The island of Capri is one of the most beautiful and well known
of the Sorrentine islands off the South Western coast of Italy.
And, like the mythical Sirens who tempted unsuspecting sailors onto its rocky shores, the island has a seductive and slightly perilous mystique. From Roman times to the present day, it has attracted the rich, beautiful and famous. The Emperor Tiberius made Capri his home. Oscar Wilde enjoyed its charms, and today the island continues to lure glamorous Hollywood stars, lesser royals and ultra-chic jetsetters.
This is an island of gardens, panoramas and walks, unspoilt by the noise and pollution of the motorcar. From the moment you step foot on Capri, the perfume of jasmine and the bright colours of the bougainvillea assail the senses. As you wander around the island's winding streets, past white washed houses and colourful Mediterranean gardens (the Gardens of Augustus are not to be missed), you are treated to spectacular views over rocky cliffs and startling turquoise and emerald seas. And Capri also boasts some quite unique and stunning geological features. The Grotto Azzurra is a natural landmark of extraordinary beauty. This rocky cave takes its name from the eerie blue light caused by sunlight passing through the water at its mouth. From Marina Grande, you can take a boat to the grotto that also takes in some of Capri's other natural wonders, including the Faraglioni Rocks. These majestic rock formations feature a series of tunnels and hoops, worn through by thousands of years of lapping seas. They are just large enough to allow small boats to sail directly underneath to the bright sunshine on the other side.
Of course. Capri enchants and captivates because it is more than just an Grand Hotel Quisisana, off the piazza, is the island's grand dame, with lush tropical garden, pristine swimming pool, and fresh flowers scenting elegantly tiled rooms. The shady terrace in front of the hotel is a great place for people watching, as it commands a view of Capri's main shopping drag.
Of course, if you want to make some purchases yourself, then there are a wealth of exclusive boutiques to peruse. As well as those that have grown out of Capri, such as Rafaele Faiella, Manrico Cashmere and La Campanina, in and around the small lanes off the piazza you will find many of Italy's biggest luxury designers. Frette have just opened a new boutique, Salvatore Ferragamo is here, along with Pomellato, Cartier and many more.
This is an island you simply must see for yourself.

For more information contact :
Azienda Autonoma Cura Soggiorno
e Turismo Isola di Capri
Piazza Umberto
Ph. 081 8370686
www.capritourism.com