Iconic People

Despite having at her disposal her husband’s yacht and private island Skorpios, the jet set destination that many will associate with Jackie O is the forever glamorous island of Capri. The exclusive holiday destination visited many times over the years by Jackie is spectacularly nestled in the bay of Naples.

Capri’s romantic spirit is enhanced by the scent of lemon blossoms and fresh sea air. The idyllic getaway’s centre is traffic free and the island is best traversed on foot. Leave your car on the mainland, and take the ferry across the Bay of Naples and you will be struck by the luminescence of the Blue Grotto. Capri, entirely limestone rises to two peaks. Capri at 1,000 feet and Anacapri at 2,000 feet.

Jackie would be joined there with many of the most iconic and famed individuals of the period. Intellectuals such as Jean-Paul Sartre and Graham Greene would rub shoulders with movie stars including Elizabeth Taylor and Sophia Loren alongside many other members of the exclusive global jet set club such as Lily Safra, Gianni Agnelli and the Shah of Iran.

In July and August, at the height of the Italian summer, Capri is in full swing, the Piazzetta is thronged with tourists, including many day trippers and the harbour buzzes with the many yachts of the super rich anchored there. Spring and autumn may be quieter and with more reasonable prices, but there is more possibility of changeable weather.

When not aboard the Onassis yacht, Jackie would frequently reside at the hotel Quisisana. One of Italy’s legendary and iconic hotels the Quisisana is a true landmark. The property is located on Via Camerelle, where top designers sit alongside the workshops of local artisans. The elegant, light filled rooms are simply decorated primarily in white to provide the perfect backdrop against the lush greens and blues of the Mediterranean landscape.

The hotel was founded in 1861 by a British doctor who was convinced that the islands climate had health inducing properties. The name Quisisana means ‘here one heal’. However, it was soon realized that the hotel was far more popular with tourists and thus transitioned to become one of the world’s top hotels. Today this iconic Grande Dame is considered the jewel in Capri’s crown.

Jackie Onassis is today remembered for her timeless style, which has been emulated by many women throughout the world. The island of Capri, where she would experience real joy and peace, is still today one of the most visually spectacular and elegant places to holiday.