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In Focus... CAPRI, the four most fabulous square miles on earth

Victoria Zakova

Posted on July 17 2015

What draws aristocrats, fashion royals, and one-name Americans such as Puffy, Mariah, and Julia to the four square miles of Mediterranean paradise that is Capri? The spirit of the island’s Sirens lives on in a free-spirited ambience that has captivated Somerset Maugham, Graham Greene, Greta Garbo, and Jackie Onassis. We give you our guide to the charms of a place where no one wants to leave.
Visit La Piazzetta
You can hardly avoid it… when you step off the ferry at the port of Marina Grande, cross the street and take the funicular straight up to piazza Umberto I – better known as La Piazzetta – the heart of Capri. It’s a tiny square but always bustling, with every seat of the four bars packed to the rafters, and the perfect spot for people-watching. The bars are all open until about 2am so, as long as the money doesn’t run out, you could spend your entire evening watching what Norman Douglas described as “the world’s little theatre”.
Take a boat trip

One of the loveliest ways of experiencing the beauty of Capri is out at sea, away from the crowds. Have a boat company arrange a trip to Positano or La Grotta Azzurra (the Blue Grotto, or find a quiet cove to drop anchor and have lunch in. You can have a skipper for a day (or half day) or hire your own boat.

Take a dip in the Blue Grotto

This is one of those sights that live up to its reputation, particularly if you swim in during the late afternoon when the tourist boats have gone. A 60-metre long and 25 metre wide opening into Capri Island, the cave has been known since the Roman times. Allow yourself to be washed into into it and swim through the darkness. It is impossible not to experience a sense of awe as you gaze back at the unearthly blue.

Gardens of Augustus and Via Krupp

The Gardens of Augustus are comprised of a series of panoramic flower-decked terraces overlooking the Faraglioni on the one side and the Bay of Marina Piccola and Via Krupp on the other. To really appreciate the beauty of this little Mediterranean island, take a walk along a coastal path - Via Krupp. Designed by a German industrialist, this famous road makes a vertiginious descend towards the sea in a series of hairpin bends.

Villa Jovis

The Roman emperor Tiberius was history's first "tourist" who fell in love with the island of Capri, fleeing the chaos of the teeming city of ancient Rome to find peace and serenity here. During the first century A.D., he commissioned 12 villas to be built on the island, including Villa Jovis, the largest and most magnificent of all. From the Piazzetta take Via Le Botteghe, Via Fuorlovado, Via Croce, and finally Via Tiberio. It's an uphill walk and will take about 45 minutes. Enjoy the view which from the north side encompasses most of the Gulf of Naples, stretching from the island of Ischia to Campanella Point, while the view from the south overlooks Capri.

Stay in the fashionable JK Place

Housed in an 19th-century villa (which later became Capri's first hotel) above the beach at Marina Grande on the fashionable north coast of the island. There is a three-room spa (guests can also have treatments by the heated outdoor pool) and the terrace restaurant serves modern Mediterranean food. The 22 bedrooms have the same calm feel as their Florence cousins, with cheery splashes of colour and all mod-cons. Four penthouse suites come with their own terraces.

Have lunch at Il Riccio

Located on a cliff along from the Blue Grotto, Il Riccio offers fabulous views. The fish and seafood is very fresh, so try the linguine frutti di mare accompanied by gentle sea breezes and spectacular views.

Buy a pair of Capri sandals

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Party with the stars

The best known of the clubs is Anema e Core. The name means ‘soul and heart ‘ and was the brainchild of Guido Lembo. While it’s not so much a place for dancing or eating (no food is served), patrons seem happy enough sitting at tables and having a drink while enjoying the bands (though rumour has it that there is occasionally a bit of dancing on the tables when the crowd gets over-excited).

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