BY lisal

July 12, 2016


It is an amazing island because of its deep history stretching back millenia, because of its more recent history as a glamorous watering spot, because, in the face of a daily onslaught of day trippers, it maintains a dignity and a humor that is almost dismissive.

I also believe there is something in the rock.  There is a magic to the island’s profile, in its curves and dips and folds, in its extraordinary fertility that breeds lofty pines, walls of flowering vines, pots of geranium and impatiens and feeds out-sized populations of chameleons, songbirds, gulls and, even, three foot tree snakes.

Some favorites:

…to see: La Certosa, Villa San Michele, the floor of the Chiesa di San Michele Arcangelo

to wander…Capri’s backstreets in the early morning, out to the belvedere above via Tuoro, up to Villa Jovis

to shop…Eco Capri for Laetitia Cerio’s wonderful prints, Cabana for Helen White’s fine eye,  Laboratorio for something a little different, Antonio Viva for sandals, Capri Home for household linens

to eat…Ristorante Mamma, Aurora, Da Tonino, Panorama, La Faraglioni, Buca di Bacco, il Riccio

to know… if you want to swim in the ocean you have two options – you can either go to one of the many beach clubs (La Fontelina is the most famous) where you must purchase a chair or sunbed before you can swim OR hire a self-drive or captained boat, and head out with baguette, cheese and fruit in search of a private cove and flat rock to sun and snorkel.