Anacapri – Relaxation in the green for two

Posted by on May 25, 2012

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Anacapri is a small community of the Island of Capri. It is found in Naples, Italy. Ana is an ancient Greek word which means up or above. This signifies that Anacapri is found on the higher part of the island. In terms of political aspects, it has a different status from the Capri city. The famous composer Claude Debussy is a regular visitor of the place. He named one of his compositions as ‘The hills of Anacapri’ to pay tribute to the said community. You can take the bus with numerous bends from Martina Grande. There are several attractionsin Anacapri although it is very small. Most of them are focused on nature. The Villa san Michele is one of them. It was built in the 20th century surrounded in the ruins of the villa of the Roman Emperor. The gardens provide a good view of the town and the marina.

View of Capri and Marina from Villa San Michele, Anacapri
View of Capri and Marina from Villa San Michele, Anacapri

Villa san Michele also overlooks the Sorrentine Peninsula and Mount Vesuvius. It is found on Phoenician Steps which are about 327 meters above the sea. The whole place is filled with relics and art works that date back from ancient times. You can also take a chairlift to Monte Solaro which is the highest point in the whole of Capri. The whole mountain is formed using the limestone found in the whole island. There are over 900 plant species in the area. There is also a variety of animals and birds living within the mountain.

Scala Fenicia, Anacapri
Scala Fenicia, Anacapri

If you love the outdoors, you can hike or walk without a problem. There are notable sites within the summit including Santa Maria della Cetrella and Fortino di Bruto.  Another place in Anacapri that will get you close to nature is the Punta Carena Lighthouse which is located in the southeast side. It was constructed in 1867.  It is a brick tower with a gallery. A taxi or bus ride from Anacapri is the Blue Grotto which is known throughout the world for its size. The blue tones of the interior are so magical plus you get to see the items immersed by the water.

Punta Carena Lighthouse, Anacapri
Punta Carena Lighthouse, Anacapri

In order to enter the grotto, you need to ride a rowing boat. Punta Carena can also be found in the south west section of the community. Behind that point, there are defense walls that were built to protect the place from foreign invasion. There is a lighthouse that was built 150 years ago. There is quite a number of resorts found in the area that offer comfortable accommodations and access to the waters. This is a good place where you can enjoy the waters. During the summer months you can also enjoy live music in Punta Carena. There is quite a number of tourists visiting the small commune of Ana Capri.

Anacapri photo 1: ehpien, Anacapri photo 2: Enzoozne, Anacapri photo 3: Paul,

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