Capri

Capri

Among the most beautiful islands in the Gulf of Naples, Capri is renowned around the world for its incomparable, natural and archaeological beauty.
The scent of the flowers, the elegant faceting of the colours, the rugged rocks that lead down to the crystal clear sea and the ancient alleys that pass by the little houses immersed in greenery. These are just a few of the features that have made this charming island on the Sorrento coast so famous, with its rocky, five kilometre underground extension of land linking it to the coast.
Capri has always enchanted its visitors: the Faraglioni cliffs , the Blue Grotto , the Piazzetta and the blue of the sky and the sea are the main tourist attractions.
In the summer, and the rest of the year, the nightlife is extremely pleasant, among the fashionable bars and exclusive nightclubs. At night in Capri it's easy to bump into famous people from the world of entertainment or famous Hollywood actors and international pop stars.
The island is around 12 kilometres squared and is 3 kilometres wide. It has two municipalities: Capri and Anacapri, situated on the upper part of the island, 286 metres above sea level and linked to Capri by a panoramic road.
From Anacapri you can use a chairlift to get to Mount Solaro, situated 589 metres above sea level. Here you can admire a view that ranges from the Gulf of Naples to the Gulf of Salerno, passing the Anacapri plain and the Sorrento Peninsula, Capri and the Faraglioni cliffs.
The first discoverer in Capri was the Emperor Augusto in 29 B.C. who fell in love with the island and withdrew its Neapolitan rule, exchanging it with fertile Ischia. This is how his private domain began, followed by flourishing building which his successor Tiberio undertook from 27 to 37 A.D, with the construction of twelve villas.
Evident testimonies of these villas still survive today with Villa Jovis and Villa Damecuta.
There are also plenty of churches to visit, such as St. Costanzo, from the V century A.D. and the small Church of Santa Maria del Soccorso, dating from 1610.
How to get there: to reach Capri you can take one of the ferries or hydrofoils that leave from Naples, Sorrento and from the Amalfi coast. On the island you can take buses, taxis or the widely use funicular railway that links Marina Grande with the Piazzetta.
Capri, the azure island, offers an extraordinary setting for those seeking a relaxing holiday punctuated by strolls along streets lined with exclusive shops and traditional handicraft boutiques. On the narrow streets of Capri and Anacapri, one can buy virtually anything the heart desires: from designer clothing to unique jewellery, specially handmade sandals, and rare local perfumes made with the typical herbs and spices of the coast. Not to mention the splendid silk pareu or precious shawls in cashmere and merino wool available only at Capri.
Via Camerelle is without a doubt one of Capri's most elegant streets, in the vicinity of the historic Piazzetta, the site of the majority of boutiques and ateliers run by prestigious Italian and international designers, the likes of Gucci, Ferrè, Dolce e Gabbana, Louis Vuitton, Pucci and Cartier. Via Camerelle is also the site of the showroom of the longstanding perfume maker Carthusia, the creator of unique and inebriating essences using natural primary materials. The flowers found on the island's trails, such as the gorse, orchids, rosemary, lilies and wild carnations give life to unmistakable fragrances. They are still processed according to ancient methods: rosemary as a base for masculine perfumes and wild carnations for feminine scents.
Not only can visitors purchase these perfumes, available in a wide selection of fragrances, but they can also see how they are processed in the workshops, where the essences are distilled, mixed and conserved in handmade packages.
Via le Botteghe is yet another luxury shopping street: here, prestigious boutiques and jewellery shops offer the visitor's eyes scintillating windows brimming with necklaces, bracelets, pendants and earrings in pearls and coral. Finally, the heart of the town's historic centre is Via Vittorio Emanuele, with its striking luxury shops.
Yet another speciality of Capri is the handcrafting of sandals, featuring flat soles and colourful leather strips. Expert craftsmen fabricate this uniquely designed footwear before the eyes of amazed visitors. All it takes is a few minutes to create a pair of authentic made to measure Capri sandals.