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From the Romans until today

The History of Blue Grotto

From the news we have and from the findings inside the cave it was discovered that in Roman times the site was a maritime nymphaeum accessible from a villa not far from the site through a corridor that over the centuries has collapsed. In 1963 in fact, statues and objects of Roman times were found inside the cave including a statue of Poseidon, a triton and various sculptures of marine animals, these goods are now preserved at the museum of the Red House in the center of Anacapri can be visited during the day. Roman buildings are scattered evenly throughout the island, just think of Villa Jovis on Mount Tiberius 15 minutes walk from the center of Capri, or Villa Damecuta as the crow flies a few dozen meters from the Blue Grotto accessible in 5 minutes by bus from the center of Anacapri. Those who lived in these 2 villas could enjoy spectacular views of the Gulf of Naples, but they were nothing compared to having everything for themselves a natural wonder like the Blue Grotto. The remains of the Villa Romana to which the cave was connected are visible a few miles away from the current entrance to the cave, in Gradola, and for this reason the site was called the Grotta di Gradola. It was August Kopisch at the time of its discovery in 1826 who chose the name of Azzurra, who now knows the whole world.

It was on August 17, 1826 that the Cave was rediscovered after centuries of neglect. The remains of Roman times will be found at the bottom of the site more than a century later, but this does not prevent the island from being changed forever since the arrival of the grand tour. Tourists on the grand tour who came to Italy beyond the famous art cities of Venice, Rome and Florence added another stop to their cultural journey, Naples and Capri. And it will be the Blue Grotto that will bring Capri into the world, along with the other monumental, scenic and natural beauty that the island boasts. The cave rediscovered by August Kopisch will light a beacon of notoriety on the island that still lasts today. The Capri of our days is the result of those years when it began to build itself and then to take root the spirit of welcome and care towards the visitor that today makes it one of the most famous destinations in the world.

The cave of Gradola, or Blue Grotto, is now a national museum, the entrance service is entrusted to a cooperative of boatmen who every day from 9 am to 5 pm make the entrance service to the site. The opening hours and entrance prices can be found on our web pages. The last few decades have seen an exponential increase in leisure travel worldwide and the Grotta Azzura website has also benefited from this. The increase in the number of visitors and the natural limitations that the site offers make it a very long wait for the entrance to the cave at particular times of the day.

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