You’ve probably heard a lot of good things about the Isle of Capri in Italy – the food, the weather, the overall atmosphere. And it’s all true, which is why adding the Isle of Capri to your Italian itinerary is a must!

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How to Get to the Isle of Capri

A short jaunt from the pretty town of Sorrento affords you a lovely day trip to the Isle of Capri.

Isle of Capri view

For those with delicate stomachs or are easily motion-sick – the ferry ride to Capri can be a bit rough, even for those who pride themselves on having strong stomachs. Thankfully, it’s only about a 20-minute journey. Just to play it safe, make sure to bring Gravol or other nausea-relief medication with you. You can also find pharmacies in Capri – just ask for Xamamina (Dramamine) or Valontan.

There are a few different vessels that make the trip to Capri. The HSC Ferry Isola di Capri is a good option. They also have a hydrofoil and fast ferries to the island. You can check ferry times here: Caremar

Sorrento-Capri ferry

What To See on the Isle of Capri

The naming conventions on the Isle of Capri can be a little confusing for first-time visitors. The largest town on this little island is also called Capri. Meanwhile, a smaller town located high in the western hills is called Anacapri. If you can, try taking time to visit both.

La Piazzetta

La Piazzetta is the main town square in Capri. It’s quite small as town squares go, but it’s a great place to stop for a coffee or glass of wine and people watch. If you’re very lucky, you may even spot a celebrity or two! You can reach la Piazzetta on foot, by bus or funicular.

The Blue Grotto

One of the prime attractions of the Isle of Capri is the Blue Grotto, a low-slung natural cave overlooking the ocean. It got its name due to the way sunlight passes through the entrance, giving the water a translucent blue appearance.

When the weather is favourable, you can take a guided tour inside the mouth of the Blue Grotto by rowboat. If the water is too choppy or it’s too windy, small boats will not be able to take you into the grotto.

blue grotto tour boat

Even if you can’t go into the blue Grotto due to weather conditions, a standard boat tour might still be an option. This will give you a small idea of what the water colour must be like inside the grotto:

Grotta Azzurra water

The Faraglioni Rocks

A boat tour will also give you a closer look at the Faraglioni Rocks – three massive rock formations so big that they each have their own name: Stella, di Mezzo and di Fuori.

Faraglioni Rocks Italy

The rocky cliffs have some pretty interesting formations! Check out this cave:

Capri boat tour cliff cave

How would you like to live here? You’d have thighs of steel walking up and down the hillsides every day!

Isle of Capri Cliffs

Smaller boats can take you directly through the center arch of the di Mezzo rock.

di Mezzo Rock capri

It’s considered good luck to smooch your loved one as you pass through the arch:

di Mezzo rock isle of capri

This is the view from the opposite side of the arch:

di Mezzo Rock arch capri

Villa Jovis

There is evidence of human settlement on the island of Capri going back as far as the Neolithic and Bronze ages. Capri also became a popular resort for Italians in the Roman Republic era.

Back in 27 AD, Emperor Tiberius moved the Roman capital to the island of Capri. He used the Blue Grotto as his own personal swimming hole. Many of the statues which once decorated the inside of the grotto are now on exhibit in a museum in Anacapri.

Tiberius had twelve villas built on the Isle of Capri. The largest villa, the Villa Jovis, is one of the best preserved Roman villas in Italy. Tiberius ruled from here until his death in 37 AD.

You can read a bit more about Emperor Tiberius in this post on the Palatine Hill in Rome.

Anacapri

Anacapri is a smaller, quieter town at the top of the hills.

Anacapri is touristy, but not nearly as busy and bustling as Capri, so if you need to get away from the crowds this is a nice little place to stroll and explore before taking the ferry back to Sorrento.

woman walking around Anacapri

The buses on the Isle of Capri are fairly small, so they get quite packed with tourists, especially during the busy season. Keep this in mind if you can plan ahead and get to Anacapri early to avoid crowds.

Buses to Anacapri

Villa San Michele

Villa San Michele was built by the Swedish physician Axel Munthe in a picturesque location northwest of Anacapri in 1885. An Imperial Roman villa and a Medieval chapel dedicated to Saint Michael once stood on these grounds, so Munthe gathered up quite a collection of artifacts around his villa and gardens. Today the home and surrounding garden is a museum which is open to the public.

Mount Solaro

If you have time, you can also take a chair lift to the top of Mount Solaro. At 589 meters above sea level, it’s the highest point on the island.

More about How to Get to the Isle of Capri:

From Sorrento: Ferries for Capri depart from Sorrento’s Marina Piccola port. Ferries run more frequently in the summer months.

From Naples: Ferries from Naples to Capri depart from two ports: the Molo Beverello and the Calata Porta di Massa. Ferry schedules for Naples to Capri can be found here.

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