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Holidays in Capri combine the luxuries of high end shopping and the authenticity of the great outdoors. Situated on the south side of the Gulf of Naples, the island has been a popular holiday destination since the Roman Republic era, with the area’s main town adopting the same name. Just off the Sorrentine Peninsula, Capri boasts two harbours, Marina Grande and Marina Piccola. Couples can roam the winding streets stress free, while explorers can travel to the famous Blue Grotto sea cave, Traditional chairlift offering stunning views of the island from the top of Mount Solero.
Inhabited since the Palaeolithic era, Capri has been home to Caesar Augustus and his successor Tiberius, both of whom built the villas which are still open to visitors to this day. Such royalty has continued to the present day, with a seemingly endless list of designer fashion brands scattered across the lavish streets. Along with its majestic landscape, the region is also famed for both handmade leather sandals and limoncello, and offers plenty of opportunity to explore the culture of this unparalleled area of Italy.
At Citalia we have almost 90 years of expertise, allowing us to help you get off the beaten track and explore everything the wonderful town of Capri has to offer.
From the sea stacks that climb above the deep blue sea to the panoramic promenade of the Belvedere of Tragara, prepare yourself for an idiosyncratic venue. After losing yourself in the bustling and lively high street shopping, you can then stroll or hike through the mountainous areas which stretch endlessly across the light blue skyline.
Wander through the glorious Roman ruins, gaze down at the glittering ocean below, and even recreate the times of former poets in the historic Villa Lysis. Not only does Capri provide incomparable views and experiences, the surrounding areas of Sorrento, Anacapri, Ravello and Amalfi offer a peaceful respite amid the luxuries of the main hub of the town of Capri, ideal for those wanting to enjoy a day trip.
Capri is deceptively small, but what it lacks in size, it makes up for in stunning attractions. The major activity is quite simply relaxing and soaking up the Italian sun, whether it be from one of several rocky beaches or from one of the numerous cafés on La Piazzetta. Shopping is also a major hobby for visiting celebrities and tourists alike, where the sinuous streets bend around the perfect, natural landscape.
Holidays in Capri offer very few nightclubs, with a selection of chic bars and late night cafés where you can unwind with local wines and limoncello. Venues like the Taverna Anema e Core are ideal for a relaxing evening immersing yourself in the soothing tones of the authentic Neapolitan guitar.
Combine your holiday with other historic towns with our Rome, Sorrento and Capri Multicentre holiday. This allows you to see the fascinating cultural sights of the Eternal City, combined with a train journey to Sorrento to explore the wonderful Amalfi Coast. Finish by arriving in Capri by boat and spending a couple of days relaxing in this chic town.
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.
The isle of Capri’s cuisine draws on many inspirations, including the Spanish, French, Romans and Greeks, with the most famous local dish known as the insalata caprese, which gets its name from the island itself. This simple salad of tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil – which draws on the colours of the Italian flag – is combined with olive oil and salt to produce a hugely popular starter.
Unsurprisingly, fresh fish dominates the menu, with the simplicities of squid and anchovies a must, as well as the equally simple yet more sophisticated dish of stuffed calamari. Fresh vegetables are also a given in every restaurant, but you won’t walk past a single outlet without the smell of the ever popular calamari, which can be enjoyed as you twist and turn through the surrounding pathways.
Simple yet tasty foods require less simple wines, and holidays in Capri include an almost infinite list of tantalising bottles. Capri Rosso (red wine) is always a popular choice, yet the most notable option is undeniably one of the traditional Lacryma Christi wines; an iconic bottle produced on the steep slopes of Italy’s very own 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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