Capri is one of the most beautiful corners of southern Italy (and also an easy escape from Naples!). You can wander aimlessly through the narrow streets of the historical centre, climb to its highest point to fall in love with a little piece of land and sea or discover the bluest blue of its most famous cave.
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If you are planning a day trip to Capri, you are in the right place, we will tell you everything you can see and do in Capri and all the useful information to make the most of your time.
Going around Capri by boat
The tour lasts about 2 hours and is one of the most recommended activities in Capri. The boats leave from Marina Grande (where the ferries arrive from Naples) and cost about 22 euros per person.
It is better to book in advance. On the tour you can see Capri, its bays and caves from the sea. And obviously its famous faraglioni, the rocks jutting out of the sea and with peculiar shapes.
Almost every tour includes a stop at the famous ‘Grotta Azzurra’, the sea cave symbol of Capri (the entrance ticket to the cave is not included).
Enter the Grotta Azzurra (Blue Cave)
It’s one of the most magical places in Capri. The water of this sea cave, with a width of 25 meters and a depth of 60 meters, is so bright blue that it seems fake. Be careful when you enter, because the cave is only 1 meter high, so you will have to lie down in the little boat.
To get there on your own you will have to go to the town of Anacapri by bus (departures from the Capri bus station for a little over 1 ?). From there take another bus to the Grotta Azzurra (same price). It is time to get in line to get on a little boat (4 people) that will take you to the cave (upon payment of the 13 euro ticket).
The visit to the cave takes about 5 minutes and the best time to see it is between 12 and 14.
Tip: it is a good idea to wear a hat or cap, as sometimes there are queues to get in and you have to wait for the sun. It is better to find out about the sea conditions: if the sea is rough, sometimes the cave is closed.
Tip2: it is possible that the cave is closed because of the sea conditions, make sure to check!
Climbing Mount Solaro by chairlift
The climb to Mount Solaro (589 meters), from where there are some of the best views of Capri (‘faraglioni’ included!), takes 12 minutes: 12 minutes in which you will feel like you are flying!
Price: 10 euro i/v (7 euro one way).
Visit the Historical Center
Beautiful and ultra chic, the historic centre of Capri is a must see! To get here from Marina Grande the best way is to take the funicular (1,80 ?). The famous Piazza Umberto I (or “piazzetta”) of Capri is the centre of the island, always lively and full of people.
Here you can see the Clock Tower, the church of San Stefano and many exclusive restaurants and boutiques. And of course, the main streets we recommend to pass by are Via Vittorio Emanuelle, Via Croce and Camelle.
Walking around the island
From the center of Capri you can take a few walks to some very cool places on the island. One of them is the Giardini di Augusto (2 euro) from where you have the famous view over the cliff and its faraglioni. And from the Via Krupp, an ancient Roman road that zigzags down the slope.
If you want to keep walking you can reach the Villa Jovis (one hour uphill, entrance fee 2 Euro), a Roman villa that belonged to Tiberius from where there are spectacular views (the villa itself is not much) and before that there is the Astarita Park (free). On the way down there are indications to a Arco Naturale, an interesting arch in the rock (about half an hour walk).
If you travel to Naples and have time, don’t think about it and come and discover this beautiful island, it’s a fantastic escape! Here we have told you the best thing to see and do in Capri, have you been there? What was your most recommended visit?
If your budget doesn’t allow you to stay overnight in Capri, you can visit Capri and Anacapri on a one-day tour from Naples.
You can also combine visits to Naples, Sorrento and Capri with a two or three day tour from Rome, or a day trip to Capri from Rome.
Where to stay in Capri?
If you have the time, we recommend you to stay on the island: at night it has a unique atmosphere and is perfect for a romantic trip. Here are the best places to stay in Capri. There are many very expensive hotels but if you look hard enough, there are some cheap options too.
Another interesting option is to stay overnight in Naples and visit Capri during the day, or find accommodation in nearby Sorrento, which also has a lot of charm, and jump to Capri from there.
How to get to Capri from Naples?
Easier than you think! You can see the prices and timetables of the ferries leaving Naples for Capri on this website.
The tickets can be bought at the port of embarkation, although it is better to arrive in advance in case the boats are full, you can also buy them online here. Check a few weeks before the trip if the schedules/prices are still the same!
However, if you prefer to sign up for a tour, where they will tell you more about this beautiful island and take you to discover spectacular spots, check out this option.
How to get to Capri from Sorrento
There are several ferry companies that make the journey from Sorrento. You can compare tickets on the Directferries website and book directly there or wait to buy tickets at the port.
The journey takes just under half an hour and the price is around £45 each way. We recommend that if the ferry has outside seating, you get there to see the spectacular views of the coast.
From Sorrento there are also tours to Capri that surround the island and make interesting stops, such as at the Grotta Azzurra.
How to get to Capri from Rome
You can go by train to Naples (see Trenitalia and Italotreno websites) and from there follow the directions given above or, much more conveniently, sign up for a day tour from Rome.
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