Capri is a lovely, small resort island with an interesting town that has a lowr marina part and an upper part on the hills above. It has beaches for swimming, etc., and has been a resort destination since Roman times, when Emperor Tiberius, in particular, built pleasure villas on the island, the most significant of which was the Villa Jovis, the Villa of Jupiter. One can still visit its ruins.
We took a 30 minute hydrofoil ride from Marina Grande in Sorrento to the Island of Capri. We took the funiculare (tramlike ride from the port up to Capri) which I highly recommend vs taking the "climb" up the stairs that go up to town.
I would highly recommend the nature trails from both Capri and Anacapri. For me the hiking trails are what really made the trip worth it. The square areas of both Capri and Anacapri can be extremely crowded and not super pleasant on a warm summer day. The trails give you the feeling of being in a National Park with many trails that descend down to an inlet area where you can take a swim.
We walked the Arco Naturale trail and the Belvedere di Triagara and Villa Jovis
Capri has an interesting history being a retreat for many of the roman emperors. On one of our hikes we visited the site of villas belonging to Caesar Augustus and Caesar Tiberius. Villa Jovis is one of Twelve Roman villas mentioned by Tacitus in the Annals. It was from here that Tiberius decreed the fate of the Empire from 27 to 37 A.D. (or so we were told) there is also Villa San Michele, villa Damecuta ..et al. Beautiful views from all of the villas.
From Anacapri there is a chairlift (seggiovia) that climbs to the top of Monte Solaro. It is the highest point on the island, at 589m. We didnt feel the need to take the chairlift as we found incredible views from vistas in Anacapri
We were only in Capri for the day and didnt get to the Blue Grotto. We heard mixed reviews of the Grotto from other tourists we encountered due to visibility conditions which apparently can vary greatly and werent ideal the day we were there.
Off the coast near Sorrento is the island of Capri. A favorite retreat of wealthy Romans, it has attracted visitors ever since ancient times. The Roman Emperor Tiberius (who was in power when Jesus was crucified) had a villa here.
Capri is famed for its rugged beauty, its spectacular views, and its lemons. When life gives you lemons, make liqueur. Capri's liqueur is famous worldwide. Be sure to try some. The island is also known for its crafts, especially furniture.
The funicular cable cars go up to the top of Mt Castiglione, for the best views of the island (please avoid if you're afraid of heights). The Augusto Garden is another popular spot. You can also shop, browse, and just stroll about the medieval quarter of the town.
The walk from Capri town (take Via Sopromonte or Via le Bottege) is all up hill with some fairly steep sections, but it can be done in about an hour with pauses for breath! All the way you are treated to seeing the villas and homes of those lucky ones who live on Capri plus lemon groves and other cultivation.
The villa itself is interesting and you can see where the old boy spent his debauched last years (yes I remember I Claudius), but the situation is the star here. Views back to the mainland and other parts of Capri and straight down the cliffs to the blue, blue sea.
On the way back down from the villa, a few yards past the toilets on the left, is a stone gateway leading to a little park. Do not miss this for even more stunning views and a nice place to sit and eat the picnic you thoughtfully brought with you.
Capri is a fickle place with many faces. It has stunning beauty which has delighted visitors down the ages it is also the place to go if you really have too much money and want to get rid of it in a hurry!
Easy to reach from Sorrento (Hydrofoil casts around €23 and takes only 20mins). Once there the Funicular, for €1.60, will take you to Capri Town.
Capri Town is full of designer name shops and expensive restaurants. Spend time and money here if you wish.
The Blue Grotto and round Island trip I chose to ignore but I heard it was expensive not very long and at least €5 tip was demanded somewhat gracelessly at the Grotto.
I chose to walk out of town to Villa Jovis and was very pleased I did.
For a fun 1-day excursion, you can go to Capri island from Marina Piccolo (Small Marina).
Take the local bus (orange color) that goes to Marina Piccolo. Buy the ferry ticket (Euro 24) from the ticket booth. Ferry ride is about 20 minutes.
You can spend the whole day in Capri. Don't have to stay overnight in Capri island as it is quite expensive.
Last ferry from Capri to Sorrento is in the evening; I will put the time schedule here later, as soon as I've scanned the information.
Take a daytrip by ferry to the blue island of Capri. The ferry ride takes about 40 to 60 minutes from Sorrento. Capri offers a dramatic rocky coastline with nice beaches, bays and mountains. There are two villages on the island: Capri and Anacapri.
And of course Capri . . . well, Capri has such a reputation thanks to Axel Munthe , Gracie Fields and others that you might just want to go there. If you don’t I’m not sure that you’ll miss much that the Amalfi coast can’t give you - except the boat trip
It's relatively cheap (about £15), and great fun - only takes about 20 minutes by speedboat/jet, and gives you great views of vesuvius and the bay of Naples. Well worth it.
Capri itself is luxurious, overpriced, touristy but spectacular. It feels like you're walking through a film-set .
Sorry to say, a storm was brewing and the boat to Capri does not make the trip if the weather is bad and I wanted to see the "Blue Grotto" ): They say Capri is overrun with tourist, but from the photos I've seen and the articles I have read still make Capri a very special place to visit. For some gorgeous photos of Capri check out Sim1's page on VT.*
We enjoyed the stunning scenery on Capri so much that we went twice during our two weeks in Sorrento - a guided tour and the second time independently. Its so easy to get on the ferry boat or jet foil (more expensive)
Probably the world's most beautiful island!!
- Capri town
- Monte Solero
- Villa of Axel Munthe
Capri is really lovely and well worth the visit. We went in September and the flowers were stunning.