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Capri, Italy

Capri is an Italian Island in the Tyrrhenian Sea off the Sorrentine Peninsula and has been a resort ever since the Roman Republic

Ancient Roman Times: The Island was once part of the mainlaind and consisted of two towns which was later dwindled down to one. A series of villas were built. Villa Jovis is one of the best preserved villas in Italy.

Middle and Modern Ages: After the end of the Western Roman Empire, Capri returned to the status of a dominion of Naples, and suffered various attacks and ravages by pirates. The famous Turkish admirals Barbarossa Hayreddin Pasha and Turgut Reis captured the island in 1535 and 1553 for the Ottoman Empire. French antiques dealer Jean Jacques Bouchard may be considered Capri's first tourist due to his visit in the 17th century.

The British ousted the French troops in May of 1806 and Capri was turned into a powerful naval base. It was reconquered by the French until 1815 when Capri was returned to the Bourbon ruling house of Naples.

In the latter half of the 19th century, Capri became a popular resort for European artists, writers, other celebrities and even royalty.


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