In the eighth century B.C., a group of peaceful Greek settlers carved a long, steep staircase into the sheer rock face between the coastline and the higher reaches of the island of Capri. Anacapri – ana meaning above in Greek – was thus born, becoming the Acropolis of the island. To this day, the small town, with its narrow alleyways and dazzling white buildings standing in sharp contrast against the brilliant blue of the sea, preserves its typical Mediterranean architecture. A large gate and palazzo were later built to protect the only access to the town. Centuries later, Emperor Augustus, entranced by the spectacular beauty of the town, built one of his residences here, filling it with columns, decorative work, the finest marble and artworks. The imperial palace with its magical views overlooking the Gulf of Naples was later made even more sumptuous by Tiberius, who extended it beyond the city gate (where the Villa San Michele was built, now housing the Axel Munthe Museum) as far as the sight of Capodimonte on whose promontory, almost two thousand years after the epoch of Augustus, the Capri Palace was reborn.
The Hotel has its origins in the inn “Mariantonia”, once located in the center of Anacapri, operated since the 19th century by the Cacace family. In August 1960, the Capri Palace was built at the foot of Mount Solaro with its magnificent views over the Gulf of Naples and Ischia Island. It immediately became a Mecca for discerning travelers. From the hotel it takes only a few minutes to reach the little streets of the town of Anacapri. Tonino Cacace brought more of his relatives into running the Hotel and, when his father passed away, he inherited the family business at a very young age. With the utmost dedication and following in the footsteps of his father, he dramatically transformed the Hotel. In the space of just a few years, it became the favorite destination of famous personalities from the worlds of the arts, business, and entertainment. In 2001, after a major restyling that strictly respected the classic Mediterranean design of the building and which gave the Hotel the appearance of a noble palace, the Hotel became part of the prestigious Leading Hotels of the World group. With its stone floors, columns, arches and vaulted ceilings, every element is a reminder of a glorious past that seems to come to life in its entire splendor. The travertine baths, the warm tones of the fabrics and the sumptuous white and gold décor give each room an understated elegance that combines with the feeling of a deliciously warm welcome. Reminiscent of the most beautiful Roman coastal villas, some of the rooms overlook an internal garden with a private swimming pool. Courtesy, warmth, elegance, and professionalism – for almost half a century, these have been the key ingredients of our Hotel. They?re part of a single approach, handed down from father to son, to the art of hospitality – an authentic art, created by people, emotions and deeply held values. DINING “L’Olivo” Gourmet Restaurant L’Olivo headed by his brilliant Executive Chef Andrea Migliaccio and his team is the only restaurant on Capri, which boasts two Michelin stars. Andrea’s cuisine is based on a simple concept: innovation and tradition, new dishes with an emphasis on Mediterranean flavors that have surrounded Andrea throughout his life. His main goal is to give ingredients the main role by selecting the best and respecting the season?s cycles without betraying their origin. The creation of dishes is inspired by the need of dipping into his gastronomic heritage with a special attention to the presentation and decoration of each single dish, completing the creative gesture as an esthetic gift in good taste. The menu follows a unique order, giving up the usual sequence of appetizers, entrée, main course, etc; instead it divides the courses by the main ingredients: fish, meat, vegetables, pasta and rice, so our guest is free to choose the sequence he prefers. In 2007, the restaurant L’Olivo was completely furnished with prestigious materials by Loro Piana: the cachemire, the cotton and the soft wool make this ambience unique in elegance and charm. On the walls you can admire beautiful and rare photographs in black and white showing Capri in the fifties and the celebrities that visited the island at that time. The big lamps that illuminate the restaurant are the same used in cinematographic sets. All plates and glasses are hand-made. Bistrot “Ragù” April 2011 saw the opening of Ragù, a new casual restaurant located on a completely refurbished terrace with a panoramic view of Naples Gulf. Open daily for lunch and dinner is accessible to hotel guests as well as the general public. Beach Club & Restaurant “Il Riccio” In 2009, Capri Palace Hotel & Spa reopened for the summer season with the addition of a private beach club & restaurant. Formerly Add?o Riccio, a popular hangout for celebrities such as Jackie Onassis in the 1960?s, the beach club is nestled between rocks and sea, a stone?s throw from the famous Blue Grotto and a short shuttle ride from the resort. Its interior design by Marco De Luca respects and reflects Mediterranean architectural traditions as well as colors, simple, rustic and chic. Chestnut wood tables and chairs are painted ultramarine blue; the kitchen – visible through glass partitions – is decorated with artisanal Vietri tiles; the dessert room is a tribute to the Mediterranean, with many locally crafted decorative elements. Talented Chef Salvatore Elefante, who heads the Riccio Restaurant, creates and interprets dishes celebrating our rich traditions of local Neapolitan cuisine: seafood, shellfish, and fish served raw or grilled, Gragnano pasta and seafood salads. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and sunset cocktails. For those wanting candlelight dinners or a venue to celebrate a special event, the restaurant also boasts an exclusive private dining room perched right over the sea that can accommodate up to 12 people. ll Riccio is also a Beach Club, with a large solarium and private terraces allowing access to the sea only a few meters away from the Blue Grotto. Both the solarium and terraces boast teak sun loungers and cabanas. Il Riccio is easily accessible both by car and by boat. The floating buoys can be used even by large vessels, which will be assisted on arrival. Access and transfer to Il Riccio for hotel guests is complimentary. “Bar degli Artisti” At our Bar degli Artisti you can sip an aperitif admiring important art works realized by valued Italian and International artists. On the spacious terrace you can listen to some soft live music and let yourself be enchanted by one of the most suggestive sunsets of the island of Capri. Wine cellar “La Dolce Vite” Converted from an ancient tavern where the inhabitants of Anacapri used to congregate in the evenings, the cellar has an impressive wine list of more than a thousand labels. Throughout the season the cellar becomes a meeting place for “L’OLIVO DiWINE” a series of events followed by a gourmet dinner at L?Olivo two Michelin starred restaurant, where a 4-courses tasting menu is prepared by our executive chef Andrea Migliaccio and a guest chef. Past events have included wine producers such as Mastroberardino, Biondi Santi, Donna Fugata, Bellavista and Villa Matilde ROOM DESCRIPTION Single Room sea side (2)-Charming, simply furnished rooms in beige colours. Queen bed. 1616m²(173 square feet).Shower only. Balcony and partial view. Double “Classic” Rooms hill side (20)-Charming double rooms of 25 m² (270 sq ft) held in beige and white with marble bathrooms and terracotta floors. All feature plasma TV. Views onto the green hillside of Monte Solaro. King or twin beds upon request. No balcony in this category. Bath tub or shower. Double “Classic” Rooms sea side (11)-Charming double rooms of 25 m² (270 sq ft) held in beige with marble bathrooms and terracotta floors. Plasma TV. All with balcony and partial sea view. Bath tub only. Double “Superior” Rooms sea side (6)-Charming double rooms of 27 m² (290 sq ft) recently refurbished in a marine style. Plasma TV and Hi-Fi system. All in white with balcony and partial sea view. Bath tub or shower. Double “Deluxe” Rooms hill side (7)-Spacious double rooms of 35 m² (378 sq ft) with canopy, king or twin beds and sitting area. The vaults and ecru colours are typical of the Mediterranean architecture. The bathrooms are in travertine stone. Some rooms with patio or balcony facing the green hillside of Monte Solaro. Bath tub and shower. Double “Deluxe” Rooms with sea view (10)-Spacious double rooms of 35 m² (378 sq ft) with canopy, king or twin beds and sitting area. The vaults and ecru colours are typical of the Mediterranean architecture. The bathrooms are in travertine stone. All rooms with balcony or terrace and fantastic views of the Mediterranean and Ischia. Bath tub or shower. Double “Deluxe” Rooms With pool & garden (2) -Spacious double rooms of 35 m² (378 sq ft), canopy, king or twin beds &sitting area. The vaults and ecru colours are typical of the Mediterranean architecture. The bathrooms are in travertine stone. Patio, private garden and heated pool of 15m² (163 sq ft). Bath tub and shower. Junior Suites hill side (5)-Spacious Junior Suites of 40 m² (432 sq ft) with king bed, sitting area, bathroom and patio. The vaults and ecru colours are typical of the Mediterranean architecture. The bathrooms are in travertine. Rooms feature plasma TV and Hi-Fi. Bath tub and shower. Deluxe Junior Suites sea side (2) – Bright and spacious Deluxe Junior Suites of 45 m² (486 sq ft). The suites are furnished in a contemporary fashion and dispose of a sitting area and a beautiful balcony from which you can enjoy spectacular views of the Mediterranean and the Island of Ischia. Bath tub and shower. “Art” Suites (3)-The Suites comprise of a living room, separate bedroom, bathroom and balcony. The walls are decorated with large oil paintings dedicated to the pieces of work of famous masters of abstract art. Each Suite is 50 m² (540 sq ft) and two of them can interconnect to make a 2-bedroom Suite. All are equipped with plasma televisions, HiFi system and high speed Internet access. Bath tub and shower. Suite “Andromeda” with pool & garden-Intimate and quiet, 70m² (756 square feet), furnished with contemporary elegance and equipped with treadmill, plasma televisions and HiFi system. It comprises of one bedroom, a separate living room and 2 bathrooms with spectacular free standing bathtub. From the living room, you access the private garden and the pool of 21 m² (227 sq ft), surrounded by fruit trees and typical plants of the Mediterranean. Suite “Acropolis”-Enchanting and secluded, this penthouse Suite of 70 m² (756 sq ft) is luminous and warm thanks to the ecru and cream colours of the material and furniture. Spectacular views overlooking the Gulf of Naples and its islands are guaranteed from any angles: living room, sun decks, and even from the shell shaped bathtub. Plasma television and HiFi system. Bath tub and shower. Suite “Athena” with pool & garden -Intimate and quiet, 45 m² (486 square feet), furnished with contemporary elegance and equipped with plasma televisions and HiFi system. It comprises of one bedroom, a separate living room and one bathroom with free standing bathtub. From the living room you can access the private garden and the pool of 18 m² (194 sq ft), surrounded by fruit trees and typical plants of the Mediterranean. Bath tub and shower. Suite “Monroe”-Marilyn Monroe is the protagonist of this beautiful, spacious and luminous Suite of 80 m² (864 sq ft). The suite comprises of a living room, a separate bedroom, walk-in wardrobe and a spacious bathroom in Limestone marble with black granite lilies inserted in the pavement. It features plasma televisions, HiFi system and a personal computer. From its balcony you can enjoy spectacular views of the Mediterranean and the Island of Ischia. Bath tub & shower. Suite “Callas” with plunge Pool-Maria Callas is the protagonist of twenty beautiful photographs exposed on the walls of this suite of 75 m² (810 sq ft). Modern, spacious and bright, the suite Callas comprises of a living room, a separate bedroom, walk-in wardrobe and two bathrooms in Limestone marble with black granite lilies inserted in the pavement. The main bathroom has a spectacular free standing bathtub whereas the second has a large shower box. It features plasma televisions, HiFi system and personal computer. From the terrace of 50 m² (540 sq ft) you can enjoy an amazing view over the village of Anacapri, the green hill of Monte Solaro and the Gulf of Naples. A plunge pool of 7.5 m² (81 square feet) with two comfortable hydro massage seats and a romantic view is the maximum of relaxation and wellness! You have access to it from both the bedroom and the terrace. Suite “Warhol” with Pool & garden -Andy Warhol is the protagonist of this intimate and quiet suite of 50 m² (545 sq ft). It comprises of one bedroom, a living room and two bathrooms. Decorated with oil paintings of Warhol’s famous artworks (including his unique “Campbell Soup”) realized by the Italian artist Michele Costantini, it features plasma televisions and HiFi system. From the living room you access the private garden with a heated swimming pool of 15 m² (163 sq ft). Bath tub and shower. Suite “Magritte” with Pool & garden-René Magritte is the protagonist of this elegantly furnished and open suite of 50m² (545 sq ft) composed of a spacious bedroom, airy living room area, walk-in wardrobe and bathroom with separate shower and tub. The walls are decorated with paintings of Magritte?s famous works realized by the Italian Maestro Michele Costantini. From the living room you have access to a private garden with a heated pool of 15 m² (163 sq ft) whose interior is decorated with characteristic elements of Magritte?s surrealistic works: a man with a billycock hat looking at a green apple under a blue and cloudy sky.“Paltrow” Penthouse Suite with pools & garden-Completely refurbished in 2009, this spacious apartment of 150 m² (1620 sq ft) is located on the top floor of the hotel. Surrounded by natural beauties, you admire on one side the green slopes of Monte Solaro and on the other side the village of Anacapri, the islands of Ischia and Procida, as well as the enchanting Gulf of Naples. This luxurious suite, especially dedicated to Gwyneth Paltrow, combines the most modern of luxury with the elegance of a bygone era, from the black marble flooring to the Antique Art Déco furniture. It comprises two bedrooms and two black and white marble bathrooms. The main bedroom has a very large bathroom with separate shower and walk-in wardrobe. The Paltrow suite has two private pools: one swimming pool and one plunge pool. From its main terrace and spacious garden of 250m² (2690sqft) offering 360-degree views, one is surrounded by Mediterranean vegetation while enjoying the circular private pool. *All our rooms feature: Direct dial phone, air-conditioning, safety box, mini-bar, satellite TV. DVD players are available on request. Complimentary internet access. **Connecting rooms: Some rooms are connecting, in some cases also to other room categories. CAPRI BEAUTY FARM “Nurturing wellness in body, mind and spirit” The ancients did not only choose Capri for its striking natural beauty, but also for its refreshingly pure air and its rich health-giving waters. Continuing this tradition, in 1992 the “Capri Beauty Farm” was established. Today it is one of Europe?s most highly regarded health and beauty centers. Within the white-washed Capri Palace Hotel in Anacapri, high above the sea, you will find the Capri Beauty Farm. The light breeze of the Mediterranean Sea, the scent of the lemons, jasmine, lavender and rosemary make the air sparkly and fragrant. In this tranquil and natural beauty, the hip and often famous clientele can find healthful restoration and physical and spiritual serenity and harmony. The Capri Beauty Farm?s personalized and state-of-the-art treatments are the product of ongoing medical research. Some of these treatments now have international patents. First and foremost of these is the “Leg School” program, known throughout the world for the excellent results achieved in the prevention and cure of cellulite and vascular problems in the legs. Professor Francesco Canonaco, Medical Director of the Capri Beauty Farm, has led his dedicated team of highly specialized professionals for many years. In collaboration with Milan State University, he has developed the center?s dietetic-nutritional program. Beginning with an assessment of each person?s basal metabolism using the indirect calorimetry method, their calorie intake requirement is measured so as to determine a healthy and individually tailored diet. At the Capri Beauty Farm, the modern and the traditional work go hand in hand, making for an unforgettable stay for anyone looking for physical and spiritual wellbeing. In 2004, the Capri Beauty Farm has been nominated one of the “Leading Spas” of the World. In January 2006 it is nominated “Best Destination Spa” during the 2nd edition of “The European Spa Exhibition” in Monte Carlo. ART GALLERY “An exclusive art collection” Tonino Cacace, a genuine art lover and patron of the arts, has put together an important collection of works by contemporary artists, which can be viewed at different points around the Hotel. He realized his dream to make art become very important and distinctive for the Capri Palace Hotel. He has also established a studio which attracts young artists from every corner of the world and who draw inspiration from the magnificent natural beauty of the island while enjoying the Hotel?s exquisite hospitality. The Capri Palace presents “Art Gallery”, a refined glance at Italian and international contemporary art. Different artists with different styles, works of creativity that reflect a thousand shadings and life experiences that become the dominant elements within the eternal common denominator of artistic expression. STEFANO CANTARONI “Scuola greca” – 2002, digital photographic montage, cybachrome print 260*90 “L’ultima cena” – 1999. 2004, digital photographic montage, 290*92 “Cyber mannerist”, digital and modern artist and at the same time very close to the themes of the traditional and classical painting. This young Italian-German painter is considered one of the most important Italian representatives of the “Staging Photography”: the last boundary of the contemporary art where painting becomes “photographic theatre”. The informatics supports replace the paintbrushes and the digital means become the new way of expression. Cantaroni proposes quadripartite images, synthesized on the computer and of which he is the only protagonist. His “Tableaux vivents” are aesthetic products which abstract art from any kind of objectification. DOMENICO CANTATORE “Grande Odalisca” (Great odalisque) – 1978, polymetric multiple Cantatore?s pictorial discourse speaks of simple people and simple atmospheres. Looking for truth at all costs, he peels back the skin of appearances to dig out the essential humor of his subjects, expressing it with shapes and colors. Cantatore?s work is a supreme example of the non-passive continuity of the 19th-century figurative tradition as demonstrated both in his portraits and his female figures, which represent a recurring theme in his works. He was appointed chairman of the faculty of painting at Milan?s acclaimed Accademia di Brera in 1940. Works exhibited at the Capri Palace: MICHELE CHIOSSI “Let there be light” – 2007 Born in Lucca in 1970, Michele Chiossi lives and works between Milan and New York. Among the most promising young Italian artists, Chiosso had numerous exhibitions in Italy and abroad. His artistic research – carried out with traditional materials such as marble, aluminum, bronze, and other more innovative and technological such as transparencies and mat – is a reflection on the aesthetic way of living the world of the contemporary man. GIORGIO DE CHIRICO “Ettore and Andromaca” – 1960, oil on canvas He was born in 1888 and raised partly in Greece, died in 1978. He studied in Munich, and in his early twenties, began to produce a series of strange, oneiric cityscapes; this phase of his work is called metaphysical painting. Morbid and introspective, De Chirico belonged to the company of the convalescents: Leopardi, Proust. The city was his sanatorium, and as a fabricator of images that spoke of frustration, tension and ritualized memory, he had no equal. De Chirican?s perspective was not meant to set the viewer in a secure, measurable space. It was a means of distorting the view and disquieting the eye. LELLO ESPOSITO “Uomo-Corno” (Horn-Man) – 2001 Polished bronze (225(h) x 40 x 40 cm / 88.6(h) x 15.7 x 15.7 in.) with iron hook structure (270(h) x 80 x 80 cm / 106.3(h) x 31.5 x 31.5 in.)Emblem of a mythological world in which past and present, irony and tragedy, tradition and modernity take concrete form in a new vision of the amulet – a good luck charm and artifice of its own destiny. “Uomo con maschera” (Man with mask) – 2001 / “Ab ovo” – 2001 Painting-sculptures – Lello Esposito reinvented the legend of Pulcinella, converting him into a refined work of art. And from here were born his painting-sculptures. Happy, striking, oozing with passion, they?re raw, carnal, like a silent Neapolitan urchin. But if they could talk, they?d certainly speak Neapolitan! A vibrant explosion of red, yellow, orange and black – a typically Baroque artistic force distinguishes both Esposito?s sculptures and paintings. The colors are the piercing, fiery tones of someone born at the foot of Mount Vesuvius. His bronzes are worked as if they were made of clay with scratches and furrows, or modeled to highlight the refractive qualities of their smooth surfaces. Esposito?s talent has allowed him to work in the “delicate” area of secular symbolism within the Neapolitan tradition without ever succumbing to its rhetoric and without simply producing the umpteenth pretty postcard of Naples. ARMAN FERNANDEZ “L’Envers du Désir” – 1995, bronze Born: November, 1928 – Died: October, 2005. Influenced by Dada and later by much of the Pop Art, Arman?s works stand out through their aesthetics; he was the master of composition and this provides even his most absurdist works with beautifully realized compositions. Whether paint on canvas or garbage in Plexiglas, Arman saw the beauty and relevance of the everyday world and created art to reflect his own imaginative ideas on the world. He dared to question traditional views on the nature of art, but stands out as he never abandoned the sense of beauty in composition that has been art?s foundation since antiquity. RICCARDO GUSMAROLI ”Barche di carta su carta nautica” Born in Verona in 1963, the young artist has been living and working in Milan for many years, where he was discovered by Corrado Levi and Franco Toselli. He works as a photographer of architecture, which influenced his artistic production since 1990. His works seem to describe the pleasure of the journey into the world of imagination; the fantasy replaces partially the reality, providing an allegorical input who redeems the flattening of the descriptive. In all of his works a strong sense of rhythm and tract prevails, revealing the analytical vocation of Gusmaroli, which is also manifested simultaneously in the variety of choice of materials and surfaces that he uses. KEITH HARING “Untitled” – 1988 American painter, Haring was born in Pennsylvania in 1958 and died in New York in 1990. From a very young age he showed a premature predilection for drawing, encouraged by his father, drawer of comics and cartoons. There were only the cartoon characters such as Walt Disney and other heroes to put a lasting influence onto him. In fact, this period is attributed to the choice of doing stylized art, his reason for living. His popularity exploded with the creation of graffiti. He began to draw graffiti especially in subway stations with a white chalk and with a very specific style. Some parties, of whom the most characteristic are the children that emit radiation, but also the dogs and the television sets with legs, which for a long time were typical of his work, centered on the reflection of the contemporary society. His elementary and concise style, which recalls the American tradition of the twentieth century, from the action painting to pop art, is also in the subsequent paintings, always accompanied by a wealth of signs but revived by a bright color. In the last period of his life, after having tested positive to AIDS, he produced works of a bigger social impact which took a more tragic accent. He was also author of sculptures. His works are seen as a visual language of the twentieth century, universally recognized. Indeed, he said: “The art is not an elite reserved to the appreciation of the few. The art is for everyone and this is the end to which I want to work. ALLEN JONES “Believe It or Not” – 1999 Mixed media on wood (183 x 152 x 30 cm / 72.0 x 59.8 x 11.8 in.)A young woman clings to a red wall. A sparkling mannequin, a kind of erotic emblem, but also a way of laughing at life, turning the symbols of the present into a fairytale to believe in, populated by characters who make love and encounter with fantasy. Honored with numerous international prizes and awards, Jones?s art takes the form of paintings and sculptures. His influences include the great European avant-garde movements and Pop Art, while his work is dominated by the connecting thread of the woman: woman as an object, woman as a subject, woman with long legs on elongated stiletto heels, the absolute symbol of a timeless eroticism and, in particular, a mirror on our age. ALDO MONDINO “The last sultan’s dwarf” – 1992 Ironic, eclectic, curious are adjectives that fit well to Aldo Mondino?s work and figure. He was born in 1939 and has been for many years on the international scene with exhibitions in Europe and all over the world. He has often worked with traditional oil paints on canvas or linoleum, but especially his works made with coffee beans or chocolates arouse interest. At the beginning he was influenced by surrealism, but later he begun to be attracted by cubists and then by historic avant-garde. Irony is one of the main features in his works. It is a subtle kind of irony, with a strong but not violent impact. JAKUB NEPRAŠ “Generator P730” – 2005, video. In this video a computer?s hardware is transformed into a microcosm of everyday life. Electric cables look as they were streets where normal cars circulate and feeders seem like buildings and skyscrapers. Metropolitan life takes place between connection cables and mother boards. Nepraš makes the border between virtual and material reality so weak that the spectator will notice the illusion only after an accurate observation. This young Czech artist, born in Prague in 1981, imposed himself in the artistic world by winning the coveted Euromobil Prize in 2007 for his work “Babylon Plant”, a three-minute video-collage showing modern society as a plant whose micro organic structure is formed by human activities. MIMMO PALADINO “Buon giorno” (Good morning) – 2005 “Elmo” (Helmet) – 2006 Created and personalized exclusively for the Capri Palace Hotel & Spa One world frequently recurs in the titles of paintings of Paladino: silence. The artist who represents silence made up of shadows and mysterious magic declares, “ Art is not a superficial thing, nor a sociological thing, nor a poetic storm. Art is a slow process around a language of signs.” The Italian painter, sculptor, printmaker and draughtsman Mimmo Paladino regards his work as nomadic art, based on repeated passages, and explains that by nomad he means a crossing of the various territories of art – both in a geographic and temporal sense – with the greatest technical and creative freedom. Paladino is one of the major protagonists of the Italian movement called “Transavanguardia”. ALESSANDRO PAPETTI “Interno di Villa Lysis” (Interior of Villa Lysis) – 237 x 154 cm / 93.3 x 60.6 in. Bodies and faces suspended in space dilated by memory, nudes viewed from above or that emerge from water, and industrial ruins resembling reptiles or animal carcasses are the main themes explored by Papetti, one of the key exponents of the new Italian figurative school. LUCA PIGNATELLI “Tempio di Castore e Polluce”” (Temple of Castor and Pollux) – 1999 Mixed media on hemp (250 x 210 c.m. / 98.4 x 82.7 in.) “Eroi melanconici” (Melancholic heroes) – 1999/2000 Mixed media on hemp (170 x 146 cm / 66.9 x 57.5 in.) The artistic quest of Pignatelli forges a path between fascination, archaeology, and the exploration of myths – hemp canvases sewn together depicting skies of ash and dust that come alive with rips and stitches in huge spaces immersed in shadow. Depicting the icy face of a sad Aphrodite or the monumental, poetic countryside of reconnaissance flight, Pignatelli?s paintings are like mute images from a film projected onto a lacerated screen. FABRIZIO PLESSI “Azzurra” – 2005 This exclusive installation realized by the artist for the Capri Palace Hotel & Spa represents a typical caprese boat used by the local fishermen to go into the most famous and romantic Blue Grotto. Five monitors projecting a water flow have been arranged into the boat. Water and video, frequent characters in Fabrizio Plessi?s work, have the same blue surface, the same capability to carry objects and ideas, they both acquire their beauty from the reflection of the light. His work represents a point of contact between technology and humanity. Old elements, images coming from our memories and new video-electronic flow are greatly combined to recall a hardly ever seen neoclassical balance. He is one of the major interpreters of video-art. ARNALDO POMODORO “Disco”-2006, bronze “Rive dei mari” – 2008, 37×3 mt “Rive dei mari” – 2009, 335×28 cm He was born in Marciano di Romagna (Rimini) in 1926. He is the most famous Italian sculptor, worldwide known for his particular spheres and discs, both made of bronze, the material he prefers for his art. His works “break” and “reopen” in front of the spectator who is brought to discover the inner mechanism. His sculptures are exposed in the most important cities of the world: Rome, Milan, Turin, Copenhagen, Dublin, Los Angeles, New York… PAOLO SANDULLI “Piera” – 2009 “Kathy” – 2007 “Ninfa e murena” – 2007 “Ninfa e totano” – 2007 “Ninfa e cernia” – 2008 “Ninfa e donzella” – 2008 Painter and ceramist who has let himself be charmed by the magic of Praiano. His atelier is the Angevin Tower, overlooking the Praia, from where he takes the inspiration for his works. One of those places that remain in the heart: he opens it to the lovers of art to show them his terracotta ladies, comical and ironic, with marine sponge hair. MARIO SCHIFANO “Palma” – 1981, acrylic He was born in 1934 in Libya and died in Rome in 1998. Right after the second post-war period, his family moves to Rome, where the young Schifano collaborates with his father, restorer archaeologist at the Etruscan Museum. In the meantime he starts painting. His debut is inside the informal culture, during the period the Pop Art takes place, using canvas of high materico thickness. He knew how to connect daytime and night time climates, east and west, history and geography. He has been definite the Italian version of Andy Warhol. VELASCO “Ritratto” (Portrait) – 2001 (205 x 146 cm / 80.7 x 57.5 in.). In his works, Velasco, one of the key figures of Italy?s contemporary figurative movement, has imparted his own strong and highly identifiable imprint to reworked elements of traditional painting and its language. He has won widespread acclaim for his large scale works, which depict urban scenes, landscapes and colored sails, but is mainly known for his portraits. He realized the decoration of the exterior swimming pool, in collaboration with Bisazza Mosaico. THE BOUTIQUES OF THE CAPRI PALACE Mariorita The historic boutique of the Capri Palace “Mariorita”, is a concept store of one thousand square meters that has been completely refurbished in 2010. An area of pure emotion, where the philosophy is “not just shopping, but experience.” Designed by interior designer Marco De Luca, the store reflects the colors, lines and charm of a typical Capri villa with white arches and vaults. Inside you will find a mix of tailor-made, art, the most prestigious Italian brands, jewelers and excellent handicraft. Absolute exclusive is the brand Capritouch that distinguishes the tailor-made of Mariorita: from hand-made sandals to the tailoring line inspired by the Capri fashion of the Fifties and Sixties in pure Italian linen and beautiful shantung silk, as well as the legendary Capri-pant worn by Jacqueline Kennedy, the mini-dresses and caftans. The space recalls the handicraft laboratory of that time with dressmaker and cobbler, and each item is the result of a strictly traditional work. A large space has been dedicated to fashion with the collections of the most renowned national maisons (Armani Collezioni, Fontana Couture,Versace). Two internal boutiques, Bulgari and Vhernier, offer luxury jewelry and accessories. The last special feature of Mariorita is the unique and exclusive collection of hats designed by the renowned fashion house Gallia e Peter. Fifteen unique models of straw and fabric, inspired by the colors of the island: the blue of the Caprese sea and sky, the yellow of the citrus and green of the gardens. Pop Gallery Our art gallery is dedicated to lovers and collectors of unique art works and was founded in 2008 by the passion for art and deep respect for local handicrafts. The Pop Gallery gives space to exceptional artists, big names and emerging talents of the national territory. Dominant theme of many items is the sea and the Mediterranean. Among the exclusive pieces you will find sculptures of Paolo Sandulli and ceramic sea urchins by Rosario Renino. Il Mondo di Mariantonia The gourmet boutique of the Capri Palace is an emporium of taste and excellent food and wine of the Campania region and other territories. A place where tradition is key, where the research for niche products is a passion and a philosophy, and the word “quality” is a true value and feeling. The flagship of Il Mondo di Mariantonia is the refined selection of Italian cheeses and cold cuts: cheeses and ricotta, provolone del Monaco, mozzarella, buffalo mozzarella DOP and other specialties like salamis and hams. Among other products you will find jams and fruit marmalades, olive oil, handmade pasta. At Il Mondo di Mariantonia you can taste, discover, shop personally or on demand: the service is a great quality and provides home delivery and on boat; the passionate advice to organize personalized tasting courses for parties and private dinners. ISLAND OF CAPRI “A small jewel of a limestone island set on the outermost tip of the Sorrentine peninsula” Once upon a time two Roman emperors, Octavian Augustus and his successor Tiberius, co- opted Capri as their own personal Shangri-la. Fast-forward to the 1800s and the scene is fixed for the island?s inevitable future as a haven for the rich and famous: everyone from artists to royalty began flocking to this paradise, drawn by its balmy clime and electric glow of its blue grotto. But sunshine and grottos do not make an international A-list destination. What earned Capri its cachet as one of the world?s most cosmopolitan island destinations, is as much about its cornucopia of luxury hotels, chic boutiques and world-class restaurants, as it is its mythic lore and natural beauty. Capri is divided into the town of Capri on the eastern half of the island (a funicular railway connects the town centre to the port of Marina Grande where the ferries and hydrofoils arrive), and Anacapri, a less glamorous but far more pristine version of Capri. Anacapri is a small village (similar in size to the town of Capri), a quiet town with the sort of charm that makes you think you?ve been going there all your life. ATTRACTIONS A dip in a swimming pool or a relaxing bathe in the crystalline sea just a “few strokes” away from the Grotta Azzurra; or maybe a swim in the bay opposite the “faro” at Punta Carena where the sun is a constant companion until the very last rays of sunset. Perhaps a typical dinner of local specialities in a restaurant on the edge of the sea or up at the belvedere of the Migliera, or for sports lovers a game of tennis, a stint in the gym or a chance to try one of the many water sports available on the island. A walk around the little workshops and boutiques in search of the perfect handmade item, be it a leather sandal, a piece of pottery, a sweater or an article of clothing made according to age-old standards of quality. There aren?t many places on earth that are immediately familiar, but Anacapri is one of them. When a car meets you at the dock and drives you up toward Anacapri, along a steep, narrow road that wounds high into the hills with hairpin turns and staggering views that looms closer as you pass other vehicles so that the car window on your side teeters above each cliff a mouse looking down over an abyss, which make any vertigo you?d never felt up to then seem silly. The Blue Grotto – This extraordinary, magical, and simply unique cave is without doubt Capri?s biggest tourist attraction. Mount Solaro – This is the perfect tour for nature lovers looking for a corner of the world that has remained untouched by the passage of time. Castle of Barbarossa- The castle is called “Barbarossa” because of the surname given to Kheir- Ed-Din, the pirate that conquered it in 1535. The castle is situated on the eastern side of the Mount Solaro and offers a great panoramic view. Villa San Michele, Axel Munthe – Located on the northeastern slopes of Anacapri at 327 meters (1,072 feet) above sea level, the villa offers astonishing views over the Gulf of Naples. The site was once occupied by an imperial Roman villa, whose ruins can still be seen in the splendid gardens. Today the villa is operated by the Axel Munthe Foundation as a museum. Church of San Michele Arcangelo- This church is located in the centre of Anacapri and built in the late „600, it has a beautiful floor in majolicas with an image painted by the famous artist Solimene that shows Adam and Eva in Eden. Villa Damecuta- In the western part of Anacapri one finds the ruins of one of the twelve residences of the Roman emperor Tiberio. From Damecuta you can admire one of the most beautiful views of the whole island of Capri. Punta Carena forts and lighthouse – Built by the English in 1806 and extended by the French after they took Capri, the forts and lighthouse were recently restored to their former glory. Perched on a rocky promontory with stunning scenery, at the island?s westernmost point stands the lighthouse, the second most important lighthouse in Italy with the second strongest light.