This lovely island has been casting its spell on visitors for at least 2,000 years. The Emperor Tiberius was so taken with its charms that, from A.D. 27-37, he ran the Roman Empire from his villa here. Writers, artists, aristocrats and tycoons have been following in his footsteps since. The city of Capri has two harbors: Marina Piccola and Marina Grande, the main port of the island where the hydrofoils from Naples arrive. The separate commune of Anacapri is located high in the hills to the west (take the chairlift to the top of Monte Solaro).
Capri’s most famous attraction is the Blue Grotto, a sea cave in which sunlight, shining through an underwater cavity, creates a mysterious radiance. On this storied island, restaurants tend to attract a stylish clientele, out to see and be seen. Menus feature light and healthy food, with a heavy emphasis on fish and seafood.
The Best Time to Visit the Blue Grotto
You may well hear from locals that the best time to visit the Blue Grotto is late morning to early afternoon. But, this is also when the crowds are at their peak. Instead, wait until late afternoon, when the hordes have dispersed and the slanting rays of the sun enhance the magical hue of the waters.
The Art Collection of Villa San Michele
From its perch in Anacapri, the Villa San Michele (Viale Axel Munthe 34) presents stupendous panoramic views as well as an impressive collection of ancient art.