La Grotta Azzurra

Art & Architecture, Beach
July 13, 2010 9:59 am

I am back from a 12-day, post-graduation vacation to Italy with my family! While I could entertain you with missives about how delectable the food was or how stylish Italian men were — that will come — I have instead decided to start with a video from one of my favorite outings during our self guided tour through the boot-shaped peninsula.

While staying in Sorrento, we took a day trip to the enchanting island of Capri (pronounced CAH-pree). We spent the morning on a boat excursion that circled the island and eventually brought us to Capri’s crown jewel: La Grotta Azzurra. La Grotta Azzurra is about 60 meters long and 25 wide, and sunlight caught in the grotto interacts with the white sand to produce a deep, incandescent and otherworldly blue.  In other words, it’s breathtaking.

This is one of those times where my written description will do no justice, so I have made a video of our Grotta Azzurra experience, from waiting to enter to exiting. Tide was high that day, so you’ll see the narrow opening rowboats had to enter (by rowboat is the only way to enter the cave), as well hear a brief explanation from our guide. I tried to keep my camera steady, but we were on the ocean in a tiny boat, so it was sometimes difficult. If only we were living in the heyday of the Roman Empire! We maybe could have gone for a dip.

For more information on La Grotta Azzurra, visit the official site.

Karina for TKGO

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