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Capri: Introduction

5km (3 miles) off the tip of the Sorrentine peninsula

The island of Capri (pronounced Ca-pree, not Ca-pree) is one of the loveliest resorts in Italy, a dramatic island soaring upward from the sea, with sweeping views, whitewashed homes and villas, lemon trees, narrow winding lanes, and flower-filled courtyards. It's completely overrun in summer (actually from Easter to the end of Oct), as throngs of international tourists and vacationing Italians arrive every day to soak up its romantic atmosphere and gorgeous scenery.

Touring the island is relatively simple. You dock at unremarkable Marina Grande, the port area. You can then take the funicular up the steep hill to the town of Capri above, where you'll find the major hotels, restaurants, cafes, and shops. From Capri, a short bus ride will deliver you to Anacapri, also perched at the top of the island near Monte Solaro. The only other settlement you might want to visit is Marina Piccola, on the south side of the island, with the major beach. There are also beaches at Punta Carena and Bagni di Tiberio.

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