Italian Islands: Capri

Figure 1.--Capri has been described as the world's most beautiful island. This photo was taken in the Marina Grande on Capri. The children are playing on the street during summer 1970.

Other than the big islands (Sicily and Sardinina), Capri is certainly the best known Italian island. It is located only about 30 km from Naples, on the southern edge of the Bay of Naples, part of the Tyrrhenian Sea. It has been described as the world's most beautiful islands. Unlike many small Italian islands, Capri is not volcanic in origins. Capri is located on the Western edge of a wide Bahamian-type Mesozoic carbonate platform. This is known as Campania-Lucania platform which rises in the Lepini Mountains in the Lazio region of Italy to the Massif whch is in the the Calabrian Pollino Nature Reserve. The island is composed of two two high-rising rocky massifs (the Capo to the East and the Solaro to the West). In between is low depression which includes the urbanized area. The island is close to the coast and was thus settled by humans in the Neolithic area. Octavian took control even before he became emperor as Auguustus. Tiberius governed the Empire from Capri. Other wealthy Romans built villas here. The people of Capri watched the Vecuvius erupt and destroy Pompei. During the Middle Ages, Capri like other Meditarrean was attacked by the Barbary Pirates who pilaged it and deported the population as slaves. This history is important to mention. Islamicists today revel in pointing out historic grevences with the West. Rarely do they mention Muslim attacks on the West to paint a balanced historical picture. Capri was also targeted by the Ottoman Empire in its attemps to control southern Italy. Modern Capri as in Roman times is a tourist mecca and ferries run to and from Naples.


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