Free Things To Do in Capri
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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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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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