Capri was everything I imagined it to be.
Although I was only there for the day, not a lot of time I know, but it was enough for me to have a "preview" of the island.
An hour or so boat ride from the Amalfi, and part of the Campania region, it is a popular destination since the Roman empire.
And I seriously do not question this.
Its grandness, beauty and charm can disarm even the toughest.
Emperor Tiberius (successor of Augustus) built a couple of villas.
The most famous is the Villa Jovis, one of the best-preserved Roman villas in Italy.
E explained to me that he settled and made Capri his base, running the empire from there.
My jaw dropped as soon as we arrived (after having all the ooooh's and aaaah's from the delightful discoveries while walking).
There is something magical when visiting places that witnessed history and old world grandeur.
In my head, it is like taking part in it and reliving all the wonders. Or so I think.
The place has one of the best (if not the best) views of Capri.
Of course, nothing less for the Emperor.
And it is just majestic - walking through the quarters, I could not help but try to visualize how life was back then.
Being the "slow travelers" that we are - indulging in the moment instead of rushing to pack the day with everything to see - we spent most of our time experiencing Villa Jovis (we also wanted to escape the tourist chaos, we figured that not a lot would really endure the trek to the villa). Of course, the walk and breaks (to check whatever we would pass on the way) lengthened the process. So after, we only had a short time to check out the Piazza (center of Capri). We had to miss the Blue Grotto, Anacapri and others.
The island was filled with tourists - mostly day trippers from Naples and the Amalfi. But E said as soon as everyone leaves, the locals come out to play. And perhaps, that is when the true spirit of the island comes to life.
But even with only a couple of hours in the island, I was enchanted.
Perhaps it was the combination of its glowing clear blue waters, rugged landscape, air of grandness, fascinating cove-studded coastline and beautiful scenery. Or maybe because it exudes this kind of mystery - that lures me to go back.
One thing is for sure, that the day trip will never be enough.
And instead, was just the beginning of a beautiful affair.
Needless to say, I will be back for a longer rendezvous.