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Capri's Blue Grotto: a natural wonder of Italy

A part of the breathtaking Capri coast, located in the south of Italy, the Blue Grotto, also known in Italian as the “Grotta Azzurra” is a beautiful sea cave.

A part of the breathtaking Capri coast, located in the south of Italy, the Blue Grotto, also known in Italian as the “Grotta Azzurra” is a beautiful sea cave. 

Its most particular characteristic, from which the sea cave also gets its name, is that this place looks illuminated in blue light, created by the natural effect of the sunlight reflecting on the water. 


Let’s find out something more about Capri’s Blue Grotto and why you should visit it!



Capri’s Grotta Azzurra was apparently discovered by the Romans back in ancient times. It was mainly used by Emperor Tiberius as his private swimming pool and it became the protagonist of many works of art throughout the centuries. In 1826, this sea cave was visited by August Kopisch and Ernst Fries, two German artists, who were stunned by its beauty. They began spreading the word and shining a light on this cavern throughout their paintings and the Blue Grotto gradually became a very beloved destination for tourists.



As previously mentioned, the Blue Grotto is a breathtaking sea cavern located in Capri. It extends for circa 60 meters in length and 25 meters in width. The cave can only be entered through a small entrance and, because of this, it can only be visited with small boats. Passengers of the boats usually have to lie down to make sure that the boat can pass through the small entrance!

The cave is also quite particular because of its blue light. As said before, the blue light effect is created by the sunlight entering through the small entrance door, as it reflects on the blue water, creating this special atmosphere. 



Just like every beautiful place, the Blue Grotto is surrounded by legends and myths that made this destination even more precious for tourists throughout the years. Some of these legends say that the cave is inhabited by mermaids, some others say that it used to be infested by monsters. Some people also narrate that two priests once tried to enter the cave to make peace with the monsters and make them leave!



If you’re thinking of visiting Grotta Azzurra when you’re in  Capri, here’s some useful info for you, regarding opening times. The Blue Grotto is open every day from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM, except for December 25th and January 1st. The opening times may vary according to the weather, so we suggest you always check in advance! The tickets cost 18€ each


Visiting the Blue Grotto in Capri is one of the best ways to fully immerse yourself in a unique atmosphere, as it makes you feel like you’re in Heaven for a while! If you want to get to know more about the island of Capri and Italy in general, make sure you check out our other blogs and book a private tour with us for the best experience possible!.

15th Oct 2023