Capri Travel Summary

Capri is one of the most beautiful islands in Italy with its beautiful landscapes – fall under the charm of the Italian island like many celebrities do.   With its dramatically craggy coastline, sea caves, rustic villas, lemon groves and charming parks, Capri is one of Italy’s most beautiful destinations.

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The Capri Travel Summary is segmented into 2 key travel themes to immerse you into everything Capri:

  1. An introduction and brief history to Capri;
  2. What to See

Hope you enjoy it!  Carpe Diem!

1. An introduction and brief history to Capri:

If you thought your trip to the Amalfi Coast could not get better – then you will be in a for a real treat when you visit beautiful Capri.  Capri is an exceptionally beautiful island best known for its dramatic coastal scenery that has been firmly on the Italian holiday destinations for over 2000 years: Emperor Augustus and Emperor Tiberius both had homes here.

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If you are travelling for a day trip make sure you give yourself enough time for sightseeing and just taking in the fabulous island.  A trip to the Blue Grotto can take a couple of hours and there are a number of wonderful sights and panoramic views on the island.  The Blue Grotto and Gardens of Augustus are absolute ‘musts’ for any visitor.  The prices are pretty high on the island and you can definitely save some money by buying some food from one of the supermarkets and eating truly alfresco.

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Capri can be a destination in itself for true relaxation or if you are like me you can weave it into a larger itinerary by visiting some of the UNESCO sights in Naples, Pompeii and the fantastic Amalfi Coast.   Capri also has some incredibly beautiful walking trails for example the Pizzolungo.   This a  spectacular coastal path which hugs the southern coast of the island, where you can see the Natural Arch and check out the views from the Tragara viewing point.

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2. A comprehensive lowdown of What to See:

Capri’s Piazzetta

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Visitors arriving in Capri, generally take the Funicular, from the port to the terrace near the “Piazzetta”. The journey up through the island, and the fantastic view from the top, are great moments to catch holiday snapshots of this breathtakingly beautiful island.

  • Furnished with fashionable bars, set amidst staggering views, surrounded with elements of historic, classic and modern architecture
  • Check out the Clock Tower (Torre dell’Orologio), the Town Hall and Saint Stephen’s Cathedral
  • The Piazzeratta is a great place for people watching

 

The Blue Grotto

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  • The Blue Grotto, (Grotta Azzurra), is an island sea cave that is brilliantly illuminated by sunlight that passes through an underwater cave
  • In Roman times, the grotto was the personal swimming hole of Emperor Tiberius, who moved the capital of the Roman Empire to the island in 27 AD
  • The Grotto is 60 m long by 25 m wide. The clear blue waters below the boat are 150 m deep. The blue light effect is caused by the refraction of daylight through the above water cave opening and a larger submerged opening

 

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The Faraglioni

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  • Capri’s most iconic sight is the dramatic Faraglioni, three towering rock formations which jut out from the Mediterranean just off the island’s coast
  • A photograph with this breathtaking group of sea stacks in the background is a must for all visitors to Capri
  • The rocks have each been given a name: the first, still attached to the land, is called Stella, the second, separated from the first block by a stretch of sea; Faraglione di Mezzo and the third, Faraglione di Fuori or Scopolo, meaning the head or promontory stretching into the sea

 

Gardens of Augustus and Via Krupp

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  • The lush Gardens of Augustus (Giardini di Augusto) are a quiet oasis offering mesmerizing views of the tiny cove of Marina Piccola and the soaring Faraglioni sea stacks just offshore.
  • For the most scenic terrace on the whole of Capri, you need walk just steps from the Piazzetta to the Gardens of Augustus
  • From here, the sweeping view includes the Faraglioni to one side and the dramatic Via Krupp to the other, as it hairpins its way up the steep slope of Mount Solaro

 

Villa Jovis

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  • Villa Jovis was built by Roman emperor Tiberius as his retreat away from Rome
  • It is considered the first Roman imperial palace and an important testament to 1st-century Roman architecture
  • Extending over 7,000 sq metres – the view from the top of the promontory called Monte Tiberio is breathtaking offering views over to the Gulf of Naples and the island of Ischia

 

The Natural Arch and Pizzolungo

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  • The Natural Arch (Arco Naturale) remains of what was once a deep and incredibly high grotto.
  • Dating from the Paleolithic era, today the limestone arch stands about 12m wide and 18m tall.
  • Avid photographers will find that the arch can provide an ideal picture frame for capturing seascapes in the distance.
  • One of the island’s most rewarding walks is, the “Pizzolungo“, a spectacular coastal path which hugs the southern coast of the island, where you can see the Natural Arch and check out the views from the Tragara viewing point

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The Charterhouse of San Giacomo

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  • The San Giacomo Charterhouse (Saint James) is the oldest monastery in Capri, built in 1371 by Count Giacomo Arcucci, secretary of the Queen of Naples Joan of Anjou
  • It houses a museum dedicated to the German painter Karl Diefenbach

 

Marina Piccola

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • The charming pebbled beach of Marina Piccola is a quaint and quiet paradise on the island of Capri
  • Here, luxury yachts anchor offshore to enjoy the calm seas and warm breezes that this sheltered side of the island offer

 

Punta Carena Lighthouse

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  • Punta Carena boasts the second largest lighthouse in Italy – the largest is in Genoa,
  • First used in 1867, the lighthouse is one of the oldest in Italy, and it enjoys spectacular views of the coastline.
  • Located on the western shore of the island, this point is one of the most beloved spots by islanders to take a dip

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Anacapri

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  • This is Capri’s highest town – It is a whitewashed little town with picturesque alleys and pedestrian lanes
  • Anacapri may represent a more authentic side of the island, but it is also home to its most glamorous hotel – the Capri Palace Hotel & Spa

 

Villa San Michele

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  • The Villa’s wonderful gardens have panoramic views of the town of Capri and its harbour, the Sorrentine Peninsula, and Mount Vesuvius
  • The villa sits on a ledge at the top of the Phoenician Steps
  • The gardens are adorned with many relics and works of art dating from ancient Egypt and other periods of classical antiquity

 

Mount Solaro & the Cetrella Hermitage

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • Monte Solaro is the highest and most panoramic point on the island of Capri
  • You can enjoy sweeping views over the Faraglioni rock formations and the centre of the town of Capri, and as far afield as the Sorrento Peninsula
  • Grab a chairlift and enjoy the breathtaking views

 

3. Photo Gallery:

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