Dramatic views, striking Faraglioni rocks and majestic beauty, Capri is one of Italy’s most beautiful islands — and a must-see if you’re staying on the Amalfi coast. Located in Bay of Naples, the island, only about six kms long and a little more than two kms wide, has two towns, Capri and Anacapri. Capri has always been a favourite among celebrities and the paparazzi that follow them. It will sweep you off your feet right from the time you watch your ferry approach the island.
A massive flooded cave, the Blue Grotto is a natural sea cave famed for its breathtaking landscapes. It is said that during the reign of Tiberius in Roman times, the grotto was used as a marine temple, and ancient Roman statues found here are now on display at the Casa Rossa in Anacapri. You can hop aboard a wooden rowboat, and possibly lie flat on the boat to fit into the cave. However, the highlight of the cave is the colour of the water. The blue crystal clear colour is a result of interplay between water and light. There is a very small opening for this cave and when the light passes through this small aperture, refraction in the water forms this bright blue colour.
Capri’s most iconic sight, the Faraglioni is a massive rock formation made up of three separate limestone stacks, which jut out from the Mediterranean just off the island’s coast. Locally known as the ‘The Three Sisters’, the best way to view the Faraglioni is by sea during a boat tour of the island. A favourite of the ancient Romans, they had built sumptuous villas overlooking the Faraglioni along the shores. Beloved by islanders and visitors, some of the best views are from the scenic overlook at the end of via Tragara and the flower filled gardens of Augustus.
The best spot to take a dip against the backdrop of Faraglioni rock formations, Marina Piccola is dotted with some of the world’s most expensive yachts every summer. A considerably quieter place, Marina Piccola is the warmest, sunniest, and the least windy stretch of the coastline. Get you swim suits, have a dip in the Tyrrhenian Sea and relax on the beach.
The highest point on Capri Island, people visit this place for the overwhelming views. You can hike up to the summit or choose the more famous Monte Solaro chairlift. Just sit in the open chair, secure the safety bar and you are good to go! In 12 minutes, you will reach the summit of Monte Solaro. Once at the top, sweeping views of the Capri Island, Tyrrhenian Sea decorated by the crisscross lines, wild flowers tumbling out the rocks and Faraglioni sea stacks will mesmerise you.
Originally known as Piazza Umberto, La Piazzetta is considered the centre of life in Capri and is known as one of the most renowned and trendy squares around the globe. During summer months, festive crowds are so thick that it’s hard to navigate from one end to the other. It is one place where everyone from Northern European princesses and Italian actors to American billionaires and your next door neighbour sit elbow to elbow. It is an ideal place to shop local as well as designer artifacts.