Marina Grande (main port) on the Isle of Capri, Italy.
Capri, with its fragrant hills, plunging views, shimmering coves,
lush Mediterranean and sub-tropical vegetation is Italy's Garden
of Eden but to the ancient Greeks it was just another rocky island
named Caprea (meaning island of goats).
Augustus was Capri's first enthusiast. In 29AD he traded Ischia
to the Greek colony of Naples in exchange for it. He called it Apragòpoli
(the city of the dolce far niente, literally "sweet doing
nothing"). He had several villas built there as well as some
small temples dedicated to the cult of the Nymphs. His successor,
Tiberius, who ruled the Roman Empire from here for 10 years at the
age of 68, left a greater mark by constructing his favourite cliff-hanging
retreat on top of Mount Tiberio, 354 meters above sea level, Villa
Jovis, which is a miracle of Roman architecture.
In 1931 this popular island built its first proper
port, Marina Grande. From here it's a short ride in the funicular
up to Capri town, the hub of which is the little square with outdoor
cafés known as the Piazzetta. The Certosa di San Giacomo
was founded in 1374 and is Capri's medieval jewel. It was
built, with no expense spared, in 1374 by Count Giacomo Arcucci
of Capri in gratitude for the birth of a son.
If you are wanting fun nights out then Capri won't
let you down. It is home to numerous wine bars, lounge bars and
restaurants where you can listen to some traditional Neapolitan
music sipping delicious local wines. Although Capri has a reputation
for being a retreat for the jet-set, the island's hotels and
restaurants are no more expensive than Rome, Florence or Venice.