A Quick Guide to Capri

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Located just five kilometres from the coast of Naples is the popular resort island of Capri, a summer escape for locals and international visitors alike, all holidaying in search of their very own La Dolce Vita or “The Sweet Life”. As a sweet escape from reality, Capri has much to offer visitors throughout the warmer months, so read on for a complete guide to Capri!

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Getting There

Arriving in Capri is almost always by ferry or private charter, from nearby Naples (40 minutes by ferry), Sorrento (20 minutes by ferry) or Positano (50 minutes by ferry). You will then arrive at Marina Grande, the ferry terminal and first port of entry to the island. Here you will be bombarded with the stream of crowds and locals waiting to sell you something – anything – or provide transport for the day. It is better to arrive prepared and with a plan so as to ensure not being ripped off and to make the most of your time on the island.

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How to Get Around

There are a few ways to get around the island but before naming these, it should be noted that Capri is a rather large island to get around, although the majority of tourists manage to make their way around on foot or with the funicular to reach Capri Town, spending the majority of their time there in the many hotels or meandering the streets on a day visit. Should you wish to see more of Capri beyond this, your two best options are:

Hire a Vespa

For a few hours you can hire a vespa at a reasonable 40 euros, including time, gas, and insurance. This allows you to see the island at your own leisure with this amount of time allowing you to see the highlights, though not giving you much time in each. Should you prefer to see and do all the activities on offer (such as the Blue Grotto boat trip), then you can always hire the vespa for an hour or two longer by paying an extension fee upon return. We found this the best way to get around and see the island at our own pace, stopping in to different parts of the island with a hand-drawn map offered to us by the vespa rental cashier.


As soon as you arrive in Capri you will notice an endless stream of taxis (many with the top down!!!) ready to take you wherever you wish to go on the island. You can pay them to take you directly to Capri town or hire them for a few hours to drive you from point to point around the island, giving you some amazing views and the experience of driving cliffside up the peaks of the island!

On Foot

Another option is to walk from the Marina to Capri town on foot, in around 25 minutes uphill and less time as you come back down.

Public Buses

There are also public buses running throughout the island which provides a cheaper option, though limits your freedom to experience the island on your own time.

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What to See: Around Capri

Although quite small, Capri suddenly becomes a lot bigger as you aim to whizz around the island and see everything in a day. To truly enjoy the island I would recommend staying a few nights, allowing time to kick back and enjoy the sunrise and sunset, particularly as the day crowds leave at around 5:00pm and you have the island to yourself.

Capri Town

Your first point of call should be Capri Town, especially if you’re looking for the quintessential Capri atmosphere – with gorgeous roof terraces, fresh flavours on your plate, and a healthy dose of gelato to combat the summer sun.


If you plan on seeing more of the island beyond popular Capri (town), head on over to AnaCapri for a more local vibe and make your way down to the southern coastline for impressive views of the cliff edges.

Blue Grotto

Another popular spot for day visitors is to see the Blue Grotto caves. As this is so popular I would suggest arriving early to beat the crowds or making your way over by land, without the additional boat tour.

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Capri Town

Not only the name of the island, Capri is also the name of one of the island’s two towns. This is undeniably the most popular spot for visitors, particularly day visitors arriving from Naples, Sorrento or Positano. Many of the best restaurants, bars and views are found here, so be sure to check out:

Buonocore Gelateria

There really is no better gelateria in town, if you manage to find it! We found ourselves wandering back and forth until a local pointed us in the right direction and even then we had trouble locating it amongst the busy crowds! I opted for dark chocolate and hazelnut flavours – both delicious with an extremely creamy texture – some of the best gelato from our trip to Italy!

La Cappanina

Located a mere 100 metres from Piazzetta di Capri is this incredibly popular, swanky restaurant with more than 200 Italian wines on offer.

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    Miss Pippi
    June 5, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    Great post! I wish I was there right now.

    June 2, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    Oh, Capri looks absolutely stunning! Will have to add it to my travel list.. 🙂

    May 31, 2016 at 1:52 am

    Totally agree!

    While this post does a great job of highlighting the beautiful scenery Capri has to offer, it doesn’t accurately depict the logistical nightmare you walk into upon disembarking the ferry.

    The 25min walk to Capri Town is actually a 45min hike completely uphill on uneven pathways. We saw several retired tourists on the verge of passing out who had to turn around. If you’re wearing a cute sundress and sandals (as most are) don’t go this route. Be prepared for a serious workout and dress appropriately.

    The buses and taxis all have over 1 hour wait times unless you get to the island prior to 8am. The best option is to rent a Vespa as the post mentions. Otherwise, be prepared to spend your day on Capri waiting in lines.

    Most of the restaurants in Capri Town are overpriced with bad food. Go to Da Paolino (where you dine under lemon trees) or JK Place for a drink.

    Bottom line, go to Capri with a plan. If you arrive thinking you’re going to wing it, you’ll fall into the most expensive tourist trap in the world.

    May 30, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    Love your photos. I guess the beaches are what made the island famous. Would love to see more of those! Any suggestions where to stay near the beach? Pricy or not, I think it would be worth it to stay overnight at least one night.

    K. Occhipinti
    May 30, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    Love your photos. I guess the beaches are what made the island famous. Would love to see more of those! Any suggestions where to stay near the beach? Pricy or not, I think it would be worth it to stay overnight at least one night.

    Miles of Happiness - Marie
    May 28, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    Capri… my next romantic getaway I guess (or hope!)

    May 27, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    First time read about capri and really it is a must visit place.

    May 26, 2016 at 11:38 pm

    I hope I’ll be able to see this beautiful place one day!

    the adventurer
    May 25, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    Capris sounds like a beautiful place to visit, it’s definitely on my list of places to visit! And great tip for renting a vespa =o)

    May 25, 2016 at 8:06 am

    I just got back from Capri and I pretty much hated it. It was the most overrated destination I’ve visited during my two months in Italy. Everything was so overpriced, its full of tourists and unlike other touristy places it didn’t have the infastructure to support them all (we waited more than a hour to catch a 15 minute public bus that arrived every 15 minutes but just couldn’t take enough passengers). The view from the top of Mount Salero (you can take the cable car from Anacapri) is stunning though. I wish the weather had been good enough to see the Blue Grotto as well. I’m not denying that its beautiful but there are lots of other beautiful places I’d visit first (Cinque Terre for example!).

    May 25, 2016 at 7:48 am

    Capri – is a place which I dreamt of going for a visit when I was very young, after reading to many books about the atmosphere there. And its gone a while when I have completely forgotten about it. Want to visit it even more now. When would be the best season to visit?

    Rainia Kapoor
    May 25, 2016 at 5:35 am

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    May 25, 2016 at 2:27 am

    Love your photos! Truly one of favorite places to visit!

    May 24, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    I just returned from a tour of Italy last week and this was one of our stops. One of my favorites of the trip!! I loved it here and would definitely go back!!

    May 24, 2016 at 4:53 am

    It looks so beautiful there! I would love to make it to Capri sometime!

    Shannon Off Duty
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    May 24, 2016 at 12:23 am

    Da Gemma is permanently closed though? I think from about 2013?

    Joey Lynn
    May 23, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    Spent a few days there many years ago

    May 23, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    Min. temp.: 9ºC749ºF; Max. temp.: 16ºC/61ºF; chances of sunny day 15%; chances of rain 41%

    May 23, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    OMG dreaming of visiting this place….

    May 23, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    Awesome post

    May 23, 2016 at 9:27 am

    That dress! Love!!

    May 23, 2016 at 8:53 am

    This was excellent info you shared Brooke. Thank you so much! i’m filing it away for when i get there.

    Danushi @ House in Tillford
    May 23, 2016 at 8:42 am

    What a beautiful Island! I was in Italy in winter so didn’t make it to Capri but will definitely have to add to my future trips

    May 23, 2016 at 8:01 am

    What is the weather like in November?