A pleasant itenary.....
Catch the next pull to the highest point of the island, a 1932 ft. Mt Solaro. The station is located at Anacapri, the western part of Capri Island. Enjoy the panoramic views of the Gulf of Naples, Sorrentine Peninsula to the Isle of Ischias.
There is no contest as to what is the biggest tourist attraction on Capri. The Blue Grotto, or Grotto Azure, is a small cave along the northen part of the island. It is famed for the color of the waters reflection, which illuminates the inside of the cave in magnificent blue tones.
There are two ways to see this sight. One, you can pay a little paddle boat tour guy to take you and a few people in for about 5 minutes, with a few anecdotes along the way. Or, you can do what I did and wait until the tours end at 4:30 PM and swim in!
This road, on the south side of the island, was the idea of A. F. Krupp, a German steel guy. He built an estate out here, and constructed this road, which is still closed to the public... unless you are in my group. A simple hop over a rail and you are on your way!! The road was built in 1902 and zig-zags back and forth along the cliffs of Capri. It is a stunning view every direction you look.
This is how we got to Grotto dell' Arsenale for our cliff jumping and also ends up in Marina Piccola. A brilliant walk that you should not miss!
Chairlift to Mount Solaro
In one day, if you go early enough, you can easily see Capri Town, then take a bus to Anacapri, and take the chairlift from Anacapri to the top of Mt. Solaro for a fantastic view, and then take a bus (or hike) down to the Blue Grotto.
The chairlift takes you in about 12 minutes to the top of Mt. Solaro (589 metres above sea level) for a fantastic panorama of the Bay of Naples, the island of Capri, and the Gulf of Salerno. Here is a view of the "suburbs" of Anacapri from Mt. Solaro.
The chairlift was around 6.50 Euros (return), and was not included in the price of the transit daypass.
Port of Capri
This is the port of Capri, where your boat will land. Most people head straight for the funicular to take them up to the town of Capri. But then they get told they have to get their ticket elsewhere.
So you can get ahead of almost everyone by going to the right from where you land (facing the port, with your back to the sea), and you will find the line for tickets for the funicular. Best is to get a day pass if you'll be going all around the island for the day - this will allow you to get on the buses and funicular all day long for the one price. Then head to the funicular up to Capri Town.
Limoncello di Capri
"Limoncello di Capri" - a place where u can find a lovely and original product of lemond... from liqour to chocolate... and lots more...its a simple natural product with no artificial flavouring or also colouring.. its all NATURAL... grandma secret's recipe indeed
We visited the island in the month of May. There were many tourists though its not peak season. We were one of them queing and waiting for the next bus back to the Marina grande ;) So avoiding the hustles, we decided to get a taxi with another couple taking part with the fare(10 Euro each). It was more convenient then. Not bad!
Exploring the laneways of Capri Town
A great thing to do is explore the narrow laneways of Capri Town. They are often overflowing with bougainevillia and other flowers, and often give great views of cliffs and the sea. And you don't see so many tourists doing this - they all seem to stick to the centre of Capri Town.
Capri - cliffs
Wherever you go on the island of Capri, you see cliffs. I got to this cliff in a 15 minute walk along a laneway leading out to the northeast from Capri Town. This was a stunning sight - looking straight down into the clear blue sparkling water of the Tyrrhenian Sea.
See my previous tip on how to get to the top of Mt. Solaro (Capri's highest point).
This is a zoom in on the centre of the town of Anacapri from Mt. Solaro. The view from Mt. Solaro I would rate as the number one thing to see and do on Capri. But then, I love sweeping views...
View of Capri Town and Gulf of Salerno
This photo is another taken from the top of Mt. Solaro. This view is to the east, showing the island, with Capri Town, and the mainland near Sorrento behind it.
You can also hike down to Anacapri from this mountain. It takes less than an hour.
Villa Jovis - Preserved Roman Villa of Tiberius
Villa Jovis (Villa of Jupiter) is a Roman place on Capri built by Emperor Tiberius who ruled from there between AD 27 and AD 37. It is the largest of the twelve Tiberian villas on Capri mentioned by Tacitus. While the remaining structure and levels only hint toward the original grandeur, recent reconstructions have the villa to be a remarkable testament to first-century Roman architecture.
Villa Jovis is situated in the very northeast of the island atop Monte Tiberio; its 334 m elevation makes it the second-highest peak of Capri, after Monte Solaro (589 m elevation) Anacapri.
The north wing of the building contained the living quarters, while the south wing saw administrative use. The east wing was meant for receptions, whereas the west wing featured an open-walled hall which offered a scenic view towards Anacapri.
Access to the complex is only possible on foot, and involves an uphill walk of about two kilometers. Travelers with accessibility concerns should take note of this and those making the assent should be sure to bring water for those stops along the way.
Overall, Villa Jovis is a unique offering amidst the lure of Capri. More travelers than not however, have set aside time for a relatively brief visit to the islands well known and revered destinations, such as the Blue Grotto (Grotta Azzurra).
Whether or not Villa Jovis or those other Roman Imperial ruins of Capri receive your utmost attention, a decision should ultimately depend on your informed planning and interests. The back-packer who has already witnessed Roman ruins at other locations in Italy, may not ultimately find Villa Jovis to be that enriching of an experience and may therefore decide to explore other options on first visit.
You may plan on allocating about two hours for arrival and visitation of Villa Jovis.
Travel Tip: Entrance to the ruins is nominal, less than 3 Euro in 2007. Restroom facilities are available near the entrance to the ruin and park complex.
- Historical Travel
- Castles and Palaces
Gardens of Augusta
Caesar Augustus bought Capri from the city of Naples after visiting it in 29 BC. The Gardens of Augustus which belonged to the villa of Friedrich Alfred Krupp, son of the founder of the great German steelworks is fantastic. The panoramic views of the sea and the Faraglioni Rocks from the Garden and terraces are great.
Docking site of most of the ferries, Marina Grande has a few small restaurants and shops. From here you can take the funiculaire up to the town of Capri, catch a bus, rent a scooter or grab a cab. We took the cab option as we had a lot of luggage with us, but used the funiculaire after that. The taxi ride was quite hair raising as the roads are narrow and the people drive crazy.
Capri Town - more laneways
Here's a laneway in the heart of the town. The buildings are whitewashed, and these laneways spread out from the centre like a spider web. They mostly have dead-ends. Some however will take you to fantastic cliffs.