINA PICCOLA | FROM CAPRI WITH LOVE
A must visit spot for spending a day on a beach with view of the Faraglioni is the Marina Piccola beach which lies directly opposite Capri’s giant sea stacks. On the sunny South side of the island, sheltered from the wind by a steep wall of rock, the bay is almost always warm. From the center of Capri you can reach Marina Piccola quickly and easily on foot, via the panoramic Via Krupp which starts just beneath the Gardens of Augustus.
Homer, in his epic “Odyssey”, has Ulysses and his men stranded on this beach, victims of the guiles of the beautiful and deadly dangerous mermaids.
Though an island, Capri has few beaches, but they’re all equally petite and picturesque.
GROTTA AZZURRA | FROM CAPRI WITH LOVE
Visit Grotta Azzurra (or the Blue Grotto), one of the most beautiful sea caves in Italy. Hop aboard a wooden rowboat, lay back, and let yourself be carried through a tiny stone portal to another world. Inside, pass from complete darkness into a sparkling cavern, lit by azure blue light, while the sounds of ancient Neapolitan song echo along the stone walls. Sunlight, passing through an underwater cavity and shining through the seawater, creates a blue reflection that illuminates the cavern. The famous light is at its strongest between noon and two in the afternoon, though the reflections are spectacular all through the morning hours.
The cave which extends some 50 meters into the cliff at the surface, and is about 150 meters deep is a definite must while in Capri.
During Roman times, the grotto was used as the personal swimming pool of Emperor Tiberius (Tiberius’ Palace had a private passage to the Blue Grotto) as well as a marine temple decorated with statues of the Roman sea gods Neptune and Triton now on display at the Casa Rossa in Anacapri. For many years afterwards, the Blue Grotto was avoided by sailors, as local legends told of spirits and demons living there…
LA PIAZZETTA | FROM CAPRI WITH LOVE
The islanders call it ”a chiazz”, or piazza. On the maps, Capri’s most famous square is called Piazza Umberto I. For the rest of the world it is the Piazzetta (the use of the suffix “etta” in Italian is a diminutive, and is used in affectionate reference to the square’s small size).
One thing everybody agrees on, is that it’s the heart of the island where, sooner or later, all those visiting Capri come to watch people come and go by.
The Piazzetta has always been the center of life on the island. In the past, it served as market square. In 1938, the young islander, Raffaele Vuotto, placed a few tables outside his bar in the Piazzetta and from that moment on, the square became a fashionable meeting place for both locals and visitors who, until that time, had socialized either at home or in the island’s hotels.
The real protagonists are, of course, the pavement cafes; one for each corner of the piazza. This is where you get the chance to mingle with the stars of the silver screen, photogenically sipping their coffee or cocktail at one of the bars’ little whicker tables.