The unmistakable beauty of three rocky peaks emerging from the sea, a sight known all over the world, is that of the Faraglioni of Capri Island. And right in front of such beauty, there are those who wanted to build their own homes; actually they were something more than just a simple home, called “stracasa” or “super house”.
In 1920, Emilio Errico Vismara chose to build his villa in spectacular Punta Tragara. Designed and handled by Le Corbusier, the project is described as “a kind of architectural blooming, an emergence from the rock, the offspring of an island, a flowering phenomenon”.
When the euphoria of the dolce vita, or the good life, landed on the island, Count Goffredo Manfredi purchased the Villa in 1968. He first made it his holiday home, and then turned it into a hotel in 1973.
Since then, Punta Tragara Hotel & Spa has undergone extraordinary growth, reaching the highest levels of hospitality on Capri, and becoming one of the best venues on the island today, proven by its luxurious five stars. The owner, Goffredo Manfredi, wanted to keep a feeling of home. After all, it was
where his grandparents, Count and Countess Manfredi, spent their summers in the company of family, friends, and distinguished guests; time spent there was a chance to nurture affection and enjoy the bounty of nature surrounding the Villa.
However, this style is not lacking in personality and elegance: charm and the “voice” of Capri emerge from Punta Tragara, where year after year the elite tell of wonderful seasons spent there. The hotel is just a few minutes walk from Capri’s famous square, Piazza Umberto I, and is found along the street of the same name, Via Tragara.
It is a “terrace on the sea” from which you can admire the spectacular Faraglioni, the charm of Marina Piccola, and Capri’s white profile. Inside the structure, there is a vast choice of rooms and suites, each of which has been meticulously furnished with careful design that recalls the beauty of the island and its wonders. Sure enough, these include the Faraglioni Suite, Tragara Suite, Certosa Suite and Monacone Suite on the lower floors, and the Art Suite and Penthouse on the top floor, inspired by the island’s main attractions.
Guests can have an extraordinary stay and take pleasure in all the comforts, ranging from terraces overlooking the sea all the way to the luxurious fine marble bathrooms. And it’s just steps from the pool, an exclusive area where you can taste refreshing and sparkling long drinks and cocktails, such as
“Tragara” with passion fruit syrup, lime cordial, vodka, and lemon soda, served by bartender’s Daniele Chirico in the hotel’s Monzù Gin Club & American Bar. The hotel has two different restaurants. Monzù is Punta Tragara’s gourmet restaurant, headed by Chef Luigi Lionetti.
Michelin-starred Ristorante Mammà benefits from consultation by 2-starred Michelin Chef Gennaro Esposito, and is run by Executive Chef Salvatore La Ragione. The cuisine is contemporary and natural; there is a triumph of flavors, from breakfast with gourmet baking to historical dishes from cuisine typical to Capri and Naples.
Every ingredient is strictly of the highest quality. Going back along the path, passing along streets for shopping, return to Punta Tragara Hotel where the unforgettable experience continues in an oasis of wellness at the Spa. It’s the perfect place to spend hours in total relaxation and discover the richness of Physio Lab treatments.
Author: Elisa Aliotta