Capri, one of the most idyllic places in Italy, is a must-see on any traveler’s list. Here’s five things you might not know about this Island in the Bay of Naples…
- There’s no stress on the second syllable of the word “Capri.” It should be pronounced ka-pri, not keh-PRI, like the pants.
- Capri has been a resort since Roman times, but evidence of human habitation as far back as the Neolithic Age exists on the Island.
- After the fall of the Roman Empire, Capri was besieged by pirates and then occupied by the Turks, French, and British, who used the island as a naval base.
- Rose O’Neill, commercial illustrator and creator of the Kewpie doll, owned a villa on Capri.
- Villa Jovis, once the residence of Roman Emperor Tiberius (ruled AD 27 – 37), spans 1.7 acres and contains an intricately engineered system of raincatchers which ensured a supply of fresh water for the inhabitants.
Packed your bags yet? Visit Capri and travel the Amalfi Coast on our In the Shadow of Vesuvius tour.
Today’s question: What’s your favorite island and why?