Destination Weddings: Capri, basking in paradise.
> Written by Bob Curley
Since ancient times, lovers have heeded the Sirens’ call to come to Capri, the enchanted isle off the coast of Capagnia that has launched many a storia d’amore and is one of the best places for a destination wedding in Italy. Roman emperors, 19th-century artists and modern celebrities are among the many who have sought the peace and comfort of this historic and beautiful refuge in the Bay of Naples. Capri is home to some of the world’s most romantic hotels as well as treasures like the Blue Grotto and the lofty village of Anacapri.
Step off the boat as you arrive at Marina Grande and you can begin your island exploration by taking the funicular up the island’s limestone cliffs to the main town of Capri, where the shops along the Via Camerelle offer locally made sandals, perfumes, ceramics, and of course the famous Capri limoncello, distilled from the fruit of the island’s abundant lemon trees.
From the marina, you can book passage on a boat tour that will take you into the Blue Grotto, a semi-submerged cave famous for its iridescent waters — a romantic journey that lovers have taken since prehistoric times. Later, take your betrothed on a cable-car journey from Anacapri to the top of Mount Solaro for the breathtaking views, or journey back in time with a tour of the ruined Roman villas that once belonged to the emperors Augustus and Tiberius.
Honoring Capri’s rich history, the Hotel Caesar Augustus perches on a cliff 1,000 feet above the sea. Once a royal residence of a Russian prince, this Anacapri mansion is part of the esteemed Relais & Chateaux chain and has just 55 guest rooms and suites, ensuring intimacy as you and your wedding guests linger poolside or on the lofty terraces surrounding the main villa. The similarly situated, 44-room Hotel Punta Tragara also has a royal lineage, owned by an Italian count and capped by a penthouse worthy of kings and queens — or brides and grooms who of course also deserve regal five-star accommodations, service and luxury.
The Capri Palace Hotel & Spa is woven into the charming fabric of Anacapri; guests are just steps away from the heart of this charming mountain village, cosseted in a resort that evokes an 18th-century Neapolitan palace rich with modern amenities, from the Capri Beauty Farm spa to l’Olivo, the elegant, two Michelin-star restaurant reputed to be the best in Capri. The hotel’s restaurants, terraces, and pool areas can provide a grand setting for your wedding ceremony and reception.
The J.K. Place resort lacks the lofty setting of the others, but lacks nothing when it comes to amenities or style. Located in the main town of Capri just steps from the port of Marina Grande, the boutique resort is one of the few on the island with a true seaside setting; ocean views can be enjoyed from many of the 22 luxurious suites. Whichever of these elegant resorts you choose for your Capri destination wedding, you can be assured of an unforgettable beginning to your life “per sempre insieme” — together forever.
GRACE ORMONDE WEDDING STYLE