INTERVIEW: Bras dessus, bras dessus with Cesare Cunaccia, talking about Capri and Saluting summer °020
Oser Vouloir Savoir Se Taire *(Dare Want, Know Stay Silent) – Luisa Casati Stampa
The first place to get an espresso…
– At the Piazzetta, at Bar Tiberio or Piccolo
This is how cafe Piccolo used to be like. Photo: Luigi Galano
Your very first visit in Capri?
– Before my birth. I’m connected to Capri by several generation of my mother’s family, especially my Russian ancestors
How do you define holidays in Capri..
– Serendipity, jumping in a classical Mediterranean evocation
Your favourite view in the island?
– From la passeggiata della Migliera un Anacapri or from Villa Lysis rooftop terrace
A few more favourite Terraces?
– The Faraglioni view from my Friend Tony Ajello house or Villa Malaparte Surreal rooftop
View from Casa Malaparte, Home of Curzio Malaparte
Where do you walk in Capri?
– I love to walk in Tiberio area, at Arco Naturale or on the Monte Solaro very early in the morning going to Cetrella hermitage. La Migliera in Anacapri between opulent vegetable gardens is always one of my favourite
La Migliera, Anacapri
Santa Maria a Cetrella, Anacapri William Stanley Haseltine c. 1892
View from Monte Solaro
A favourite not well known beach?
– I still love traditional beach clubs such as La Fontelina and Luigi ai Faraglioni. Usually I prefer going out by boat. Real beaches doesn’t exist in Capri
A hotel, a room, a pool?
– The front rooms of Hotel Punta Tragara overlooking the Faraglioni sculptural forms. The view from Luna hotel and JK Capri is breathtaking
Hotel Punta Tragar
Balcony from Luna Hotel
J K Capri Hotel, interior
What’s new on the island?
– I really love EcoCapri shop that reminds me the Cerio family – the real royal family of the island- tradition and aesthetic. Laboratorio Capri is very interesting too. And, the Grazia and Marica Vozza shop, full of colours and exoteric symbols. What is new also is is the shop of Amadeo King of Cameos, an ancient Neapolitan tradition that turns totally contemporary pop
How Capri is different to Mykonos?
– Capri is more secret, less evident rather than Mykonos. The real meaning of things is always hidden. You must discover how to find the access. Capri is paganism and mystical flavors,it is ancestral and always modern.
A book to bring with you?
– L’ exilé de Capri by Roger Peyrefitte, thé Story of San Michele by Axel Munthe and Le coup de grâce by Marguerite Yourcenar, written on the Island
Villa Saint Michele, Axel Munthe
Fish for dinner?
– Best fish and alzo best pizza – a unique masterpiece, The Pizza all’acqua – in Aurora. Lunchtime at Smeraldo and the very traditional Bagni di Tiberio. Romantic dinner with full moon at Le Grottelle
Bagni di Tiberio
Last stop to get an espresso?
– Last espresso in Piazzetta again or if in a melancholic mood at Bar Funicolare
Cesare Cunaccia is a writer, lecturer, curator, and journalist. He was editor at large for Vogue Italia and L’Uomo Vogue and the antiques consultant for Architectural Digest Italy. He has also contributed to the divisions of Architectural Digest in Germany, China, and Russia, as well as Connaissance des Arts, Opera magazine, and L’Oeil. Cunaccia has published a variety of books, particularly on the Italian artistic heritage, which have been translated into twelve languages
You may find the book ”Capri, Dolce Vita” about Capri from Cesare Cunaccia here