Travel Guide: Capri

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Capri (pronounced by Italians CAP-ree) is an island off the Coast of Italy. It's a short trip by boat from Sorrento or Naples. If you're headed here, be prepared to shell out those Euros- but rest assured, it's entirely worth it.

Capri is European island opulence at it's finest. Boasting high-end shops, five-star hotels, and docks full of luxurious yachts, you have to see this small island to believe it. A day trip visit to Capri is absolutely feasible if you're not interested in an overnight stay.

The island is made up of two parts, Capri- the more touristic area and Anacapri- the less busy area made up of mostly locals. Getting around the island is impossible on foot alone, so take one of the very on-brand and ultra-chic convertible taxis around. I highly recommend tying your scarf around your head, wearing sunglasses, and pretending to be Grace Kelly while you do so.

To get from the marina up to the city of Capri, you'll need to take the funicular up the hill. Gorgeous views and high-end shops and hotels await you at the top. As you walk down the pedestrian-only narrow walkways, you'll notice the abundance of lemons and lemon themed items for sale: dish towels, soaps, limoncello, and more. Between the shops selling lemon emblazoned gifts, you'll also find large designer shops such as Chanel, Valentino, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and the like. My favorite shops, however, are those that carry goods from local artisans made in Italy or, better yet, Capri. For more tips on what to buy when you are abroad, check out my video all about it.

If you'd like to sit back and relax on the beach, hail a taxi or get on the bus and take it to Marina Piccola. Marina Grande (large marina) is where the ships come in. Marina Piccola (small marina) is on the other side of the island and is home to an expensive, but completely worth it, beach club. At Bagni Internazionali, pay the day rate for the sunbeds and have an unforgettable day in the clear blue water with cocktail and snack service!

I had the most magical time in Capri, but there were a few things on my list that I was unable to fulfill because they become booked up well ahead of time. A valid reason for me to go back! Two experiences in Capri that I want to have in the future are to dine at Da Paolino, also known as the "Lemon Restaurant" and to see the Grotta Azzurra, or Blue Grotto. While I cannot recommend these from first-hand experience, I do encourage you to look into them if you are planning a trip to Capri!

When planning your Italian excursion, do not let the priciness or travel time to Capri discourage you from visiting. It is a most wonderful locale and there is no place like it.

Planning a trip to Italy? Check out my other travel guides for Rome, Pompeii, the Amalfi Coast, Venice, and my 10 Tips for Traveling to Italy!


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