Capri Island

Overview

Introduction

Celebrated for its natural beauty, rich history, mild climate and breathtaking vistas, the Island of Capri is one of the most well-known tourist destinations in Italy.

Once infamous as the "Island of Sin," Capri Island, about 15 mi/25 km south of Naples in the Bay of Naples, is now known as a desirable place to visit and a romantic spot for honeymooners. (Its name literally means "goats," coming from the Latin word capraeae, and you might see some of them there.)

For centuries, Capri was a retreat of sorts. Pirates hid their loot there, and it's where Emperor Tiberius built Villa Jovis, the first-century villa where he spent the last, debauched years of his reign. Visitors can see the Salto di Tiberio, the point from which he would fling to their death those who no longer pleased him.

These days, Capri is a retreat for the youngish jet set and assorted Hollywood celebrities. Don't expect lush tropical scenery, but do expect old-world charm, gorgeous grottoes and silver- and rose-colored cliffs that plunge straight into clear blue water.

Also expect superb restaurants, good shopping, watersports, lush gardens, Roman ruins, churches and wonderful streets in which to stroll—as well as some of the highest prices in Italy.

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