Capri is a small island in the azure waters of the Gulf of Naples, in Southern Italy. It is accessible by ferry from both the city of Naples and the town of Sorrento, and it’s the perfect place for a day trip drenched in shades of green and blue.
Capri is great for:
- sweeping sea views
- luxury shopping
We were staying in Sorrento and had planned on taking the early morning ferry from the marina. It takes about 20 minutes to get to Capri, and the waters are so beautifully clear, with the sunshine playing upon the rippling surface, that it doesn’t grow dull at any point.
But first, to start the day right … Coffee!
At the lobby café of the Vittoria Excelsior in Sorrento, this time taking in the impressive interiors. If you want to take a peek at the exterior, and the hotel gardens, check out the previous post about Sorrento.
Once we’d had our coffee and bid a fond farewell to the hotel we’d enjoyed so much, we made our way down to the ferry terminal and hopped onto our vessel. First we started making out the silhouette of the island in the distance, then its outline became clearer, and as we got closer, the Capri marina emerged with all its yachts, boats, and dinghies.
We did a quick tour of the promenade, made ourselves aware of our bearings, and took in the view of the glimmering blue sea before we set out towards the town itself, perched atop the cliffs.
We then jumped on the Funicolare – a small tram that takes you all the way up to the little town square, lined with cafés and local shops. From here we just lost ourselves in the labyrinth of white houses, but if you take Via Camerelle, it will lead you straight into the main shopping area where you can find an abundance of designer brands.
After ogling a few items that we most certainly could not afford, we found ourselves at the end of the main shopping street, and the contrast in our surroundings was stark. We had somehow fallen into a Mediterranean dream of summer houses painted in light, warm colours, with lush green gardens full of sweet-smelling flowers.
This idyllic picture is maintained all the way down to the Gardens of Augustus. At the entrance to the gardens you will find Perfumes of Capri, a shop offering the fabled Carthusia fragrances. Carthusia perfume is said to have originated in the 14th century, from a bouquet of wildflowers that a monk picked for the queen who was visiting the island.
The Gardens of Augustus open up onto a terrace with stunning views of the big blue below.
The water is an unbelievably brilliant shade of blue. You can also go on a boat trip to see the Blue Grotto, where sunlight reaching the depths of the cave illuminates the sea water, and causes the whole interior of the cave to appear blue. Capri is a truly magical place!
I Faraglioni, the three rock formations jutting out from the sea just by Capri’s southern shore, are without doubt the most iconic sight on the island. You can spot them on 9 out of 10 Capri postcards, but you don’t want to miss the chance to see them with your own eyes, and the Gardens of Augustus is one of the best places to get a good view.
On our way back to the Funicolare for the return trip to the marina.
With one last view of the sea, and a quick browse of the souvenir shops, we had to get back to our ferry, and leave the gorgeous island of green and blue behind us. One thing was certain – this would not be our last time in this scenic paradise!