Capri is one of three islands, along with Ischia and Procida, which stand as sentinels to the Bay of Naples.
Guide to Capri
The name of the island is derived not from the Latin for female goat 'capreae' but from the Greek 'kapros' meaning wild boar.
It is basically split into two residential centers, Capri which sits between a pair of straight up mountains and Anacapri which lies in a sweep of green land behind Monte Solaro.
The walks connecting them offer lush vegetation and white chalk cliffs in equal measure. Of special interest are the 'faraglioni' or rock stacks sticking out of the sea.
The name probably comes from the Greek 'pharos' or lighthouse and in ancient times night fires were lit on top to guide ships. The highest measures 109m and is known as 'Stella' just 5 meters taller than 'Scopolo'. Between both is the 'faraglione di mezzo' which cuts through the centre forming a natural tunnel.
Another gift of nature is the famous Blue Grotto which can only be visited in small boats.
Also visit the archaeological site of Villa Jovis from where Tiberius ruled the whole Roman empire from 27 AD to 37 AD.
In the summer of 2002 the Mayor of Capri suggested he may restrict the number of day visitors to the island. This is part of a drive towards quality tourism but not everyone is happy with such developments.
In essence, day trippers don't spend much money, ice cream excluded, and demand a lot logistically.
www.oebalus.org (Villa Jovis)
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