10 things to see and do absolutely in Capri

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Capri is a small but fascinating island located 5 km from the Gulf of Naples, a tourist destination par excellence, loved by both Italians and foreign visitors. Often synonymous with a chic holiday and therefore anything but cheap, the island can also represent the stage of a day trip. There are many attractions for which this small but rich island is known all over the world, from the beaches to the famous Faraglioni, from the Blue Grotto to the mythical Piazzetta. Then you will find below 10 things to see absolutely in Capri.



Index

  1. The Faraglioni
  2. The Blue Grotto
  3. Marina Grande and Marina Piccola
  4. Villa Jovis
  5. La Piazzetta
  6. Anacapri
  7. Mount Solaro
  8. Punta Carena lighthouse
  9. The island from the boat
  10. Gardens of Augustus and Via Krupp
  11. User questions and comments

1 - The Faraglioni

Undisputed symbol of the island and enchanting place known all over the world, the Faraglioni are three large boulders located not far from the coast and can be reached by boat. The name "faraglioni" derives from the Greek word "pharos", to indicate the great fires that were lit on the coasts of the island to show the right course to the sailors.
Each of the three Faraglioni has a name: Saetta, Stella and Scopolo. The latter has a particular characteristic, it is in fact the home (together with Monte Solaro) of the the only examples in the world of the blue lizard, a species that over the years has taken on a color reminiscent of the sea and the sky.
We advise you to take part in a suggestive boat tour to admire all the beauty of the stacks even up close!



  • visible from various points of Capri or by renting a boat to tour the island from pier 0 in Marina Grande
  • boat rental every day from 9:00 to 14:00
  • rental starting from € 18,00
  • Boat ride and visit to the stacks

2 - The Blue Grotto

Known since the time of the Roman Emperor Tiberius, the Blue Grotto of Anacapri takes its name from the blue color of the waters that it houses inside. If the weather is sunny, the sea appears illuminated by an underwater light which highlights the many inhabitants of the cave, or myriads of small silver fish. Access is only possible with small rowing boats that can hold up to 4 people or by taking part in a boat tour that includes a stop at the cave. The experience inside the cave is absolutely unique, also because to enter it you have to lie down on the bottom of the boat, since the entrance is only one meter high.

  • the small boats to enter the cave can be reached on foot with the ladders that start from the center of Anacapri; by boat directly from the sea
  • with favorable weather, every day from 9:00 to 17:00
  • € 14,00, which include € 10,00 for the boat service and € 4,00 as an entrance ticket
  • boat tour with stop at the Blue Grotto

3 - Marina Grande and Marina Piccola

Capri is first of all an island surrounded by a splendid sea, and after the Faraglioni and the Blue Grotto we cannot fail to mention its fantastic beaches. Marina Grande is the place where you land on the island, and is so called because it is the largest beach in all of Capri.
Marina Piccola, on the other hand, can be reached by public transport or on foot directly from the famous square of Capri and, even here the name suggests it, it is very small but always very crowded because it has an exclusive position. The bay of Marina Piccola is more precisely divided into two beaches, Marina di Mulo and Marina di Pennauro. The rock that separates them is said to be the one where the sirens referred to in Homer's Odyssey stayed.



  • Marina Grande in the immediate vicinity of the port (Get directions). There is the funicular that offers rides to and from the center of Capri. Marina Piccola can be reached from the Piazzetta by bus that leaves from the terminus or by walking down Via Roma to Due Golfi and then with the steps of Via Mulo (Get directions)
  • always accessible
  • free

4 - Villa Jovis

It is one of the villas built in Capri by the Roman Emperor Tiberius, dedicated to Jupiter. An excellent example of Roman architecture and a splendidly preserved building, it is a construction that extends for 7 square km on the extreme east promontory of Capri. From the villa the view extends and reaches not only Ischia and Procida, but also the Gulf of Salerno and the Cilento coast. In addition to enjoying the dream panorama, it is possible to visit what remains: the large collection cisterns for rainwater, the spaces reserved for the emperor and the throne room and the rooms instead dedicated to servants.

  • on foot starting from the Piazzetta, the road is all uphill and the travel time is about 45 minutes
  • June 1st - September 30th every day 10:00 - 19:00; October 10:00 - 17:00 (closed on Tuesdays); November and December 10:00 - 16:00 (closed on Tuesdays); closed in January, February and December 25th
  • € 6,00

5 - The Piazzetta

È one of the symbolic places of the island's dolce vita, the famous "Piazzetta" or Piazza Umberto I, the worldly heart of Capri. Tourists usually meet in this square for a coffee break and to admire the splendid panorama from the terrace, perhaps hoping to meet some Italian VIPs or international personalities. It is also a starting point to walk the main streets and explore Capri, such as Via Camerelle, the shopping street that hosts the best boutiques of international brands. Not far from the square there is also the Caprense Ignazio Cerio Center, a small museum with 20.000 archaeological and naturalistic finds that testify to the history of the island.



  • with the funicular that connects it with the port of Marina Grande, departures every 15 minutes, single ticket € 2,00
  • always accessible, the funicular is active from early morning to 22:00
  • free

6 - Anacapri

Anacapri is the largest municipality on the island and is located on the slopes of Monte Solaro, reachable in just 15 minutes by bus from the "piazzetta". The small town is made up of colorful alleys and characteristic vegetation formed by bougainvillea that conceal as many squares, beaches and historical places. The chairlift that allows you to reach the summit of Monte Solaro also departs from here, or on foot you can reach Punta Carena with its imposing lighthouse, the largest in Italy after that of Genoa. Even the churches of Anacapri are noteworthy, above all the Church of San Michele Arcangelo with its magnificent majolica floor that tells of the expulsion of Adam and Eve from Eden. If you want to visit the village in comfort, the simplest solution is the tour that combines the visit of Capri and Anacapri.

  • direct bus or funicular + bus (€ 2,00 each way)
  • always accessible
  • free
  • guided tour of Capri and Anacapri

7 - Monte Solaro

The top of Monte Solaro represents the highest part of the island of Capri. Once you reach the peak, on foot if you are well trained or by chairlift (12 min, € 12,00 return), you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the whole island, including the Faraglioni. You can let your gaze wander over the horizon, coming to see not only the Sorrento peninsula but also the Amalfi one. Once you get to the top, you can also choose to go down to Cetrella to explore a part of Capri that is mostly unknown, where there is an interesting hermitage to visit.

  • on foot from Anacapri, following the marked path and calculating at least 1 hour uphill; by chairlift from Piazza Vittoria in Anacapri (12 minutes € 12,00 return)
  • always accessible
  • free

8 - Punta Carena lighthouse

Favorite beach of Capri, the Faro is a rocky bay overlooking an always clear sea. Obviously there is also a lighthouse, the second largest in Italy for power of lighting and one of the oldest, it was in fact turned on for the first time in 1867. Enchanting coves, rich Mediterranean vegetation and the pine forest overlooking the bay are just some of the attractions of this part of the rocky ridge. The Lighthouse is a very quiet place, still rather snubbed by mass tourism: choose to visit it at sunset, when the fishermen lower their boats into the sea for night fishing.

  • by bus Faro Line - Anacapri - Terminal in Piazza della Pace (€ 2,00); on foot along Via Nuova del Faro, travel time from the center of Anacapri about 1 hour
  • always accessible
  • free

9 - The island from the boat

The Capri boat experience is without a doubt the best way to enjoy the beauty of the island. There are several companies that offer this type of service, this allows departures to be very frequent and differentiated, it is in fact possible to choose to make a stop at the Blue Grotto (the ticket for the entrance to the cave is paid separately). Tours depart from the port of Marina Grande and go around the island in a clockwise direction, including the most characteristic points of Capri such as Villa Jovis, the Faraglioni, Marina Piccola and its inlets and caves, the Lighthouse and the hidden side of Capri. If you are short on time, don't miss the visit to the caves.

  • tours depart for the most part from the port of Marina Grande
  • by 9: 00
  • tour from € 18,00 per person
  • Cruise and visit to the caves Boat tour with a stop at the Blue Grotto

10 - Gardens of Augustus and Via Krupp

È the most famous and traditional promenade of Capri, which starts from the equally famous Piazzetta and leads up to the Gardens of Augustus, a series of flowered terraces from where you can admire one of the splendid views that the island offers to visitors, ideal for a shot with the Faraglioni in the background. It is also possible to see Via Krupp, it is the famous road carved into the rock, unfortunately it is almost always closed due to the high risk of falling rocks. During the high season months, the Gardens of Augustus provide for paid access.

  • from the square walk along via Vittorio Emanuele, Via Federico Serena, and continue along via Matteotti
  • from April to October 9: 00-19: 30; from November to March 9: 00-16: 30
  • € 1,00

Plan your stay in Capri: flights, hotels and tours

Capri is one of the most exclusive holiday destinations in Italy. Wealthy Arab, Russian or American tourists choose Capri to spend their summers, being able to face the undoubtedly high prices of the structures that offer accommodation, restaurants and various activities. A weekend in Capri with a one-night stay can also cost € 400,00 per couple.
If you are passing through you can take part in a guided tour that will take you to discover the significant places of the island. Do not miss the classic boat excursion to enjoy up close the view of the stacks and the magnificence of the caves that characterize the coast.

  • flights to Naples starting from € 86,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 148,00 per room -
  • Boat tour and city and sea view from Naples Skip-the-line boat tour and Blue Grotto
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