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The little island of Capri has been a magnet for the international jet set for many years. With its bright azure blue water, craggy cliffs, ancient ruins and grottoes, this beautiful and romantic island offers visitors a wide range of activities. Numerous good restaurants and very chic stores surround Capri's charming and bustling piazzetta and below are the beaches in Marina Piccola, where everyone goes to swim - and be seen. On the other side of the mountain is the island's other main village, Anacapri, which is reached by a curving road up along a cliff either by bus or taxi (there are no rental cars). This area is much quieter and is home to a good spa and the magical Grotta Azzurra, a cave bathed in the most extraordinary luminescent blue light.

Other popular sites include the famous Faraglioni, four huge rocks jutting out of the water, the Gardens of Augustus and the Villas Michele and Jovis. One can also hire a boat with a skipper for exploring or to go to a deserted cove for a picnic on a sandy beach. One can also hire a car in Positano, Sorrento or Naples for visiting Pompeii, Paestum and other towns along the Amalfi Coast.

Capri is easily reached by hydrofoil in 30 minutes from Naples and in 20 minutes from Sorrento. One can also charter a helicopter from the airport in Naples to Anacapri, about a 10-minute flight. Boats also cross regularly between Capri and Positano, Ischia, and Salerno.