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10 things to do and see in Capri

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10 things to do and see in Capri

Capri, the blue island in the Gulf of Naples,  has always represented  chic  and expensive holidays. In these pages, instead, you will  find the most beautiful things to do and see in Capri without spending a lot.

Close to Naples and  Sorrento, Capri is an ideal destination for a holiday hit-and-run, maybe in one day. From the mythical Faraglioni to the Blue Grotto, from the Piazzetta to the villa of the Emperor Tiberius, you will discover how enjoy the beauty of Capri.

If you are looking for a hotel in Capri, we suggest you to choose among those offered by Booking.com. There are about 120 hotels with prices, pictures and comments of guests already stayed there. Go to Booking.com

Faraglioni in Capri

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Faraglioni are one of the symbols of Capri. These are three big rocks close to the coast of Capri, immersed in the blue sea , and can be reached by boat.

Faraglioni in Capri
Faraglioni in Capri

The highest is 109 meters high, while the middle one has a natural cave that you can visit by boat. The name “Faraglioni” comes from the greek “Pharos”, and is due to the fact that here big fires  were light to mark the route to sailors.

Did you know that each Faraglione  has a name? The closest to the mainland is called Saetta (Lightning), the middle Stella (Star)  and the outer Scopolo. Scopolo, the most external Faraglione , houses at the top of Mount Solaro, the only examples in the world of the Blue Lizard, that thanks to isolation and camouflage tooks on the colors of the sea and sky of Capri.

The Blue Grotto in Capri

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The famous Grotto of Capri has been known since the Emperor Tiberius, who ordered the construction of a passage from his villa to the cave to swim.

The Blue Grotto in Capri
The Blue Grotto in Capri

The fame and name derived from the incredible blue of the water inside: when the weather is fine, the sea seems illuminated by an underwater light and you can see many silvery fish swimming under the water.

The entrance of the Blue Grotto  is only one meter high and for this you have to lie down on the bottom of the boat while entering. Moreover it is for small boats that accommodate up to four people.  During high season you could wait more than one hour to visit the Grotto, we suggest  you  hat, sunscreen and water. The tour lasts about 5 minutes and it is forbidden to enter by swimming and diving.

Where: The boats for the entrance to the cave can be reached on foot through the stairs from the center of Anacapri, or by boat from the sea.
When – Hours: Every day of the year from 9 am  to 5 pm, but only with good weather conditions.
Tickets:  € 3 full price, € 9 for people  over 65, 11 € for children between 18 and 25 years.

Monte Solaro in Capri

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Monte Solaro (589 meters  high) is the “mountain” of Capri and the ideal place to have a wonderful  view from the island  to  Naples and Salerno, enjoying  the endless blue of the sea.

Monte Solaro in Capri
Monte Solaro in Capri

Here nest many bird species, including the peregrine falcon, and you can admire the typical flora and fauna of the Mediterranean.

The best time for an excursion to Monte Solaro is during the spring, when the  flavour of freesia and wisteria guide you along the paths. We suggest you to visit the Hermitage of Santa Maria a Cetrella, in the past a place of spiritual retreat for monks, and the remains of Barbarossa Castle, built around the eleventh century, and in 1535,  by the fearsome Barbarossa.

Where: Monte Solaro is reached by chair lift from the bus stop in Piazza Vittoria in Anacapri (ticket 10 € round-trip or 7 € one way) or by feet  through a hike that takes about an hour and thirty minutes from the center of Anacapri.
When:  Every day of the year, but the best time for walking is from April to September.
Tickets:  Free by feet . 7 € or 10 € by chair lift.

Villa Jovis in Capri

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Villa Jovis,  dedicated to Jupiter by the Roman Emperor Tiberius, is one of the best preserved examples of Roman architecture in the Mediterranean. It is not the only Emperor’s residence  in Capri, but it certainly represents one of the most great villas: it is a building that extends  for 7 km square on the extreme promontory  of Capri.

Villa Jovis in Capri
Villa Jovis in Capri

From here you can see  Ischia and Procida, the Gulf of Salerno and the Cilento coast in a dreamy atmosphere. The villa was built in the 1st century. B.C. and here the Emperor spent 12 years, from the island managing the Roman Empire.

Today you can visit its remains: in the middle there are some large tanks for rain water and all around  a series of rooms that were divided between those reserved to the emperor and those for employees, the slaves and the hall of throne. The remains of the Villa were raided  during the Bourbon period, but the villa was restored in 1932 thanks to  Amedeo Maiuri, director of the Archaeological Museum of Naples.

The small square – La Piazzetta in Capri

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Piazza Umberto I, the fashion heart of Capri, is known worldwide as  ” La Piazzetta”.

The small square – La Piazzetta in Capri
The small square – La Piazzetta in Capri

You can go there  for a coffee, chat, enjoy the view from the terrace and maybe do a little bit of VIP  watching .

Until the last century, the small square of Capri housed market stalls, while today it is the symbol of the sweet life of Capri and at the tables of the coffee bars, there are personalities of jet set and simple tourists.

From the square start  two main streets to explore Capri and go into the famous Via Camerelle, the shopping street of Capri, where you can find  the best international fashion label boutiques. Take advantage of a break in the square for a drink and maybe a visit to the Ignazio Cerio Capri Centre, a small museum, which is located nearby and preserves  20,000 archaeological and natural artifacts of  its history.

Anacapri

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On the slopes of Monte Solaro, just 15 minutes by bus from  the “little square”, there is Anacapri, the largest municipality of the island. Made by narrow streets and colourful alleys  that reveal many squares, beaches and historical places to discover.

Anacapri
Anacapri

In fact, here there is the chair lift to the summit of Monte Solaro, or along Via Pagliaro you can reach by land the famous Blue Grotto, or if you love wildlife and want to enjoy  the sun over the sea, you can reach Punta Carena and its imposing lighthouse, the largest in Italy after Genoa.

Anacapri also houses one of the most beautiful and representative   Neapolitan Baroque churches: the Church of San Michele Arcangelo, with its magnificent majolica floor depicting the expulsion of Adam and Eve from Paradise. Another attraction not to be missed is the Red House, former home of the American Colonel John Clay Mackowen. It now houses a permanent exhibition of paintings depicting Capri and Anacapri realized between the nineteenth and the twentieth century, and a large collection of archaeological finds from the Blue Grotto.

The beaches of Capri

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Capri is a rock island : you will not find large sandy beaches , but rocky coves and platforms from which you can dive. But the water is wonderful: the water is clear and the sea bottom blue-green . In Capri there are free beaches and private  beaches  with umbrellas, showers, coffee bars and restaurants.

The beaches of Capri
The beaches of Capri

In the Port area, in Marina Grande, you can find the largest beach of the island: it is a rocky cove facing the blue. It is a few minutes far from the hydrofoil terminal and houses both a free area than one with  loungers and umbrellas, bar and restaurants. On the opposite side of the island there are also the beaches of Marina Piccola, which is reachable by feet  through the center or by bus. Here too  you can find  two beaches and several establishments: small coves of pebbles, the most frequented by islanders and tourists.

Those who enjoy the breath-taking sunsets cannot miss to swim in the Faro area: here the sun goes into the sea in a unique scenario. There are free areas and private beaches that can be reached by bus or by walking for about an hour from the center of Anacapri.

The Tour of the Capri island

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The best way to enjoy Capri from the sea around the island is by boat. At the Marina Grande harbour, there are many companies that offer tours of the island in shared boat.

The Tour of the Capri island
The Tour of the Capri island

Departures are very frequent and you can choose between tours of one or  two hours. Most of the island tours also includes a stop at the Blue Grotto for those who want to visit it (you will pay separately the ticket for the grotto).

The tour of  the island starts from Marina Grande and coasts  the island touching the most beautiful jagged coastline, as Villa Jovis and the Faraglioni. Then it continues to  Marina Piccola: here the coast has many coves and hidden bays  such as the Green Grotto, which takes its name from its emerald color. The tour continues with the lighthouse and the hidden side of Capri. In this area there is the Blue Grotto.

Where : from the harbour
When – Hours: Every day from 9 am  to 5 pm , with good weather conditions.
Tickets: € 17, discounts for groups

Things to eat in Capri

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We cannot talk about  Capri and forget the Caprese: mozzarella and tomato, olive oil, salt, oregano, basil.

Things to eat in Capri
Things to eat in Capri

A simple and unique dish, famous throughout the world. The secret is in the simplicity and above all in the ingredients, fragrant and tasty as the rest of its cuisine.  Caprese is perfect as an appetizer or as a main dish, while among the first courses you can taste  the Capri ravioli, homemade with Caciotta of Capri and marjoram, and ravioli made of fish, such as linguine with sauce redfish. Among the second  courses there are  fish, shellfish and seafood: do not miss the lamb with potatoes and soup of mussels. You can finish  the meal with the Caprese cake, delicious paste made of almonds and cocoa, and the Limoncello made with lemons of Capri, served in an icy glass.

Where to sleep in Capri

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Certainly Capri is not known as a cheap island but finding a place to sleep is less expensive and difficult than you think.

Where to sleep in Capri
Where to sleep in Capri

Especially out of season, the island offers accommodation in small hotels, bed & breakfasts and apartments affordable to all. Obviously during the high season in the big luxury hotels, the prices are shockingly high. The price is influenced by  the position  and the proximity to the most chic places of the island (square, shopping streets). There are many offers  with prices starting from about 90 euro per night in double room, breakfast included.

If you are looking for a hotel in Capri, we suggest you to choose among those offered by Booking.com. There are about 120 hotels with prices, pictures and comments of guests already stayed there. Go to Booking.com