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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Best Beaches In The World | Isle of Capri

Not many places on earth have landscapes worthy of royal visits, but undoubtedly the Italian Isle of Capri is one of them,  one’s favorite celebrity refugees .
Steep limestone cliffs that rises from the depths of the sea, lush vegetation , turquoise water and luxurious villas with gardens, from ancient The Isle of Capri fascinated many artists and writers like Thomas Mann, Pablo Neruda, Graham Greene, Axel Munthe and Maxim Gorky. Nowadays, many stars – including Keanu Reeves, Mariah Carey, Elton John and Eddie Murphy have here a summer residence. Thanks to spectacular landscapes and romantic atmosphere, the isle of Capri was the perfect location for so many movies, especially for Italian films, whose protagonists were, among others, Tony Curtis, Sophia Loren, Claudia Cardinale, Brigitte Bardot, Marcello Mastroiani or Burt Lancaster.
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Initially, the island was colonized by the Greeks, but the history of this little paradise (Isle of Capri ) is about the Emperor Augustus in particular. In the year 29 BC he bought the small island (only 10 km ²) from Naples, in exchange for Ischia island, being captured by the splendor of this place permanently. Equally fascinated and turned out to be his successor, Emperor Tiberius was fascinated by the Isle of Capri that he built 12 villas on the magical land in honor of the 12 gods of Olympus, certainly a sign of gratitude for the uniqueness of the Isle of Capri. Obviously, the presence of two historical figures had an overwhelming influence on the architecture of the isle of Capri and also on urban development. Later, the isle of capri become the favorite destination of Italian, French and British nobles.
You can access Isle of Capri just only by water. To reach the island, the simplest option is a flight to Naples and from there either by ferry from Calata Porta di Massa, either by hydrofoil from Molo Beverello or Mergellina. The journey takes about 40 minutes by hydrofoil, 50 minutes by fast ferry  and 1 hour and 20 minutes by classic ferry. You can rent different boats, private or groups from ports of Naples, Sorrento and Salerno, with prices ranging between 9 and 16 Euro per person, plus tax Storage to arrive in Isle of Capri. Of course, if money is not a problem, the isle of Capri can be reached by helicopter, boat rental or personal yacht …
In terms of gastronomy, in the Isle of Capri there are significant differences compared to the Mediterranean and Neapolitan, the main protagonists remaining olive oil, tomatoes, garlic, oregano, mint, basil, parsley, marjoram, olives and anchovies. In addition to seafood specialties, you can find pasta and pizza, more accessible, but in general, you must be attentive to menu prices, if they are not displayed because you can have surprises …
Among the most important events held here in the Isle of Capri include celebration of St. Constantine (14th) and St. Anthony (June 13), protectors of the island, and Grape Festival (August-September).

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