Rob and I were actually on holiday in Sorrento, a town overlooking the Bay of Naples, in south west Italy. We had chosen Sorrento as our base for exploring the stunning, Amalfi coast and the ancient Roman ruins of Pompeii, a city that was buried under ash for about 1700 years, after the volcanic Mount Vesuvius, erupted.
Having decided to take a day off, from looking at historical sights, we took the 20 minute hydrofoil from Sorrento to Capri. It was the end of April and the weather was perfect. Warm enough for swimming and sunbathing yet not too hot for sightseeing.
There are no cars allowed in the main part of Capri. Visitors to the island arrive by boat at the Marina Grande and travel up to the town by funicular railway.
At the top of the steep cliff, we stepped off the train car, to find a delightful little town with exclusive, high fashion shops, inviting trattorias and stylish ristorantes.
We had a few casual glances in the expensive jewellers and shops offering fashion, by the likes of Versace, Valentino and Chanel and headed for a galateria, to buy ice cream. I'm not a lover of just any old ice cream but real, Italian ice cream is something special!
We wandered up the narrow winding streets to the top of the town, to find a bench, overlooking the most amazing views of the sparkling blue bay. Looking down, the cliff below us was covered in a mass of brightly coloured spring flowers.
We sat on our bench, eating ice cream and watching the world go by. We were looking at the sights that had inspired paintings by American artist, John Singer Sargent and other famous painters.
Capri is not really an island to visit if all you want to do is relax on a beach. It's a place for enjoying magnificent views, fabulous food and maybe even a watching a bit of celebrity shopping. I believe Mariah Carey owns a villa on Capri and it is well known as a favourite place for the rich and famous to get a bit of retail therapy!