Ah… Capri. The infamous address for the palaces and holiday homes of the rich and famous. Celebrity palaces and spotting aside, this beautiful isle on the Italian coast is a must-visit for anyone hoping to dabble in the glamour, beauty and sophistication of this quaint island playground.
Spend a few days or take a day trip out from the Amalfi coast and explore this beautiful little slice of paradise! It’s easy enough to get there – take a ferry from Naples or Sorrento, with some additional routes from Positano, Salerno, and Ischia added during the summer months – the crossing is less than 25 minutes, so very doable for a day (it shouldn’t be more than 15-20 Euros for a one way trip).
You’ll pull into the Marina Grande and immediately be overwhelmed with the sheer beauty of the place – so my advice is to start from the top of the island and work your way down. Take a furnicular to the centre of the town (about 1.80 Euros for a one-way trip) and roam the inner streets, passing some of the high end stores famed for their celebrity shoppers. Easily one of the quaintest shopping experiences you can have!
Take a bus even further up to Anacapri, the quiet and more tranquil residential part of the island, and you’ve reached the highest point – the views from Monte Solaro and Villa San Michele are the best on the island with sweeping views on either side. Villa San Michele is also home to one of the more beautiful gardens you’ve seen (ranked in the top ten in Italy!) and has a wonderfully eccentric history.
Grab a panino caprese before heading on to your next top – a classic Panini with tomatoes, mozzarella and basil, it is native to the island so if you’re having one in Italy, this is the place to have it!
Make your way to the Gardens of Augustus for the best views of the Faraglioni – beautiful rock formations separated from the island over the course of oceanic erosion, this is any Instagrammer’s paradise, so go crazy! To get an even more detailed shot of the rock formations, take a boat tour approaching it from the Marina Grande and the view will be awe-inspiring.
Your final stop on this day will be the Grotta Azzurra or the Blue Grotto! A hidden cave off the coast of the island, it is nature at some of it’s prettiest – as the sunlight passes into the cavern, it illuminates the water so drastically that it is a rich deep blue that gets reflected throughout the grotto. A little touristy yes, but definitely worth visiting once, take a boat ride into the grotto. You can make your way to the grotto by foot from Anacapri, or by boat from the Marina Grande. The best time to visit would be first thing in the morning or late afternoon once the crowds have left.
Before you head back to the mainland, or if you’re spending a night here, grab a meal at dusk at Il Geranio, between the main square and the Gardens of Augustus, with easily some of the best dinner views you’ve ever seen. Alternatively, head to Bagni Tiberio’s Restaurant for some of the best squid ink pasta of your life (if you’re as obsessed with it as I am, this is a no-brainer for you!)