The Italian island of Capri is located off the south side of the Gulf of Naples. It has attracted European artists, writers and celebrities. Painter John Singer Sargent was inspired here, Claude Debussy wrote music here, Somerset Maugham wrote a short story set in Capri and Swedish royal physician Axel Munthe was so entranced, he built a villa for himself, which is now the Axel Munthe Museum.
Go by ferry or hydrofoil from Naples, Sorrento, Positano or Amalfi or use a boat service that goes to both of its ports.
What to do
A must is to experience the famous Blue Grotto. Dine in a restaurant on the edge of the sea. Visit the little workshops and boutiques for lovely handmade items – maybe leather sandals or a hand-knit sweater. Definitely indulge in the many sweet specialities which make great use of the local lemons. At night take in the riotous atmosphere of the discotheques or the languid music of the piano bars and taverns.
Where to stay
Enter through enormous double doors into another world: this is the intimate 19th century Villa Le Scale in Anacapri. It is one of the few remaining historic villas on the island, with its original majolica floors, vaulted ceilings and French doors that open to a garden, swimming pool and panoramic view. It was recently renovated but has maintained its historical and architectural integrity.
The villa is open from May to the end of September. (The cost of renting the entire villa in September is 29,500 euro including breakfast. Bring your friends and share the cost!)
A much larger hotel at the very top of the island is 1,000 feet above the sea. The 55-room Caesar Augustus has a spectacular view from the cliffs above the sea. It has all the amenities, including a great restaurant and pool.
What you need to know
- There are two main towns, Capri and Anacapri. They are connected by bus.
- The island is located near the Amalfi Coast and the ancient ruins of Pompeii.
- The local language is Italian.
- Currency is the euro.
- Approximate hotel cost: Villa Le Scale, 5-star, 7 rooms, from 325 to 650 euro a night. Caesar Augustus, 5-star, 55 rooms, from $700 euro a night, breakfast included.
Originally published in Today’s Bride magazine, July 2012.