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The island of Capri is a hit with the rich and famous, thanks to its designer boutiques and high-end restaurants, but there’s much more to the island than you might think.
Capri Town is the place that made Capri a household name, with terracotta buildings and cobbled lanes packed with restaurants and boutiques. It’s the first place that visitors reach when they arrive in Capri, and is home to much of the island’s glamour.
Often overlooked in favour of its glitzy neighbour, sleepy Anacapri has kept its local charm despite being just a short bus ride from Capri Town. Whitewashed buildings and tree-lined lanes make up much of the centre, with a few artisan workshops humming with activity. The views here are the best on the island, especially if you take the chairlift to the top of Mount Solaro – Capri’s mighty main peak.
Capri may be small in size, but it’s big in attractions. Shopping is one of the most popular activities, with dozens of high-end fashion brands boasting outlets along Capri Town’s winding streets, including Hermès, Gucci and Louis Vuitton. Even if the silk scarves and leather handbags are out of your budget, there’s still plenty of fun to be had window-shopping, and many nearby cafes to people-watch from. Head away from the bustling streets, however, and you’ll find Capri’s more authentic side, complete with stunning views and historic sights. Admire the towering Faraglioni rocks, which rise majestically from the sea; ride to the top of Mount Solero via vintage chairlift for awe-inspiring views; or hop in a boat to peek in at the famed Blue Grotto sea cave.
The closest airport to Capri is Naples (NAP), which is approximately 2 hours 15 minutes from Capri via ferry (we recommend that flights into Naples arrive no later than 4pm and depart no earlier than 11.30am in order to catch the first/last ferry).
Direct flights to Naples airport (NAP) are available from Birmingham, Bristol, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London Gatwick, London Luton, London Stansted, Manchester and Newcastle and take approximately 2 hours 45 minutes.
Capri's season runs from April to October. Summer (June to August) is the busiest time for the island but even during these months the evenings are relatively quiet as most people are only visiting for the day. April, May, September and October are the best months to travel to avoid the worst of the crowds and still enjoy good weather and warm sea temperatures.
Local cuisine of the isle of Capri is based on fish and fresh vegetables. The most renowned dish in the area is the insalata caprese - the name refers to the island of Capri. The island's foods are simple, yet tasty, and often combined with local olive oil. Influences on the cuisine come from the Greeks, the Romans, the French and the Spanish. An island that originally dined on the leftover seafood from the markets, such as anchovies and squid, now enjoys a wealth (thanks to the long line of visitors) of lovely fresh dishes including stuffed calamari. Team this with a Capri Rosso (red wine) or the iconic Lacryma Christi wines (wine produced on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius).
The island of Capri has been inhabited since the Palaeolithic era, however it was when Caesar Augustus visited in 29 BC that the first villa was built there. Augustus's successor, Tiberius, then lived on the island from 27 to 37 A.D and built a further 12 villas - villas that are visible to visitors today. Until 7th century A.D, Romans ruled the area, but after the western Roman Empire collapsed, it was raided by the Saracens and the years following saw the island dominated by the Longobards, Normans, Anjounins, Aragonese and the Spanish.
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