How to Experience the Beauty of the Blue Grotto

The Blue Grotto, known by locals as the Grotto Azzurra, is a sea cave on the northern shoreline of the island of Capri in southern Italy. Visiting this cave by rowboat is one of the most popular things to do in Capri. The Grotto’s beauty is unprecedented. Sunlight shines through the small entrance to the cave, refracting off the blue water and illuminating the walls of the cave in a wonderful azure light.

Inside the Blue Grotto

Though the entrance may be small, the cave actually extends more than 50 meters back into the cliff and is almost 150m deep. With an average width of about 25 meters, this certainly is a large cave to visit. Since the entrance is only 1 meter high though, the Blue Grotto becomes inaccessible during high tide, or when conditions are a little rough. This means that your skipper will always exercise extreme caution when taking you on the tour to ensure that there’s no chance of conditions changing while you’re inside. Swimming is forbidden within the cave for the purposes of safety, and though many people would love to take a dip into the crystal-clear waters, the rule is actually also in place to ensure that the water stays clear. Visiting between midday and 2 pm will provide you with the very best lighting of the cave because of the position of the sun in the sky.

History of the Blue Grotto

Though today it is simply a beautiful natural attraction for visitors of Capri, this cave was once so much more. Under Tiberius’ reign of Rome, the Blue Grotto was used as a marine temple. The walls were adorned with beautiful statues which can now be found on display at the Casa Rossa in Anacapri. There was even a time in the Grotto’s past that the cave was avoided. Tales of demons and spirits lurking in the waters drove people away from the Grotto, but the early 19th century saw the cave regain popularity, this time as a tourist attraction.

Arguably the most popular destination on the island of Capri today, the Blue Grotto is certainly worth a visit. Whether you visit with your family, or tag along with another tour group, the glowing water, shimmering walls and gentle Italian songs from the skipper reverberating around the cave makes for an experience you will never forget.

Explore the Blue Grotto on our 2 Day Pompeii, Sorrento and Capri Tour.