The history of Capri dates back to the Neolithic and the Bronze Age, but in a closer past was the refuge of Roman emperors and, in recent decades, the summer site chosen by the international jet set that found on this island in the Tyrrhenian Sea, in the Gulf of Naples, a small Eden. If you want to explore it too, here’s everything you need to know to visit Capri. Don’t miss it!
Capri by S-F at Shutterstock
🌟 Visit Capri
The beautiful island of Capri is located in front of the Amalfi Coast and has a perimeter of only 17km, so it is easy to travel in a day (although I will always recommend that you spend at least one night on it, to walk it by day, with many tourists, and enjoy it almost alone at night).
Capri has been the refuge and summer resort of great political personalities, artists, billionaires and eccentrics. Here they have lived -or spent long summers- from Pablo Neruda and Oscar Wilde to Truman Capote, Graham Green, Sofia Loren, Winston Churchill or Lennin.
“The island of the mermaids,” as Homer called it, is compact in size, but it has so many things to see and do. Here I leave you a map of Capri so that at a glance you can see where the most relevant areas are located.
Map of capri by author Morn the Gorn on Wikipedia
⛴ How to get to Capri
The island has no airport, so your only option is to arrive by sea. There are many ferry companies connecting the main Italian cities (Naples, Salerno, Sorrento, Amalfi and Positano) with the island. I’ll explain below how to get from each of these cities:
🔷 Visit Capri from Sorrento
Of all the options to get to Capri, from Sorrento is the shortest way. Ferries run all year round and take you to the island in just 25 minutes.
Some of the companies that make this journey are Caremar, SNAV, NLG or Alilauro. The price varies according to the company, date and time you travel. In high season the prices tend to go up a bit and the boats are full. The price range goes from 40€ to 60€ round trip.
Example of ferries from Sorrento to Capri
You can buy the ticket directly on arrival at the port or you can book it online (recommended especially in high season, which are queues at the port).
If you want to book your place online, I suggest you look at the Directferries website which compares the prices, routes and timetables of all ferry companies and even book your place in advance (both outward and return, as late afternoon returns are the first to run out).
You can also choose to visit Capri from Sorrento on a Spanish-language tour that includes transfers, a Spanish-language guide on the island to visit Anacapri and Capri, free time on the island and even a visit to the impressive Grotta Azzurra.
🔷 Visit Capri from Salerno
In the article I wrote about “what to see in Salerno”, I told you that it was an excellent base city to tour the Amalfi Coast (because it is cheaper than Positano, Sorrento or Amalfi, for example) and that from here you can visit some nearby places like Naples or the island of Capri!
From the Molo Manfredi port in Salerno you can take a ferry which, before going to Capri, takes you along the Amalfi coast and you can see from the sea the silhouette of Amalfi, Positano and other small villages (the ferry stops at Amalfi and/or Positano to pick up passengers).
The company making this journey is Linee Marittime Partenopee and it takes about 1 hour and a half to make the whole journey. However, it is only operational from mid-April to the end of October with very few frequencies (between 1 and 5 ships per day in each direction). The price is around 50€ (round trip) and you can buy your ticket at the port or online at the DirectFerries website.
Aerial view of Salerno by Tomasz Guzowski for Shutterstock
🔷 Ferry from Naples to Capri
If you’re wondering if it’s possible to go by ferry from Naples to Capri, the answer is yes. Moreover, you can take the ferry from any of the two ports in the city (Molo Berverello and Porta di Massa).
There are fast ferries departing from Molo Berverello every day of the year, with several daily frequencies. The journey takes approximately 50 minutes. The price varies according to the time of year and the price range is from 40€ to 100€ (idea and return per person). Here you can see an example of the boats, timetables, prices and companies that make this tour.
Prices and timetables for the ferry from Naples to Capri
During the summer months you also have the option of taking the ferry from the port of Porta di Massa and the boats from here are not so fast (it takes between 1 hour and an hour and a half to make the journey), but if a little cheaper (with the company Caremar you can find tickets for less than 30 €). Here you can see the prices and timetables.
You can buy tickets directly at the port, or you can also buy them online to secure your place.
Another very interesting option to visit Capri from Naples is a guided excursion in Spanish that includes transfers to the island and within the island, visits to the most important sites including, if you want, the Blue Grotto.
🔷 Visit Capri from Amalfi or Positano
Many of the boats departing from Salerno or Sorrento stop at Amalfi and Positano to pick up passengers. It is therefore possible to take a ferry from either of these two cities on the Amalfi Coast.
The journey from Positano to Capri takes about 50 minutes and from Amalfi to the island is about 70 minutes. There are daily ferries with a high frequency. The prices are around 100€ round trip. You can buy the ticket at the departure port or on the web.
Amalfi Coast by mitchFOTO at Shutterstock
▶️ How to get around in Capri
Once you get to the island, you have different options to move around it, from boat and bus to taxi, car, scooter and even the funicular.
When you arrive at the Marina Grande port, you can go to the centre of Capri on the funicular that takes less than 3 minutes to make the journey. The price of the funicular is 2€ per way. It operates every day between 6.30am and 10.45pm. Once there, you can walk through the small historic centre.
To explore the interior of the island, you can easily move by bus (two companies offer the service: ATC Buses and Satiano Autotrasporti) that will take you through Capri and Anacapri. Bus tickets cost 2€ if you buy them at the ticket office or 2.50€ if you buy them directly from the driver.
The frequency is very high, especially in high season, so you will never wait more than 10 minutes. Bus companies cover many of the main routes: Capri-Anacapri (15 minutes travel time), Marina Grande-Capri (10 minutes travel time), Marina Grande-Anacapri (20 minutes travel time), Capri-Marina Piccola (10 minutes travel time), Anacapri-Faro (15 minutes travel time) and Anacapri-Gruta Azul (15 minutes travel time).
✏️ Here you can see the routes and timetables of all buses.
Bus routes in Capri
If you’re going to use public transport a lot, you can buy the “Biglietto Giornaleiro” ticket that costs 6.70€ and you can use the funicular 2 times (up and down on the Marina Grande – Capri route) and unlimited bus transfers.
Many people choose to travel the entire island by taxi, which usually costs about 160 € (for 4 or 5 passengers, depending on the car). If you decide to opt for this alternative, make sure beforehand that the taxi driver knows exactly the route you want to take, the places you want to stop and the approximate time of the entire trip.
Renting a scooter is also an interesting alternative for greater freedom of movement. There are rental companies on the island, in the Marina Grande area.
Finally, there is the possibility of touring the island in your own car, although I advise against it. But if you decide to take your car to Capri (you can only take it on the ferry in the off-season), the roads are great for cruising the island. He’s got a full tank because gas is more expensive on the island. The other drawback to driving is that there is not much room to park, especially near the main tourist attractions.
Large Marina in Capri via Shutterstock
🗺 What to do and what to see in Capri
Once you’ve arrived on the island and decided how to move around, then it’s time to explore its most picturesque corners. The three main attractions are, without a doubt: the centre of Capri, the centre of Anacapri and the Blue Grotto. If you only have one day to tour the island, this is the least you can see.
But here I tell you all the things to visit in Capri so that you can choose according to your tastes.
🔶 CAPRI AREA
The island of Capri can be divided into two large zones: Capri and Anacapri. Here’s what to visit in Capri.
✔️ Visit the historic centre of Capri
The historic centre of Capri revolves around its central square: Piazza Umberto I (“the Piazzetta”) where there are shops, bars and restaurants with terraces and very good atmosphere. In the square are two interesting buildings: the Clock Tower and the church of San Stefano dating from the eighteenth century.
Spend some time getting lost in the narrow streets that surround and start from the square (such as Via Camerelle), where luxury shops, beautiful houses and viewpoints overlooking a deep blue are concentrated. If you have time, stop by the museum “Centro Caprense Ignazio Cerio” (3€ – closes on Sundays) where you can see the archaeological findings of the island.
Capri Center by Roman Babakin / Shutterstock
✔️ Carthusian monastery of San Giacomo
From the historic centre of Capri you can walk to the oldest monastery on the island: Cartuja de San Giacomo. This complex dates back to the 14th century – although it was enlarged and reformed in the 16th and 18th centuries – and currently houses a museum dedicated to the painter Karl Wilhelm Diefenbach – who died on the island in 1913 – and also has rooms for cultural events.
Visiting hours are from June 1 to August 30 between 10am and 6pm. Closed on Mondays. The price of the ticket is 6€. Here you have the link to the website of Cartuja de San Giacomo.
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This is the ruins of one of the Roman villas sent to build by the Roman Emperor Tiberius. Villa Jovis is more than 330 metres above sea level -on the top of Mount Tiberiano- and from the historic centre of Capri you can reach it on foot as it is about 2 kilometres (about 35 minutes).
In your visit to the Villa Jovis, the largest of its time with almost 7km2, and you can see what remains of some walls, terraces, cisterns, the lighthouse, or the stairs … In addition, the views from this area are beautiful. The entrance fee is 2€.
When you leave Villa Jovis (or on your way to the villa), you will see a detour to visit the Natural Arch, which is beautiful. Here’s the map:
Way from the center of Capri to Villa Jovis and from there to the natural arch.
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This villa, located relatively close to Villa Jovis, dates from the early 20th century when Jacques d’Adelswärd-Fersen had it built during his exile. The most important people who visited the island have passed through here, from Norman Doublas and Gilbert Clavel to Paul Höcker.
You can go and visit the Villa Lysis, with its gardens and views over the cliff which are to remove the hiccups. Visiting hours are: April, May, September and October from 10am to 6pm, June, July and August from 10am to 7pm, November and December from 10am to 4pm. Closes on Wednesdays. The entrance fee is 2€.
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During your visit to Capri do not miss the opportunity to visit the botanical gardens of the twentieth century built by Friedrich Alfred Krupp. In addition to the fact that the place is beautiful, you can have a beautiful panoramic view of the island from the cliff. The entrance fee is 2€.
You can also walk along the via Krupp which is an old Roman road that goes towards the lower part of the island allowing you to have beautiful views of the cliffs (the rocky masses more than 100 meters high near the coast).
Route to see the gardens of Augustus
🔶 ANACAPRI ZONE
The island of Capri can be divided into two large zones: Capri and Anacapri. Here’s what to see in Anacapri.
✔️ Visit the historic centre of Anacapri
Once you have finished touring the area of Capri, my recommendation is that you go by bus to the town of Anacapri. There you can visit the Piazza Vittoria, which is the nerve center of this town and where you can take the chairlift to Mount Solaro (which I will tell you about shortly).
In Anacapri you can also go to the Casa Rossa Museum where you will find interesting paintings and sculptures, walk to Piazza San Nicola and visit there the church of San Michele Arcangelo (entrance 3€) or enter the church of Santa Sofia which dates from the late sixteenth century.
From Anacapri you can make many interesting visits such as the ruins of Castello Barbarossa (free entrance), Monte Solaro or the Blue Grotto. I’ll tell you a few of them in detail below.
✔️ Climb Mount Solaro
This is the highest point on the island and you can climb the almost 600 meters in a chairlift from Piazza Vittoria. The journey takes just over 10 minutes and the price is €8 (or €11 if you buy a return ticket). The chairlift offers daily service between 9.30am and 5.30pm.
If you prefer to go up on foot, you can do so by the “Passetiello”, a pleasant walk that begins in the Piazza della Pace, behind the cemetery. It’s quite easy to follow, because it’s well indicated, even though it’s very steep. The promotion can take an hour.
✔️ Visit Punta Carena and the Lighthouse
From Anacapri you can also take a beautiful walk to Punta Carena to see Italy’s second largest lighthouse. The walk is just under an hour, but there is also a bus that takes you for 2€ in about 15 minutes.
Inside the Blue Grotto by Gimas / Shutterstock
🔶 Visit the Blue Grotto
The Blue Grotto is the main attraction of Capri… and when you visit it you will understand why! There are two ways to get there: by land from Anacapri or by boat, as I told you before.
If you want to go by land, you can either walk along Via Pagliaro (about 1 hour) or you can take the bus that takes you from Anacapri to the grotto area (you’ll have to go down some steps, but you’ll save the hour of walking).
At the entrance to the grotto there are small boats with a maximum capacity for 4 people (plus the oarsman) that enter the grotto so that you can contemplate the deepest and most intense blue -for no more than 5 minutes-. The entrance fee is 14€.
The other option is to do it by boat in several ways: hire a tour from the city where you are staying to take you to the island and the Grotto (tours usually include a visit to Capri and Anacapri, go around the island by boat stopping to see the Blue Grotto). The other alternative is to take a boat from Marina Grande and you can book the excursion there.
Beach at Marina Piccola in Capri via Shutterstock
🏖 Beaches of Capri
In spite of being an island, Capri does not have – for my taste – the best beaches. Even so, if you are going to stay a couple of days and want to take a dip, here are some of the beaches you can visit.
* Marina Grande: yes, this is the area where ferries arrive. But in this bay there is a fairly large beach area with pebbles and blue water. Enough to give you a bath.
* Bagni di Tiberio: you can reach it on foot from Marina Grande (about 20 to 25 minutes walk) and has this name because it is said that in this natural pool the emperor was going to bathe. It’s super narrow and it’s like a balcony full of little bars.
* Marina Piccola: in the area opposite the Marina Grande is the Marina Piccola which has two pebble-free beaches (not private, like many others) and are usually the busiest on the island. It is in the Marina Piccola area where the famous “Scoglio delle Sirene” tells the legend that sirens attracted sailors here, where they found death.
* Punta Carena: here you can not only take a bath (it is not a beach in itself, but if an area conditioned to get into the water), you can also stay to watch the sunset from the lighthouse. These are the best sunsets on the island.
* La Fontelina: this is a payment area located south of the island that is conditioned on the rock so you can get into the water. The best thing is that being private doesn’t fill up as much as Marina Piccola and from there you have beautiful views of the cliffs.
View of the cliffs and boats around by Shutterstock
🛥 A tour of the island of Capri by boat
In addition to entering the Blue Grotto, one of the best experiences on the island is to travel the entire island by boat to admire the coves, caves, bays and the famous faraglioni. There are excursions from Naples or Sorrento that take you to the island and include a tour around it.
You can also book a tour around Capri in Marina Grande which takes about 2 hours (costs about 25€ per person). On the way you will see the Tiberius Falls (where the emperor is said to have thrown women), the White Grotto, the Green Grotto, the Blue Grotto, the lighthouse, Marina Piccola and the Faraglioni.
Capri via Shutterstock
🏨 Hotels in Capri
If you decide to spend one – or several – nights on the island, then I recommend that you stay in Capri which has a good offer of hotels, bars and restaurants. Don’t worry, although there are many 5-star hotels and big brand shops where a panty costs you €2,000, there are quite affordable accommodations as well.
💤 To Be Capri has beautiful rooms, with balconies and very bright. The prices are around 120€ in a double room, which is “economic” for a Capri. It is also a short walk from Piazzetta, so you can easily move around the center and make routes to the rest of the island.
💤 If you’re looking for something cheaper, Casa Gaia has modest but nice rooms for less than 70€ a night. You are less than 10 minutes walk from the Piazzetta in Capri and has a very nice garden area overlooking the sea.
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