World's Best Caves: Blue Grotto
What's a perfect way to spend a searing summer afternoon? In the cool bliss of a cave, of course. One of the best to check out is The Blue Grotto, in Capri, just off the southern coast of Italy.
Sunlight passes through an underwater cavity here and shines up (instead of down on) the seawater, illuminating it from below to a stunning blue hue. It actually looks electrified, trust us. Physically getting into the cave is an adventure in itself that requires a hike down a slope of slippery rock steps, and then hopping (just 2-3 peeps at a time) into rowboats. All passengers then lie down to slip into the cave's natural entrance. If you're lucky, you'll get a song-happy Italian boat rower who'll belt out tunes which echo throughout the cave for all the wince at, er, enjoy.
Keep in mind that visiting during adverse weather conditions is near to impossible, and appreciate the fact that the Blue Grotto remains clean and minimally banged up since being discovered in August 1826. Tip: If you head back after 5 PM when the boats depart you can swim for free!
· Blue Grotto Info [Wikipedia]