It doesn’t come cheap but dreams turned into reality are priceless: Capri has been the residence of Roman emperors, hiding place of tycoons and famous writers. The island is magic: the color of the sea and the light are unique and from the first moment you’re setting foot on the island you will be enchanted by the marvelous atmosphere that has made so many people wanting to stay forever. Here’s what we think you should not miss out:
1. Enjoy the trip
Take a taxi to Naples harbor Molo Beverello from the airport and board the high speed ferry for a 50 minutes ride. Alternatively, spoil yourself with a private car pick up and speedboat transfer or get a VIP service by helicopter to the island’s heliport.
We love the old school arrival at Capri with the transfer to our hotel of choice by traditional taxi. Don’t miss out seeing the funicular lift taking passengers and luggage safely to the upper town.
2. Capri or Anacapri?
Anacapri is less vibrant and more genuine than Capri downtown, but don’t miss out visiting both. Anacapri hosts the Axel Munthe villa ‘San Michele’, open to visitors of the Swedish doctor and author of ‘The book of San Michele’. Jump on the chairlift to the top of mount Solaro and enjoy a fresh breeze with a 360 degree view.
Get some custom-made sandals in Capri – town at Canfora, right opposite the Grand Hotel Quisisana and taste the best lemon ice cream at Buonocore on the Piazzetta where everyone’s meeting for an aperitivo when the last ferry has left for the day in the evening.
The Grand Hotel Quisisana is Capri’s most famous and owned by the Morgano family. Ideally located in the town’s center and boasting its magnificent parc overlooking the blue sea it’s were dreams come true. Alternatively, go for the new J.K. Place if you’re into modern boutique style hotels or take the ride up to Anacapri were Hotel Caesar Augustus welcomes you with spectacular views and local gourmet food.
Go for a 5km morning run around the upper part of the island. You will make a stop several times taking photos of the breathtaking views on the Faraglioni giant rocks and Villa Malaparte, an architectural masterpiece.
5. Ready for a swim?
Walk the scenic stairs downhill from Punta Tragara or take the taxi boat to Fontelina beach from the Marina Piccola, but book your space and lunch table well ahead: it’s the place to be and the restaurant is one of Capri’s best. Don’t miss out the daily specials and the Sangria with fresh fruit. Or take a boat trip round the island and don’t forget your goggle and snorkel for a dive close to the famous Grotta Azzurra.
6. Where to go for dinner?
What could be more romantic than a lavish dinner under lemon trees… at da Paolino. Or enter the garden courtyard of Villa Verde in the center of Capri, well hidden behind high walls and a small wooden door. If you’re into gourmet food, don’t forget to secure your table at Hotel Caesar Augustus’ La Terrazza di Lucullo, overlooking the former palace of roman emperor Augustus.