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Capri, Italy


Capri lies in the Bay of Naples, Italy's third largest city. It was founded by Greeks from nearby Cumae, who saw the obvious value of a protected anchorage with almost unlimited capacity. They called it "New City" or Neapolis.

The same New City was conquered by the Romans in the 4th century B.C., but the Greek language and customs remained strong for the next 800 years. The ancient Romans never considered Naples and the surrounding region to be very important, but they were still attracted by such obvious natural beauty. The fertile lands and sunny, mild climate made it ideal for farming. Together with Sicily, the entire Campanian region was a principal breadbasket of the Roman Empire.

Capri is a mass of limestone which was once a part of the mainland. The Greeks settled there in ancient times, then the Romans. The Emperor Augustus was so enchanted with Capri that he built a villa for himself, complete with roads and aqueducts. His successor Tiberius added several other villas, then moved there permanently for the last 10 years of his life. He saw nowhere else in the world which cold compete with such beauty!

The name Capri means "Goat Island," it is well suited for these sure-footed animals. The main resort / living area is at the top of the island. Capri is considered to be a gem of the Mediterranean. Unfortunately, for us the sun wasn't shining. Thus, the gem was dimmed. Our tour was to visit Capri, have lunch in Naples and proceed by bus to Pompeii. The trip from Naples to the Isle of Capri was supposed to take twenty minutes via a jet boat. Unfortunately, one of the jets on the boat managed to capture a floating garbage bag on the way plugging the intake jet. The twenty minute trip took almost an hour to arrive ashore on Capri.

The Isle of Capri emerged from the clouds as we approached her shores. It contains a mixture of resort homes owned predominately by the wealthy on the island.

The main area of the resort area is located near the top of the island. We used the cable car to travel to the top.

The streets are narrow and bustling with people. The red vehicle in the photo is a typical 'truck' used to transport goods to various businesses. Notice that the walkways are also the roadways throughout the village.

We decided to take the mile long walk to the other side of the island. Along the way we passed many luscious resort hotels. The wisteria was in bloom not only on the grape arbors but on the trees and trellises along the way.

As someone famous once said, "When you come to a fork in the road . . . pick it up." We were walking to a lookout point and came to this fork in the road. The path to the right continues down the hill to resorts and homes beyond.

As you can see, the road to beyond is narrow, crooked and long.

The view from the lookout is spectacular. The photo on the left shows what lies beyond the crooked path of the previous photo. On the other side of the lookout we get a glimpse of two rock outcropping called "the two sisters."

We are at a garden on the mountaintop and loved the freeform design.

The crooked branches of the plants took on a personality of their own. The way back to the village was along the same path that we had come on.

In the village there are many cafe's and restaurants.

The tall structure along the brick pathway that looks like a supported railway is actually a long trellis that supports vines and flowers during the warmer days. Notice the brick pathways and stairs. Walking in Capri isn't easy.

We await the arrival of our boat to take us to Naples for lunch. Naples is the big island you can see in through the haze in the last photo. Incidentally, the jet boat was repaired by removing the plastic garbage bag from the intake propellers. The trip back to Naples, while longer, took only a bit over thirty minutes.

Next stop Pompeii

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