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Italy's Famous Blue Grotto Is One of the Most Incredible Boating Spots in the World

Italy Outdoor Beaches and Islands
by Matador Creators Dec 14, 2022

The Blue Grotto is one of Italy’s most famous attractions, and it’s easy to understand why. Located on the island of Capri, just off the Amalfi Coast, the grotto dazzles visitors with its magical blue light, and can be accessed by taking a boat from either Naples or Sorrento, which will take you to the nearby Marina Piccola. From there, you will have to take a smaller rowboat into the grotto itself, as its entrance is too small for larger vessels. Although it can be tricky getting into due crowds during peak season and strict safety measures must be observed while inside, the grotto has been enchanting visitors since the days of Ancient Rome, and its light continues to draw in thousands of people from all over the world each year.


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Getting to the Italian island isn’t exactly difficult, but it does take some planning ahead. You can get to Capri island by taking a ferry from Naples of Sorrento. Once you’re on the island, take a boat tour around the island to admire its stunning coastline before arriving at the grotto. Most tours also provide commentary about Capri and its history, so you can learn more about this fascinating region of Italy.

When you arrive at the Blue Grotto, be prepared for an unforgettable experience. As soon as your boat enters the cave’s entrance, it will be filled with an eerie blue light that gives off an almost magical glow—making it easy to see why this place has been popular for centuries. The cavernous walls also are filled with stalactites and stalagmites that glisten under the sun’s bright rays that peek through an opening near the ceiling. The best way to make sure you get a good view is by taking photos from both inside and outside of the grotto so that you can capture every angle of its unique aesthetic.

As with any location of immense and delicate beauty, it’s important to take note of the rules. No swimming or diving is allowed due to strong currents and sharp rocks around certain areas. Boats are also required to turn off their engines before entering so as not to disturb any wildlife living inside (yes, there is wildlife!).

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