Picturesque Capri is famed for its mix of history, nature, culture and mythology. For more than 2,000 years this small Mediterranean island has been a favorite vacation spot of the rich and powerful.
Roman emperors built their vacation homes here and 19th-century writers, artists and aristocrats included the stop on their grand tour of Europe. In the 1950s, movie stars began mooring their yachts in the harbors. Today, the island is still a popular playground of the international jet set and is the epitome of Italian chic. Experience the staggering vistas, secluded coves, Roman ruins, deep blue water and fashionable boutiques.
Visit the Blue Grotto, a fabled sea cavern of luminous water and one of the sights that’s on most Capri travel itineraries. Reach the cave by boat from Porto Marina Grande. The short trip takes you part way around the island. Use the journey as an opportunity to observe Capri’s limestone cliffs and caves from the sea. If you are excited by natural landscapes make a visit to Mount Solaro, the island’s tallest peak.
Capri enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with hot summers and mild winters, making sunbathing a popular choice with locals and visitors. Let the beaches of Marina Piccola seduce you with their views of the Faraglioni Rocks, Capri’s giant sea stacks. According to Greek mythology the marina is the place where the Sirens lured sailors to their deaths.
Stay overnight on Capri to dine in a seafood restaurant, enjoy a drink in a hotel bar and dance until the early morning in one of the nightclubs.
Capri is a small island, just 4.5 miles (7 kilometers) long and 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) wide. The best way to get around is by bus. There are regular services between the towns of Capri and Anacapri, and Porto Marina Grande and Marina Piccola. There is no car rental service on the island.
Capri is approximately 20 miles (32 kilometers) south of Naples. Catch a ferry or hydrofoil from Naples or Sorrento.