main town on the Isle of Capri, is located on the saddle between Monte Santa
Maria and Monte Tiberio in a commanding location above the two "Marinas",
and offers an unparalled view that sweeps from
Ischia to the
taking in the entire expanse of the
Gulf of Naples.
With its characteristic arcades that merge into a labyrinth of narrow alleys and
streets, Capri works its own special
charm on every visitor.
The steps of the famous Piazzetta are an unofficial rendezvous for a colorful
congregation of guests from all over the world, who take in the attractive view
The Parrocchiale di Santo Stefano (Parish Church of St. Stephan) was constructed
in the 17th century on the ruins of an earlier cathedral and is well worth a
Works of art in the Baroque style are also found here, of which the multicolored
marble floor in the Villa Jovis rates special mention.
On a rise not far from Capri is Santa Maria del Soccorso with its beautiful
panorama of the
Sorrento Peninsula and the ruins of Villa Jovis, commonly known
as the Palazzo di Tiberio (Palce of Tiberius), a typical example of Roman villas.
Legend has it that Tiberius himself ruled the Roman Empire from this villa, and
the entire area abounds with sagas and legends about the Roman Emperor. The
"Salto di Tiberio" occupies a special place in the legends as a steep
precipice, off which the Emperor's enemies were pushed.
A short distance from Villa Jovis are the ruins of an old lighthouse, the Torre
The part of Capri
known as Marina Grande is the island's most important harbor, fully equipped
whit modern port facilities. Moreover, Marina Grande is a famous swimming and
The cog railway makes the trip to Capri in four minutes. There is also a well
paved road to Capri, along which are the Chiesa di San Costanzo (Church of St.
Costanzo) from the 11th century and the Scala Fenicia (Phoenicians Stairs),
climbing steeply to the castle Castello di Barbarossa.
For centuries, these stairs were the only connection between Capri and Anacapri.
Also recommended is an excursion from Marina Grande to Palazzo a Mare and the
Bagni di Tiberio, remnants of the Roman Empire constructed by Emperor Tiberius.
Also highly recommendent from Capri is a trip to Belvedere di Tragara along the
road by the same name. The view to the rocky Faraglioni cliffs below and Marina
Piccola, a famous swimming resort, is fantastic. From Belvedere di Tragara
continue in the direction of Arco Naturale (Natural Arch) to the Grotta
Matermania, a reminder of the ancient Cybele cult.
Do not fail to visit the Certosa di San Giacomo (Carthusian Monastery of
St. James) in Capri, where there are valuable works of art and two cloisters
from the 15th-16th centuries.
A boat trip around the island, especially in season, can be a very
enjoyable experience, showing Capri from a completely different viewpoint and
providing rare views of the breathtaking beauty that makes Capri so famous.