È bella ma non balla Capri - the most glamorous tourist destination with its magnificent villas, world-class restaurants, and luxurious shopping, is so much hoping to shake off the pandemic blues. For a year, the lockdowns have repeatedly impacted the economy of the Mediterranean island. Now a touch of optimism has returned. Capri, like the rest of Italy, is slowly opening up again. Outdoor dining has been possible again since April 26th, and indoor dining will be allowed in early June. The optimism seeps from luxury fashion stores and top restaurants like La Capannina, where a photo of Jackie Kennedy and Aristotle Onassis who ate there 50 years ago, hangs on the wall, to more modest eateries, as well as fishermen and boat operators.
Tourism on the island, made famous in the last century by superstars like Audrey Hepburn and Sophia Loren and later by Tom Cruise and Jennifer Lopez, collapsed by about 70 percent compared to the time before the pandemic, when up to three million people annually visited island.