Legend has it that in 1380, the father prior of the Carthusian Monastery of St. James, picked a bouquet of the best and most beautiful flowers on the island to celebrate the surprise arrival of the Queen Giovanni D’AngiĆ² in Capri.
When they died, three days later, the prior noticed that the water they’d been kept in had taken on a mysterious fragrance he didn’t recognise.
Intrigued, he took the water to the friar, who used his knowledge of alchemy to trace the origin of the scent to the “Garofilium Silvestre Caprese.” This scent was the first perfume of Capri.


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