ALL YOU MUST KNOW WHEN GOING TO CAPRI, ITALY
Updated: Mar 25, 2021
Capri is the ultimate getaway for many. Nothing like its natural beauty with out of this world views, delicious cuisine and fashion scene. The main question is: what to do in Capri?
If you're looking for tranquility, peace and ocean breeze without having to go to the middle of nowhere, Capri is the place to go. It's only a boat ride away from Naples, it's approximately 45 minutes away! And don't even worry about what to do on the way there, you'll be distracted the whole time with the breathtaking views.
It may be considered a luxurious escape but in reality you just need to save a little bit each month and in no time you'll be able to add this magical destination to your checked box of places to go. This is of course a trip I would do once already being somewhere in the southern region of Italy. So, if you're planning to be in the southern region of Italy, I would definitely squeeze in Capri as well.
What is Capri known for?
Some people might say it's because of movies like It Started In Naples or The Skin. Some others might say it's because it's been a top celeb destination since the late 1950s. Nowadays you might spot A listers such as Jlo and Arod, or Beyonce and Jay Z. With exclusive private ports, over-the-top party scenes and unique night stays, it sure makes it a go-to place for some of your favorite movie stars.
How much time do I need in Capri?
If you really want to see everything on the island and also have some relaxing time, I would recommend 2-3 days. However, you can absolutely go for one day and see the highlights of Capri. You'll have some nice photos to show all your friends, you'll be able to try one or two really good restaurants and get to see the famous rock formations.
Do I need a car?
Not at all! There's excellent public transport and in general the places you'll want to visit are walking distance from each other. The one place you will for sure need to buy a bus ticket for is when going to Anacapri.
From the port in Marina Grande you're able to take the funicular (cable car) all the way to the top, right behind the Piazzetta. It's a very quick trip, lasting less than 5 minutes. Be aware there will probably be a long line to go up where the main sites are so if you don't feel like waiting, you can always take a taxi. One thing is for sure, unless you want to spend about half an hour going up the mountain, I don't recommend walking all the way up (I already make this mistake, although it was quite pretty). This is unless you want to see the cute houses where locals -and not so locals- live.
Best Things To Do In Capri
Indeed the top attraction and the reason why most people go to Capri: to swim in the Grotta Azzurra (Blue Grotto). The sunlight hits into the water inside the cave making it reflect the light, illuminating everything in its surroundings. Even though there are multiple blue grottos around the world, there's something about this crystal clear water. A magical place you should visit at least once in your lifetime.
Then make your way to the top and enjoy some chill time people-watching at the Piazza Umberto I aka the Piazzetta. You'll see anything and everything on this island, and everyone gathers at the Piazzetta at some point, from those living the glamorous lifestyle to regular tourists like you and me. Pick the cafe that grabs your attention, order your Italian favorite and enjoy those minutes of tranquility.
Once done relaxing, get your camera or phone ready and head to Giardini di Augusto. For just 1 euro you'll get some of the greatest views. First, you will see a mix of flora and statues, an ideal spot for a photoshoot. Keep walking and when you see a bunch of people gathered in one place it's because you've arrived at the terrace, where you will be taking pictures non-stop. Make sure you put down your camera for a minute and really take in the marvelous view.
From the Gardens of Augustus you'll get one of the best views of the Faraglioni rocks, our next bullet point on this list. Picture perfect day and night, you probably recognize these formations from all postcards and pretty much every single article you have read on Capri. They actually have names: Stella, Mezzo, and Faraglioni di Fuori or Scopolo. There's a few other locations from which you can see the symbol of Capri, such as Via Tragara and Via Migliera.
Last but not least, let's talk about Via Krupp. The road was named after a German industrialist, Friedrich Krupp. Even though I know you want to walk around that road, I do warn you that it's often closed due to high possibility of rocks falling from the surrounding cliffs. At least you will be able to take a look at the amazing hairpin bend structure from the Giardini di Augusto.
Believe me, there's many more things to see in Capri but for now I think this covers the basics. I hope you add this hot destination to your list of places you wish to visit!