Capri

Capri
Wyspa Capri.JPG
View of Capri from the sea
Capri is located in Italy
Capri
Capri
Geography
LocationTyrrhenian Sea
Coordinates40°33′00″N 14°14′00″E / 40°33′00″N 14°14′00″E / 40.55000; 14.23333
Area10.4 km2 (4.0 sq mi)
Highest elevation589 m (1,932 ft)
Highest pointMonte Solaro
Administration
Italy
RegionCampania
Metropolitan CityNaples
Largest settlementCapri (pop. 7,278)
Demographics
Population12,200 (2002)
Pop. density1,170 /km2 (3,030 /sq mi)
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Capri (/ PREE, also US: p-/ KA(H)P-ree, Italian: [ˈkaːpri] / Neapolitan: [ˈkɑːpri]) is an island located in the Tyrrhenian Sea off the Sorrento Peninsula, on the south side of the Gulf of Naples in the Campania region of Italy. The main town Capri that is located on the island shares the name. It has been a resort since the time of the Roman Republic.

Some of the main features of the island include the Marina Piccola (the little harbour), 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), the ruins of the Imperial Roman villas, and the various towns surrounding the Island of Capri including Positano, Amalfi, Ravello, Sorrento, Nerano, and Naples.

Capri is part of the region of Campania, Metropolitan City of Naples. The town of Capri is a comune and the island's main population centre. The island has two harbours, Marina Piccola and Marina Grande (the main port of the island). The separate comune of Anacapri is located high on the hills to the west.

Etymology

The etymology of the name Capri is unclear; it might either be traced back to the Ancient Greeks (Ancient Greek κάπρος kapros meaning "wild boar"), the first recorded colonists to populate the island. But it could also derive from Latin capreae (goats). Fossils of wild boars have been discovered, lending credence to the "kapros" etymology; on the other hand, the Romans called Capri "goat island". Finally, there is also the possibility that the name derives from an Etruscan word for "rocky", though any historical Etruscan rule of the island is disputed.

Capri consists of limestone and sandstone rock; cliffs form much of the sides and surface of the island.[1]