Naples and Campania: Places to Explore

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Capri

Once a pleasure dome to Roman emperors and now Italy's most glamorous seaside getaway, Capri (pronounced with an accent on the first syllable) is a craggy island at the southern end of the Bay of Naples. The boom in cruises to the Naples area (almost 1 million passengers annually) means that Capri is inundated with day-trippers, making seemingly simple trips (like the funicular ride up from Marina Grande) a nerve-fraying experience. Yet even the crowds are not enough to destroy Capri's special charm. The town is a Moorish opera set of shiny white houses, tiny squares, and narrow medieval alleyways hung with flowers. It rests on top of rugged limestone cliffs hundreds of feet above the sea, and on which herds of capre (goats) once used to roam (giving the name to the island).

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