As much as I love Florence, everyone needs a summer getaway once in a while. Far away from the hot humid city is the beautiful Amalfi Coast, and its just a twenty minute ferry ride to the amazing Island of Capri
When you first think of an island escape, I’m sure you think of laying on a beach all day, but Capri is quite rocky and not famous for its beaches (although, if you must take a dip in the crystal blue water, they can be found at Marina Grande or Marina Piccola). That doesn’t mean that there isn’t plenty to do – here is my list of the top 6 activities in Capri:
1. Island Boat Tour
When your ferry lands in Capri, there will be plenty of boat companies trying to tempt you into a private boat tour – say yes! Taking a relaxing boat tour lets you see all the sights only reachable by sea – like the white, green, and coral grottos (different caves famous for the color of the water, or the coral that can be seen on the rocks). No tour is complete without driving through the tunnel of love, the iconic symbol of Capri, so you can kiss your lover for good luck!
2. The Blue Grotto
One of the best reasons to take a boat tour is to reach the famous Blue Grotto
. Although you can reach it from land, personally I think its nicer to be seated comfortably on a boat floating next to the cave, then standing in a long line. When large cruise groups arrive, they wait in the line on the island, and trust me when I say that thats not a line you want to be stuck in.
Instead, your boat driver will stop outside the tiny entrance to the Blue Grotto (the entrance is so tiny that any rough sea conditions will cause the Grotto to be closed – check with the boat company before hand). From there you’ll get into a tiny row boat to enter the cave. Inside, the water is lit by the sunlight outside, and glows a brilliant blue. Usually your oarsman will serenade you to complete the experience.
3. The Gardens of Augustus
In the center of Capri are the Gardens of Augustus. For one euro, you can enter the gardens for a stroll around, and to see the impressive views. Make sure your camera is charged!
4. Limoncello Tasting
The best place for the island’s famous Limoncello is in Anacapri, the upper town. Most stores that sell Limoncello also offer free tastings, so take advantage and try all the local variaties – from classic limoncello, cream, and even meloncello! You’ll end up buying the meloncello, trust me. In fact, excuse me while I go to my fridge for a second…
5. Custom-Made Sandals
My favorite limoncello store also happens to hand make beautiful custom sandals. You can choose your style of sandal, and then choose from almost every color and finish of leather that you can think of! They find the perfect size sole for your feet, and then adjust the straps for a perfect custom fit. As a final touch, you can even get your initials embossed on the soles.
In Anacapri you can also take a chair lift to the highest point of the island. Its a relaxing fifteen minute ride up in a single chair, and once at the top you’re treated to spectacular views of the entire island. This is a must for anyone with even the most casual photography hobby. There is also a cafe where you can relax and enjoy a refreshing lemon granita
With its charming southern energy and atmosphere and fascinating history reaching back further than the Roman empire, the Island of Capri is a must-see for any tour of Italy!