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The island of Capri

August 15, 2011

Looking at these photos, I’m sure you won’t be surprised to hear that Capri has long been the top tourist destination in Italy. Even Homer couldn’t help but naming the island Antheomoessa which stands for Land of blossom.

It got it’s name from the Greeks who named it Capros, meaning wild boar, something to do with it’s unusual shape. And the Romans named it Caprea-rough or rocky island.

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And today, during the high tourist season, in august, Capri is flooded by well-off tourists, who flock there for a fashionable vacation with friends.

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For those who plan to spend a day in Capri, enjoying the nature but without spending a lot of money on accommodation there, here is some useful information: from Naples, the ferry takes 80 minutes, and the hydrofoil 40 minutes. From Sorrento, the ferry takes about 40 minutes while the hydrofoil takes about 20 minutes.

Villa San Michele - Axel Munthe

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One of the famous culinary delights of this island is the Insalata caprese, made with tomatoes, mozzarella and basil-a typical light summer salad to enjoy by the pool.

The recipe:  Slice 4 large tomatoes and 250g or buffalo milk mozzarella and arrange alternately on a plate, so that they overlap. Arrange small fresh basil leaves and oregano on top, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with pepper and serve with slices of white bread.

For more information on travel arrangements and accommodation in Capri, visit this website.

*All images of the island property of Capri.com

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