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The Roman Emperor Tiberius, who ruled from 27-37, built twelve villas sprinkled all over the island, then visited a villa each evening to indulge his carnal pleasures. In early 1800s, the British began developing Capri; however the French momentarily took the area away. The influence from Roman occasions can nonetheless be observed in the type of ruins scattered all around the island, which makes for fascinating sightseeing. Today, it's vacationers who scatter all around the island, filling the city throughout summer time several weeks. Several celebs can be spotted sunbathing on the sultry beaches of this stylish coastal Italian town.
Capri has additionally been a motivation for various authors. British author Noel Coward was enchanted here, as was Graham Greene. Norman Douglas resided in Capri round the turn from the twentieth century. His most well-known novel, Summer time Wind, was set here.
Capri is from Italy's west coast, three miles west of Sorrento, near Amalfi and Salerno. The closest large city is Naples, just a little over an hour or so away by boat. While here, don't miss nowhere Grotto, Capri's most well-known tourist attraction. Do many people-watching in Piazza Umberto I, in the middle of Capri. Benefit from the local cuisine and also the vivacious night life. Whatever you decide, you'll be encircled by breathtaking sights and surrounded by awesome ocean breezes.
Docking & Local Transportation
Cruise ships pier at Marina Grande, in Capri. There's use of both Capri and nearby Anacapri in the port. To get at the city of Capri, you are able to go ahead and take funicular from Marina Grande. Buses travel frequently between Capri and Anacapri. Hydrofoils and ferries travel between Capri and Naples. You will find taxi stands in the bus stay in Capri or at Piazza Vittoria in Anacapri.
Things to do
The tourist board is a superb resource in Capri, particularly if you arrive throughout peak summer time several weeks. You will get maps and pamphlets here, together with suggestions about planning your itinerary.
Capri's primary attraction may be the Grotta Azzurra (Blue Grotto). When you visit it, you will be aware why. The traditional citizens of Capri understood from the grotto, however it disappeared in the maps before the early 1800s, whenever a traveler accidentally happened on there. The grotto is really a natural phenomenon. The refraction from the sun's sun rays with the water bathes the grotto in brilliant blue light. To obtain there, you will have to have a boat towards the entrance from the grotto, then transfer to a different more compact rowboat to really get inside.
A motorboat tour from the entire island is a terrific way to visit all Capri's sites on the short time budget. You will notice the Bagni di Tiberio, a seaside just steps from the ruins of the old Tiberian rental property. The tour also touches upon the ruins from the Palazzo al Mare and also the lesser visited Eco-friendly Grotto. Lastly, the tour will give you over the rocks of Faraglioni. The stunning jagged rocks alllow for an excellent photograph.
Within the town of Capri, begin at Piazza Umberto I, the town's central meeting place. After that, stroll lower Via Vittorio Emanuele towards the Giardini di Augusto, a attractive park with breathtaking sights. Within the other way in the Piazza, go to the ruins of Rental property Jovis, an estate produced by Tiberius within the first century.
Guided Tours
Capri Time Tours (www.capritime.com), founded by American ex-pat Rebecca Brooks, offers a variety of tours and classes, both on Capri and the mainland. Two companies offer regularly scheduled cruises: Gruppo Motoscafisti (tel. 081-8377714; www.motoscafisticapri.com) and Laser Capri (tel. 081/8375208), both departing from Marina Grande. We recommend the cruise around the island, which costs 13€ and 10€, respectively. They also offer a Blue Grotto cruise for 11€ and 10€ -- which does not include admission or rowboat fees -- among other choices.
Cruise Passengers pass through Marina Grande, the largest harbor on the island, on their way from the ferry to town and pay little attention to the unassuming hamlet. It's worth taking time, however, to pop into the island's oldest church, San Costanzo. Dating back to the 5th century, it was enlarged in the 14th century, when its orientation was turned 90 degrees so that the original apse can still be discerned in the right nave. A bit farther to the west are the ruins of the Palazzo a Mare, one of several ancient Roman palaces scattered around the island.
Up the steep slope (most people take the funicular railway) is Capri Town, the heart of the island. With its narrow streets hiding shops, a wide variety of restaurants and clubs, and some of the islands most exclusive hotels, this is Capri's most picturesque destination. Social life radiates from the famous Piazzetta (Piazza Umberto I), a favorite spot for seeing and being seen. We highly recommend a walk through the narrow streets of the old town. Start from the Piazzetta, graced by the 14th-century Palazzo Cerio, the best medieval building remaining on the island. It houses the Museo Ignazio Cerio (tel. 081-8376681; admission 3€), which has exhibits depicting the island's natural history. Take Via Vittorio Emanuele, the town's main street, past the famous Grand Hotel Quisisana, which was built in the 19th century as a sanatorium. Make a right on Via Ignazio Cerio, which leads to the Certosa di San Giacomo (tel. 081-8376218; free admission; Tues-Sun 9am-2pm), a religious complex -- built in the 14th century and later enlarged -- that includes a church, a cloister, and a garden with a belvedere affording great views. Nearby are the Giardini di Augusto, the terraced public gardens that offer more magnificent vistas.

From the Capri Town, a walk of about 2.4km (1 1/2 miles) ending with a steep climb will bring you to the ruins of Villa Jovis (Viale Amedeo Maiuri) on the northeastern tip of the island. Admission is 2€ and it is open daily 9am until sunset (the ticket booth closes an hour earlier). This is the best preserved of the 12 villas built on the island by various Roman emperors. Augustus laid claim to a few of them, but the depraved Tiberius had one built for each of the most important gods of the Roman pantheon. Villa Jovis is dedicated to Jupiter and here, as in his other abodes on the island, Tiberius pursued his illicit pleasures away from the prying eyes of the Roman Senate. A massive complex, it covered over 5,853 sq. m (63,001 sq. ft.): Its architectural marvels include the Loggia Imperiale, a covered promenade on the edge of the cliff which ends in the Salto di Tiberio, a 330m-high (1,083-ft.) precipice from where, it's said, Tiberius used to hurl anyone who angered him. The views from the villa are, to put it mildly, fit for an emperor of even the most jaded tastes.
From Capri town, you can also walk (or take a bus or taxi) to the small harbor of Marina Piccola on the southern shore. This is especially popular for its vantage point, from which you can admire the famous Faraglioni, three rock stacks that jut out of the sea a short distance from the coast, one of the most iconic of Capri's many famous views. The outermost rock is home to a particular type of bright blue lizard that is found nowhere else on the planet.
Linked to Capri town through the famous Scala Fenicia, is the village of Anacapri, perched on the higher part of the island among hills and vineyards. The Church of San Michele (admission 2€; Apr-Oct daily 9am-7pm, Nov-Mar 10am-2pm; closed the first 2 weeks of Dec) is worth a visit for its beautiful 18th-century majolica floor which illustrates Adam and Eve's expulsion from the Garden of Eden accompanied by a veritable Noah's Ark of bizarre animals. A short distance from the town to the east is Villa San Michele (tel. 081-8371401; http://www.villasanmichele.eu/ ), the home of Swedish doctor and writer Axel Munthe who built this house in the 19th century on the ruins of one of Tiberius's villas. The gardens are also well worth the visit just to enjoy the matchless views from the terrace (admission 6€; Jan-Feb 9am-3:30pm, Mar 9am-4:30pm, Apr 9am-5pm, May-Sept 9am-6pm, Oct 9am-5pm, Nov-Dec 9am-3:30pm).
We highly recommend the excursion from Anacapri that takes you up to the top of Monte Solaro, Capri's highest peak that rises to an altitude of 589m (1,932 ft.). The Seggiovia Monte Solaro (tel. 081-8371428) is a chairlift that departs from Via Caposcuro; the ride to the top only takes 12 minutes, but the matchless views from the top that, on a clear day, take in Vesuvius and the gulfs of Naples and Salerno. Tickets cost 7€ one-way, 9€ round-trip, free for children 8 and under; hours of operation are March through October 9:30am to 4.30pm.
Northwest of Anacapri (a 50-min. walk or a short bus or taxi ride away) is the island's most celebrated attraction, the Grotta Azzurra (Blue Grotto). The magical colors of the water and walls of this huge grotto are indeed extraordinary, and writers have rhapsodized about it at length since its so-called discovery by foreign tourists in the 19th century. In fact, the grotto has been charted since antiquity: On its southwestern corner, the Galleria dei Pilastri displays the remains of a small, ancient Roman dock. The grotto is part of what appears to be a vast system of caverns that is only partially explored. Unfortunately, you'll have no chance to explore on your own, especially if you come at the height of the season. During this period, motorboats line up outside the grotto, waiting for the small rowboats -- the only vessels allowed inside -- to squeeze a few passengers at a time under the grotto's narrow opening (because of rising sea levels the aperture now extends only about .9m/3 ft. above sea level, and you'll have to lie back in the boat). Because of the long lines, you'll be allowed inside the grotto only for a few minutes. Kids will love the adventure, which conjures up visions of secret expeditions, but adults might find the whole experience wearisome
The grotto is open daily 9am to 1 hour before sunset; admission is 4€, plus 7.50€ for the rowboat fee. Rowboats depart from the beach at the bottom of the footpath (the trail head is on the main road by the bus stop). The alternative is to sign up for a cruise (23.50€ per person) from Marina Grande, but we do not particularly recommend this option, as you'll have to factor in even longer waits and negotiate the switch from the large motorboat to the rowboat -- in the open sea, this can be quite tricky, particularly when the waters are not perfectly calm. (It is also the least eco-friendly option.). Note: the grotto is subject to closure during bad weather.
The Blue Grotto
The Blue Grotto is perhaps Capri’s most renowned site. This cave, accessible only by boat, fills each day with a bluish-silver light, which produces an enchanting effect as it reflects off the rock walls. Tourists enter the grotto two or three at a time in small rowboats. After passing through the tiny opening, the cave opens and branches out into long passages ripe for exploring.
The Faraglioni
Another feat of nature, the Faraglioni consist of three limestone pillars rising out of the sea just southeast of the island. A narrow strip of land extends from Capri to the first and highest column, which reaches nearly 360 feet. The only inhabitants of these rocks are a rare species of blue lizards.
Villa Jovis
The former residence of the Emporer Tiberius, Villa Jovis is the most renowned of the 12 Roman villas scattered throughout the island. Perched atop a mountain overlooking the Bay of Naples, the villa consists of numerous floors, which once contained splendid baths, great halls and gardens. Today, the cisterns remain the best-preserved feature of Villa Jovis.
Villa Damecuta
Tiberius also ordered construction of Villa Damecuta. Abandoned in the first century A.D. after the eruption of Vesuvius, the structure was added to during medieval times, most notably its characteristic cylindrical watch tower.
Villa San Michele
Although Villa San Michele (villasanmichele.eu) dates only to the 19th century, it rests on the site of an ancient Tiberian villa and awes visitors with its fusion of Renaissance, Romanesque and Moorish architectural influences. San Michele also houses a collection of Roman statues and other artifacts excavated from the island.
Natural Arch
This seemingly impossible geological structure teeters high above the sea. Vertigo-inducing when viewed from atop, this stone doorway stretches nearly 60 feet across a steep slope, forming an oval picture frame for the dramatic scenery beyond.
Charterhouse of San Giacamo
The multipurpose Charterhouse of San Giacamo (capricertosa.com) has at times served as a convent, prison and school, and today also houses a museum and library. Built in the 14th century, it features two magnificent cloisters replete with geometrical ceiling designs and vaulted marble columns.
Phoenician Stairs
Travelers who fancy a hike will be rewarded with glimpses of Capri’s cliffs sweeping down into the Mediterranean. Until 1874, these 800 steps provided the only link between Capri’s two main villages.
Gardens of Augustus
Verdant foliage graces the Gardens of Augustus, but the view from this location perhaps rivals the flora and fauna. The zigzag turns of a stone pathway known as Via Krupp lead to the gardens and seemingly form a mazelike terrace when looked down upon from above.
Punta Carena Lighthouse
By night, the Punta Carena lighthouse warns ships of rocky shoals, but by day, the area becomes a favorite spot to sunbathe and swim. On summer evenings, visitors can often enjoy live music while basking in spectacular twilight views of the sea. The lighthouse’s octagonal tower dates to 1866.
Beaches of Capri aren't particularly beautiful. Since the island is really mountainous, most stretches of sand aren't very lengthy. However, you will find some spots worth going to if you will need to focus on your tan. Bagni Nettuno charges admission to be used of the cabana, deck chairs, and towels. The above mentioned-pointed out Bagni di Tiberio are only able to be arrived at by boat. Around the island's south side is Marina Piccola, a little beach that always is rather crowded.
Dining & Night life
La Capannina is really a superbly decorated, intimate Italian restaurant that's always full. The seafood soup is outstanding, out of the box anything around the menu that finishes using the word Capannina. Da Paolino is a touch pricey, but your meals are so great that you simply will not mind. The ravioli is especially tasty, out of the box the rigatoni. La Cisterna delivers succulent sea food and affordable pizza. Casanova offers many pastas and pizzas, along with Faraglioni.
Capri includes a vibrant night life, with plenty of stylish bars and nightclubs packed during peak summer time tourist season. But when you'd rather go ahead and take evening in a reduced pace, enjoy people watching at the interesting Bar Tiberio.
Via Camerelle is Capri's primary shopping street, with a lot of small boutiques lining the street. For perfume enthusiasts, a trip to Carthusia-Profumi di Capri  is essential. The fragrances made here originate from flowers and herbal treatments located on the island itself. Limoncello di Capri has two locations, one out of Capri and yet another in Anacapri. This is actually the best spot to purchase Limoncello, a well known local drink that tastes like lemonade, however with a kick.
Dedicated shoppers will lose themselves in Capri's little shops. Many of the island's visitors return just to buy more of the locally made goods, especially the sandals and the jewelry. One of the most famous shopping stops is Carthusia, a perfume maker that counts many stars among its customers. Its laboratory/store, Viale Matteotti 2d (tel. 081-8370368; daily 9:30am-6pm; www.carthusia.it), has been concocting unique perfumes from local herbs and flowers since 1948. There are three outlets on the island: Via Camerelle 10, Capri Town (tel. 081-8370529); Via Federico Serena, Capri Town (tel. 081-8375335); and Via Axel Munthe 26, Anacapri (tel. 081-8373668).
Stylish sandals (handmade, of course) can be found at Amedeo Canfora, Via Camerelle 3, Capri (tel. 081-8370487; www.canfora.com), and at Antonio Viva's L'Arte del Sandalo Caprese, Via Giuseppe Orlandi 75, Anacapri (tel. 081-8373583; www.sandalocaprese.it). Finally, the island has an old jewelry-making tradition. You can admire -- and purchase -- fine examples at La Perla Gioielli, Piazza Umberto I 21 (tel. 081-8370641).
Should you prefer a rugged pair of sandals, visit Canfora. Every set of sandals within the store is hand crafted, and when they do not have what you are searching for, they'll custom web design some only for you. For a much more unique creation, visit La Perla Gioielli. The eight jewelry retailers who work here will custom web design gold and diamonds right into a beautiful and different keepsake. Manrico Cashmere has a complete collection of chic cashmere knit tops, blouses, vests and much more, for males and ladies.

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