There are tons of great things to say about Capri! The two days spent on this little island off the coast of Italy was one of the best parts of this trip and I would love to visit this place again.
Depending on where you are coming from, Capri is a short ferry ride away. I was coming from Sorrento and the ferry was only 30 minutes. However, they have ferries that go to Capri from Naples and Positano. The ferry was also fairly cheap but it is your only way to get there so you don’t really have a choice! Also, depending on the destination you are going to/from, the ferry can fill up pretty quick. You are able to buy tickets in advance but overall, we didn’t have that many problems buying the tickets right before the departure.
As mentioned earlier, we were in Sorrento the night before and decided to take the first ferry to Capri. We eagerly sat and watched as tiny little Capri got closer and gave you stunning views of all the colorful infrastructure along the hillsides. I thought this view was awesome but if you are looking for this view times a million then go to Positano and read my post about that amazing city!
The area around the port was quite crowded and there are plenty of taxi’s readily available to take you up the steep hillsides to wherever you are staying. We learned the hard way, unfortunately, and took an expensive taxi to our hotel. We later realized that there are buses near the port that only cost a couple euro and took you just as far up as you could go. After we learned about the buses, this was our main mode of transportation for the rest of our vacation. Note, that you can take hundreds of stairs up to the top. I literally mean hundreds and hundreds of stairs. Italy is not for the weak! We often took the stairs to get down to the water and I counted 600 some odd stairs.
In Capri, we stayed at the Regina Cristina Hotel and it was very pleasant. I would most certainly stay here again. Our room had a nice view out to the other side of the island with a balcony. Outside on the patio of the hotel, they had a little restaurant with a wood burning pizza oven and breakfast was included. Can’t complain!
One of the most famous attractions you hear about is the Blue Grotto and this is a boat ride towards the other side of the island. This was about a 20 minute boat ride in which a motor boat took you to the opening of the Blue Grotto and then you get into a row boat which takes you inside the cave. Be aware that you still have to duck inside the row boat to get into the cave! That is how tiny the opening is. If it is a sunny day, the water inside the cave will glow a very bright blue which is very stunning! The day we went, it was partly cloudy but we were able to see a nice blue glow in the water.
Another popular attraction is in Anacapri (the other side of the island) where you can ride the gondala up to Monte Solaro. This takes you to the highest point of the island and gives you breath taking views! You have the option to buy a lift ticket to go up and down. Or, you can buy a ticket just to go up and then you can hike back down. We chose the latter and it went pretty quick. Plus, it was nice to see more of the island and we saw the a native with her herd of billy goats which was pretty cute.
The next day we decided we had to find a nice beach. We found out quickly that a lot of beaches are private or you have to pay for a lounge chair. We were wanting to find public beaches so we went to Marina Piccola where they did have a couple public/free beaches. Take note that a lot of the beaches we went to throughout Italy are more of a gravel/rocky beach versus sand so it is a good idea to have some kind of towel to lay on. While the public beaches were fairly small, we got there early enough to get a good spot. They did get crowded as the day went on.
Capri has tons of cute little shops and restaurants around the piazza or along the road. We didn’t have any problems just stopping into a restaurant for a bite to eat because there are tons of options all around. You must also get the gelato!! There was one cute gelato counter that pressed and rolled the waffle cones right when you ordered. Overall, Capri was amazing and I would love to visit again some day.