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If you are looking for a European tourist destination, consider the Isle of Capri in the Bay of Naples. Capri is in the Campania region of southwestern Italy on the Tyrrhenian Sea. Frankly, Capri is the opposite of undiscovered; it is popular with jet setters. See our other articles on Campania destinations in this series.
The British singer and vaudevillian Gracie Fields popularized the song The Isle of Capri: “'Twas on the Isle of Capri that he found her; Beneath the shade of an old walnut tree; Oh, I can still see the flowers blooming 'round her; Where they met on the Isle of Capri.” Many others recorded this song including Frank Sinatra in 1957.
The island is quite small, and most tourist cars are not permitted. Fishermen in small boats once transfered tourists onto Capri from ferries anchored in the bay. Visit the port to see the Church of San Costanzo, Capri’s oldest church, the ruins of Roman Emperor Octavian Augustus’ villa, and the Tiberius Baths.
Do you want to stay in Capri forever? Walk to the Bay of Naples and touch the Sphinx Parapet’s hindquarters with your left hand while making a wish. Legend says your wish will be granted.
The Villa di Damecuta was built by the Roman Emperor Tiberius. Visit the tower and the two rooms that reputedly were Tiberius’s summer hideaway. It was a fort during the battle for Capri between the English and the French.
The world-famous Grotta Azzurra (Blue Grotto) is on the northern coast of Capri. To enter the Grotto you must lie down inside a tiny boat. The blue water inside the grotto is unbelievable. The best viewing time is between 11 AM and 1 PM.
Capri Town is the island’s largest municipality. The Ignazio Cerio Centre Museum includes specimens from Capri and all over the globe. It’s an old palazzo across from the Byzantine St. Stefano Church. There are several other historic churches in Capri Town.
This upscale island raises precious little food but fancy restaurants abound. See our companion article I Love Touring Italy – The Isle Of Capri for a sample menu and more information on Campania wine plus an in-depth examination of its tourist attractions. The Isle of Capri was already well known for its wines during the Roman Empire. Capri still produces wine. Be careful, wine from the neighboring island of Ischia is often sold as Capri wine.
Levi Reiss has authored or co-authored ten books on computers and the Internet, but to be honest, he would rather just drink fine Italian or other wine, accompanied by the right foods. He teaches classes in computers at an Ontario French-language community college. Visit his website www.travelitalytravel.com devoted to Italian travel with an accent on fine Italian wine and food. Visit his central wine website www.theworldwidewine.com with weekly reviews of $10 wine and columns devoted to various aspects of wine including wine and food, humor, trivia, organic and kosher wine and lots more.Click to access the original, longer article on this Italian tourist location.
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