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Capri (Italian pronunciation Cápri, usual English pronunciation Caprí) is an Italian island off the Sorrentine Peninsula, on the south side of the Gulf of Naples. It has been a resort since the time of the Roman Republic.
Features of the island are the Marina Piccola (Small Harbor), the Belvedere of Tragara, which is a high panoramic promenade lined with villas, the limestone masses called Sea Stacks that stand out of the sea (the Faraglioni), Anacapri, the Blue Grotto (Grotta Azzurra), and the ruins of the Imperial Roman villas.
Capri is in the region of Campania, Province of Naples.
The etymology of the name Capri can be traced back to the Greeks, the first recorded colonists to populate the island. This means that "Capri" was probably not derived from the Latin "Capreae" (goats), but rather the Greek "Kapros" (wild boar).
The Blue Grotto (Grotta Azzurra) is a noted sea cave on the coast of the island of Capri, Italy.
The grotto has a partially submerged opening into the sea, as do other grottoes around the island.
Depending upon the tide and the size of the swells pounding the entrance to the grotto, the guides will ask passengers to lie down while they pull the boat into the grotto with a chain permanently attached to the cave entrance. The guides are also known for demonstrating the grotto's natural echo with energetic bits of song throughout the tour.
Inside the grotto the sea seems to be lit from underwater. It is a magnificent blue colour, hence its name. This is due to another opening to the grotto, completely submerged, and the limestone bottom. It allows in sunlight to light the water from below. The underground passages leading to the grotto are partially sealed and supposedly once were connected to catacombs of Roman tombs.