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A step closer to Spring. Why choose Capri island

January is over and we are a step closer to Spring. Capri certainly is the ideal destination for your well deserved Spring break. For a number of reasons.

  • Capri island is located right in the centre of the gulf of Naples. In a bunch of minutes you can easily access some of the most stunning wonders in the world: Positano, Amalfi, Sorrento, Pompeii and Herculaneum, the ancient city of Naples, the islands of Procida and Ischia.
  • The weather is warm, but not hot and you can enjoy the spectacle of the blossoming nature while walking around. Capri is a terrific place for hiking lovers.
  • A lively, but not crowded place. Strolling around beautiful Anacapri town, shopping in the small streets and alleys dotted with artisanal workshops and dining at open air restaurants really is an amazing experience.

These are just three of the many reasons why Capri island is the place-to-go for a Spring break. The rest you can find out coming here.

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Spring, the perfect time for a relaxing Mediterranean break

Warm pleasant weather, nature blossoming, the sun shining bright. That’s Spring, one of the most beautiful seasons of the year for those who want to enjoy a perfect Mediterranean break.

This is the season when Capri and its wonderful surroundings give their best. Mild temperatures allow visitors to pleasantly tour the island and all the beautiful places dotting the gulf of Naples (the islands of Ischia and Procida, Pompeii, Herculaneum, Sorrento) and the Amalfi coast.

The island’s little streets and alleys slowly come to life after the Winter, never to become overcrowded, though. A nice and easy atmosphere to do some shopping, trekking, sunbathing and enjoy the delicacies of local gastronomy.

This is just a small, tiny picture of the many beautiful things Capri island offers for those who want to take a break in Spring time and live a relaxing Mediterranean experience.

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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.

 

 

 

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Capri island and the Gulf of Naples. A paradise for gastronomy lovers.

Italy. According to some estimates the country is home to half the world’s greatest art treasures. Italy is considered the birthplace of Western civilisation, a sort of cultural superpower. The most renowned elements of its culture are music, art, architecture, fashion and food.

There is probably no other element that is capable to express the country’s cultural diversity such as food. As everyone knows, Italy is not just the place of great cities such as Florence, Milan, Naples and Rome. Italy is, in fact, the place of hundreds small towns and villages, each and everyone of them being characterised by its own cultural heritage. – including architecture, dialect, art, music and, of course, food.

Thus, just like architecture, art, music and dialect, every city, every town, even within the same region, has its own way to prepare the same dish.

That’s true for Capri and the surroundings as well. ‘Spaghetti alla Nerano’, to give one example. The way you have them in wonderful Nerano, on the other side of the small canal dividing Capri from Sorrento Peninsula, you cannot have on the island – or anywhere else throughout the Gulf of Naples. No one ever got to know which ingredient or combination of ingredients make them so special and unique as in Nerano.

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‘Coniglio all’Ischitana’, just another example. A very specific way of cooking rabbit, with or without pasta. You cannot have it the same way you have in Ischia island, no matter how much hard you try, no matter how much care and attention you put in balancing ingredients, no matter how much renowned the restaurant you step in is.

Sausage. There are so many different kinds of sausages in Italy, so many different ways of preparing and cooking it that we might firmly declare there is no such a thing as ‘sausage’. The way to prepare it is the subject of a never-ending dispute between Neapolitans and Capresi. Unlike the former, the latter have it with fennel seams and fat – so that is tastes in a completely different way. Of course sausage by Capresi cooks is an abomination for Neapolitans and vice versa.

How not to mention Ravioli Capresi? Something you can eat only in Capri, as it is made with a particular kind of cheese (Caciotta cheese) that is produced specifically for Ravioli Capresi – and nothing else.

 

So, if you love good food and gastronomy, Capri island and such a land of wonders as the Gulf of Naples, with its gorgeous towns and island, is the the right place for you to spend your holidays.

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Capri: emerald, blue waters

Emerald, blue waters. That’s the colour of Capri island’s waters, even though words cannot quite describe their beauty.

What’s the cause of such a unique shade? That’s not an easy question to answer. But we can try anyway, starting from one of the main features that Capri shares with Greece’s renowned island: geology.

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Unlike the other islands of the gulf of Naples, Capri is not a volcanic island. It originated from the same tectonic plate that formed the Sorrentine Peninsula, of which the Capri is an extension.

Capri is basically made of limestone and dolomite. It looks like a big chunk of rock emerging straight from the seas. There are no sandy shores. The only two accessible shores are made of pebbles. The large majority of beach clubs and pubic shores are carved out into the rocks.

The almost total absence of sand gives the island’s sea its unique colour. Something for which Capri is greatly renowned all around the world.

There is another way in which geology contributes to the island’s reputation.

Limestone and dolomite are easily eroded. The effect of such erosion is the many caves and caverns dotting Capri’s coastline. The most famous one is the Blue Grotto, a natural cavern whose iridescent blue color is caused by the very unique reflection of the sunlight passing through an underwater cavity.

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But there are more caves and cavern to visit and discover, like the Green Grotto and the majestic White Grotto. All you need to do is book a holiday and take a boat tour of the island!!!

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Fall. Capri’s blue waters and rocky shores are just yours to enjoy.

See the picture above? It seems it was taken on a Summer sunny day, but it was taken, instead, exactly three days ago on Monday, October 16th.

As we have said many times throughout this blog, Capri has so many wonderful things to do and see that one week alone would not be enough to do and see them altogether.

Whatever you love you can find it here: culture, nature, history, fashion, food, luxury shopping, craftsmanship, and so forth and so on.

Still, for those who love lying in the sun and enjoy the island’s crystal clear waters, there is no better time of the year than Fall. Whether it’s September or December, it still feels like Summer.

Difference is, while in Summer the island’s waters swarm with boat and temperatures can be unbearably hot, in October Capri’s rocky shores are just yours. Few, small boats humming around and none of the madding, yet colourful crowd filling the island’s streets and alleys in, say, July and August.

The ideal atmosphere to indulge in a couple of days break from frenzy of everyday life.

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Capri’s hidden paths. A whole world to discover!

Capri might seem a small island, which certainly is if we compare it with other islands of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Still, depending on the perspective from which we consider the many things a place like Capri offers, what seems to be small suddenly becomes big.

One example is the multitude of paths and routes running through the whole island. Hundred miles to walk an entire week would not be enough to cover. Most of them you can find on the map. Some of them you cannot. Yet, they are there for the most curious ones to find.

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What’s really special about Capri’s routes is the stunning view each and everyone of them offers over the Mediterranean Sea. Landscapes of unique beauty disclosing right in front of your eyes.

There is a path we do love. It’s got no name. Starting point being at Dentecala Viewpoint (Belvedere Dentecala). Few steps and you find yourself surrounded by the scent of hundreds year old pines.

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The pine forest is the gateway to a route encircling Mount Tuoro, whose south side overlooks the Faraglioni Rocks and Marina Piccola Bay, while the northern side offers a spectacular view over the Gulf of Naples and the twin islands of Ischia and Procida.

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Best time of the year to enjoy this? Definitely Spring and Fall, when local nature gives its best!

 

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5 Simple Reasons why Hotel Senaria is an ideal holiday destination

Hotel Senaria has become over the years one of most renowned destinations for those who want to spend their holidays in Anacapri town.

Why is that? Why we believe Senaria hotel is the right place to live a unique experience?

  1. Location. Anacapri, a far from the crowd place, whose streets and alleys are dotted with lovely restaurants serving delicious, traditional food, and artisanal workshops producing items you will find nowhere else. Hotel Senaria is located in the heart of the historic centre. Still, it is surrounded by the luxuriant local greenery, which gives its best in Spring, when nature bursts with flowers and colours, and Autumn, with its picturesque atmosphere and the scent of the grape harvest filling the air.
  2. Welcoming atmosphere. Hotel Senaria doesn’t really feel like a hotel. It’s actually like being at home: a comfortable, relaxing and informal vibe. Owners and staff are always there to help. Talking to them is like talking with friends. They will also provide all the information and guidance you need through the beauties and wonders of Anacapri town and Capri island.
  3. Breakfast. Imagine what it feels like waking up in the morning and getting your day started with some unique home made delicacies. Words cannot really describe it. You only need to come and try it!
  4. Sleep quality. Quiet. The quiet and silence of a Mediterranean island for those who really need to take a well deserved break from the craziness of the everyday life. A long and regenerating night sleep in a large bed and comfortable room. Sounds good, doesn’t it?
  5. Value. What do you think all this is worth? Think about it and divide it by 100!

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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Love hiking? Capri’s the right place for you!!!

Capri island is generally known as a place swarming with thousand of daily tourists or as a glamorous location for the extra rich and wealthy ones.

What not everyone knows, instead, is that Capri is also made of dozens of hidden paths and routes, running into the wild and leading to some of the most spectacular spots in the entire world.

The ideal place for hikers and nature lovers who want to experience something quite unique.

For a very long time, the so called Passetiello trail and Scala Fenicia (Phoenician stairway) were the only two available ways to reach Anacapri town from Capri town. Both these itineraries are stunningly beautiful and worth a try.

Passetiello trail starts at the junction between the road to the port, Marina Piccola bay and Anacapri. A mountain path that requires some skills and time (2 hours, depending on how much strong and fit you are). After a quite long climb along the mountain side a breathtaking view opens up in front of your eyes. The whole island, the gulf of Naples, the Amalfi coast and the Mediterranean Sea stretching out to Sicily.

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After a further half an hour climb, magnificent Cetrella valley provides the right spot to take a rest.

Scala Fenicia is a very stairway connecting the port of Capri in Marina Grande village to Anacapri. It was once thought to be built by ancient colonisers before the Greeks arrived. Still, according to more recent studies the stairway was built by the Greek colonisers to get access to the upper part of the island. If you want some special pictures to show to your friends when you’re home, that’s the right place to go.

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Villa Jovis, a 2 thousand years journey back in time. Emperor Tiberius’ residence, the headquarter of the imperial power on the top of a 334 mt. rocky slope.

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Right under Villa Jovis, another old mansion, Villa Lysis, built by a French industrialist at the beginning of the XX century. Right on the side of the house, a path departs that leads you to a rocky beach on the island’s east edge, right where Emperor Tiberius was said by his opponents to throw his young lovers.

Pizzolungo. A coastal path that leads to the Natural Arch, a majestic arch made of rocks, through Grotta di Matermania. Centuries ago, this cave was served  as a Roman amphitheatre, where Bacchus, the Greek god of the harvest, wine and fertility, and other gods were honoured.

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These are just hints into the many things to do and see in Capri. The best time of the year to enjoy them? Definitely Spring and Autumn. But that’s just a point of view.