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Five things you might not know about Capri

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...

The Italian island of Capri was once overrun by pirates. Today, it's a popular relaxation spot.

  1. There's no stress on the second syllable of the word "Capri." It should be pronounced ka-pri, not keh-PRI, like the pants.

  2. Capri has been a resort since Roman times, but evidence of human habitation as far back as the Neolithic Age exists on the Island.

  3. 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.

  4. Rose O'Neill, commercial illustrator and creator of the Kewpie doll, owned a villa on Capri.

  5. 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?