The Blue Grotto (La Grotta Azzurra)

Price guide: Expensive

Via Gradola, Capri

Price guide: Expensive

La Grotta Azzura
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Expert overall rating:4.3 out of 5
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Best for First-time visitors - Expert review of The Blue Grotto (La Grotta Azzurra)

Discover the beautiful blue grotto (where the witches may live).

It's commercial alright but there's no doubting how pretty the iridescent blue water of the grotto is, and the trip there is fun too. Discovered in the time of Tiberius, the place was initially thought to be haunted by evil spirits and so was avoided; it was rediscovered in the 19th century and since then has become one of Capri's most popular attractions. When the weather is fine a small rowing boat will take you into the grotto (you'll need to lie down in the boat as the opening is very narrow) and, thanks to reflecting sunlight, the water appears to take on the colour of sky. If you're lucky, your boatman might even sing you a song so that you can experience the wonderful acoustics. 

The grotto is about 10 minutes by boat from Marina Grande. 

Price advice: 

It costs around 10.50 euros to get into the grotto and then there is the cost of your boat. The best idea is to hire a boat for a half day (or day) and swing by when there isn't too much of a queue. 

Expert tips: 
Expect a queue.

More information on The Blue Grotto (La Grotta Azzurra):

Price guide:
Expensive
Type:
Natural wonder
Address:
Via Gradola, Capri
Telephone:
081 837 0973
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Daily 9.30am-2.30pm.
Indoor/outdoor?:
Outdoor
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