Imagine this: You wake up to the sound of rolling waves lapping the surrounding Mediterranean cliffs. Warm Spring sunlight spills through the windows of your balcony like white wine (minus the hangover). As you open your eyes, you catch a glimpse of the Faraglioni Rocks jutting out from the turquoise water. Ahhhh—Grazie, Capri! Your day is spent wandering cobblestone paths, gobbling fresh figs, diving through clear waters aside the island grottos, and sampling limoncello concoctions as sweet and sour as your shopping addiction. Not an addict, you say? Correction: not yet. The ever-luxurious Italian getaway, Capri epitomizes authenticity and glamour, frequented by fashion icons past and present. Emilio Pucci opened his first boutique on the island in the early 1950’s, whose sensual, free-flowing designs in vibrant colors continue to be Capresi classics to this day. Jackie Kennedy explored the island’s shores and shops throughout her life, donned in oversized shades, authentic island sandals and—of course—the Capri pant, almost always in white, handmade at La Parisienne on the Piazzetta. It’s no wonder the Ferragamo family picked Capri as the spot for their vacation home (which is really more like a private palace).
Whether your vibe is more social or serene, Capri has something to offer. Make your splash at the Piazzetta, the famous tiny square at the heart of Capri, and center of shopping and nightlife. The bars, though few, are always brimming while side streets hum to the beat of celeb-laden night clubs, making the town a prime spot to see and (ahem—more importantly), be seen. If you’re looking to escape the crowds, take a walk (or a cab… gotta preserve that pedicure) up the island hills to the more secluded town of Anacapri. Known to some as “the Capri of yesteryear,” Anacapri is the peaceful alternative for an authentic capresi experience, removed from the bustling nightlife and home to some of the best craftsmen shops. Be sure to dress up your feet for island excursions in a hand- crafted Capri sandal—extra points if they’re bejeweled.
Whichever town lures you in, beautiful surf and terrain remain at your fingertips. Winding walks along the cliffs make for breathtaking views of Mediterranean sunsets, perfect for you to capture that enviable #nofilter shot. Or perhaps you’d prefer darkening your tan from the deck of a sailboat to give your new flirty Calypso bikini that extra pop. What better way to show off your Pucci kaftan then to let it blow in the Mediterranean sea breeze? Add in a serenade from your Italian skipper for good measure. So toss away your worries, toss on your favorite vacation glam, and succumb to the seduction of Italy’s most coveted island paradise.