When you think of the Amalfi Coast, usually the first image that comes to mind is that of the sun, the scent of the sea, the liveliness of Naples but also the scenic beauty of the neighboring islands. One of these certainly is Capri, famous for the luxury hotels, the high fashion boutiques but also for the limoncello, for the handicraft products of the area and for the nature that is able to take your breath away.
Among the unmissable natural sites of the Gulf of Naples, located near the island of Capri, the Blue Grotto it is certainly one of the most beautiful: especially during the summer, in fact, many organize excursions to this enchanting place that attracts not only lovers of adventure and seascapes, but also curious tourists, cheerful groups and much more.
If you are nearby or if you are planning to spend a few days near Capri, it may be a good idea to visit organize a boat excursion on a day of good weather to explore the cave and then go offshore and enjoy the wonders of the coastal stretch, full of inlets. For this, we leave you in this article tips and information that can help you in planning your trip.
- Where is it and how to get there
- Hours and prices
- Tours, guided tours and tickets online
- What to see and how to visit the Blue Grotto of Anacapri
- Useful tips for visiting the attraction
- Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief
- User questions and comments
Where is it and how to get there
- On foot: the Blue Grotto is located not far from the center of Anacapri. To get there on foot, just take via Pagliaro and then via Grotta Azzurra (in total it is about 3,5km). From here, a staircase leads directly to the sea, at the end of which you have to wait for a boat to pick you up and then reach the entrance to the cave. - Get directions
- By bus: from Piazza della Pace in Anacapri, a bus service leaves for regular connections with the Blue Grotto. The arrival terminal is located very close to the steps leading to the sea.
- On a boat: Obviously the best way to get to the Grotto is by sea, through an organized tour or by renting a private boat. As for the organized tour, at the Port of Marina Grande you will find the box offices of the various companies that usually offer the "Tour of the island + Blue Grotto" package. Also in Marina Grande, it is also possible to rent a private gozzo for a few hours (small boat that can hold a maximum of 7 people) or a larger boat depending on how much you want to spend. To enter the Grotto, it will then be necessary to moor offshore and signal a boatman to pick you up and take you to one of the many rowing boats that enter / leave the small entrance.
- From Naples or Sorrento: there are several daily tours departing from Naples or Sorrento that allow you to visit Capri and the Blue Grotto.
Hours and prices
- the Grotto is open from 9 to 17, but only in favorable sea conditions (for this reason the Grotto is only open in the spring-summer months). You can be sure of the opening of the cave by calling 081 8375646.
- Best time to avoid queues: if you want to avoid the crowds of tourists, it is best to visit the cave early in the morning or in the early afternoon, shortly after lunch time.
- the ticket is quite expensive, even if the place is worth it: the price for admission is in fact around € 14,00 per person.
- Reductions: children under 6 enter for free, while minors under 18 pay only € 10,00 per person.
Tours, guided tours and tickets online
What to see and how to visit the Blue Grotto of Anacapri
The Blue Grotto is one natural cavity just over 25 meters wide and 60 meters long, which can be accessed from a single entrance only one meter high and two meters wide: this is why only one boat (rowing!) at a time can enter through the narrow passage, and it is not possible enter in complete autonomy.
Precisely for the small size of the place and for the small size of the boats it is not recommended to move abruptly, lean too far out of the boat e making loud noises which could create a very annoying echo effect.
We are sure, however, that the beauty of the place will leave you motionless and speechless for at least a few seconds: as soon as you enter the entrance, in fact, the darkness will envelop you, preventing you from seeing a palm from your nose, but not just your eyes. they will have got used to everything will be colored with blue reflections of a thousand shades (light blue, turquoise, blue-silver, etc.). Since the tour inside the cave lasts very little (about 5 minutes), we advise you to enjoy it to the fullest: forget about your mobile phones and enjoy the moment.
Useful tips for visiting the attraction
- Get up early: the ideal would be to reach the entrance to the cave by 9 am;
- Watch out for restrictions: inside the cave, it is not possible to swim and, although many wait for the ticket office to close to be able to enter for free, it is not only forbidden but also dangerous: a wave stronger than the others is enough to risk crashing into it the rocks.
- Maximum time: the minimum time for the visit is about 5 minutes. However, the wait to enter the Grotto can last even more than an hour during peak summer periods. (Make sure you have water and sun protection with you!)
- Attention to the little ones: there are no age restrictions but the passage to access the entrance to the cave can be difficult for small children. Also, waiting in the sun waiting to get on the rowboat could be exhausting.
- Beware of heavy seas: it is not possible to know well in advance whether the Grotto is open or closed on the pre-established day of your visit: apart from during the months from November to March (when the Grotto is certainly impracticable), in fact, the only criterion to which to trust is the condition of the sea. If the wind and the sea are rough, it is advisable to leave it alone for safety reasons and try again on another day with good weather.
Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief
The Blue Grotto has been known since Roman times, when it was used as marine nymphaeum: today the statues that were once kept in the Grotto are found at the Red House in Anacapri, although because of these statues, for many years after the end of the Roman Empire, the Grotto was strongly avoided by local sailors, who they feared it was haunted by evil spirits.
Only in 1826, when a local fisherman accompanied the German writer August Kopisch and the painter Ernst Fries to visit it and the two, enchanted by the beauty of the place, told about its wonders, the Grotto regained its popularity, gradually becoming one of the stops fixed for tourism on Capri.
On the other hand, it is impossible to cross the threshold of the Blue Grotto and not be kidnapped: the peculiarity of the place is the color of the water of a very intense blue: this depends on a specific phenomenon linked to the sunlight that filters through an underwater window created exactly under the entrance gate, allowing the water to filter the sunlight. In addition to this, another phenomenon determines i silver reflections of objects immersed in the sea: in this case, it is thanks to the air bubbles which, in contact with the external surface of the objects, allow the light to escape, creating a very particular play of shades.
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