Tourist Information and Travel Guide
ABOVE: Capri, Italy and the Bay of Naples..
More than a century after that passage was written, Capri is still drawing throngs of visitors. The island is packed with daytrippers throughout the summer, so be warned: If you're looking for tranquility, come in the spring or fall (or in winter, if you don't mind visiting a tourist paradise when many of the hotels are closed).
Capri's natural and manmade attractions are indisputable. The island abounds in hills, cliffs, olive groves, vineyards, and garden terraces overlooking the blue water of the Mediterranean. Naples and Vesuvius loom in the distance, with white ferries and hydrofoils zigzagging across the bay. Paths and steps offer countless opportunities to explore the island on foot, while churches, historic villas, and a ruin or two offer sightseeing opportunities for the ambitious tourist.
Capri has two main villages:
Capri town, in the eastern half of the island. A funicular ascends to the town center from the port of Marina Grande, where the ferries and hydrofoils arrive.
Anacapri, a steep climb uphill from Capri by bus or taxi. Anacapri is at an elevation of 980 feet (299m) and is less overtly upscale than its livelier sister city. It's said to be popular with gays of a literary bent.
Because the island is only about 3 miles (2 km) long by a mile (1.6 km) wide, it's easy to explore on foot and with the inexpensive minibuses that connect the various residential areas and sights. Don't bother bringing a car unless you're loaded with luggage or have a fear of pierside parking lots on the mainland--especially in high season, when the ferries are likely to be mobbed.
The attractions of Capri are described in guidebooks such as Cadogan's Italian Islands and the Michelin Green Guide: Italy. On the Web, Capri Online and Capri Web have good descriptions of things to do and see. You'll find links to these sites on page 2.
One tip: If you plan to visit the Blue Grotto, go early in the morning (before the crowds from Naples arrive) and wait for a sunny day so you'll get the renowned but elusive blue effect inside the cave.
Ferries and hydrofoils offer regular service fom Naples, Sorrento, and Ischia. See page 2 for links to timetables and fares.
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