Capri

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Capri
Wyspa Capri.JPG
View of Capri from the sea
Geography
LocationTyrrhenian Sea
Area10.4 km2 (4.0 sq mi)
Highest elevation589 m (1,932 ft)
Highest pointMonte Solaro
Administration
Italy
RegionCampania
ProvinceNaples
Largest settlementCapri (pop. 7,278)
Demographics
Population12,200 (2002)
Pop. density1,170/km2 (3,000/sq mi)
Overlooking Capri harbour from the rotunda in Villa San Michele Anacapri BW 2013-05-14 13-55-21.jpg

Capri [1] is an island in the Tyrrhenian Sea. It is on the north side of the Gulf of Naples, Italy. The main town on the island shares the name. It has been a resort since the time of the Roman Republic. The Emperor Tiberius lived here from 26–31 AD.

Features of the island are the Belvedere of Tragara (a high panoramic promenade lined with villas), the limestone crags called sea stacks that project above the sea (the Faraglioni), the town of Anacapri, the Blue Grotto (Grotta Azzurra), and the ruins of the Imperial Roman villas.

Capri is part of the region of Campania, Province of Naples. Most people on the island live in the town of Capri. The island has two harbours, Marina Piccola and Marina Grande (the main port of the island). The separate comune of Anacapri is high on the hills to the west.

The etymology of the name 'Capri' is unclear.[2][3]

References[change | change source]

  1. pronounced 'Capree' in English
  2. Facaros, Dana; Pauls, Michael (1999). Italy: Bay of Naples. p. 244. ISBN 1-86011-906-9.
  3. Andrén, Arvid (1980). Capri: from the stone age to the tourist age. p. 250. ISBN 91-85058-98-X.