"Capri" Capri by TRimer

Capri Travel Guide: 304 reviews and 936 photos

Capri, just off the Sorrentine peninsula, is a beautiful island of limestone rock whose dramatic coastline is accented with numerous caves and reefs.

The name Capri was given to the island by the Greeks, who were first to populate the island. In fact "Capri" does not, as many might think, derive from the Latin "Capreae" (goats), but rather from the Greek "Kapros" (wild boar). Today you can find boar fossil remains on the island. After the Greeks, the Romans settled on Capri. After visiting the island in 29 BC, Caesar Augustus was so taken with the its beauty that he decided to buy it from Naples, in exchange for the considerably larger and richer island of Ischia. Legend has it that his successor, Tiberius, built twelve villas, dedicating one to each of the twelve gods of Olympus, and ruled the Roman Empire from the most splendid one - the "Villa Jovis".

After The Blue Grotto was discovered at the end of the 19th Century, the large flow of tourists began. They were drawn to the island by Capri's climate, the enchanting colors, and the hospitality of the islanders. From the end of the 1800's until World War II, writers, painters, exiles, rich and eccentric visitors (e.g. Jackie Onassia) chose the island as their residence, building villas and establishing the multilingual, cosmopolitan comunity that made Capri famous.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Spectacular views, resort atmosphere
  • Cons:Lots of Tourists ascend by Day
  • In a nutshell:Stay overnight to really experience it
  • Last visit to Capri: Oct 2000
  • Intro Updated Jul 29, 2005
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  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Dec 7, 2009 at 1:00 PM

    Up to your usual high standard, some different info I found helpful. Nice and concise

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Nov 2, 2006 at 11:33 AM

    You make Capri sound so appealing and exotic! Hope to be there next summer, but unfortunately for only 1 day. I sure hope to find that parfumaria!

  • Jun 7, 2006 at 5:18 AM

    Wonderful capri travel page!, Happy birthday!

  • Apr 17, 2006 at 5:43 AM

    As a young mendicant I was not able to take pictures of Capri when I traveled. Your pics and story are salient. Bravo! [Rosso De Forio]

  • Christianne's Profile Photo
    Mar 27, 2005 at 6:22 PM

    Thanks for the nice info and the amazing pictures!

  • masc4s's Profile Photo
    Feb 23, 2005 at 1:16 PM

    Excellent birds-eye view of Capri Traci. I was in Sorrento and Capri last year. It's just as you left it. Great tips and a good read. A truly beautiful island.

  • May 10, 2004 at 2:58 AM

    Really nice page but what happended your comments??

  • pigletsmom's Profile Photo
    Jan 25, 2004 at 7:24 PM

    Your photos of Capri are really lovely.

  • egonwegh's Profile Photo
    Jun 25, 2003 at 2:34 AM

    Beautiful pictures - didn't know Capri had such important Roman buildings!

  • sim1's Profile Photo
    Apr 7, 2003 at 2:51 PM

    Beautiful photos and great tips!

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