Punta Tragara Hotel – Capri, Italy
It was known as the “Stracasa” (“Super-house”) because it was so much more than a humble abode. In 1920 the Lombardy-born engineer Emilio Errico Vismara chose spectacular Punta Tragara as the perfect spot to build a villa, perched high above the sea with views of the Faraglioni rock formations. The plans were drawn up by Le Corbusier, who described the villa as “a kind of architectural bloom, an extension of the rock, an offspring of the island, a plant-like phenomenon”.
It was only natural, then, that Villa Vismara should play a key role in history a few years later when it became home to the American command during the Second World War. Its eminent guests included General Dwight D. Eisenhower, General Mark Clark and Sir Winston Churchill.
Peace brought all the joie de vivre of the Dolce Vita to Capri, and in 1968 Count Goffredo Manfredi bought the villa as a holiday home, turning it into a hotel in 1973. Hotel Punta Tragara has enjoyed extraordinary growth ever since, reaching the pinnacle of hospitality on Capri as its five-star luxury status attests today.
It has always been about a sense of home, a form of elegance which listens to Capri’s voice and interprets it with a light, personal touch.
The entire island from a terrace. The views from Punta Tragara are endless: the spectacular Faraglioni rocks, enchanting Marina Piccola, the white contours of Capri, the wonderful light of dawn embracing the sea and the quietly romantic sunsets.
All the bustle and vitality of Capri’s historic Piazzetta is just a fifteen-minute stroll away along Via Tragara and Via Caramelle.
A haven of wellbeing. The Unica Spa at Hotel Punta Tragara is the ideal place to discover a whole host of Physio Lab treatments. Four treatment rooms are available, each with its own outside relaxation area. Your day at the Spa starts with the “Buongiorno Capri” ceremony, including jogging, freshly-squeezed lemon juice and a lengthy massage, before moving on to wonderful thalassotherapy and an ultra-delicate body scrub so you can reap all the benefits of sun and sea.
Capri is a triumph of flavours. Everything is here: the freshest ingredients, from fruit and vegetables to fish and cheese. Lemons alone are enough to inspire a whole menu. Punta Tragara is just as extraordinary for its elegant, natural, contemporary cuisine. From a breakfast of haute patisserie to lunch overlooking the Faraglioni rocks; in the evenings, chance location and dine surrounded by the lights of the Gulf of Naples, just steps away from Capri’s historic Piazzetta. There are two restaurants, Monzù and Mammà, offering the world-renowned traditions of Naples.
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Welcome to a legendary idyll: Capri’s beguiling combination of fabled beauty and hedonism has charmed Roman emperors, Russian revolutionaries and Hollywood stars for decades. It’s the perfect microcosm of Mediterranean appeal – a smooth cocktail of chichi piazzas and cool cafes, Roman ruins and rugged seascapes.
Already inhabited in the Palaeolithic period, Capri was briefly occupied by the Greeks before Emperor Augustus made it his private playground and Tiberius retired here in AD 27. Its modern incarnation as a tourist centre dates from the early 20th century.
It’s also a hugely popular day-trip destination and a summer favourite of holidaying VIPs. Inevitably, the two main centres, Capri Town and its uphill rival Anacapri, are almost entirely given over to tourism, with the high prices that predictably follow. But explore beyond the swish cafes and designer boutiques and you’ll find that Capri retains an unspoilt charm, with grand villas, overgrown vegetable plots, sun-bleached, peeling stucco and banks of brilliantly coloured bougainvillea. All of this overlooks the deep blue water that laps into secluded coves and mysterious grottoes.