Capri, Italy Facts

Capri, Italy Facts
A popular destination for casual tourists and experienced travelers alike, Capri is a picturesque island that rises more than 1,900 feet from the Tyrrhenian Sea. Capri is also rich with history, and as such has much to offer visitors whether they wish to sight-see or just relax in one of its numerous resorts.


The island has been contiguously inhabited from as early as the Paleolithic era, but it was first used as a resort area by Romans when Ottaviano (soon to be Augustus) took possession of it in 29 BC. After changing hands throughout the Middle Ages, Capri grew as a tourist destination when its first modern hotel was built in the 19th century.


The island of Capri is south of the Gulf of Naples and sits three miles from Italy's Sorrentine peninsula in the Tyrrhenian Sea.


Visitors to Capri have many choices of picturesque churches, museums and villas. Popular attractions include Villa Jovis, a Roman villa and fortress that sits atop Mount Tiberio; La Grotta Azzurra that is accessible only by boat; and the medieval Church of the Cross in the center of Capri.


Much of Capri is pedestrian friendly, but the easiest way to travel between attractions is public transportation. Buses run frequently, taxis are plentiful and a funicular railway runs from the port of Marina Grande to the center of Capri. Scooters may be rented as well.


Travelers to Capri have a number of types of lodgings from which to choose. High-end luxury resorts such as the Capri Palace Hotel-Spa are available as well as more modest guest houses and rental units that have been converted from some of Capri's many villas. There are also a number of bed and breakfasts.

Article Written By Evan Selinske

Evan Selinske began writing professionally in 2009, covering travel and lifestyle for several online publications. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in writing and literature from SUNY Empire State College.

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