Blue Grotto Italy
Ranked #4 in Italy Tourism
The famous Blue Grotto or the Grotta Azzura is a sea cave off the coast of Capri in Italy. Voted the world`s best sea cave the Blue Grotto is filled with bright blue and emerald light, a must see place for the tourists who visit Capri. When sunlight passes through an underwater opening located immediately below the entrance to the cave a bluish reflection is formed and the cave is illuminated. Hence its name “Blue Grotto”.
Entering Blue Grotto
The cave entrance is just enough for a wooden row boat to pass; four feet high and four feet wide on the face of a rock standing straight and high. Entering into the cave itself is fascinating. You have to lie in the damp boat looking up because the roof of the entrance is only 1 meter above sea level. With the help of a chain fixed to the vault of the entrance the boatman manoeuvres the boat inside. Initially it will be all dark as you enter the domed cave. Then you feel as if in a magical world with blue and silver lights up water all around. It is so calm, serene and beautiful. If you throw a stone into the water, the tiny bubbles bring out a sparkling glares.
Blue Grotto Trivia
The Blue Grotto was known to the locals much earlier than to the world outside Capri. It was called Gradola, and was avoided as they believed it to be inhabited by evil spirits.
Swimming is not allowed both for safety reasons and to preserve the water clarity.
The visiting time is from 09.00 to 17.00, but if the sea condition is rough entrance to the cave is not possible. The cave’s interiors are fabulous always, but are at its fullest between 12:00 and 14:00 hours.
How to reach Blue Grotto: By boat from Marina Grande it takes 10 minutes, by bus from Anacapri, or on foot it is an adventure following the well-marked path.