Located on the gorgeous and crystal clear waters of the Gulf of Napoli, Capri Island is famous all over the world for its history and its origins. A favourite destination for the care of mind and body of ancient Roman emperors thanks to its position and to its natural resources. These include Tiberius and Augustus, who chose it as ideal location to spend their leisure time.
The island has always hosted an society's elitè and today it is still the favourite location for the international jet set. It can be easily reached by ferry boat or private boat from Sorrento, Capri is divided into two areas: Anacapri, which includes Solaro mountain and the famous villa of the poet Axel Munthe; the lower part: Capri where Marina Grande harbour can be found together with its typical Italian square and the botiques of internationally recognised labels.
Excavations of Pompei and Ercolano
The archeological excavations of Pompei have returned the ruins of the antique city of Pompei, buried under a layer of ash and lapillus during the eruption of Vesuious in 79AD, together with Ercolano, Stabia and Oplonti.
The excavations started thanks to Carlo III and are some of the most well preserved examples of roman life. The city, almost as well preserved as during that period gave up an outstanding quantity of artefacts such as frescos, mosaics and statues. They are useful to help one understand the customs, traditions, food, habits and the art of living as it was more than two millennia ago.
The Pompei site, which, in the first decade of the new millenium has seen a constant stream of visitors - more than two milion people per year. In 2010 it was the second italian archeological site with regards to the number of visitors (Beaten only by the musem centre which includes the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill).
The city of Napoli, rich in history and tradition dominates the gulf of the same name and is surrounded by wonderful places such as Vesuvious, the Sorrento Peninsula, the islands of Capri, Ischia and Procida and the Phlegrean Fields. Located at the centre of the Mediterrinean sea, the city has always had a fundamental linking role between different cultures and throughout the centuries it has witnessed the succession of historical phases which have left their mark on the architechture of the city as well as on the traditions and nature of current day Napolitan people.
Administrative centre of the Campania region and "capital" Italian Mezzogiorno, modern day Napoli covers a surface of 117 Km2, with a population, just in the city, of more than one milion inhabitants. Between the monuments to be visited we recommend: the Maschio Angoino, the Royal Palace and Piazza Plebiscito, the Reggia and the Museum of Capodimonte, the National Archeological Museum, Castel dell'Ovo, the Duomo and the door of Sant Gennaro.