The small Italian island of Capri is situated 5 km from the mainland in the Bay of Naples, a celebrated beauty spot and coastal resort since the days of the Roman Republic until now. It is also part of Campania.
Capri, known in Greek mythology as the isle of the sirens, was a favoured resort of the Roman emperors. Most notoriously, the emperor Tiberius had his villa on the island, the location (supposedly) of debauched orgies. Those who displeased the emperor were flung to their deaths from the cliffs.
It is reached in about 40 minutes by hydrofoil from the port of Ischia or Forio, docking at Marina Grande. There are also boats from Naples and from Sorrento that sail to the Marina Grande on Capri.
Take one of the public footpaths which let you reach for instance the "Arco Naturale" and other beautiful sights which the large majority of tourists will only see from their boat trips around the island. Some of these paths are very steep and you need to walk up and down long stairs sometimes.
If you have a picnic prepared, you can find a nice peaceful spot for lunch avoiding the crowds of tourists.
The map you can buy for a small fee at the main tourist office in the harbour shows most of the footpaths. However, it is difficult to get lost on such a small island.
Also it is highly advised to try to rent a small motorized scooter to tour the island. Gets you around much quicker than on foot, but still allows you to easily maneuver the winding roads.
From April to the end of the summer, the island also comes to life from an artistic and cultural point of view. Concerts are organized almost every evening in the squares or the splendid villas built by Tiberius, as well as painting and sculpture exhibitions, plays and dance performances. This wonderful island is a destination that attracts visitors of all nationalities!
Festival of San Costanzo – May 14th
On May 14th every year, the patron saint of the town of Capri, San Costanzo, is celebrated.
Festival of Sant’Antonio – July 4th
On July 4th every year, the patron saint of the town of Anacapri is celebrated with a large rustic festival.
International Folklore Festival - August
During the 1st week of August, Anacapri plays host to a range of events in its squares, featuring musical bands and folk dance companies.
Settembrata Anacaprese - September
A large rustic festival for celebrating the grape harvest: 10 days of celebration dedicated to the island’s typical produce, including shows, competitions and games.
Capri Film Festival - December
Every December since 1991, Capri has hosted an international festival dedicated to the cinema. The event attracts Italian artistes, Hollywood stars and independent filmmakers keen to present their works in this exclusive location.
The isle of Capri is the setting for William Somerset Maugham's The Lotus Eater , a short story in which the Bostonian protagonist arrives in Capri on holiday, wherein he is so enchanted by the place that he abandons his job and decides to spend the rest of his life in leisure on the island.