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Capri, Italy Travel Guide: Top 12 Things to Do

Capri is considered as one of Italy’s most beautiful islands, known for its vast blue seas, dramatic views, and Faragliono rocks. It is understandable why this destination is on every traveler’s bucket list. The jaw-dropping scenery topped with world-class cuisines and luxury shopping boutiques makes this island the perfect vacation spot.

Capri, Italy coastline

Capri is a charming destination in Italy’s Bay of Naples, right around the famed Amalfi coast. It is best to visit the island from April to mid-June, or from September to mid-October. These months will allow you to enjoy the perfect weather to bask under the sun and tour the island.

Make the most out of your trip by taking in its breathtaking landscapes, tasting the unique cuisine, and going for a dip in the ocean. Here are the top 12 things you must take the time to do in Capri.

The Piazzeta

The Piazzeta is a world famous public square. It has a clock tower that chimes every 15 minutes throughout the day. Around the square are cafes with al fresco seating where you can enjoy a cup of coffee and a croissant. If you’re looking for a picturesque, luxury spot to hang around in Capri, The Piazzeta is the place to be.

You can expect a lot of people early in the evening when tourists stop by for a drink before dinner. 

Yachting

Beaches in Capri can get crowded during the summer as it is famed for its wide coastline and its beautiful beaches. To experience the turquoise water with much more ease and privacy, hire a boat that will take you to one of the coves. There are numerous skippers that you may hire to spend a few hours in a more private escape. 

Lounge around to appreciate the natural landscapes of the emerald green grottos. There are also larger crafts that can take you island hopping for an hour if you don’t have the luxury of time.

Beach Clubs

The shorelines of Capri are lined with private beach clubs. You will find areas clustered with sunbathing chairs and umbrellas along the narrow beach coves. These private beach clubs rent out their facilities for tourists who want to lounge around their beach-front properties. Their restaurants and bars serve a wide variety of fresh seafood and other authentic Italian viands for you to literally get a taste of Capri.

If you’re looking for a beach which is not in a beach club, take a boat to Bagni Tinerio. It is an island off of Marina Grande where you can go for a dip next to Roman ruins. This area is more secluded with less people than the open beaches where locals head to unwind.

Rock formations in Capri

Blue Grotto

Going inside the grotto, you will literally see a cave of blue. The Blue Grotto is one of Capri’s most famous tourist attractions. Feast your eyes on its beguiling optical effect created by the sunlight bouncing on the water to the cave’s walls. It gives the illusion of being in an electric blue cave.

To get inside the Blue Grotto, you will be transferred to a smaller tour boat that will fit right into the cave’s opening. Take a pause in the middle of the cave, enveloped by the electrifying color of the water.

The Faraglioni

The Faraglioni is one of the first things you will see on your way to alight at Capri. It is made up of three massive limestones stacked together to create a majestic rock formation. To get the best views of the Faraglioni, head up through Tragara and Augustus.

If you would like a closer look at the rock formations, visit the Da Luigi Beach Club which will allow you to swim next to them. Another option is to sail through the formations on a private boat, to get a better appreciation of its natural beauty.

Anacapri

There is another side to Capri that most tourists miss out on. Anacapri is the other side of the island, filled with authentic Italian charm. This village is the highest part of the island, tucked away from the busy tourist-filled streets of Capri. It is only a short drive away from the main town which is a must-visit if you want to get that organic feel of Capri, its authentic cuisines, and its local products.

Anacapri is also the take-off point to get to the top of Monte Solara through a chair lift.

Authentic Pizza

The Cuisine

They say that you can tell a lot about a country, or in this case, an island, by its cuisine. There are three dishes you must try when in Capri– the pizza, the ravioli, and the famous Caprese salad. The flavors of Capri are what most returning travelers come back for.

With Naples being the birthplace of pizza, it’s no surprise that they have the best tasting ones in the world. Cooking on wood fire through a brick oven makes a simple margarita pizza taste so gourmet. The aroma and all the flavors somehow sink better on the thin, handmade crust.

Caprese salad is a signature dish that you may only authentically taste in Capri. It is a must-try for first-timers in the island. The salad is a mix of fresh basil leaves, creamy mozzarella, and ripe tomatoes drizzled with olive oil.

Tragara

Luxury boutiques, gardens of the most beautiful villas, starred hotels, view of the sea, ending with a picture-perfect view of the Faralioni rock formations

The Lighthouse

Have a drink at the lighthouse during sunset to cap off a beautiful day of touring the majestic island of Capri.

Capri path

The Path of Forts

The Path of Forts is one of the most picturesque walks on the island. Take a three-hour hike along the breathtaking natural landscapes of Capri. The path goes from the coastline of Anacapri’s Grotto Azzurra to Punta Carena. If you’re up to do something beyond the usual activities in the island, this is the place to visit.

Orrico Fort

The Orrico Fort is right on the edge of a mountain overlooking the vast ocean. It is around 300 meters away from the Grotto Azzurra. This point is perfectly hidden from the hustling town and crowded beaches of Capri. Take a moment to feel the breeze and appreciate the stunning blues of the ocean from this viewpoint. 

Nightlife

At night, Capri town comes alive with night clubs at the Piazzeta. As laid-back as the island is, you would not expect for it to have such a vibrant night scene. Capri thrives after midnight until the break of dawn.

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