Capri - Campania

This is the most extolled of all the Parthenopean islands and the most loved by the elegant and cosmopolitian public. Capri lies about 17 miles from Naples and is less than 3.5 miles from Punta Campanella located on the coast of Sorrento. It is 6 km long and 3 km wide. Marina Grande is its port. The Greeks reached it in the VIII century B.C., but its most successful period was that of the Roman emperors Augustus and Tiberius who built sumptuous villas here. These remains represent today's archaeological treasury of the island. During the period of Saracen raids the inhabitants defended themselves by building the town on the Greek wails between Monte Solaro and the promontory of Tiberius.

The island is surrounded by a deep sea due to the fracture that separated it (probably 10,000 years ago) from the peninsula of Sorrento. This is testified by the flora, the calcareous rock and the prehistoric fossils that populated the continental Monti Lattari.

There are two towns (Capri and Anacapri) and several hamlets on Capri. Above all, this is the island of myth, much sought-after by artists and scholars from all around the world who loved it and dedicated to Capri songs, tales, pictorial images and legends. Towards the end of the XIX century the poet Kopisch and the fabulist Andersen gave a loving description of Capri's beauties. From that very moment the island began to attract all different types of tourists: kings, businessmen, politicians, archaeologists and scholars. The Tsar Nicholas Il, the Emperor Francis Joseph and Queen Victoria of Sweden were all important guests of Palazzo Ceno, while Gorkij and other Russian exiles such as Lenin were guests of the "Casa Rossa" (red house). In summer the famous Piazzetta (little square) becomes a "branch" of Hollywood and Cinecittà.


The town of Anacapri lies 280 metres above sea-level at the foot of the mountains Solaro (589 m), Cappello (514 m) and Santa Maria (499 m) on the western and higher part of the island. It is connected to Capri by small buses that cover the windy and steep distance of approximately 4 km. Along with the small village of Anacapri there are also small hamlets scattered all around the area: Damecuta, Capodimonte, Starza and La Migliara. The economy was once based on agriculture and dockyard activities, as the people of Anacapri spent a long period working for the shipyards of the Kingdom of Naples. The current economy is based on tourism, business and agriculture.

Food & Wine
To satisfy your appetite as well as your sight and curiosity, you should try the dishes based on fish, the
linguine with scorpion-fish sauce, the Capri-style ravioli and other delicacies, by sitting comfortably under the pergola of one of the many restaurants that offer unequalled panoramas - maybe while listening to famous Neapolitan songs. Excellent wines and the locally-produced deliciously fragrant liqueur Limoncello are perfect dining companions for your exquisite meals.


For more information:
Capri - Local Tourist Board
P.tta I.Cerio, 11 - 80073 Capri ITALY

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