Limoncello on the Island of Capri

The beautiful island of Capri actually has an interesting history to match its beauty. While the Greeks are the first known society to inhabit the island, just off the coast of Sorrento and within view of the ominous Mt. Vesuvius, there have been discoveries made of humans there dating back to the Neolithic period. Roman emperors used the island as a vacation spot and after the collapse of the Roman Empire, it was a haven for pirates.

Currently, it has developed into a hot tourist destination with many upscale shops lining the streets. If you are into this sort of thing, you might find this exciting. However, there are other things to do there as well. Sara and I took the Mt. Solaro chairlift to the highest point on the island, where the views of the sea and the rest of the island were unbeatable.

Once we descended from the top of the island, we took a short bus ride to the northwest tip of the island and hired a boat to take us into the Blue Grotto. This is a cave in the island that is only accessible by boat. While the boatman sings to you, you have to lie on your back as you pass through the entrance to the cave. It is very dark inside, but once there, you turn around and the light shining through the blue-crystal water is like nothing you have seen before. It is the ‘must see’ on Capri.

After that, we hiked a little further down and found a spot on the rocks where the locals were showing off by somersaulting off of the cliffs into the water. Being afraid of heights, I was proud just to have successfully jumped into the water from the small cliffs. It was a wonderfully refreshing respite from the heat (this was the same summer when so many people died of the overwhelming heat in Europe).

We chose not to spend the night in Capri, instead staying in a cliffside hotel in Sorrento, but either choice offers beautiful views, friendly people and excellent food. The souvenir to buy in Capri, by the way, is Limoncello, a lemon liqueur made throughout the region. It makes a great gift to bring back and share with friends while you regale them with tales of your adventures overseas.

Must See: the Blue Grotto-pictures cannot do it justice, but bring your camera anyway.

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