The First illustrious residents in Capri were the Roman emperors Augustus and Tiberius. For the last decade of his life, Tiberius ruled Rome Capri, and the ruins of his luxurious villa can still be seen today. Despite this noble history, the island saw few visitors until the 19th. century, when a poet named August Kopisch found the Grotta Azzurra which was known to locals but not to travellers on the Grand Tour. Tourism began to flourish, and Capri became the haunt of foreign politicians, artists and intellectuals, Alexandre Dumas and Oscar Wilde among them. The singer Gracie Fields and the writer Norman Douglas, made the island their home.


TO SEE

Marina Grande: Capri’s main harbour is a colourful village with some Roman and Byzantine remains. A funicular takes you to central Capri in a few minutes.

Rocky Beaches: Sunloungers are set up among the rocks on this island with few sandy beaches

The Grotta Azzurra: The Blue Grotto ownes its name to the blue colour of the water, the result of light refraction.

Anacapri: On the slopes of Monte Solaro is the second town of the island, Anacapri. here you can visit the Villa San Michele, home of the Swedish physician Axel Munthe, the excavations at the imperial villa of damecuta and of course, appreciate the magnificent view from the top of the hill

Villa Jovis: The Villa built by Emperor Tiberius stands on the mountain named after him. Excavations have unearthed baths, apartments and ” Tiberius’s Drop”, from which his victims were supposedly thrown into the sea.

I Faraglioni: Capri’s most striking offshore rocks, soar up to 109mt ( 360 ft) out of the sea.

The Certosa di San Giacomo: Founded in 1371, is now occupied by a school and the Diefenbach Museum which has paintings and historical objects.

The “Piazzetta”: In the heart of town the famous ” Piazzetta”, officially Piazza Umberto 1°, is an outdoor living room, crowded day and night, packed with cafe’ tables buzzing with gossip and animated discussions. Excursions around the island also start from here. Overlooking the scene is the Baroque dome of Santo Stefano.

Via Krupp: Commissioned by the German industrialist Krupp, this famous road makes its vertiginous descent towards the sea in a series of haipin bends.