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Written by sunland,
Friday, October 23, 2009 4:22:00 PM

The hub of town, characterized by homes with terraces and pergolas, is the famous "piazzetta", nickname of the tiny Umberto I Square, the open-air salon of tourists and high society life. The Baroque church of Santo Stefano dominates the square, with its arabesque cupola and priceless Roman pavement, transplanted from Villa Jovis. To the right is Palazzo Cerio, dating back to 1372.
The complex of the Certosa di San Giacomo is one of the finest examples of Caprese architecture. Built in the 1300's and expanded in the 1600's, it has a gorgeous view of the Faraglioni. In spite of the numerous reconstructions, the original lines are conserved particularly in the medieval extrados vaults, typical of Capri. The gardens of Augustus are not far away, and the view of the Faraglioni and the Marina Piccola is stunning.From the gardens we arrives at the Marina Piccola by way of via Krupp, a tortuous street that descends to the sea. It offers enchanting glimpses of views onto the sea and the Faraglioni. The most famous walk of Capri is the one that takes you to the belvedere of Tragara, a shaded square with views over the Faraglioni and the Marina Piccola. Under Tragara begins the street that descends to the Faraglioni, the three famous rock-cliffs. The first, Stella, nearest to the coast, is 109 mt high, the middle one, Faraglione di Mezzo is 81 meters, and the third, known as Scopolo, is 104 meters high and inhabited by the rare blue lizard.
Breathtaking scenery immersed in luxuriant vegetation also accompany you along the way from Capri to the Arco Naturale (Natural Arch), a scenic rock arch on a sheer cliff over the sea. The Grotta di Matermania is reached going down the stairs. It is a grandiose natural cove already consecrated in Roman times by the Cibele cult, the "great mother of the latins" (the Latins'Magna Mater).
Imbedded in the rocky landscape of Masullo Point is Villa Malaparte. Built at the end of the 1930's by Adalberto Libera for the writer Curzio Malaparte, it is still eccentric and extraordinarily modern.
On the northeastern point of the island rises Villa Jovis (Jove's Villa), the most conspicuous Roman remains on the island, ordered built by the Emperor Tiberius. You get there from the town of Capri following a long walk that passes the San Michele Church, skirts the panoramic park of Villa Astarita and then leads to the archaeological area. The grandiose ruins dominate a marvellous panorama towards the Sorrentine peninsula and are on a sheer cliff 330 meters high, known as the Jump of Tiberius, from which, it is said, the Emperor had his victims thrown. The Villa is a huge palace on many levels, with the 'working parts' (foyer, thermal baths, servants quarters, private apartments of the Emperor, and receiving rooms) all grouped around a central nucleus, occupied by a gigantic cistern.
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Grand Hotel Quisisana

Written by sunland,
Saturday, October 31, 2009 1:12:42 PM

The Grand Hotel Quisisana was originally a sanatorium built in 1845 by Scottish doctor George Clark. Surrounded by its own enchanting garden, it offers the most up-to-date conveniences and comforts while maintaining its classical style. Throughout the years the Morgano family has been able to conceive and create a typical italian style hotel by giving an interpretation of Mediterranean art and way of living. The Quisisana is now a symbol of Capri, nearly as much as the Blue Grotto. Sovereigns, actors, writers, industrialists and jet-setters are "habitués". The Hotel has a total of 150 rooms and...

Last updated Saturday, October 31, 2009 1:12:42 PM


Hotel Gatto Bianco

Written by sunland,
Monday, December 6, 2010 12:44:15 PM

Located in the very heart of Capri, Hotel Gatto Bianco is a true oasis of tranquility. Hotel Gatto Bianco boasts a prime position right in the center of Capri and just steps away from the legendary Piazzetta, on the town's Via Vittorio Emanuele, street famous for its luxury boutiques and exclusive night-time venues.Hotel Gatto Bianco still preserves the 1950s Dolce Vita style of the island, combined with modern comforts and a very good service. Guest will be welcomed in a very warm and informal atmosphere, feeling at this hotel like at home. The large, flower decked communal terrace, complete with...

Last updated Monday, December 6, 2010 12:56:40 PM


Hotel Weber Ambassador

Written by sunland,
Tuesday, November 3, 2009 12:50:18 PM

The Weber Ambassador Hotel lies right on Marina Piccola Beach, the most fashionable and exclusive beach of the island, just next door to the celebrities villas. But Marina Piccola beach is much more than just the favourite meeting place for the rich and famous: it's also a site of great natural beauty, with a magnificent panorama, pristine waters and superb view of the Faraglioni Rocks. Hotel Weber Ambassador is the ideal spot for those who are looking for a totally relaxing holiday, in perfect harmony with nature and the sea, just 500 meters from the famous Piazzetta, which can be reached using...

Last updated Tuesday, February 23, 2010 5:57:51 PM


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