20 Interesting Capri Facts


Facts About Capri

  1. The first people to settle on Capri were the ancient Greek ‘Teleboi.’
  2. The rocks which form the island date back to the Jurassic and Cretaceous eras, from 65 to 190 million years ago.
  3. The island has a population of 12,200 people, as of 2002.
  4. Capri is divided into two sections, the eastern section is known as Capri and the western section is called Anacapri.
  5. Porto Tragara on the island was once an ancient Roman port. The exact purpose of the port is not known.
  6. Frank Sinatra recorded a song about the island “Isle of Capri” on October 1, 1957, for his album ‘Come Fly with Me.’
  7. Capri is twinned with: Crosby, Merseyside, United Kingdom
  8. Capri is home to the Mediterranean bush, the Arboreal Euphorbia, and the Ilex Wood.
  9. Capri is part of the region of Campania, Province of Naples.
  10. The native inhabitants on the island include quails, robins, peregrine falcons, woodcocks, blackbirds, geckos, red goldfish, conger eels, sargos, groupers, mullets, and the blue lizard of the Faraglioni.
  11. Capri has twelve churches, seven museums, and several monuments
  12. Capri is a large, limestone and sandstone rock.
  13. The Caprese salad got its name from the island. It translates ‘the salad of Capri’.
  14. The highest point of Capri is Monte Solaro at 1,932 feet.
  15. Capri hosts a number of annual events, such as the Capri Art Film Festival, Festival of San Costanzo, international Folklore Festival.
  16. Today, Capri has become more of a resort and is visited by tourists during the summer months of July and August.
  17. Augustus’ successor Tiberius built a series of villas at Capri, the most famous of which is the Villa Jovis, one of the best-preserved Roman villas in Italy.
  18. The voters of the island elect representatives for the two municipalities on the island. The chosen representatives then choose two mayors to govern with them.
  19. The etymology of the name ‘Capri’ is unclear.
  20. During the 17th century, the bubonic plague arrived at the island, killing 300 people out of the 755 inhabitants that lived on the island.