Once infamous as the “Island of Sin,” the island of Capri is now known as a desirable place to visit and a romantic spot for honeymooners. (Its name literally means goats, and you’ll see plenty of them.) For centuries, it was a retreat of sorts. Pirates hid their loot there, and Emperor Tiberius used to hold orgies on the island. (Visit the ruins of Villa Jovis, the first-century villa where he spent the last, debauched years of his reign, and read Robert Graves’ I, Claudius to get an idea of what went on.) These days, it’s a retreat for the young jet set and assorted Hollywood celebrities. Don’t expect lush tropical scenery. But do expect old-world charm, gorgeous grottoes and silver- and rose-colored cliffs plunging straight into clear blue water. Also expect superb restaurants, good shopping, watersports, castles, churches, wonderful streets in which to stroll and some of the highest prices in Italy. 15 mi/25 km south of Naples, in the Bay of Naples.
Getting to Italy
Restaurants in Italy
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