The Blue Grotto. One of the most renowned in the world. Everyone talks about it. Still, a mysterious place that inspired fascinating stories.
Being located on the north-western side of the island is not visible from the outside visible. During high tides, the only way to enter through is small mouth cave is swimming.
So, how to enter it in bright, sunny days?
Board a tiny, traditional rowboat. Lie down. For it is not possible to enter it staying seated, least of all standing. The boatman grabs a chain hooked into the rock and pulls. In less than one second you find yourself into the dark.
It takes a couples of seconds for the outline of the cave emerge. Then, the magic. The cave’s areblue/emerald-colored, due to very particular lighting conditions.Light, in fact, comes from two sources. One is the tiny mouth at the waterline. The other is an underwater hole ten times larger than the former. As you dive in, your skin turns blue.
Blue grotto is thought to be Emperor Tiberius’ personal swimming hole and temple. Geometry of the cave is also quite complex and mysterious.
Three connecting passageways at the back of the main hall lead to the ‘Room of Names’, named after the graffiti visitors left over the centuries. Two more passageways lead deeper into the internal cliffs of the island, and are said to be leading straight to the Emperor’s villa. Which one is that remains unknown.
It can be either the most renowned villa on the top of the mount on the opposite side of the island – Villa Jovis; or the villa located on the road leading to the cave in Anacapri – Villa Damecuta; or another villa on the northern side of the island, in the area known as ‘Palazzo a Mare’ – quite nothing remaining of it. Or it can be the three of them. No one really knows.
The whole story is surrounded by mystery. And that’s fine. Maybe it’s mystery that makes this story fascinating.