Visiting The Isle of Capri Italy
Getting to The Isle Of Capri
Visiting The Isle of Capri was one of the highlights of my trip to Italy. We were transported from Sorrento by a boat called a hydrofoil, across the bay of Naples. Our escort was a local tour guide, who was very knowledgeable and extremely entertaining. That's him catching a quick nap in the middle of the boat before we arrived. Approaching the Marina Grande is such a beautiful sight. You can see the island long before you get there and it is such a spectacular view.
Our Boat Approaching the Isle Of Capri
Riding the Funicular
After we arrived on Capri we were taken up to the main town of Capri by way of the Funicular, it's like an incline railway. The view on the way up is spectacular, you can see the bay and the many flowers and interesting buildings and churches. It takes you up the side of the hill and drops you off at the Piazza Umberto. This is the heart of Capri, where much of the town as well as tourists, gather to eat, shop and just sit at the many outdoor cafés and visit. There is a 17th century clock tower in the square and it's surrounded by cafés, designer shops, hotels, restaurants and bars.
There are other forms of transportation on the island, including taxis, buses and I believe you can rent a bicycle or moped. We had a great time riding the funicular and we walked the rest of the tour.
Video Riding The Funicular
Shopping in Capri
Shopping on the Isle of Capri is a fabulous experience. They have one of the largest groups of designer shops in the world, if your looking for designer products. They also have many specialty shops, of things that are made by local merchants.
We had a tour through the Carthusia Perfume shop where they told us the legend of the first perfume made on the island. Legend has it that in 1380, an unannounced visit to Capri by Queen Giovanna D’Angio prompted the Father Prior of the Certosa of San Giacomo to quickly arrange a large bouquet of flowers in the Queen’s honor using all the most beautiful flowers from the island. After three days, the water in which the flowers had been placed had acquired a scent of which was unknown to the Father Prior. With the aid of the Father Alchemist the Father Prior was able to trace the source of the fragrance to the “Garofilium Sivestre Caprese”, which became the very first perfume of Capri. They also had wonderfully scented soaps. I purchased 2 bottles of perfume that remind me of my visit to Capri every time I wear them.
Capri is also well known for it's Sandal shops. If you want a great pair of handmaid sandals, just walk into one of their many sandal shops and within an hour, you can have your custom made pair of sandals on your feet as you walk out.
Walking With Our Guide Down the Via Camerelle
Eating on The Isle of Capri
There is a variety of great food on the Isle of Capri. You can grab a slice of Pizza or a Sub Sandwich at an outdoor café in the Piazza, or you can spend a bit more and dine in one of the many restaurants along the Via Camerelle.
Nearly all restaurants on Capri serve typical island cuisine, Capri's ravioli capresi are filled with cheese and marjoram and served with a tomato sauce. The insalata caprese is a salad of tomato, mozzarella, basil and extra virgin olive oil.
A great treat to take away from Capri is a bottle of Limoncello liqueur, made with the lemons grown on the island. I brought back a half dozen small designer bottles for my friends and family to try. It was a big hit. Light and delicious. Yum!
Video of Touring Capri
Boat Tour Around The Isle of Capri
We were then taken on a private boat tour around the island. There are enormous rock formations in the bay, one which was an archway you pass under in your boat, they call it the Arch of Love. The water is so clear and beautiful. It's really a fun relaxing ride. Seeing the Island from a boat is spectacular, there are many things you will miss if you don't take the boat ride around Capri.
The Arch of Love in the Bay off Capri
The Blue Grotto
Then we were taken to a cave called The Blue Grotto. It is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. The whole cave has a beautiful blue hue, especially the water, which is extremely clear and beautiful blue. The sand and rocks are white. The sunlight passes through an underwater cavity and shines through the water creating a blue reflection, illuminating the whole cave. Your boatman will sing wonderful Italian songs, which echo through the cavern. What a great experience, you can't miss this if you visit the Isle of Capri, you must see the Blue Grotto.