Capri is a small island in the Bay of Naples that used to be a favourite place of Roman emperors, who erected their summer residences here to flee from the hustle and bustle of Rome. Full of historical monuments and natural resources, the island is worth visiting both in high and low season. A well-planned holiday on Capri is a great way to recover from winter depression in the Mediterranean sun.
The island of Capri, already inhabited in prehistoric times, was an important trading base for the Greeks and Phoenicians, and then under the rule of the Roman Empire. Now it is again becoming a favourite destination for high-end tourists and is filled with luxury hotels. The real tourist boom on Capri was in the 50s of the 20th century and since then, its intensity has been directly proportional to the prosperity of the country, making it one of the most popular resorts in the world.
The main centres of Capri are Anacapri and Capri Paese. The center of Capri is Piazza Umberto I (La Piazzetta) that used to be the market square full of diverse stalls. Today the square is filled with bustling cafés and restaurants.
The island has two piers: Marina Grande, where the ferry port is located, and Marina Piccola, on the other side of the island, with a very famous beach and so-called the Siren’s Rock. The oldest monuments of Capri include the Certosa di San Giacomo – a Carthusian monastery surrounded by fortifications to protect it from pirate attacks – and Villa Jovis, the ancient estate of Tiberius.
The island of Capri is an expensive place, the hotels and other accommodation are much dearer than places of similar standard on the continental part of Italy. However, it is not this way all the year long, because in the off season, one can come across real promotional prices. But the question is will we be equally happy in December on Capri like on beautiful May or August sun?
Although, it is worth remembering that Capri in recent years has become a victim of its own popularity. Crowds of tourists coming here in the summer – frequently for only one day – more and more often exceed the number of native inhabitants of the island (up to 13,000 visitors a day). Of course, this raises many infrastructural, communication and casual human conflicts. Local authorities are even considering the possibility of introducing daytime cruises to the island, and the great popularity of weddings has prompted the authorities to raise fees for visitors for such ceremonies up to € 1,500. There are also rumours about even more abstract restrictions. Some time ago, the press described the case of punishing two people with a high fine who wore exceptionally loudly clapping flip-flops as a result of introducing the law banning too loud shoes. Well, if you want to fully feel the climate of the island and ensure you will be able to enjoy uninterrupted your time off, go to Capri off the season.