Capri

Naples’ seafront. A must-to-go place

This is Capri island from ‘Lungomare di Chiaia‘, Naples’ beautiful waterfront, stretching from majestic ‘Castel Nuovo’, where the very peculiar ‘Borgo dei Marinari’ lies, a sort of fishermen citadel, in the east, to wonderful ‘Mergellina’ area in the west.

Naples’ seaside has been recently revamped and turned into a pedestrian area. An array of restaurants, bars and bistrot serving delicious local food.

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Just imagine strolling down the city’s seafront on a wonderful Saturday afternoon savouring an artisanal ice-cream, a fresh breeze coming from the sea, a breathtaking view, the air filled with the delicate smell of Neapolitan coffee.

It takes nothing to get to Naples from Capri. Just 45 minutes by fast ferry and 1:30 h by slow ferry.

A city of thousand years history, founded in 9-8th century BC as one of the most important Magna Grecia’s cities. The traces of such an important Greek past are still largely visible today, as the town’s historic centre known as ‘Centro Antico’ maintains the same urban structure and layout as nearly 3000 years ago.

The area has been listed as one of UNESCO’s intangible sites. And it is definitely worth visiting it!!!

 

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Passetiello trail. A walk into the wild.

As we said in a previous post, Capri island is the ideal place for hiking lovers. Dozens of hidden paths to the most spectacular views over the Mediterranean Sea.

One of the most adventurous one certainly is ‘Passetiello’ trail, leading to the island’s highest peak, Mount Solaro. Words cannot properly describe the astonishing view to be enjoyed once at the top.

Passetiello was for a long long time the only existing way, along with Scala Fenicia, to reach Anacapri (the upper part of the island) from Capri town. The first road connecting the two towns was built at beginning of the XX century.

Starting at the junction between the roads to the port, Marina Piccola and Anacapri, Passetiello really is a trip into the wild. As you will find yourself hiking for up to 3 hours, this walk requires some skills. Endurance, first and above all.

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You can barely see the sky along most of the climb, as the sight is blocked by trees. Still, as passing through a narrow passage, the most stunning view opens up in front of your eyes. Looking North, the whole Gulf Of Naples. Looking South, the blue waters stretching out to Sicily. Looking at your feet, the whole island.

Climb for half an hour at least on a slope so steep you need to proceed zig-zagging, and the magnificent Cetrella gets disclosed. Now, sit down and relax, and let your eyes feast on such a spectacle.

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From here, a nice and easy flat walk will lead you to Mount Solaro, from where you will enjoy the spectacle of the sun setting down right behind the beautiful Ischia island.

 

 

 

Autumn in Capri. One of the most beautiful and romantic seasons of the year.

Capri island, one of the world’s most renowned destinations for summer holidays. Synonymous with luxury shopping, glamorous lifestyle and crazy nightlife. That’s what Capri is, in part. In fact, this is just one side of the whole story.

Maybe not everyone knows that Capri rose to prominence between as a ‘cool’ tourism destination between the end of the 18th and the beginning of the 19th century, when writers, intellectuals, archaeologists and scholars fell in love with the myth of the Mediterranean Sea.

As the residence of Emperor Tiberius was discovered on the top of the mount that has been known since then as Mount Tiberius, Capri became one of the so-called Grand tour’s milestones and a destination for winter tourism.

Until at the 1950s Capri was the place where prominent personalities from all over the world came to spend the Autumn and Winter time.

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Autumn is in fact one of the most beautiful seasons of the year to have a holiday in Capri. That is true for a number of reasons.

  1. If you don’t fancy the Summer’s madding crowd, that’s the time. The island maintains the liveliness of the Summer time, but it’s quiet and peaceful.
  2. The weather. Warm and sunny days to enjoy the sun and te blu, crystal clear waters surrounding the island.
  3. Colours. The island’s skies get depicted with shades of colours beautifully mixing together. An astonishing spectacle words cannot describe.
  4. From ancient Roman ruins to breathtaking views from the island’s highest peaks, Capri’s cultural and natural wonders are all yours to discover.
  5. Naples, the Sorrento coast, Ischia island, the Amalfi coast. Every single one of these marvellous places you want to visit, you can do it smoothly. No queues, no unbearable heat, nothing like that. Your just need to decide where you want to go and what you want to see.

Just imagine what it would be like walking down one Anacapri town’s beautiful streets, maybe after having dinner in the open air at one of the many traditional little restaurants, surrounded by a magic and romantic atmosphere… with nothing more than a jumper on your shoulders.

 

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The Ancient City of Naples: a unique experience for a one day trip

Did you know that Naples City and Capri Island share a lot more than the same geographic area, food (to a certain extent) and dialect (to a certain extent)? Maybe yes. What I’m talking about is their origins.

Under the rule of Emperor Tiberius Capri was the centre of the Empire, that’s true. Naples was one of the most important cultural cities during the Roman age either. However, long before Rome arose as Italy and the world’s new military and political power, both Naples and Capri were Greek colonies. And such Greek identity they maintained overt the centuries.

So, let’s start from Naples. There’s a lot you can see to enjoy the city. You will need more than two weeks to see it all – to be optimistic. But, if you wish to spend one day of your holiday and experience something really special and unique, here is our suggestion: the city’s ancient city.

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Neapolis (that’s how Naples’ ancient centre is called), is located between today’s Corso Umberto (south), Via Mezzocannone (West) up to Via Foria (North) and road leading to Piazza Garibaldi train station (East). This part of the city has maintained the same urban structure since the VI century BC – the area of the old agora still standing there. It was listed by UNESCO as a world heritage centre in 1995.

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This is one of the most unique places on Earth. Words cannot describe it. Only thing to do is visit it and enjoy its colourful atmosphere.

Such a uniqueness is paralleled with what’s beneath the ground. Departing from the Greek agora, a path underneath the street floor, Underground Naples (Napoli Sotterranea), leads through the discovery of an old and mysterious world. The very womb from which the city was born: the Greek-Roman Aqueduct, the stunning Hypogeaum Gardens, the Roman Theatre.

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Naples is a city that surprises you at every corner of its many streets. It’s diverse and paradoxical, in a sense – its beauty certainly being not replicable.