33km (21 miles) SW of Naples
Lying a few kilometers off the tip of the Sorrentine Peninsula, Capri is a rugged, mountainous island jutting dramatically from the sea. This chic playground for millionaires was the haunt of eccentrics and intellectuals in its past, and in spite of the daily tourist invasion, it continues to beguile with its spectacular scenery, impossibly azure sea, and air of glamour.
Beaches -- Capri is not strong on beaches. Its coastline is made up of soaring cliffs, rocky coves, and the odd small stretch of sand, all surrounded by the bluest, clearest water imaginable. The sea is tantalisingly close, but often difficult to reach, and most of the accessible "beaches" are run by paying beach clubs.
Things to Do -- The network of footpaths covering the island is a delight. The best view is from Monte Solaro; take the chairlift up and walk down. Culture vultures can visit Villa Jovis, the remains of Emperor Tiberio's pleasure palace, Axel Munthe's Villa San Michele, and the charming church of San Michele in Anacapri, with its beautiful tiled floor.
Eating & Drinking -- The local cuisine, featuring fresh fish and seafood, rabbit, and seasonal vegetables, doesn't disappoint, and one of the most universally known of all Italian dishes, the ubiquitous insalata caprese (mozzarella and tomato salad) comes from here. Other specialities are ravioli capresi (stuffed with local cheese and marjoram) and the rich torta caprese, a chocolate and almond torte.
Shopping -- Capri is heaven for fashionistas with all the big-name designers represented along Via Vittorio Emanuele and Via Camerelle. Good gifts include soft cashmere garments made on the island and local Carthusia perfumes. Anacapri is less glitzy, and here you will find artisan shoemakers and some interesting gift shops and independent boutiques.