On a clear day in Naples, Italy, you can see the island of Capri rising out of the sea like the Roman temple it was long before it became a vacation spot for fashion designers and pop stars. Many people get their first taste of Capri in glossy photo spreads in Vanity Fair or Vogue. Here's how to explore the island in person.
The pool at the Capri Palace Hotel features underwater windows.
How to get there: There are two ways to get to Capri, the usual way and the expensive way. Budget-conscious travelers should fly to Naples International Airport and take public transportation to the Molo Beverello, one of the city's three main ports. From there, you can take a boat to Capri's Marina Grande. If you're willing to pay a little extra, you can take a hydrofoil that will get you there in 40 minutes, half the time it would take the ferry. If you're taking a private jet, skip the boat transfer that yields more barf bags than Champagne toasts and go with helicopter service from SAM Helicopters. It takes 15 minutes and limits your exposure to Naples's not-so-glamorous port. Where to stay: The Marina Grande is on the less-impressive side of Capri. To get to the chicer part, take a white convertible taxi to the Capri Palace Hotel. Expect hairpin turns and dramatic views of the sea along the way; don't fret if the road follows a cliff that's 300 feet above the water. Family-owned Capri Palace touts a restaurant with two Michelin stars and a celebrity following that includes designer Alberta Ferretti and actors Gwyneth Paltrow and Keanu Reeves. With only 71 rooms and 11 suites, it feels more like a private villa than a sweeping resort.