Capri. Island in Italy, Europe

Capri

Island in Italy, Europe

Walking back fro the Town of Anacapri to the Town of Capri Photo © Harvey Barrison

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Capri

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Stones of
	Capri - Capri
Stones of Capri - Capri. Photo by Michael Holler
Capri, located in the Gulf of Naples (Wikipedia
	Article), covers an area of about 3.9 square miles.

The picturesque island has an appealing combination of rugged beauty, exclusivity, and glamour.

The island has two main towns, Capri and Anacapri, and they are both amazing in their own way. The latter is built on a high plateau above Capri, affording magnificent views of sheer cliffs.

To avoid the hot summer months and tourist crowds, visit the island in spring or early autumn. You can see most of the major attractions in a single day, although the island offers plenty to keep you occupied for several days.

Capri hillside - Capri
Capri hillside. Photo by Diana Robinson

What to Do

Stroll Around Piazzetta and the Historic Center

Capri Town -
	Capri
Capri Town - Capri. Photo by vgm8383
The heart of Capri is the small yet charming Piazza Umberto I – better known as ‘La Piazzetta’, lined with cafés and restaurants, where people gather for a drink or two and is the perfect spot for people-watching. Around the square is the medieval quarter, interesting for its history and layout. Walk the small, winding streets to explore sun-bleached buildings overlooking the sea sparkling in the distance.

Climb the Phoenician Steps

La Scala Fenicia are a series of long, steep, stone steps which lead from Marina Grande (Wikipedia
	Article) to Anacapri. Until 1874, when the carriageway between Capri and Anacapri was completed, the steps represented the only connection between the towns. The 921 stone steps start from Marina Grande, close to Palazzo al Mare. Although, the first set of steps are shallow and easy to climb, they quickly become steeper.

Blue Grotto
Blue Grotto

Visit the famous Blue Grotto

Floating in the Grotta Azzurra is an experience that should be on your to-do list. The island's famous sea cave, located north of the town, is known for the intense and brilliant blue-colored waters. Hence the name ‘Blue Grotto’. Entrance to the cave is possible only by boarding small rowboats. The tiny entrance is less than a meter high, so when in the boat, you actually need to lie down, so as not to hit your head when going through. In case of high seas, the cave is always closed.

Explore the Roman ruins

Ancient Roman Emperor Tiberius (Wikipedia Article) constructed 12 villas on the island. Whilst the ruins of the emperor's residences can be found scattered all over the island, only 3 of the villas have survived the passage of time well enough to be recognizable as such - the favorite palace of Emperor Tiberiu was Villa Jovis, followed by Villa Damecuta, and Palazzo a Mare.

Mount Solaro

Monte Solaro is the highest point on the island, offering beautiful, 360° views of the island. It can be reached either on foot or by taking the chairlift. The walking trail to Monte Solaro, which takes about an hour, starts close to Villa San Michele in Anacapri.

Where to Stay

In Capri, accommodation range from budget hotels to boutique hotels and luxury villas. However, the island is not one of the cheapest holiday destinations, and if you're on a really tight budget, the best advice is simply not to stay on the island.

Choosing where to stay depends on your priorities, the town of Capri is more vibrant and glamorous with a wide selection of designer shops, nightclubs, famous bars, and restaurants. For a quiet, laid-back atmosphere, head to Anacapri. It is much quieter, usually less crowded, and the accommodations tend to be cheaper than in Capri.

Food & Drink

Local specialties include ‘Ravioli alla Caprese’, ravioli stuffed with fresh sheep’s milk cheese and marjoram; usually served as a first course, ‘Insalata Caprese’, a simple but very tasty salad with vine-ripened, sliced tomatoes and mozzarella, fresh basil, and extra virgin olive oil, and ‘Pezzogna all'acqua pazza’ which is local fish in a light tomato sauce. If you have a sweet tooth , ‘Torta Caprese’, a deliciously rich chocolate and almond cake, is a must-try. Don't forget to have a sip of Capri's famous ‘Limoncello’, a sweet liqueur made with the island's lemons.

Via Krupp, Capri - Capri
Via Krupp, Capri. Photo by Jerry Lai

Travel tips

  • Note that there are no car rental companies on the island. From mid-March to early November, non-resident vehicles are not allowed to circulate on the island.
  • For a retreat into a natural paradise and unforgettable panoramas, visit the Gardens of Augustu. The zigzag turns of a stone pathway known as ‘Via Krupp’ lead to the gardens.
  • Don't miss the sun set over the sea from the Punta Carena Lighthouse.
  • The restaurants are generally less expensive in Anacapri , in case you want to save some money.

Getting Around

The island is easy to get around. If walking is your thing, you can get almost everywhere on foot. The bus service, connecting Capri, Anacapri; Marina Grande, the Grotta Azzurra; Faro, and Marina Piccola, is efficient and inexpensive. Buses depart from the main bus station in Piazza Martiri d'Ungheria. You can also take funiculars from Marina Grande to take you into the town of Capri. Boat tours that circumnavigate the island or those that travel to the Grotta Azzurra are available near the Marina Grande.

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Author: Ayda. Last updated: Mar 05, 2015

Pictures of Capri

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capri - Photo by Doga Ozyurekli

Capri 17 - Capri
Capri 17 - Photo by Luca Di Ciaccio

Capri Island, Italy - Capri
Capri Island, Italy - Photo by CameliaTWU

Capri Harbor - Capri
Capri Harbor - Photo by vgm8383

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