A TOUR WITH ROBERTO SALVIA
As you all know, I’m in love with Capri and it’s my aim to share with you the best it has to offer: the incredible scenery, the hidden paths, and, of course, the world-renown sites. Today, I highlight the famous Blue Grotto by way of an introduction to one of its most experienced and charming boatman: Roberto Salvia.
Leaving behind a job in construction to follow his dreams and love of the sea, Roberto started working at the Blue Grotto in 1993 and has met people from all over the world at this must-see attraction. One’s admittance to the awe-inspiring grotto, however, is never guaranteed — it hinges on the daily whims of weather and water conditions. Even should weather permit, negotiating the cave’s tiny entrance is no easy feat and requires some timely ducking. Once inside, though, the reward is a stunning light show of rays of sunlight refracting against limestone rock in unpredictably beautiful ways. I’ve had many a guest on my Capri tours who had to return several times to finally achieve safe passage.
During the busy summer months, one might find literally thousands of determined visitors queuing in small row boats awaiting their window of opportunity. Understandably, my guests’ expectations can run high, so I’m always happy when they get to tour the grotto with Roberto. Ever patient, caring, and helpful, Roberto understands his job requires executing a brief but critical mission for his passengers. With grace under fire, Roberto never fails to disappoint and even manages to do so with some quality mid-voyage performances. Roberto, you see, comes from a long family line of talented singers – two of his uncles are professional tenors – and his Blue Grotto serenades are not to be missed. Of course, in Italy, you never know what famous singers you might come across. Enjoy this video of one of Roberto’s passengers he was so nice to share with us!!!