There is something magical about being on the Mediterranean in the summer time. After coming back from Capri, it is definitely a destination to add to your bucket list. Here is your Room Service and Rosé Guide to Capri.
Over the past few years I have gotten to experience some beautiful places. From Australia to the Maldives, I thought I couldn’t have a new favorite. That was until we went to The Amalfi Coast. It isn’t often a place can take your breath away, but Capri does just that. When we went to Italy, Capri was our first official stop on the itinerary. Looking back, I could have easily spent our entire trip there! I hope you enjoy my guide to Capri, a place I think more people should visit for more than a day trip.
Lets start with getting to Capri.
Since the Amalfi Coast isn’t massive, it’s typical to plan 2-3 stops in the different places such as; Positano, Sorrento, Amalfi or Capri being the most popular. The order you plan them in is dependent upon your travel plans, as most of these places you can reach by ferry or car. We flew into Naples and took the ferry to Capri. It takes one hour and costs about €20. If you are visiting in the Summer, I STRONGLY suggest booking your ferry tickets in advance. I booked our tickets online and it saves so much time. The line for ferry tickets was pretty long and it was hot out. Since our tickets were printed out, we got to bypass a huge line and board the ferry. Read more about the ferries to Capri here.
Arriving into Capri is magical, as it is actually an island off of the Amalfi Coast. When you get into the port you are at the bottom of the island so once you get your bags, grab a Capri taxi. The taxis are all convertibles which is just awesome. The island smells of the sea and lemon trees.
*Transeau Travel Hack* I wouldn’t bring a huge suitcase to the Amalfi Coast. Navigating cobble stone and ferries was a breeze only having a carry-on suitcase. You can read how I did that here.
We stayed at the Villa Marina Capri Hotel & Spa which was absolutely wonderful.
The hotel grounds were stunning, incredible customer service and beautiful views of the sea. I absolutely loved the pool and their cocktails were A+. If you are looking for a magical and romantic setting, this could not be more perfect. Since this hotel is relatively close to the marina, it was necessary to take a taxi into the town. We did walk back once, but it can get confusing.A typical day there was spent laying outside in the sun reading with a glass of rosé. What more could a girl want?
One special thing we did do was take a private 4 hour boat tour around the island.
It was absolutely perfect and let us see all of Capri. We got to go to the Blue Grotto and see Faraglioni up close. Being on a private boat tour it allowed for faster entry to the Blue Grotto as well although you still need to have the euros for the entrance fee to the grotto. Keep in mind that the grotto is only accessible certain times of year and day due to the tides. (You legit enter through a pretty small opening, I’m talking crouching down in a boat to get in!) I think this is the best way to experience the Blue Grotto vs taking a boat tour exclusively to see it.
We used the company Gianni’s Boats which I highly recommend. We were given champagne and a homemade Italian lunch. These little Italian boats are a perfect way to see Capri from a different perspective and swim in the Mediterranean.
Another fun thing to do is go visit the Punta Carena lighthouse in Anacapri. There is a beach club there, so we could order drinks and snacks while we watched the sunset. It was honestly one of my favorite things we did. We took a taxi to Anacapri and on the way back there were no taxis. We took the local bus which was a fun experience. There aren’t many main roads in Capri, so you can’t exactly get super lost.
On our last morning there, we walked (hiked) up to Villa Jovis. Villa Jovis are the palace ruins from Emperor Tiberius who built this palace in AD 27. It is definitely something you should go see and the views are incredible. I did mention we walked there, it’s a far walk. It is at the top of the island, so prepare for that. Also – bring cash. There is an admission and they do not take cards. We learned this the hard way, but the guy saw how tired we were from our hike, and let us in anyway. (Grazie!!)
Let’s get to the good stuff, Food.
For our meals there, we typically would eat a big breakfast at the hotel, skip lunch and then go into town for dinner. The reason we would skip lunch is because we would go all out for dinner. I’m talking pre-gaming dinner with Pizza.
I made it a personal mission to eat as much Ravioli as possible, and I found the best. Located up a little alleyway off the main square you will find Ristorante Longano Da Tarantino. It doesn’t have the same views or outdoor seating as some other places, but the food alone is worth it. Go there and order the Ravioli Alla Caprese and let me know how your life has changed.
Another stand out dinner we had was at Villa Verde. But honestly, you can’t go wrong in Capri. Since it is an island, definitely try some of the dishes with seafood too.
I typically refuse to wait in long lines for things. Clubs, rollercoasters, if there isn’t food at the end I’m usually not interested. Well, in Capri you can get the best Gelato of your life, and it is definitely worth the wait. Gelateria Buonocore is arguably some of the best gelato in Italy and it is no secret. No matter the time of day there is typically a line but once you get to the front you choose your flavors with a HOT, FRESH WAFFLE CONE. You read that right. I didn’t try any of the other pastries, but I’m sure they are equally as awesome. Its location is by some incredible shopping as well, so plan an afternoon around that.
The shopping in Capri is the perfect mix of local Italian coast culture and upscale designers.
Capri specializes in some handmade goods you will see lining the streets, including beautiful colored glass and handmade leather sandals. I got a traditional pair of handmade sandals from Amedeo Canfora made by Constanzo Canfora. This sandal shop has been in operation since 1946, and even visited by Jackie Kennedy who purchased some sandals as well. Constanzo and his wife run the shop and he was an absolute joy to talk with. He was able to guess my shoe size without me telling him and helped me pick the perfect pair of sandals. There are plenty of places to get Italian sandals but I love this family owned business.
Italian culture is a passionate one. About love, family and food. It is something I truly love about Italy in general. You can feel their passion everywhere you go, in what they do, what they eat.
We spent 4 days in Capri and they were some of my favorite days on any trip we have ever taken. After Capri, we moved on to Positano, which I will cover in another post.
I hope you enjoyed this guide to Capri, it is definitely on my list of places to re-visit. Sound off below if you have any questions about Capri!