A microcosm of Mediterranean appeal, this stark mass of precipitous limestone rising through impossibly blue seas comprises Roman ruins, rugged seascapes, designer boutiques and traditional trattorias along with an unspoilt rural hinterland that one could imagine hasn't changed for hundreds of years.

This glitzy jet-setters' paradise-cum-quiet island retreat has been a resort since the time of the Roman Republic and has more recently attracted notables as diverse as Ernest Hemingway and Tom Cruise.

Significant features include the Grotta Azzurra (Blue Cave), the Little Harbour, the Belvedere of Tragara (a high panoramic promenade lined with villas), the limestone crags projecting above the sea (Faraglioni), the town of Anacapri and the ruins of the Imperial Roman Villas, including what was once the home of the infamous Tiberius.

Where is it?
Capri is a mountainous island four miles long and one and a half miles wide, situated three miles off the Italian coast in the Gulf of Naples in Campania.

What is it?
A historic island in the southern part of the Sea of Naples comprising three towns, azure seas and some inaccessibly high coastline.

Best time to visit?
The climate is best between June and September. Try to avoid August as this is traditionally the month that entire Italian villages move to their summer homes, putting a huge strain on the local infrastructure.

Must see?
The magical Blue Grotto, where since Roman times visitors have been taken by boat into a natural sea cave that seems to be illuminated by brilliant blue light (it's actually sunlight passing through water). Put your hand in the water, which is brighter than the air, and see it 'glow' in this light.The best of an underwhelming selection of beaches is on the south side of the island near Marina Piccola.

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