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The small Italian island of Capri[1] 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.

Faraglioni - Capri


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.

Get In

By Boat

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.

Get around

  • By Foot: from the main harbour to the town up the hill leads a range of stairs. Stairs and walkways, mostly signposted, crisscross the island.
  • By Funicolare: this mountain tram (same stuff as in Naples, Heidelberg and San Francisco). connects the harbour with the town up the hill. Read also about the unified public transport ticket Campania Unico.
  • By Bus: Island buses are readily available to take you to the various areas of the island. They run on a schedule and cost just over 1 Euro per segment. The taxis are much more expensive.


  • the Blue Grotto (Grotta Azzurra) - The Blue Grotto is a beautiful cave at the water's edge. The entrance is small and depending on the tide there's room enough for only a small rowboat to get through. Though marked by "No Swimming" signs, we were encouraged by our Capri bus driver who brought us to the site to swim into the grotto. We did and it was spectacular. Dark at the entrance, one has to enter 20-30 yards and then turn around to view the beautiful sight of the light from the entrance flowing through the blue water. Hence the sight of the "Blue Grotto". We laughed at the sight of so many tourists loaded on large boats to see the Blue Grotto. They couldn't see anything but the cave's entrance from 50 yards away
  • the Villa Jovis - Villa Jovis, the splendid residence of the Emperor Tiberius, start from Piazzetta Umberto I and turn into Via delle Botteghe, continuing straight on through Via Fuorlovado, Via Croce and, finally, Via Tiberio. After visiting the villa, you could dedicate some time to other attractions in the vicinity, such as the Church of Santa Maria del Soccorso, the Cave of Tiberius and the Lighthouse Tower.


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.

Take the chairlift ride up Monte Salaro, the views from the summit are incredible, and there's some really pretty gardens and orchards underfoot on the way up the mountain.


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.


  • Hotel La canasta Capri Center, Via Campo di teste, 6 [2] This small recently-renovated property, managed and owned by the D'Emilio family, features beautifully-decorated interiors and lovely relaxing outdoor areas, and offers a personalized, friendly atmosphere. La Canasta hotel is situated in a charming area of Capri, just five minutes from the famous La Piazzetta square, a few steps away from Via Camerelle, Capri's most fashionable shopping street, and only a 20 minute walk from the striking Faraglioni beach.


The isle of Capri is the setting for William Somerset Maugham's The Lotus Eater [3], 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.

Get out

From Capri’s Port there are daily trips to Ischia, Naples, Amalfi, Sorrento, Pompeii, Positano, Vesuvius, Procida, Royal Palace of Caserta.

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