The beauty of Capri

Houston Chronicle (17/04/2011)

Capri is best known as a fashionista's paradise frequented by celebs such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Beyoncé Knowles. But if you wander beyond the labyrinth of lanes flanked by boutiques such as Dolce & Gabbana and Versace, you can exercise more than your buying power on a variety of challenging hikes. This Italian isle's pulse-pounding potential is immediately apparent as our ferry from Naples approaches the port of Marina Grande. Wedged atop a rocky bluff, above the marina's narrow strip of trinket shops and pizzerias, perches the town of Capri - a relatively compact maze of exclusive shops and sidewalk cafes populated by beautiful people who have elevated sweater-draping to an art form. STAY Hotel Caesar Augustus Balanced on a cliff top 1,000 feet above the Bay of Naples in Anacapri, this Relais & Chateaux property encompasses 55 rooms and suites, an elegant bar and lounge with a fireplace, candlelit restaurant, twotiered infinity pool, al fresco fitness area and steam bath. Cascading terraces offer spectacular sunset views toward Mount Vesuvius.