- Sleeps: 8+
- Bedrooms: 5
- Bathrooms: 4
Villa Gioia is an elegant villa located in the center of Sorrento, five minutes walking from the ...Details
- Sleeps: 6+
- Bedrooms: 4
- Bathrooms: 4
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Capri is a Mediterranean island of calcareous origin that has been visited over the centuries by intellectuals, artists and writers, all enthralled by its magical beauty.
The rocks which form the island date back to the Jurassic and Cretaceous eras, which date back from 65 to 190 million years ago.
The fortune of the Island of Capri, besides its breathtaking beauty, has been in it’s ability to welcome, with the same care and discretion, guests of every social extraction.
From the nineteen fifties onwards Capri became the world capital of the Cafè Society: this is when the season of fashionable parties, gala dinners in fine evening wear and ostentatious luxury began.
In the latter half of the 19th century, Capri became a popular resort for European artists, writers and other celebrities. John Singer Sargent and Frank Hyde are among the prominent artists who stayed on the island around the late 1870s. Sargent is best known for his series of portraits featuring the beautiful local model,
Villa San Michele
Here you will find an ancient Roman imperial villa, whose ruin, San Michele, was Axel Munthe’s residence between 1896 and 1910. It was preserved by the same Axel Munthe and is now to be found amidst a beautiful garden. San Michele is a Swedish cultural institute on the island of Capri, comprised of a museum house and gardens. It is also a guest house for Swedish citizens engaged in cultural work or in research, a nature reserve for the protection of migrating birds and the preservation of certain Mediterranean flora. Munthe shared his love of music, animals and nature with the Swedish queen, Victoria, who lived in Capri for health reasons for long periods of time. Axel Munthe's concern for the birds on the island, which were shot in disastrous numbers, led him to acquire the rights to the Barbarossa Mountain in order to create a sanctuary for migrating birds.
The existence of the Blue Grotto was revealed in August 1826 by the German writer August Kopisch, who described its extraordinary beauty. The magical Blue Grotto is a must-see attraction on Capri , where visitors take a boat ride through a natural cavern that is filled with an ethereal and eerie light reflecting on the (very blue) water. The entrance to the Grotta Azzurra is formed by a small natural opening in the rocky wall, roughly 2 meters wide and 2 meters high. A second phenomenon creates the silver appearance of the objects immersed in the water: given that the index of refraction of the bubbles of air which adhere to the surface of the objects is different to that of the water, the light is allowed to egrese.