Capri, the smaller of the two islands, has been popular since
Caesar Augustus first took a shine to it in 29BC. Emperor Tiberius
ruled the Roman Empire from here for the last decade of his life
and the remains of his lavish imperial villas are still visible.
More recently, Capri has been a favoured luxury holiday haunt for
writers, artists and film stars.
Take the chairlift up Monte Solaro for wonderful panoramic views
over the Bay of Naples, with Mount Vesuvius in the distance, or go
by boat to the famous sea cave known as the Blue Grotto, with its translucent
waters. In the evenings, join the locals on a passeggiata around
Capri town, browse the boutique-lined alleyways and sip bellinis in
A short hop across the bay brings you to Ischia, long renowned
for its abundant thermal springs and their mineral-rich waters and
mud, and another wonderful luxury holiday destination. Ischia has
numerous beaches, at some of which hot thermal waters mix with the