Top 18 Things To Do In Capri, Italy : Mediterranean Allure - Updated 2021

Top 18 Things To Do In Capri, Italy : Mediterranean Allure - Updated 2021
Germaine
Germaine
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Welcome to Capri, a starry, mesmerizing and alluring island just off Naples and the Amalfi Coast. For decades, the island has inspired artists and attracted the rich, famous, and royal from all around the world. This isn’t surprising, since Capri Island is home to some of the world’s most amazing natural scenery. You could rent a boat while you’re here too. Let us show you some of the best things to do in Capri, Italy, below!

Tours

1. Hop on board Gianni’s Boat (Capri)

The best way to tour the island is with the wind in your hair and eyes on the horizon. Not only will you get spectacular views of Capri and the gorgeous blue sea, you will get the best views of the main Capri, Italy, attractions, most of which are only accessible by boat. The highly-rated Gianni’s Boat will take you to iconic spots such as the famous Blue Grotto, Tiberius’ Leap, Punta Carena lighthouse and more! You can even take a day trip to Positano, a rustic town on the Amalfi Coast with stunning medieval architecture.

Gianni’s Boat

Address: Via Cristoforo Colombo, 79, 80073 Capri NA, Italy

Price: from 232 USD

Opening Hours: 8.00 am - 11.00 pm

Duration: around 3 hours required

Access: Meeting point at Caffè Augusto

Contact: +39 338 162 2275

Near by Food: Caffè Augusto.

Website: Gianni’s Boat

Sights

2. Admire the beauty of Faro di Punta Carena

Capri. Faro. #3.
Source: Photo by Flickr user dr_tr used under CC BY 2.0

Still an active lighthouse to this day since its establishment in 1867, Faro di Punta Carena, or Punta Carena Lighthouse, is one of the most breathtaking sites on the island. The majestic lighthouse sits atop a two-level building and is made of an octagonal prism brick tower.

The small and free beach in front of the lighthouse is the only beach in Capri where the sun sets on the ocean. There are several bars, rental shops, and restaurants around too. It’s the perfect spot for a laid-back day where you can swim and simply enjoy your surroundings.

Faro di Punta Carena

Address: 80071 Anacapri Metropolitan City of Naples, Italy

Website: Faro di Punta Carena

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

3. Marvel at the I Faraglioni (off Capri)

Faraglioni-Capri
Source: Photo by user Hkabla used under CC BY-SA 3.0

Going for a Capri sightseeing? One of the most prominent attractions around is the I Faraglioni, 3 mysterious rocks emerging from the sea just off the coast. Each of the rocks has a name! Stella is the piece attached to land, Faraglione di Mezzo is separated from the land and has a hole in the centre that small boats can pass through, and finally Scopolo is the farthest out to sea. Scopolo, in particular, is the only place on Earth you can find the vibrant Podarcis sicula Coerulea - a lizard bluer than the ocean!

I Faraglioni

Address: 80073 Capri NA, Italy

Duration: around 3 hours required

Access: Via boat tour

Contact: +39 338 162 2275

Nearby Food: Da Luigi ai Faraglioni; Ristorante La Fontelina

Website: I Faraglioni

4. Saunter through the Gardens of Augustus (Capri)

Gardens of Augustus, Capri
Source: Photo by user Norberto Chavez-T... used under CC BY-SA 2.0

If you are looking for a one-stop-shop for the best sights in Capri, climb up to the Gardens of Augustus! From the gardens you can have panoramic views of the I Faraglioni, Marina Piccola, and Via Krupp all at once! Built by German manufacturer Friedrich Alfred Krupp in the 1900s, the colourful garden is furnished with sculptures and flower-decked terraces overlooking the sea, symbolising Capri’s teeming flora. Look out for the Vladimir Lenin monument, a monument made of marble rising up to 5 metres (16.4 feet) in height!

Gardens of Augustus

Address: Via Matteotti, 80073 Capri NA, Italy

Price: from 1 USD from 1 March to 15 November

Duration: around 2 hours required

Access: 8-minute walk from Piazetta. Head down Via Vittorio Emanuele to Via Federico Serena, then Via Matteotti

Nearby Food: Ristorante il Geranio (1-minute walk away)

Website: Gardens of Augustus

5. Gape at the Via Krupp (Capri)

The Via Krupp is truly a remarkable feat of engineering to feast your eyes on. On one side of the Gardens of Augustus is a 100-metre (328-foot) cliff drop, where the Via Krupp was carefully constructed into the rock. In the 1900s, Friedrich Alfred Krupp employed engineer Emilio Mayer to build the pathway to connect his hotel, Grand Hotel Quisisana to his vessel docked at Marina Piccola and a grotto where many scandals arose! The meanders of the pathway are so close, they seem to cross over each other!

Via Krupp

Address: Via Krupp, 80073 Capri NA, Italy

Duration: around 1 hour required

Access: 2-minute walk from Gardens of Augustus

Contact: +39 081 838 6201

Nearby Food: Ristorante il Geranio (3-minute walk away)

Website: Via Krupp

6. Be awed by the Natural Arch (Capri)

Arco Naturale
Source: Photo by user Kemmsche used under CC BY-SA 3.0

Another iconic sight in Capri, the Arco Naturale is an impressive 18-metre-tall (59-foot-tall) natural arc that has been standing since the Paleolithic era! The limestone structure was actually a grotto that collapsed following a landslide, leaving behind part of its roof connected to two pillars of rock. Now, the natural arch serves as a gorgeous frame for the stunning sea views.

Arco Naturale

Address: Via Arco Naturale, 80073 Capri NA, Italy

Duration: around 2 hours required

Access: Via boat tour

Contact: +39 081 838 6201

Nearby Food: Ristorante Le Grottelle (3-minute walk away); Ristorante Da Tonino (10-minute walk away)

Website: Arco Naturale

7. Swim in the Green Grotto (Anacapri)

Green Grotto. Capri <3 #IslandOfCapri

Posted by Lovely Capri on Wednesday, 10 June 2015

An alternative to the famous Blue Grotto, the Grotta Verde (Green Grotto) is a sea cave with crystal clear waters and emerald green rocks! This enchanting grotto is located just off the coast of Naples, and is much less crowded compared to the Blue Grotto. The green colour doesn’t come from emeralds, however. Green light illuminates the cave as a result of blue light being reflected from the water and bouncing off the yellow-hued rocks. The best thing about this grotto is, unlike the other grottos, you can swim in it! It is the ultimate mermaid-like experience!

Grotta Verde

Address: 80071 Anacapri NA, Italy

Duration: around 1.5 hours required

Access: Via boat tour

Contact: +39 081 837 1524

Outdoor activities

8. Laze at Marina Piccola (Capri)

Capri-marina piccola
Source: Photo by user Bicloch used under CC BY 3.0

Known for its astounding beauty, Marina Piccola Beach was said to be the bay where sirens seduced the Greek King Ulysses. Enjoy the amazing views at this pebble beach, including the I Faraglioni rocks, and swim in the crystal clear waters! The beach is also equipped with facilities for your convenience, such as cabanas, sunbeds, bathrooms, and huts to keep your valuables! You can reach the beach by car or taxi, but if you fancy an adventure, walk down the hair-raising Via Krupp! The beach is right at the bottom!

Marina Piccola

Address: Via Marina Piccola, 80073 Capri, Island of Capri, Italy

Duration: around 2 hours required

Access: 12-minute walk from Piazza Umberto I. Head down Via Roma to Due Golfi, then walk down the stairs at Via Mulo

Contact: +39 0818370264

Nearby Food: Ristorante Le Sirene

Website: Marina Piccola

9. Climb Monte Solaro (Anacapri)

Climb up to the highest vantage point on the island, where jaw-dropping panoramic views await! At a staggering height of 589 metres (1,932 feet), you can see the entire island, Bay of Naples, the Amalfi Coast, and even the Calabria Mountains! Take the chairlift if you don’t feel like hiking, which will take 12 minutes to reach the summit. At dawn or during the evening, the mountain’s summit will be surrounded by a crown of clouds, caused by the warm sea air condensing.

Monte Solaro

Address: 80071 Anacapri, Naples

Price: from 9 USD for a one way chairlift trip

Opening Hours: Chairlift hours: 9.30 am - 5.00 pm (9.30 am - 3.30 pm in the winter)

Duration: around 3 hours required

Access: Take a bus from Marina Grande or Capri, stop at Piazza Vittoria.

Website: Monte Solaro

Museums

10. Spend a quiet day at Saint James' Charterhouse

Rich Capri
Source: Photo by Flickr user Norberto Chavez-T... used under CC BY-SA 2.0

Saint James’ Charterhouse, locally called Certosa di San Giacomo, is a former Carthusian monastery that now functions as a museum and a venue for cultural events. It was established by Count Giacomo Arcucci in 1371. He was the secretary of Joan I of Naples and eventually became a monk in the 1380s.

One of the sights to see inside the charterhouse is the works, specifically paintings and sculptures, of German painter Karl Wilhelm Diefenbach who died in 1913 on the island.

Saint James' Charterhouse

Address: Via Certosa, 10, 80076 Capri NA, Italy

Website: Saint James’ Charterhouse

Opening hours: Tue - Sun: 10am - 3:30pm (closed on Mon)

11. Be inspired at Villa San Michele (Anacapri)


Built by Swedish physician and writer Axel Munthe, the Villa San Michele sits on the remains of a Roman Chapel. Featuring relics, art pieces, and sculptures from ancient Egypt and the classical era, the villa is a garden and museum you have to visit, whether you are an art enthusiast or not! Be inspired by the ancient art pieces and gorgeous sculptures strewn around the garden, especially the iconic granite sphinx that watches over the island of Capri. If you stay till the evening, you can enjoy a concert in the chapel or garden for just 15 EUR (16.7 USD)!

Villa San Michele

Address: Viale Axel Munthe, 34, 80071 Anacapri NA, Italy

Price: from 8 USD

Opening Hours: 9.00 am - 6.00 pm

Duration: around 2 hours required

Access: Take a bus from Anacapri

Contact: +39 081 837 1401

Nearby Food: Ristorante Barbarossa (4-minute walk away); Ristorante Le Arcate (5-minute walk away)

Website: Villa San Michele

Drinks

12. Join a wine pairing and cooking class (from USD 148.0)

You’re already in one of the best places for foodies in Italy, so why not take your trip up a few notches and sign up for a fun cooking class too? Easy and homemade is the theme of this session, so any expertise level is welcome. There’s no elaborate equipment needed, just the most hardworking machine at your disposal. Yes, we’re talking about your hands!

Your cooking excursion will also include wine pairing with some of the most exquisite artisan wines in the region.

Private Cooking Class and Wine Pairing in Capri

Duration: 3 hours

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13. Grab a bite at Gelateria Pasticceria Buonocore (Capri)

Delicious gelato! According to my local friend, it’s the best in Capri. The hot cone is the “icing on the cake”. It melts fast, so enjoy it pronto! I loved the coffee flavor. The pastries in the store are wonderful too. Torta Caprese was one of my favorites. Talita M
Along Via Vittorio Emanuele at the Piazzetta you might be distracted by the smell of sweet waffles. Follow the scent and you will find yourself at a little bakery selling all kinds of mouthwatering pastries! Gelateria Buonocore is the perfect place for breakfast or an afternoon tea break. Grab a freshly made waffle cone, or a tasty fruit tart! The gelato is possibly the best on the entire island, and simply heavenly in the summer. Be sure to eat the ice cream and the waffle cone while it is still warm for the best experience!

Gelateria Buonocore

Address: Via Roma, 36, Capri NA, Italy

Price: Inexpensive

Opening Hours: 8.00 am - 10.00 pm. Closed on Tuesdays

Duration: around 1.5 hours required

Access: 1-minute walk from Piazza Umberto I

Contact: +39 081 837 6151

Website: Gelateria Buonocore

14. Dine at Ristorante Il Riccio (Anacapri)

One of the best places to dine with a view is Ristorante Il Riccio, located between the rocks and sea. A Michelin-starred restaurant, the Il Riccio serves top quality food. A must-try is the succulent and flavourful turbot. For dessert, guests can enter the Pudding Room where there is a table laid with sweets and pastries like a child’s fantasy! Il Riccio also has a selection of wines from France, New Zealand, and Italy.

Tip: bring along your swimsuit so you can dip in the sea before dinner! You can even swim to the Blue Grotto!

Ristorante Il Riccio

Address: Via Gradola, 4, Anacapri NA, Italy

Price: from 94 USD

Opening Hours: Mon - Wed: 12.00 noon - 4.00 pm; Thu - Sun: 12.00 noon - 4.00 pm, 8.00 pm - 11.00 pm. Closed in the winter

Duration: around 1.5 hours required

Access: Via boat tour

Contact: +39 081 837 1380

Website: Ristorante Il Riccio


15. Stroll through Piazza Umberto I (Capri)

Also known as the Piazetta, Piazza Umberto I is the heart and soul of Capri. The main square of the island, the bustling Piazetta is home to 4 pavement cafes, one at each corner of the square, where you can enjoy a cup of coffee or a cocktail, spot some movie stars (if you are lucky!) or do some people-watching on the “world’s little theatre”, as described by Norman Douglas. The Piazetta is also close to a famous shopping street where you can shop till you drop at Dolce & Gabana, Prada, Valentino, and many other artisan shops!

Piazza Umberto

Address: Via Roma, 80073 Capri NA Italy

Duration: around 2 hours required

Access: 3-minute funicular train ride from the port of Marina Grande

Nearby Food: Pulalli Wine Bar (1-minute walk away); Al Grottino (1-minute walk away); Ristorante Pizzeria Isidoro (1-minute walk away); Ristorante La Capannina (2-minute walk away)

Website: Piazza Umberto

16. Party at Taverna Anema e Core (Capri)

Just down the street from the Piazzetta is one of the best and most famous clubs in Capri, the Taverna Anema e Core, which translates to the soul and heart’s tavern. Founded by the musician Guido Lembo, the classy, sophisticated club is a great place to relax, grab a drink, and enjoy the live music. Keep your ears open for the Neapolitan guitar strumming and singing performances! There isn’t much space to dance, but the table tops sometimes make a good option!

Taverna Anema e Core

Address: Via Sella Orta, 1, 80073 Capri NA, Italy

Price: from 23 USD

Opening Hours: 9.00 pm - 4.00 am

Duration: around 2 hours required

Access: 2-minute walk from Piazza Umberto I

Contact: +39 081 837 6461

Website: Taverna Anema e Core


Shopping

17. Browse collectibles at Eco Capri (Capri)

Go shopping at Eco Capri, a magical store with a rich history. The store captures the essence of the renowned Cerio Family, one of the most important families in Capri that was a major creative force on the island in the 19th and 20th centuries. The store’s history tells a fascinating story about the owner’s grandmother, Laetitia, and how her grandchild has kept her creative vision alive through Eco Capri. This Capri, Italy, point of interest is modern and elegant, selling all kinds of unique collectables, household items and souvenirs, all of which retain a part of the Cerio Family.

Eco Capri

Address: Piazzetta Ignazio Cerio 11, 80073 Capri NA, Italy

Opening Hours: 10.30 am - 8.00 pm

Duration: around 2 hours required

Access: 1-minute walk from Piazza Umberto I

Contact: +39 081 837 4510

Nearby Food: Ristorante Donna Rachele (1-minute walk away)

Website: Eco Capri


18. Find your scent at Carthusia (Capri)

Posted by Carthusia I Profumi di Capri on Friday, 29 January 2016

The year was 1380, when the Count of Certosa di San Giacomo was surprised with a visit from the Queen. Frantically, he brought the most beautiful flowers on the island, and when was changing the water in the vase, he was intrigued by a sweet fragrance. Today, that fragrant water now forms the base for the artisanal perfumes at Carthusia. The shop is decorated with apothecary-like shelves stocked with a wide variety of fragrances, lotions, and soaps. The shop is so fragrant, you will be drawn to the store like a butterfly to a flower.

Carthusia

Address: Via Camerelle, 10, 80073 Capri NA, Italy

Opening Hours: 9.00 am - 6.00 pm

Duration: around 2 hours required

Access: 3-minute walk from Piazza Umberto I

Contact: +39 081 837 0529

Nearby Food: Villa Verde (2-minute walk away)

Website: Carthusia


Set sail for paradise

Sail to Capri to explore stunning gardens, swim in dazzling grottos, and end the day with a glass of red wine or a cocktail while watching the sun set on the azure sea! Capri provides the ultimate Mediterranean experience with breathtaking sights everywhere you turn - perfect for a romantic getaway!

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Frequently asked questions about the best things to do in Capri, Italy

1. What are the top attractions to visit in Capri?

If you’re visiting Capri for the first time, some attractions you must not miss include the stunning Gardens of Augustus, the hair-raising Via Krupp, and the picture-worthy Arco Naturale.

2. What are the best outdoor activities in Capri?

Fans of the great outdoors will find lots to love about this beautiful island in Italy. Take your friends and go on a refreshing swim at Grotta Verde, or challenge yourself to climb the highest vantage point on the island at Monte Solaro.

3. What are the best day trips from Capri?

If you want to see more of Italy but don’t want to stray too far from Capri, consider heading to the town of Marina Grande, just 15 minutes away by car. If you’re raring to go on a longer journey, the ever-popular Amalfi Coast is three hours away via Capri-Napoli, A3, and SP1.

4. What are the most popular things to do in Capri with kids?

Those visiting Capri with children in tow should consider going on a fun boat ride around the island, enjoying a family stroll at Gardens of Augustus, and savoring delicious gelato at Gelateria Pasticceria Buonocore.

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