Top 15 Things To Do In Capri, Italy : Mediterranean Allure

Top 15 Things To Do In Capri, Italy : Mediterranean Allure
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. Let me show you some of the best sights and attractions in the island’s two towns - Capri and Anacapri!

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 attractions in Capri, 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. Marvel at the I Faraglioni (off Capri)

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

One of the most prominent attractions on Capri 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. Be awed by the Natural Arch (Capri)

Arco Naturale
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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

6. 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

7. 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

8. Climb Monte Solaro (Anacapri)

Posted by Hailey Mullen on Tuesday, 26 April 2016

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

9. 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

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

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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

11. Dine at Ristorante Il Riccio (Anacapri)

Posted by Deborah McQuoid on Sunday, 19 June 2016

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


Drinks

12. 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

13. 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

14. 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. Eco Capri itself 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


15. 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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Germaine is a free-spirited individual who likes to write and travel. She is also a TV junkie and an animal lover. She has been to several countries, and some of her favourites include Australia,...Read more

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