Visiting Capri Island on the Amalfi Coast
Pulling into the harbor on Capri Island
Day trip from Positano to Capri Island
We visited Capri Island while visiting our exchange students in Rome. We spend a magical 12 days in July in Italy and along the Amalfi Coast. While we were staying in the Positano, a stunning cliffside village with colorful buildings cascading down to the sea, we hired a captain to take us by boat to the island. What a breathtakingly scenic boat ride this was, to be honest, we enjoyed the boat ride more than the island itself! Along the way we stopped off at several grottos to cool off in the crystal clear turquoise waters. There are numerous inlets and breathtaking blue grottos to explore along the shoreline, we managed to cool ourselves off in several. Just taking in the scenery of the coast was well worth every penny spent. My camera was working overtime just trying to keep up. The rugged cliffside was even too massive and brilliant to truly grasp from a photo no matter how hard I tried. When we were't taking in the views, we drifted in and out of sleep, soaking in the Mediterranean sun just listening the the hum of the boat glide along the sea.
The Famous Faraglioni Rocks
No trip to Capri would be complete without seeing the famous Faraglioni rocks. Talk about mesmerizing, these gigantic rocks jutting out from the turquoise waters of the sea were just unbelievable and what a sight to see. Taking our boat, we sailed right through one of them enroute to the island. These are definitely a MUST if you are visiting this area.
Once we pulled into the harbor on Capri Island (pronounced Cap-ree unlike how many Americans pronounce it Capri like the pants!) we could feel the excitement of everyone in the area. It certainly is a very bustling island and the day we were there we're pretty sure the entire city of Rome joined us! It was quite crowded which took away some of the feel for us. We had expected Capri to be like the other towns we had visited earlier in our trip, Positano, Amalfi, Ravello but it was much more commercial with a lot of high end shopping and restaurants for those that look for that sort of thing. For us, it wasn't our favorite stop. The crowds really killed it, we waited forever to get tickets on the chair lift to the top and then decided to take a cab instead. I will say the views were beautiful as were many of the shops and hotels adorned with masterpieces for furniture and lighting. The flowers along the streets and on the shops were just glorious as well. After grabbing lunch and checking out a few shops we happily jumped back on our boat and headed off to quieter waters.