On the western coast of Italy, the glorious island of Capri is one of the treasures of the Italian coastline and has been a favourite holiday spot since Roman times. Charles Dickens and Graham Greene often frequented Capri but the island’s 'jet-set' image was established in the 1950s when Jacqueline Kennedy and Sofia Loren came to stay. Nowadays, you can shop ‘til you drop and wine and dine into the small hours, with a sophisticated and lively night time scene focused around Capri Town and the bustling Piazza Umberto, which has plenty of bars from which to watch the world go by. A jagged mountainous heart is surrounded by a rugged shore and the two main centres are Capri Town and Anacapri, the narrow streets of which can easily be explored on foot. A funicular railway links the harbour to Capri Town, saving a very steep walk uphill, and keen walkers can make the forty-five minute walk from Piazza Umberto to the ruins of Villa Jovis, Tiberius' main home on the island.