The beautiful island of Capri Italy is situated in the Tyrrhenian Sea on the south side of the Gulf of Naples. This stunning archipelago is part of the region of Campania and its main town Capri mirrors its name. Italians can’t quite agree on where the name for the island came from. It might be from the ancient Greek word “kapros” meaning “wild boar” which was one of the first animals on the island. It could also come from the Latin word “capreae: which translates as “goats.” If you get a chance to visit, perhaps you can decide for yourself. The landscape of Capri is made up of limestone and sandstone rock. Its spectacular beaches are blended in and amongst dramatic rocks and cliffs. There are two harbours on the island, Marina Piccola and Marina Grande which is the central port. Two towns make up the island, Capri and Anacapri.
Blue Grotto or the Grotta Azzurra is an underwater cave that sparkles with blue light and is a must see on your visit to Capri. In order to enter the cave, you have to take a rowboat from the cave entrance. Once inside, you’ll be astonished and amazed at its unparalleled beauty.
Villa San Michele is a breathtaking sight that you’ll want to take in when you visit Anacapri. The Swedish writer Axel Munthe built it in the late nineteenth century on the site of a Tiberian villa. Bits of the original Roman villa are incorporated in the gardens. Inside are priceless works of art and antiquities. The views of the cliffs, sea, and harbour alone are worth the trip here.
If you still need your fix of historical sights, take a visit to Certosa of San Giacomo in Capri. This fourteenth-century monastery also contains a museum and library. And the gardens of Augustus are close by. They overlook the sea, and the view is spectacular. While you’re in the town of Capri, you can also take in La Piazzetta and an informative archaeological museum.
Capri has something for every type of traveler. Whether it’s relaxing on one of the golden sandy beaches or exploring the historical sights, you’ll find this sunny southern island well worth the trip.