Best Things To Do in Capri
Though it's only 4 square miles, Capri has no shortage of things to do. If you want the classic tour, you should book a boat that circumnavigates the island. Most companies stop by the famous Blue Grotto and the Faraglioni; however, they also visit lesser-known attractions like the Punta Carena Lighthouse and the Green Grotto. If you are looking for a relaxing beach day, check out the clubs near either Marina Grande or Marina Piccola. If you came to Capri to shop like a celebrity, stick near the Piazza Umberto in the main town of Capri. And if you want a more authentic Italian experience devoid of tourists, take the bus into Anacapri. Various historical villas and museums, such as the Villa San Michele and Villa Jovis, abound around the island.
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The tallest mountain on Capri is also a top attraction on the island. From the top, you can see most of Capri's major towns and points of interest; however, you can also see the Bay of Naples and the distant Amalfi Coast. Past reviewers said a trip up to the top does not disappoint, with some calling it the experience of a lifetime. Plus, a chairlift from Anacapri will take you from the town to the summit in only 12 minutes. In your rides up and down, you'll pass quaint farms, local vegetation and pristine neighborhoods. If you'd prefer the challenge of climbing the mountain yourself, you can take the trail from Anacapri, which takes between an hour and 90 minutes.
The chairlift to the top is open year round, and a ticket costs 11 euros (around $12.35), or 8 euros (about $9) if you want to walk down. Between March and October, the lift is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. If you visit between November and February, you can ride up between 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. To access this attraction, just take the bus to Anacapri. There are restrooms and small eateries at the top of Mount Solaro, but there are also plenty of facilities at the base.
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Visiting the Gardens of Augustus is a great option for those who want to admire views of Capri but don't have the time to hike a great distance. The terraced, multilevel gardens overlook some of the island's best attractions, such as the Faraglioni and Marina Piccola. Plus, guests can look down upon the architectural feat that is Via Krupp, which is a (now permanently closed) path carved into the steep mountainside that contains dozens of switchbacks.
Reviewers said the garden was a romantic overlook of the jagged coast and small harbor. Past travelers did complain of crowds, but suggested arriving in the morning or the late afternoon to avoid the onslaught of daytrippers.
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One of the top attractions in Anacapri, the Villa San Michele was the home of famous Swedish physician Axel Munthe. He built the famous compound in the late 19th-century, and it is now a stunning display of gardens, statues, artifacts and architecture. This villa enjoys impressive views of the Bay of Naples from its perch high above Capri and Marina Grande.
Recent visitors enjoyed learning about the history of the spectacular attraction and were impressed with the views and gardens.
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The first attraction you'll witness when you approach Capri by boat is Marina Grande. The charming harbor, colorful houses and lush surrounding landscape greet tourists in the best way possible. Plus, most of the main tourism offices, tour boats, transportation hubs and souvenir shops are located at Marina Grande. If you want to take a funicular to the town of Capri or a bus to Anacapri, you'll leave from this main harbor on the island.
Though Marina Grande serves as a point of departure for many other attractions, the town itself has many wonderful restaurants, beaches and things to do. Recent visitors said the area around Marina Grande was lovely, but they warned that the neighborhood is expensive and crowded. You'll be able to walk around Marina Grande no matter what you decide to do with the rest of your time on Capri, as it is one of the most interconnected areas on the island.
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The smaller of the two harbors on the island, Marina Piccola has a more laid-back vibe than Marina Grande. The attraction offers a gorgeous view of the Faraglioni across turquoise water, and it is home to the famous Siren's rock, where it is rumored that mythical sirens seductively sang to Odysseus. This marina is a great place to spend the day at the beach, as the warm ocean and charming small beaches provide ample opportunity for relaxation. Just beware that the sun leaves the bay at around 4 p.m.
Recent visitors who swam at Marina Piccola praised the warm water temperature, while others were pleased with the variety of cafes surrounding the beach.
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The Piazza Umberto, or La Piazzetta, represents the center of the bustling main town of Capri. Though the square in the center of town is small, it's a great place to walk around, grab a drink or shop. Many of Capri's famous fashion stores line the streets in the neighborhood surrounding the Piazzetta, and tourists looking to spot celebrities should look there first. A charming clock tower is the centerpiece of the piazza, which can get crowded in the summer. Plus, there are a few viewpoints near the square that look down upon Marina Grande and the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Recent visitors appreciated the shops and beauty of the town of Capri, but they noted that it can feel a bit touristy.
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One of the most picturesque spots on Capri, Villa Lysis offers a bird's-eye view of the towns of Capri and Anacapri, as well as Marina Grande. The expansive grounds of this 20th-century villa contain opulent gardens, marble decor and excellent art, as the site was a gathering place for artists, writers and intellectuals for decades. Often paired with a trip to Villa Jovis, a trip to Villa Lysis culminates in a walk through lush greenery towards the famous statue de Nino, which sits atop a sheer cliff overlooking the rest of the island. Recent visitors called a visit to Villa Lysis enchanting, and they said it was a nice getaway from the crowds on other parts of the island.
To access Villa Lysis from the town of Capri, take Via Longano and Via Sopramonte from the center of town. The walk takes about 45 minutes, and there are no public buses or taxis that can drive you to the top; however, walking up the villa's grand staircase is worth the walk and price of admission. Entry tickets cost 2 euros (about $2.25), but they are free for those 11 and younger. The historical site is closed from January to April, and it is open from 10 a.m. to either 4, 5 or 6 p.m. (depending on the month) during the spring, summer and fall. The villa is also closed on Wednesdays for maintenance. For more information, visit the villa's official website.
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The Blue Grotto (or Grotta Azzurra) is the most famous site on Capri, and it's easy to see why. The grotto is a natural sea cave with a small entrance, and it is illuminated in a blue and silver hue thanks to sunlight filtering through small openings under the cavern's mouth. It's best to see this site while on a boat tour around the island. Once you enter the cavern in your small rowboat and witness the pure blue light emanating off the water and walls in the dark cave, you'll see why many recent reviewers described the attraction as "magical" and "unbelievable."
If you take a boat tour from third-party companies like Capri Island Tour or Blue Sea Capri, you also have the option to pass a number of other natural rock formations that are beautiful in their own right (or you could choose to skip the crowds and forgo the Blue Grotto). These include the smaller, warmer and more exposed Green Grotto on the south side of the island and the famous Faraglioni.
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If you want to spend time on Capri in a charming, quaint town away from the luxury shops and thick crowds, then Anacapri is for you. The whitewashed town still exudes a calm and authentic vibe, as there are local neighborhoods, shops and restaurants all around the streets. Plus, there are a couple major attractions on Capri, such as the Villa San Michele and Mount Solaro that can be accessed from Anacapri. There are also a few historical buildings and museums in town that attract tourists, including the Chiesa di San Michele Arcangelo, a small church noted for its mosaic floor, and the Casa Rossa, which houses a collection of 19th-century art.
To access Anacapri, take the public bus or a taxi from either the main town or Marina Grande. While the Chiesa is free to access, the Casa Rossa costs 3.50 euros (around $4) to enter. There are restroom and restaurant facilities all around the town, and most attractions can be accessed year-round during daylight hours.
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Located on the southwest corner of Capri far away from major tourism centers, the Punta Carena Lighthouse is a secluded and picturesque attraction near Anacapri. First used in 1867, the lighthouse is one of the oldest in Italy, and it enjoys spectacular views of the coastline. There is a public beach and picnic area near the lighthouse, and there are a few charming beach cafes in the area as well. Recent visitors loved history and secluded nature of this attraction.
You can access this attraction by boat, foot or bus. Many boat tours pass around the lighthouse, and sunset views of it from the water are spectacular. The hike from Anacapri on Via Nuova del Faro takes about an hour, but travelers said the beach is well worth the wait. If you'd prefer to take the bus, you can take the Faro – Anacapri route from Piazza della Pace, which will take you right by the lighthouse. If you go with the bus option, the journey will last about two hours.
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One of the oldest buildings on Capri, the Certosa di San Giacomo (or Charterhouse of St. Giacomo) was built in the late 14th century. The old monastery now houses exhibition spaces with artwork, a school and a library, but the cloisters and architecture from its historical past are still well-preserved. Visitors will enjoy the painted ceilings, marble columns and lush greenery at this monastery, and they will appreciate its convenient location in the heart of Capri's main town.
Recent visitors called this attraction tranquil, and said that they loved that it was an escape from the crowds found elsewhere on the island.
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One of the best historical sites to visit on the island, Villa Jovis is an archeological ruin from the Roman period. It was built by the Roman emperor Tiberius, who commissioned 12 villas on Capri in the hopes of creating a palace of peace and relaxation away from the chaos of Rome. Villa Jovis is the most luxurious of the 12 villas, as the remnants of brilliant Roman architectural, plumbing and planning skills are on full display as you explore the ruins. Plus, you'll enjoy stunning views toward the Gulf of Naples from multiple photogenic vantage points.
Recent visitors enjoyed the panoramic views from the top of the villa, but they did mention that it is a 45-minute walk uphill from the Piazzetta in Capri. Others were disappointed in the lack of historical information or signage around the site.
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