You may know the island of Capri, located in the Campagna region of Italy, as the Italian playspace of the rich and famous, but it’s also a great place to visit with your family. During our summer trip to Italy, we had a fantastic day exploring the island (and getting just a little bit lost). Follow us on our adventure, and let these photos inspire your wanderlust. Have you been to the island of Capri?
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The island of Capri is a popular tourist destination for both international tourists, as well as Italians. Prices are generally higher on Capri than on the Italian mainland – I’d recommend getting souvenirs off Capri wherever possible. The island is absolutely stunning, and offers gorgeous views as well as many fun restaurants and shops. If you are lucky, you may even spot a celebrity.
We started our island of Capri adventure by taking the ferry from Sorrento to Capri. You can reach the ferry port by taking the stairs at Piazza Tasso. We were on a guided tour, so we took a motorcoach right to the ferry. It was a quick ride, and we were treated with gorgeous views of the island as we pulled into the port.
The Sorrento ferry enters the Marina Grande, the larger of the two Capri marinas. As you enter the island, you have the option of traveling via funicular to Piazzetta in Capri town above. Tickets can be purchased near the marina. We took the funicular up to the top, and enjoyed the ride. Keep in mind that the island can get crowded – arrive early to minimize waits, and try to avoid singing or humming Funiculi, Funicula on your way up.
Once we arrived at the top, our guides surprised us with a treat of freshly squeezed frozen lemonade and orange juice. This treat was especially appreciated during the hot weather of August.
There are some stunning views at the top of the funicular. It’s definitely worth stopping to take some photos of the gorgeous scenery before exploring the island of Capri.
Our guides gave us a walking tour of the area before setting us off on our own. We got to see the major parts of the island, including the Grand Hotel Quisiana, which is the perfect spot for people-watching in the town.
Our walking tour ended at the Gardens of Augustus, where we were able to take gorgeous photos of the island and the waterfront.
This is where we got lost. We had found the perfect spot for lunch (at the restaurant pictured above), but it was just a bit early to eat. We decided to wander, and after a long walk downstairs, we realized we had almost made it back down to the point where we took the funicular. Hungry, and short on time, we ended up at the Al Capri Don Alfonso Cafe, located right in the center of town.
While we ended up there based on circumstance, it was serendipitous, because it ended up being my favorite meal in Italy. We were overheated and exhausted by the time we found our way back to the town center, and sitting at this beautiful table with a gorgeous view was such a treat.
We had just enough time after our lunch to have a quick gelato before meeting our group to head back down the funicular. We then headed out on a private boat tour of the island of Capri.
Capri is known for the blue grotto, and there are numerous boat trips that you can take to the grotto. Our trip didn’t take us to the grotto, but we were able to view several different grottos around the island. We were also able to dock and swim in the gorgeous, crystal-blue water. I’d definitely recommend booking a trip around the island if at all possible.
After our cruise around the island of Capri, we dried off, and headed back onto the ferry back to our hotel in Sorrento.
Have you been to the island of Capri? What was your favorite thing to do.