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Capri, Italy: The Isle of Capri Ultimate Guide

Capri, Italy: The Isle of Capri Ultimate Guide

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Have you ever visited a place where you feel as if you were meant to be there?  Like you instantly become overtaken with a feeling of euphoria the minute you arrive?  The minute I stepped off of the boat and arrived at the bustling port of Capri, Italy, also known as the Isle of Capri, it was as if I belonged here.  

Capri is where I was meant to be,  I was home! 

Capri was part of our honeymoon that included Capri, Rome, and Paris.  After visiting Capri, you are sure to understand why it was on our couples bucket list!

Capri is a captivating place sure to steal your heart as well. There are so many things to see and do on this small Italian island that you could stay busy for months!

While many people do day trips to Capri, we highly recommend spending a few days here so you can see the island and not feel rushed. It’s truly one of the most romantic places in the world!

No matter how much time you have, when you visit Capri Island you will see why I love it so much!

Let’s dive into all that you need to know to have a great trip to the Island of Capri!

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    Getting to Capri

    Like we said above, no matter how you get here, you must visit Capri Island!

    Honestly, getting to Capri will be a little different depending on where you are staying. We hopped on a high speed train from Rome to Naples and then grabbed a Naples to Capri ferry.

    Of course, if you are on the Amalfi Coast you can also easily go from Sorrento to Capri as well.

    The ferry ride to Capri town, is beautiful.

    We sat on the left side of the boat and had a great view of Mt. Vesuvius and the Amalfi Coast.  I have to be honest, I couldn’t help to wonder what it would be like to visit Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius

    The ferry journey from Naples takes about 40 minutes. You will know that you are close to Capri town and Capri’s port when you see the steep cliffs jutting out of the ocean beside the boat.

    Once you reach Capri, the ferry will dock in Marina Grande. Marina Grande is the main port of Capri and is located north of the main town of Capri.

    You can choose to explore Marina Grande and the town of Capri or you can take a small bus up to the top of the island and visit Anacapri.

    Honestly, the entire Island of Capri is worth exploring, so don’t miss Capri town or Anacapri.

    When you are ready to depart the island, you will catch the ferry back right here in Marina Grande.

    If you just want to do a day tour to Capri Island from the Amalfi Coast or Naples, that is possible as well. Here are some popular options to choose from.

    1 day in Capri

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    Where to Stay on the Island of Capri

    There are several fabulous places to stay on Capri. Whether you want a boutique hotel, or a nice bed and breakfast, Capri has you covered.

    We chose to stay in Anacapri which is a town located on Capri at the top of the hill. Anacapri is usually quieter and at night you truly just feel like one of the locals.

    We chose to stay in Anacapri in a charming bed and breakfast named Il Sogno for this leg of our journey and did not disappoint.  

    The grounds of Il Sogno were immaculate, and Claudio and Serenalla, our hosts, greeted us warmly upon arrival.

    Our room at Il Sogno was bright and cheerful, and the beautiful tile in the bathroom screamed Italy to me.

    I wanted to move into this house, especially if Serenalla would cook breakfast for me every day!

    Of course, there are many other choices on the Island of Capri, so we know you will find a good place no matter what.

    Next time we go back I will definitely stay in one of the luxury hotels in Capri town. These luxury properties include Cass Morgano, La Scalinatella, and Capri Tiberio Palace just to name a few.

    Of course, if luxury hotels aren’t your thing, then you can find your perfect accommodation here!

    If you want to stay in Anacapri, with its small town feel and beautiful views, then check for accommodations here.

    Capri bed and Breakfast-one day in Capri

    When To Visit Capri

    High season in Capri is during the summer, generally June through August.

    If you want to enjoy great weather, but avoid some of the crowds, then consider coming in late spring (April-May) or in fall (September-October).

    If visiting during the shoulder season mentioned above works for you, then you will enjoy the island with way fewer people and when accommodations are more reasonably priced.

    Of course, visiting in the off season also means that places could be closed, so that is definitely something to keep in mind when deciding when to visit Capri.

    How To Get Around Capri

    Getting around Capri is actually very easy. We used the bus system and found it to be inexpensive and easy to navigate. The bus makes quite a few stops, but it is an economical way to move around the island.

    Of course, there are also taxis available on Capri, but they will cost more than public transportation, so keep that in mind when choosing to use one.

    Things to Do in Capri, Italy

    Mount Solaro (monte Solaro)

    One of my favorite things to do on Capri is to hop on the chairlift that takes you to the top of Mount Solaro (Monte Solaro).

    To get to the top of Mount Solaro, the highest point on the island, you can take the chairlift from Piazza Vittoria in Anacapri.

    If arriving on the bus from Marina Grande, get off when the driver yells, “Anacapri.” From there, go up the stairs that you see opposite of the stop and you will arrive at the Mount Solaro chairlift (Monte Solaro).

    At the time of publication, lift tickets were 12 Euro roundtrip, or 9 Euro for a one-way ticket.

    The lift operates as follows:

    • May/October: from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    • March and April: from 09:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • November/February: from 09.30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    Of course, opening times and prices may have changed, so be sure to check for these at the information points in Marina Grande or in Piazzetta.

    The ride to the summit of the mountain takes about 12 minutes. On the way up you are treated with stunning view of the Island of Capri, so have your camera ready.

    Once you arrive at the summit, you are now 589 meters above sea level. This means you are rewarded with breathtaking views of the not only Capri and the Faraglioni rock formations, but also of the Bay of Naples (on the south side of the island), the Amalfi Coast, and the mountains of Calabria.

    If you are feeling adventurous, you can hike Mount Solaro instead of taking the chair lift. The hiking trails to go up the mountain begins at Piazza della Pace in Anacapri (behind the cemetery).

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    Take a Boat Tour Around Capri

    If you choose only one activity to do in Capri make it one of the boat tours around the island.

    Enjoying a boat tour and seeing Capri from the water gives you a whole new perspective and appreciation for this beautiful island.

    Boat tours of Capri Island allows you to see so many of Capri’s iconic landmarks. I’m talking about La Grotta Azzurra (The Blue Cave), Arco Naturale (The Natural Arch), La Grotta Bianca (The White Cave), La Grotta Verde (The Green Cave), the Punta Carena Lighthouse (Faro di Punta Carena), and I Faraglioni.

    Seeing the grottos and the natural arch is such an incredible sight in person. I was truly amazed at how big the cliffs and the natural arch is!

    You have options when choosing your boat tour. You can take a small group tour, a private tour, or captain a boat!

    Tours and boat trips are normally easy to find, but if you are traveling in the high season (the summer months), then be sure to book your tour in advance as they often sell out.

    Even if you are only here on a Capri day trip, a boat tour around the island is definitely something to have on your list!

    Visit The Grottos of Capri

    Some of the main attractions on the Island of Capri are the grottos.

    While there are three grottos in Capri, the Blue Grotto is the only one that you are allowed to enter.

    The Blue Grotto (Grotta Azzura)

    Capri’s Blue Grotto is one of the number one tourist attractions on the island.

    Most boat tours will pass by the magical Blue Grotto slowly so that you can see it, but if you want to go inside, you have to purchase a ticket. And believe us when we tell you to purchase your ticket in advance.

    To enter the Blue Grotto, you are transferred to a small boat where the captain paddles every so carefully to guide you through the small opening in the rock.

    Once inside, the cave seems illuminated with colors of blue and silver thanks to the light filtering through the small opening of the mouth of the cave. It is truly a breathtaking experience.

    Pro Tip: The boats can only enter the Blue Grotto if they water is super calm, so be sure to check the weather and sea forecast before booking your ticket to see the Grotta Azzura. This is one of the best tours in Capri, so try not to miss it.

    The Green Grotto (Grotta Verde)

    Another famous grotto around the Island of Capri is the Green Grotto, or the Grotta Verda.

    While you can’t enter this grotto, if you take a boat tour around the island, then you will have the opportunity to see it.

    Look inside the mouth of the cave to see the gorgeous emerald green waters inside. If you are visiting at just the right time of the day, the cave is illuminated with this gorgeous shade of green also.

    White Grotto (Grotta Bainca)

    The White Grotto is another fabulous sight around the island.

    On a sunny day, the white limestone rock that makes up the cave reflects beautifully off of the blue waters of the sea.

    If you look inside you can see the stalactites and stalagmites in the White Grotto as well.

    Visit the Villa San Michele

    Like me, a Swedish doctor, Axel Munthe, also fell in love with the island of Capri.

    Alex was so in love with Capri that he built one of the most beautiful villas here and named it Villa San Michele. You can visit the Villa San Michele today during your time in Capri.

    Take time to stroll through the fabulous gardens before touring the home to see the collection of art and antiques.

    This is one of the hidden gems on the island!

    You will find Villa Michele at Viale Axel Munthe, 34, 80071 Anacapri NA, Italy. Please check their website for the most up-to-date information on hours and prices.

    Pro Tip: Don’t rely on Google Maps to get you to Villa San Michele, it will lead you astray. Instead, ask a local or look for the signs.

    See the Gardens of Augustus (Giardini di Augusto)

    Garden of Augustus in Capri Italy

    The small but mighty Gardens of Augustus (Giardini di Augusto) is definitely worth a visit while in Capri. It is a fabulous garden that also provides wonderful views.

    Here you can wander on the walking paths through the gardens taking in the Mediterranean flowers and statues that surround you. The absolute best thing about the Gardens of Augustus (Giardini di Augusto) is the views from the scenic overlook!

    Walk to the top of the gardens to the terraces and catch magnificent views of the Faraglioni Rock Formations.

    On the other side, you can also see the winding Via Krupp and Marina Piccola Bay, both of which are discussed next.

    This is such a lovely place to visit and worth your time in Capri!

    Tackle Via Krupp Toward Marina Piccola

    Via Krupp is the windy road that you could see from the back side of Augustus Gardens.

    If you are feeling adventurous, follow the one mile road down to Marina Piccola. Fair warning though, this is not a hike for the weak. It may only be a mile, but it is a strenuous mile!

    Once at the bottom, you can follow the steps to the beach to see Sirens’ Rock before enjoy the beaches of Marina Piccola.

    Pro Tip: If you don’t want to go down Via Krupp, then take a taxi to Marina Piccola to enjoy the beaches here.

    Go Shopping On the Island

    Shopping is is one of the best things to do in Capri.

    In addition to the designer shopping offered, we loved visiting the local shops to see all of the handmade art, pottery, and, of course, limoncello.

    You can even find local limoncello made right from the citrus trees on the island. These designer shops will usually even let you sample the limoncello before you buy it!

    One of the most popular things to buy on the Island of Capri is Capri sandals. Capri sandals are handmade sandals made from leather just for you.

    You will see shops all over the island where they will craft you a custom pair of handmade sandals to perfectly fit your feet.

    I mean, is there a better souvenir than a pair of custom sandals?

    Stroll Around Anacapri

    As we mentioned before, Anacapri is the hillside town located high above Capri town.

    Anacapri has a lot to offer visitors, so it is well worth exploring a little. In addition to the Monte Solaro chairlift mentioned above, you can find several other attractions in Anacapri like the Red House (Casa Rosa), the Church of Saint Sophia, and the church Chiesa di San Michele Arcangelo.

    The evenings in Anacapri are magical. Just before sunset, the locals enter the street for the evening passeggiata. In Italian culture, the passeggiata is an evening stroll in the central plaza by the town’s locals.

    The tourist who took a day trip to Capri are mostly gone at this time, and the streets come alive with local life. It is truly a beautiful tradition to be a part of.

    Anacapri is also the perfect place for a romantic dinner at sunset!

    Explore the Island’s Main Town, Capri

    The island’s main town is the town of Capri, and it is well worth spending some time exploring.

    If you take the funicular (cable car) up to town, then you will arrive at Piazetta, officially called Piazza Umberto I.

    St Piazza Umberto, you can take in the fabulous views before visiting the church, Chiesa di Santo Stefano and the clock tower.

    You will also find one of Capri’s famous spots here, Bar Piccolo. Bar Piccolo is known to be the “go-to” place for the rich and famous that frequent the island.

    We especially loved popping into the shops and wandering down the alleyways during our time in Capri.

    This is also the perfect place for a romantic dinner as some of the best restaurants on the island are here. Just find a restaurant with outdoor tables and watch the sunset over the sea while enjoying a glass of wine and a fresh caprese salad.

    Visit the Historic Villa Jovis

    Ok, I’m not going to lie, you have to be up for a bit of a hike to see Villa Jovis, but, if you’re a history lover like us, then I think you will find it well worth the effort.

    The path is uphill, and it will take you about an hour to hike, but at the end you are rewarded with a villa that dates back to 27 AD and was once owned by Roman Emporer Tiberius.

    Although the villa is now just ruins, the views are magical and it is easy to see why someone would pick this spot to build their home.

    During your visit to Villa Jovis, you can see the artifacts that were found from the original villa and some artifacts from the Chiesa di Santa Maria del Soccorso church.

    Visit the Charterhouse of St. Giacomo (La Certsa Di San Giacomo)

    La Certosa di San Giacomo was originally built as a Carthusian monastery in the 14th century. It’s interesting history includes it being sacked and burned before being rebuilt in the 16th century.

    Today, it houses Karl Wilhelm Diefenbach Museum (Museo Diefenbach) on one side of the building and a high school on the other.

    You can visit Karl Wilhelm Diefenbach Museum (Museo Diefenbach) and see the interesting works from the German painter that once called La Certosa di San Giacomo home.

    For more information, including operating hours and ticket prices, click here.

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    Tour Companies We Trust:

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    Michelle Snell founder of That Texas Couple and Totally Texas Travel

    About The Author

    Michelle Snell is a travel writer, history buff, wine lover, and enthusiast of different cultures. Michelle enjoys bringing places to life through her informative writing style on her blogs, That Texas Couple and Totally Texas Travel.  Her practical tips and suggestions help make travel dreams a reality while immersing her readers in the history, culture, and food of a region.  She is happiest sipping wine in Italy or chilling on a beach with her husband, Marty.

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    Pam

    Sunday 21st of October 2018

    Love Capri, but you didn’t mention one of the most amazing sites, Blue Grotto. This should not be missed.

    thattexascouple

    Sunday 21st of October 2018

    I agree, Pam. Unfortunately, we were not able to see the Blue Grotto while we were there. Maybe next time!

    Maggie

    Sunday 28th of January 2018

    My family went to Capri and always talk about it felt so home-like. I would love to see this! Thank you!

    Harmony, Momma To Go

    Saturday 27th of January 2018

    Ive been all over italy, but never to Capri! I so want to go - isnt the limoncello there like supposed to be amazing???

    thattexascouple

    Saturday 27th of January 2018

    Capri is so beautiful. I sincerely could live there, although I probably couldn't afford to! LOL! The limoncello was outstanding and there are several places where you can sample it! :)