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Wyspa Capri.JPG
View of Capri from the sea
Location Tyrrhenian Sea
Area 10.4 km2 (4.0 sq mi)
Elevation 589 m (1,932 ft)
Highest point Monte Solaro
Region Campania
Province Naples
Largest city Capri (pop. 7,278)
Population 12,200 (as of 2002)
Density 1,170/km2 (3,000/sq mi)
Overlooking Capri harbour from the rotunda in Villa San Michele Anacapri BW 2013-05-14 13-55-21.jpg

Capri [1] is an island in the Tyrrhenian Sea. It is on the south side of the Gulf of Naples, Italy. The main town on the island shares the name. It has been a resort since the time of the Roman Republic. The Emperor Tiberius lived here from 26–31 AD.

Features of the island are the Belvedere of Tragara (a high panoramic promenade lined with villas), the limestone crags called sea stacks that project above the sea (the Faraglioni), the town of Anacapri, the Blue Grotto (Grotta Azzurra), and the ruins of the Imperial Roman villas.

Capri is part of the region of Campania, Province of Naples. Most people on the island live in the town of Capri. The island has two harbours, Marina Piccola and Marina Grande (the main port of the island). The separate comune of Anacapri is high on the hills to the west.

The etymology of the name 'Capri' is unclear.[2][3]


  1. pronounced 'Capree' in English
  2. Facaros, Dana; Pauls, Michael (1999). Italy: Bay of Naples. p. 244. ISBN 1-86011-906-9 .
  3. Andrén, Arvid (1980). Capri: from the stone age to the tourist age. p. 250. ISBN 91-85058-98-X .