Stunning island Capri
Capri is a stunning island off the coast of Southern Italy that has captivated visitors for centuries. With its crystal-clear waters, charming villages, and breathtaking natural scenery, Capri is a must-visit destination for anyone who charters a yacht on Amalfi Coast.
One of the most popular attractions on Capri is the Blue Grotto, a sea cave that is famous for its brilliant blue water. Visitors can take a boat tour to the grotto and marvel at its natural beauty, which is created by the sunlight filtering through an underwater cavity. The Blue Grotto is a truly unique experience that is not to be missed.
The cave is about 60 meters long and 25 meters wide, with a height of roughly 14 meters. The entrance to the cave is a small opening just a meter above sea level, which means that visitors must lie down in a small rowboat to enter the cave.
Once inside, visitors are greeted with a magical sight – the water in the cave glows a bright blue color due to the reflection of the sunlight on the white sand at the bottom of the sea. The cave is also filled with stalactites and stalagmites, which add to its unique beauty.
The Blue Grotto has a fascinating history dating back to the time of the Roman Empire. In fact, the cave was used as a private swimming pool by the Roman Emperor Tiberius, who used to visit Capri to escape from Rome. During the 19th century, the cave became a popular destination for wealthy tourists, who would visit Capri to enjoy the beautiful scenery and natural wonders of the island.
In addition to the Blue Grotto, Capri is also home to a number of other attractions that are worth visiting. The Gardens of Augustus, for example, offer stunning views of the island and its surrounding coastline. The gardens are filled with colorful flowers and plants, making them a great place to relax and take in the scenery.
The Gardens were created inside the old private property of German industrialist Friedrich Alfred Krupp, who had bought that building plot in the early twentieth century near the Certosa di San Giacomo in order to have his Caprese residence built.
After the First World War they became known as “The Gardens of Augustus”, and they still bear that name. The Gardens house all the varieties of flowers and plants which can be found on the Island of Capri.
Another must-see attraction on Capri is the historic Villa Jovis, which was built by the Roman Emperor Tiberius in the 1st century AD. The villa is perched on a cliff overlooking the sea, and offers stunning views of the island and its surroundings.
Villa Lysis opens up to the visitor’s eyes as one of the best hidden jewels of the island.
There is something magical about Villa Lysis. It was built in 1904 by will of Jacques d’Adelswärd Fersen, a nobleman from Paris who chose the island as his voluntary exile destination, after his life had been shattered by a number of scandals that led him to leave his native country and to create what we would call a lifelong link with his new home place.
Elegant, eccentric, luxurious, secluded, monumental, the Villa was, above all, an intimate shelter where Fersen enjoyed his carefree flirts with Nino Cesarini, a young man from Rome, until the latter’s premature death.Over time, Villa Lysis turned into a meeting place for artists, intellectuals, poets and writers, who stayed in Capri at the beginning of last century and skillfully described and praised its myth.
Visiting Villa Lysis means discovering its secrets and wonders. Entrance halls, stuccos, decorations, furnishing, precious marbles, you won’t find one single detail lacking peculiar inspirations: from Louis XVI-style to Neoclassical theatricality, from the grandeur of ancient Greece to the sinuous forms of art nouveau, from the gilding of Vienna Secession to the contaminations of Oriental art.
The result is an extraordinary Villa on a spur overlooking the sea with breathtaking views of Marina Grande and the Gulf of Naples.
The symbol of Villa Lysis is its majestic staircase culminating in the peristyle with Ionic columns, where the inscription “Amori et Dolori Sacrum”, commissioned by Fersen himself, embodies the real essence of his life.