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The glamorous island of Capri

Imagine a holiday somewhere fabulous, a lavish coastal retreat that is part urban escape, part sun-kissed Cote d’Azur. Follow in the footsteps of Sophia Loren, Brigitte Bardot, Aristotle Onassis and Jacqueline Kennedy, Valentino and many other luminaries… Gracefully emerging from the hypnotising turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea, the small but picturesque island of Capri has famously welcomed them all. Conveniently located on the south side of the Bay of Naples and just off the Sorrentine Peninsula, this exquisite 10sq km Italian island is finest example of timeless glamour. The moment you set foot on the magnificent Marina Grande, which is the main harbour and entrance to the island, you know you are in for a treat.

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There are only two towns- Capri, just above Marina Grande, and Anacapri, which is situated even higher up in the mountains. Taxi service is reliable, offering more privacy than the crowded public transport. Walking up the Phoenicians Steps, 800 ancient steps connecting Anacapri to the sea, is certainly not for everyone but the views are splendid. Wherever you go, there are unique experiences on offer. For the adventure seekers and photography enthusiasts, there is a chair lift from Anacapri’s central square, taking visitors to Mount Solaro- the highest spot on the island. For an equally spectacular contrast, consider paying a visit to Capri’s famous Blue Grotto, Grotta Azzurra and the Faraglioni, rock formations and one of the island’s natural wonders.

Spectacular panoramic views, lush beauty and charming cobblestone paths with olive trees and sweetly scented lemon groves seamlessly blend with glamorously theatrical hotels and the most luxurious villas and inviting cafes. There is always something striking to reflect on. It should come as no surprise that Capri has been attracting intellectuals, artists and writers since Roman times as well as preferred destination for royalties and travellers from around the world looking to embrace the best things in life, all seduced by this magical island.

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Long dedicated to the pursuit of pleasure, Capri Town’s iconic Grand Hotel Quisisana is a lesson in dignified grandeur with its gloriously serene spa and gardens since 1845. The tradition of the finest hospitality has endured beautifully over the centuries and while the setting could not be grander, nor could the welcome be warmer.

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Just a short stroll away is the Piazzetta, an atmospheric and bustling square with luxurious boutiques, romantic cafes and exclusive restaurants, offering charming, old school service and gastronomic excellence. This is without doubt the place-to-see-and-be-seen. Experience the unique taste of the best caprese salad or indulge in divine ravioli caprese. If you are in the mood for some retail therapy, visit Canfora for classic and well-made sandals. This is where Jackie O bought hers, from the same man, over 40 years ago.

A playground to the rich and famous, the beloved island of Capri is best visited in May or September since during the hottest summer months is almost impossible to escape the crowds.

By Dobrinka Hristova – London
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