Enchantment on the Island of Capri
by Roy Witman © 2008
If you look back at its history, you could easily say
the entire world is enchanted with the island of Capri,
Italy. With royal-blue water, it is often difficult to tell
where the sky ends and the ocean begins. Capri is
surrounded by the Tyrrhenian Sea just off the coast of
Naples. As you approach via ferry, it's easy to
distinguish Capri's dramatic color palette of brilliant
blue, slate gray, deep green and gleaming white.
With visitors from across the globe, Capri boasts
quite a guest list (including emperors). It has also
been introduced to many via the movies. September
Affair (1949), It Started in Naples (1960) that featured
native Sophia Loren and countless Italian films have
all used this beautiful island as their backdrops.
The Aroma & Taste of Capri
But Capri is known for much more than fame and
fortune. If cruising through Italy on Princess Cruises or
another cruise line, you'll likely stop in Naples or
another nearby port town. From here, ferries and
speedboats can easily take you directly to the dock at
Stepping onto the island immediately brings an
amazing fusion of aromas including fresh broom
flowers in bloom, ripe natively grown lemons and fresh
salt air. In addition, the intense perfume of indigenous
basil, marjoram, oregano, parsley and thyme waft
through the air with every breeze.
Capri cooking, needless to say, revolves around a
variety of herbs and other flavors that culminate into a
Obviously, since Capri is an island, water sports
are popular here. Opportunities for boating,
swimming, fishing and more are abundant. However,
with so much to see, you'll have a hard time deciding
what to do next.
The Blue Grotto (Grotta Azzurra) is a must-see.
The official website of Capri describes this remarkable
site best. “The blue coloring of the Grotta Azzurra is
created by the daylight that enters via an underwater
opening located immediately below the entrance to
the cave. The light is filtered by the water, which
absorbs the red tones, leaving only the blue ones to
pass into the cave.”
“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 egress.”
Cave exploration is another popular pastime on
Capri. With so many naturally formed caves to choose
from, investigating these natural wonders via sea is a
The Faraglioni Rocks, marinas, Gardens of
Augustus, the forts, churches, lighthouse and other
sights will bring memories for years to come of bright
sunny days spent with family and friends.
If you're planning to book an Italian cruise on
Princess or another cruise line, schedule an itinerary
with a stop near the island of Capri. This little side
adventure will turn out to be a highlight of your
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