The Faraglioni di Capri in the bay of Naples
The Isle of Capri is much more than a song
A very special island in the bay of Naples
Capri/Italy (2017) – It is considered a sign of great popularity when a song is written about a place and performed worldwide for decades. The "Isle of Capri" is such a song. Since it was written in 1934, many famous singers carried the Italian island's name out into the world and multiple times and in many languages around the globe. But Capri's fame doesn't come from this song, the great island in the bay of Naples, belonging to Italians region Campania, has a long history as a resort, starting with the time of the Roman Republic. Capri today is a tourist magnet and especially attractive to the day trippers from Naples and Sorrento. In the summer month, July and August (in August average 20,000 arrivals per day) the little island is heavy crowded like so many tourist destinations, but outside of the season, it is a true delight to experience the unique beauty of Capri.
Musicians and writer inspired by the beautiful island of Capri
Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Fats Domino, Duke Ellington, Billy Vaughn, Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney contributed with their interpretation of "Isle of Capri" to the fame of the gorgeous island as well as Freddy Quinn did for German-speaking Europe with "Capri Fischer". French singer Hervé Vilard had in the mid-Sixties great success with his song "Capri c'est fini". But also writer and poets felt the attraction of Capri. Countless great writers found inspiration on the island south of Naples. It was towards the end of the 19th century when Capri started to appeal to European artists and writers. The discovery of the "Grotta Azzurra" ("Blue Lagoon") on the island might have been part of this new found fascination but also the fact that Capri had become something like a safe haven for gays and lesbians in the early 20th century. The shelves in bookstores are full of the novels written on and about Capri. Of course, also celebrities left their mark on the island, Clark Gable, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Jackie Kennedy Ernest Hemingway, Sophia Loren and Giorgio Armani to name a few, were regulars on Capri. Today, Capri is still a huge playground for the rich and famous from all over the world. But unlike in the past, today they prefer not to be seen and stay in their hotels or on their yachts, anchored close to the island and come out only at night when the day trippers are gone. Then they can be seen at dinner in one of the many exquisite hotels or restaurants along Via Roma, during short shopping stroll through Via Vittorio Emanuele where Capri's finest and exclusive name brand stores are lined up or while having a drink or espresso at the Piazzetta (Piazza Umberto), Capri's main square.

Capri has so much more to offer than just the "Blue Lagoon"
Capri is one of the three Islands near the bay of Naples along with Ischia, the largest of the islands, and Procida the smallest. The island is a single block of limestone 3.9 miles (6.25 km) long, with a maximum width of 1.8 miles and an area of 4.015 sq miles (10.4 square km). Capri is divided into two sections, in Capri, the eastern part and Anacapri the western part. Around 12.500 people call Capri their home. The most visited attraction in Capri is for sure the "Grotta Azzurra", the "Blue Lagoon". It is a cave, which was discovered in the 19th century by foreign tourists and is ever since a "big deal" on the island, boat rides into the lagoon are offered on every corner but can be only done when the sea is calm. But Capri has so much more to offer than the "Blue Lagoon". Arriving from Naples (80 minutes ride) or Sorrento (40 minutes) with a ferry boat brings you to the "Marina Grande" from where you can take a funicular to the center of the city on top of the mountain. After arriving at the Piazzetta all options are open. A stroll through the exclusive shopping mile could become a bit expensive since most of the shops are high-end designer stores. 

One of Capri's great sights – The "Faraglioni di Capri"
I would suggest taking the Via Tragara all the way to the Hotel Punta Tragara from where you have a very cool view to the "Faraglioni di Capri", a rock formation consisting of three spurs of rock which rise up out of the sea, within meters of the island's South coast: Stella, the rock still attached to the land, Faraglione di Mezzo and Faraglione di Fuori or as the locals call it "Scopolo". The panoramic view from the square in front of the hotel to the "Faraglioni" is incredible. Speaking of view: another breathtaking view towards the "Faraglioni" is offered by the "Gardens of Augustus" at the Via Matteotti and close to the charterhouse San Giacomo, the oldest historic building on the island. The garden offers beautiful flowers but even more incredible panoramic views and a great look at the Via Krupp which is winding down the mountain in the most spectacular way.

And last but not least: Nobody leaves the island before having visited the perfume store "Carthusia – I profumi di Capri", on the way to the "Garden of Augustus". Carthusia's perfumes are famous, at least as Capri's Limoncello and Capri's handmade sandals. 


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