Sue’s ‘Word a week challenge’ is Island, and I immediately thought of the beautiful Isle of Capri. The maintown shares the same name, and has been a resort since the period of ancient Roman civilisation. The island is a large limestone and sandstone rock, and geological and archaeological findings have proved that it was once part of mainland Italy.
We arrived by hydrofoil at the colourful port of Marina Grande.
In the latter half of the 19th century, Capri became a popular resort for European artists, writers and other celebrities. The German artist and writer, August Kopisch revived public interest in the island, when he wrote a book,”Discovery of the Blue Grotto on the Isle of Capri,” in which he described his 1826 stay on the island, and his rediscovery of the amazing ‘Blue Grotto’ (Grotta Azzurra), which is a noted sea cave on the coast of the island, which is reputed to have been the private bath of the Emperor Tiberius. Sunlight, passing through an underwater cavity and shining through the seawater, creates an amazing blue reflection that illuminates the cavern. As we marvelled at the sight, the boatmen were all singing that old Italian song, “Volare,” and of course we joined in. The words of the song are “Nel blu dipinto di blu” (In the blue, painted blue), most appropriate.
On the way over to the grotto, we saw the ancient ruins of a villa built by Tiberius Caesar, which now stands right at the edge of the water. I read that this notorious emperor was in the habit of having people who displeased him, thrown from the cliffs onto the rocks beneath. What a nice guy!
There are beautiful villas built into the hillsides, mostly owned by rich and famous people such as Sophia Loren and Giorgio Armani.
This white one on the right, once belonged to Gianni Versace, and was inherited by his sister Donatella.
There are gorgeous hotels, and at ‘The Capri Palace’ up the hill in Anacapri, we even had our own private terrace and garden. I would have loved to stay for much longer than two nights.
The exquisite Caesar Augustus gardens overlook the Marina Piccola Bay and the Faraglioni Rocks.
Shopping is a favourite pastime with all the tourists, but the ‘Via Camerelle’, is not for the penny-pinching, and is lined with the most expensive designer clothing boutiques, perfume shops and jewellers.
This guy’s T-shirt really made me smile.
The taxis are these huge, opened topped, and meticulously clean, and the drivers negotiate the extremely narrow, steep and winding roads at great speed. They were so narrow that I thought they were ‘one way’, until we met and squeezed past an oncoming one, with only room for another coat of paint between us.
All too soon it was time to leave and as we looked back at this magical place, the sun was beginning its daily ascent,
and we were on our way back across the bay and past the giant sea stacks to Naples.
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Excellent photos! I shall follow you back! have a great day. Hugs Paula xxx
Thanks so much, Paula. Hugs back to you. xx 🙂
It looks absolutely gorgeous!! I would love it and not want to leave. I like that guy’s t shirt, too… Bank of Dad!
Thanks so much, Ma. Yes that guy’s T-shirt really caught my attention. 🙂
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Your shots are stunning. Love Capri. 😉
Thanks so much, Elizabeth. I hope to go back there again one day. 🙂
Brings back happy memories, Ad. I too would have liked to stay longer. We were only there for the day from our Sorrento base, so by the time we’d made it to the top of the island and back…. Absolutely love your description of the “coat of paint” between taxis.
GORGEOUS, GORGEOUS, GORGEOUS!
Thanks, Suzanne. 🙂
I love all your photos, especially how the sky looks in the last two.
BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!
Thanks so much, Francine. 🙂
I love your travel photos. Thanks for bringing this armchair traveler to where you were. 🙂
Thanks, Imelda. You’re so welcome. 🙂
It’s so lovely place I want to go and visit.
It is beautiful there. I wanted to stay for ever. 🙂
Where’s the “Adore” button for this post? Stunning, stunning photos!
Thanks so much. Good to see you again. 🙂
I have never been to Capri. I think I must go someday. Wonderful photos. 🙂
Thanks so much, Inga. Yes, you must go there. 🙂
Beautiful pictures. My favourite has to be the bank tshirt though. Haha.
Thanks so much. Yes, that T-shirt was begging to be photographed. 🙂
Sounds like a lovely place, Sylvia. I love your photos of the marina, the houses, the island itself, the blue water in the cave, and the Bank of Dad!! Sounded more than a little scary negotiating those winding, narrow roads! 🙂
Thanks, Cathy. The taxi rides were quite hair raising, but I just gritted my teeth and hoped for the best. 🙂
Sounds like a good trip AD …but you’ve reminded me of the mad Italian driving all honking and whizzing thro’ alleyways, and I don’t much fancy that precarious sea view drive myself 😀
Yes, I have to admit that the ride up and down the hill was quite hair-raising, but I lived to tell the tale. 🙂
cool places cool photos 🙂
Thanks so much, Amira. 🙂
Its a beautiful place with some amazing pics. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks so much for your visit and lovely comment. 🙂
The pictures are beautiful and I enjoyed your narrative
Thanks, Priscilla. 🙂
Absolutely beautiful!! Now I want to go there 😀
Thanks, Dianne. you can’t go just yet. You’re waiting for the RUC……….remember? 😀
LOL! Yes – how could I forget, silly me 😉
Great photos collection, fabulous @Adin
Glad you enjoyed. 🙂
My dear friend good afternoon , how are you? this is wonderful place and an interesting story, Have nice day, with love maxima
Thanks so much. 🙂
What a beautiful experience. Thank you!
Thanks so much for your visit, and your lovely comment. 🙂
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Thanks a lot. 🙂
Ha ha, just a coat of paint between you, is a tight squeeze indeed 😆
Thanks for taking me back one more time AD!
Thanks, Madhu. I wasn’t exaggerating, was I? 🙂
What a wonderful place and an interesting story. I love the T-shirt as well. 🙂
Thanks, Lance. 🙂
What a lovely experience you give us, AD. Thank you so much for sharing your travels! Wonderful 🙂
Thanks, adee. 🙂
Love the views. What a lovely, historical and romantic place to visit.
Thanks, Lynne. 🙂
I’ve only been there on a day trip and I could see now there’s a lot more to see. Thank you for a beautiful post.
Thanks so much for visiting. 🙂
Great catch of the t-shirt. I’ve always suspected it’s sort of self-inflicted though. 😉
Thanks, Gunta. I think you’re so right about that. 🙂
Such romance and glamour surrounding this place, and yet its beauty remains untouched by time – except perhaps for Via Camerelle. Did love the ‘coat of paint’ between us 🙂
Yes, it didn’t seem too touristy, and is amazingly beautiful. 🙂
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Thanks so much, Sue. It was a great challenge. 🙂
Ahhhh! Capri, I get excited on the seeing that familiar island in the picture. Then, I laughed at the appropiate tshirt logo. 😆 You already know that I missed seeing the grotto and so I love and hate this post. 😀
What I didn’t know is the one of Mr. Nice Guy’s ancient ruins. Very fascinating!
Hehehe. You have to go back there if only to do the Blue Grotto. 🙂
Beautiful place!!! Lovely shots!!!
Thanks, RV. 🙂
Maybe we will go there in October 🙂
That will be exciting, Tandy. 🙂
Lovely, warm and inviting. Wish I were in Capri! Enjoyed traveling with you.
Thanks, Ruth. I’m so glad you did. 🙂
Some truly gorgeous pics here! My favorite has ot be the Bank of Dad t-shirt though 😛
Thanks, Steve. Let’s hope you never qualify for one of those T-shirts. 😀
beautiful post and very well written, it’s like i’m seeing the places myself.. 🙂 thanks for sharing .
Thanks so much, Elizz. 🙂
Oooh – I want to go there!
I hope you do get there one day, Julie. 🙂
I love the “Bank of Dad!”
It’s certainly fun, and begged to be photographed. 😀
Fascinating and beautiful place to visit 🙂
Yes it is, Chris. 🙂
I’ve never been Sylvia. Looks like a beautiful island to visit. Smashing pictures. 🙂
You do visit the most beautiful places.
Yes, I know. 🙂
This is beautiful! 🙂
Thanks, so glad you enjoyed visiting with me. 🙂
Thanks for the wonderful tour! We made to Sorrento didn’t get to Capri 😦
You’re welcome, Amy. I’ve never been to Sorrento.
Truly gorgeous. Another place which calls up a song … unfortunately, the inappropriate version!
Thanks, Col. Thanks for not posting the inappropriate song here. 🙂
No, I shall be very good and avoid any mention of that Capri-vi Strip!
Thank heavens for that. 😀
Have heard so much about Capri … never came around to visit. Been to Sicily and I love Palermo. You get strong legs .. when on holiday in Italy – doesn’t matter where you go .. always loads of steps. Thanks for letting me come with you. Lovely post.
Thanks. Viveka. Our legs certainly got a very good workout in Italy. 🙂
I remember going there with my parents, the sea was too rough to visit the Blue Grotto sadly. I remember my Mum telling me that Gracie Fields lived there. My Mum bought a sewing box with an intricate inlaid top, she has it to this day.
Nice souvenir to have. I didn’t buy any, only some shorts and a shirt.
That’s so funny – only room for a coat of paint!
A beautiful place 🙂
Thanks, Gilly. Glad I made you smile, and it was true too. 🙂
Fantastic, maybe one day 🙂
Thanks, Hopestar. I hope so. 🙂 Hugs
😀 I almost posted Capri too 🙂 It is a gem!!!
Yes it is, Paula. 🙂
Ah yes, I have some very happy memories of a visit to Capri – thanks for the reminder, Sylvia 🙂
Glad you enjoyed the photos, Marianne. 🙂
Capri is indeed a beautiful place to visit with a certain magical quality to it … if one can ignore the unfortunate commercialism of the shops. The natural beauty shines forth in your photos!
Thanks so much, Patricia. 🙂
So beautiful place to visit! Love the photos, Sylvia.
Thanks, Esenga. 🙂
Funny t-shirt! Fabulous photos. I especially like the one of the Blue Grotto – Felice di stare lassu…
Thanks so much, Gemma. I’m impressed that you know the Italian words for that song. 😀
I had an elderly friend who once met the late Gracie Fields when he stationed here when he was in the navy and I always thought it sounded a very glamorous place
It must have been even more glamorous in those days, I imagine. 🙂
Another place to cross off my “to visit” list 😉
I guess so. 😀
Oh I wish I had of been there with you in real life… the photos make it look magnificent.. I can only imagine what it must have been like going there… wonderful post… is there anywhere in the world you have not been??
Plenty of places I haven’t been. The world is a big place. 🙂 Glad you enjoyed the pics.
Such a beautiful place to visit.
Thanks for the peep AD 😉
Yes it is really lovely. Glad you enjoyed the pics. 🙂
I first went to Capri 40 years ago when I was living in nearby S’Agata sui due Golfi. I have been back several times since and it is always wonderful.
I would love to go there again some day, Debra. 🙂
. Great post
Thanks, Stefan. 🙂
Thanks for bringing us along, ad. Great photos.
Thanks so much, Naomi. 🙂
This reminded me of our visit in the year of yonks to the Isle of Capri
Time to pay it another visit then. 🙂
Great photos and interesting story. Great post!
Thanks so much. Glad you enjoyed. 🙂