There are many reasons to honeymoon in Capri, Italy: the timeless enchantment of the Blue Grotto, the thrill of exploring the ruins of villas that date back to Roman times, strolling the ancient streets of Capri town and tiny Anacapri, and taking the chairlift to the top of Mount Solaro for endless views of the Gulf of Naples and the Tyrrhenian Sea, to name just a few. But perhaps the best endorsement is that, even after more than 2,000 years, Italians themselves still flock to Capri for romantic getaways on an island that has proven irresistible to everyone from the Emperor Augustus to Mariah Carey.
Ever since Augustus built his “Sea Palace” on Capri, the heights of this island off the coast of the Sorrentine Peninsula have been dotted with luxurious homes and resorts. Capri honeymooners can choose from resorts like the JK Place Capri with its bright and stunning suites and spa; the five-star Hotel Caesar Augustus, set high above the sea and boasting a guest list as famous as the setting; or the Capri Palace Hotel, built around a Neapolitan palace dating from the 17th century.
By sea, the enchantment of Capri begins with the ferry ride from the mainland to the Marina Grande and continues with boat tours around the island, with stops at the towering Faraglioni rock formations and of course the serene Blue Grotto cave.
Ashore, honeymooners can walk hand-in-hand along the flower-lined paths of the Augustus Gardens, join a walking tour of Capri’s historic sights, or simply relax like the Italians do, with a glass of wine and a leisurely meal at a café alongside the Piazzetta, the beating heart of Capri culture.
> Written by Bob Curley