Capri is Amalfi Coast’s secret little gem and is famous for many reasons. It has a jaw-dropping coastline, incredible cuisine, and outstanding natural beauty. Here you’ll find a detailed travel guide on the best things to do in Capri.
Plus, all the tips you need to help you plan your unforgettable trip.
But of all the villages and towns that make up the Amalfi Coast, Capri is the one that stole my heart. And I am sure it’ll become your favorite too.
Not only is it one of the most romantic places to visit in Italy, but there are so many incredible things to do in Capri for travelers of all ages.
No matter how much time you have, Capri’s charming restaurants, historic ruins, and majestic views will blow you away.
And as a true Italian, I’m here to help you make the most of your adventure!
This guide covers Capri in lots of detail.
But if you want to plan a more extensive trip around the surrounding area, check out my comprehensive guide to the Amalfi Coast, which will help you plan your itinerary.
Best Things To Do In Capri
Highlights you can’t miss
1. Take a boat trip around the island
Although walking around Capri island is incredibly beautiful, if you are short on time, you’ll cover far more by heading out on a boat trip.
It’s also worth noting that several attractions are only accessible by boat, like the steep cliffs and grottos.
Several reliable boat trips run around the island, and most cover the sea caves, Faraglioni rocks, and the Blue Grotto.
Once you reach the port in Marina Grande, there will be plenty of tour operators wanting to grab your attention.
Or if you are like me and want to book everything in advance for peace of mind, I recommend this tour.
It sets sail from the Marina Grande port and runs for approximately 2 hours. It will take you past the Baths of Tiberius, all three major grottoes (White, Green, and Blue!), the Natural Arch, and the Faro Di Punta Carena.
If you’d prefer to explore the area by kayak, this Capri Group Kayaking Tour covers Cala Ventroso and the Green Cave, allowing you to explore the coast up close with a professional guide.
Tip: It’s best to take a boat tour in the morning so you’ll have the rest of the day to explore the island.
2. Visit the Blue Grotto
The Blue Grotto (la Grotta Azzura) is one of the best things to do on the Amalfi Coast by a long shot.
This ever-popular sea cave gets its stunning azure color from sunlight that seeps through an underwater cavity. This creates a blue reflection that illuminates the entire space.
There are several stories about the cave being used as a private pool for the Roman emperor Tiberius during his reign. However, swimming is not encouraged these days because of the high waves that can thrash swimmers aggressively against the rocks – not cool.
The blue cave is around 60 meters long and 25 meters wide, so there isn’t much room to play with.
As a result, you’ll have to wait outside the cave in a rowboat for up to an hour during peak periods.
But I can assure you that it’s worth seeing the ethereal blue glow that awaits you inside!
Once you’ve been ushered into the cave, you’ll get around 5 minutes to explore the area in your rowboat before heading back to the Marina Grande port.
The best (and only!) way to see the Blue Grotto is by boat. You can either book a general boat tour around the area that includes the Blue Grotto or take a separate tour dedicated to exploring the site.
You can also reach the entrance by land from Anacapri. Simply walk down via Pagliaro from the city center and then follow the sign down Via Grotta Azzurra.
The walk is about 3.5km (40 min downhill), or you can take a bus and get there in around 15 minutes.
From here, you can purchase a ticket (usually after quite a long queue) and get on the small row boat to visit the grotto.
Just be aware that most boat tours won’t include entry to the cave itself, so you’ll need to account for this in your overall budget.
Entry is €14 and can be purchased as an add-on for most tours.
The grotto is open between 9 am and 5 pm every day. If you’re visiting during the off-season, it’s worth noting that the Blue Grotto may be closed due to bad weather.
Although tours often run during the winter months, you may struggle to get into the cave between November and March each year. Plus, it’s always closed between the 25th of December and the 1st of January.
Best time to visit
Get there early in the morning (to try skipping the queue) or around lunchtime (between 12 pm and 2 pm) when the water reflections reach their maximum beauty.
3. Giardini di Augusto
For breathtaking views over the Amalfi Coast, you’ll want to add the Gardens of Augustus to your list of the best things to do in Capri.
Although you may think that the gardens date back to ancient times based on their name, they were conceptualized in the early 1900s by a German industrialist named Friedrich Alfred Krupp.
As a frequent visitor to the isle of Capri during the summer months, he gradually built upon the land to create a beautiful garden of Mediterranean blooms.
When Krupp died in 1902, he left the gardens to the island. They remain the place to be for beautiful views over the Bay of Marina Piccola, Via Krupp, and the famous Faraglioni that proudly jut out from the turquoise waters below.
The botanical garden is open from 9:00 am to 7:30 pm between March and November, and it costs just €1.50 to get in (free for children under 12).
You can easily buy tickets at the entrance, or you can buy them online here (which is great, as you’ll skip part of the queue). It’s well worth the small admission fee as you can spend as much time here as you wish.
The best time to visit is early in the morning or late in the afternoon before the sun sets. The crowds tend to be more manageable during these periods, giving you better access to the most popular photo spots.
Tip: The ticket is valid for 15 days, so remember to keep your receipt, and you can come back as many times as you want during your stay!
4. Via Krupp
Via Krupp is a twisting hairpin turn right by the Gardens of Augustus, and it’s one of the most photographed spots on the island.
The path here is extremely narrow, and it famously joins the Charterhouse of San Giacomo with the Gardens of Augustus at the top of the hill.
It may seem strange that a single pathway has become one of Capri’s most beloved attractions, but you’ll instantly be impressed by the sharp switchbacks, elegant bends, and subtle weaves of this iconic path.
It only stretches for 100 meters, so it’s a reasonably steep descent to Marina Piccola, which lies beneath the gardens.
As you may have guessed, this winding road gets its name from the same Friedrich Krupp who built the Gardens of Augustus. It’s said that he regularly used the path to access his hotel and the various yachts that were typically moored here.
The path does have a bit of a raunchy history, too, as it’s said that Krupp used to organize orgies with young local women in the nearby Grotta di Fra Felice which supposedly led to his banishment from the area.
Ah, that scandalous Italian history that we know and love!
Via Krupp is a coveted spot on the island, but it’s usually closed to the public due to falling rocks from the cliffside. You can’t currently access it, but you can regularly check whether it’s open by keeping tabs on its online status.
Try not to be disappointed if you can’t walk the path during your visit, as you can still get an excellent photograph of Via Krupp from the Giardini di Augusto’s back terrace.
Tip: If you want to take an Insta-worthy picture via Krupp, try to get here between 12 pm and 2 pm, when the sun is almost vertical, as most of the view will be in full sun.
The Faraglioni are located on the island’s southeastern coast, and these natural wonders are regularly covered on Capri boat tours as a standout attraction.
If you’re wondering what they are, these majestic stacks are essentially coastal rock formations carved out by the erosive power of waves crashing against them from below.
There are three jagged peaks of note, and they’re affectionately known as Stella, Mezzo, and Scopolo.
Any reputable tour guide should help you figure out which is which, but if not, Stella is the closest to the island, Mezzo lies in the middle, and Scopolo is the outlier of the group.
How to get here
The most popular way to see the famous Faraglioni rock formations is by boat. This is because you’ll be able to sail right through the arch of the Faraglione di Mezzo while taking in the glimmering waters and majestic cliffs that surround you from all angles.
If you’d like to see the rocks from afar, head along Via Tragara, which is directly off Via Camerelle. The entire area is pedestrianized, so you can take your time marveling at the beautiful villas, sprawling hotels, and gorgeous gardens dotted along the path.
6. Piazza Umberto I
Italy is famed for its charming squares, and Piazza Umberto I is Capri’s crowning glory.
Boasting an impressive number of local cafés, bars, and boutiques, this place is a mecca for people-watchers.
Capri is one of the more expensive places on the Amalfi Coast (along with Positano!), so it tends to attract wealthy visitors who aren’t afraid to splash some cash. As a result, you can spend hours sitting in the square and taking in the glamorous tourists as they waltz through the famous cobbled streets.
If you’re lucky, you may even spot a celebrity or two. Just keep an eye out for anyone who’s not dressed to impress and is donning an oversized pair of sunglasses.
People often say that drinks around here can be extortionate, but they’re rarely more expensive than drinks at any upmarket Italian bar. You can expect to pay around €5 for a cup of coffee and €12 for a cocktail, which is about average in my experience.
If you want to do some souvenir shopping while you’re here, spend time poring over the unique clothing stores and local perfumiers that line the various side streets. If you’d rather try a fresh outfit from Gucci or Dior, check out the designer shops on Via Camerelle.
How to get here
If you’re traveling from Marina Grande, you can get the funicular which will take you on a 5-minute ride uphill. It drops you directly behind La Piazzetta and runs every 15 minutes.
7. Via del Pizzolungo
Via del Pizzolungo is a popular walk in Capri that offers panoramic views of the Sorrentine peninsula and the Faraglioni. The road takes you through to the Natural Arch and is rarely filled with tourists, making it the perfect escape from Capri Town’s hustle and bustle.
You can either start at Via Tragara, which takes you past the Faraglioni viewpoint, or start from the Natural Arch and walk back the other way. If you want to avoid climbing a steep flight of stairs, I highly recommend walking from the Natural Arch!
The hike takes between 1.5 hours and 2 hours to complete, so plan your time accordingly if you’d like to spend time by the Faraglioni.
As the summer sun can be intense on the Amalfi Coast, try this hike in the morning before the worst of the midday heat hits or just before sunset.
Regardless of when you complete this walk, you’ll want to carry water and sunscreen with you. And wear comfortable shoes!
Anyone that’s reasonably fit can tackle this hike in either direction. But if you’re not convinced, start from the Natural Arch!
A quick insider tip!
Along the way, keep an eye out for a few stunning villas that line this famous path. Curzio Malaparte is probably the most popular and is one of Adalberto Libera’s (a Rationalist architect!) most famous works.
You’ll also spot a set of steps just before Le Grottelle (a popular restaurant) that leads to Grotta di Matromania. This cave was used by the Mithraic cult in ancient times and is an interesting spot for pictures.
8. The Natural Arch
The Natural Arch is a Paleolithic structure that stands around 20 meters high and 200 meters above sea level.
After years of erosive action from the waves crashing against the mountainside, this limestone arch is all that remains of a collapsed grotto that once sat on the island’s east coast.
Although you might catch glimpses of the Arco Naturale from a boat, the only way to see it properly is on foot. As you walk along the Via del Pizzolungo, you’ll get incredible views of the rocky crags that surround you from all angles (which makes the hike so worth it!).
If you go past Via Longano and Via Le Botteghe to reach the arch, you’ll also get to explore the alleyways lined with picturesque villas that feel worlds away from Capri’s bustling center.
Honestly, pictures can’t describe how breathtaking the view from here is. If you have the time and energy, try to include a visit to this unique place.
9. Marina Grande
No trip to Capri would be complete without visiting Marina Grande.
This area was once used as an ancient fishing port under Roman rule. Nowadays, it’s better known for its clear waters, rows of colored houses, and pebbled beach.
As this is Capri’s main port, you can spend all day sitting at one of the many beach clubs or restaurants with an aperitif while watching the yachts and sailboats cruise by.
There are several local shops dotted around here, and you can spend some time lazing around on the public beach.
The water is relatively shallow, so it’s an excellent place for families with younger children who may struggle with the deep and choppy waters at Capri’s other beaches.
The beach isn’t enormous, so I recommend not spending too much time here and catching the funicular into Capri town before the main tourist crowd arrives in the afternoon.
If you’re feeling worn out by the constant crowds of tourists in Capri Town, you may want to head over to the charming village of Anacapri. It’s a smaller village packed with artisan shops and more mundane than its posh neighbor.
You can quickly get to Anacapri by bus or taxi, but you may want to keep your eyes closed for large portions of the journey if you’re an anxious traveler.
The roads leading to Anacapri wind precariously through the mountains and are uber-narrow, making you feel as though you might shoot off the tarmac and plummet into the town below. It’s worth the potential spike in your heart rate, though, as you’ll get breathtaking views over the Bay of Naples and Capri Town in return.
For the best possible photos, sit on the right side of your bus or taxi to get clear views over the coastline from your window!
Anacapri is decidedly more low-key than Capri Town. You should spend your time trawling through the streets for souvenirs, checking out the imperial Roman ruins at Villa del Damecuta, or marveling at the stunning mosaic-tiled floor inside San Michele’s Church.
11. Monte Solaro
When it comes to the best things to do in Capri, no list is complete without mentioning Mount Solaro.
Located an impressive 589 meters above sea level, this aesthetic mountain peak is the island’s highest point. It offers incredible vistas over the Amalfi Coast, the Bay of Naples, and the towering Calabrian mountains.
At the peak, you’ll also find the Fortino di Bruto, one of the town’s most impressive defense structures. It was built during the Napoleonic wars and features a statue of Emperor Augustus, which stands imposingly on a sheer cliff face.
Although this attraction will take a couple of hours to cover, it’s one of those must-visit spots that deserves a place on anyone’s Capri itinerary.
How to get here
The easiest way to reach Monte Solaro is by taking the chair lift from the station on Via Caposcuro. It takes just 12 minutes to get to the mountain peak and is far less demanding than trekking from Anacapri (which will take closer to 1 hour to reach the top).
Tickets for the chair lift are ~€12 for a return trip and ~€9 for a single. As it’s a single-seat chair lift, kiddos over 7 will need to have their own ticket, but small toddlers can ride on a parent’s lap.
You can ride this attraction year-round, but chair lifts stop running at 3:30 pm during the low season compared to 5:30 pm in the high season. Opening times don’t change, though, so I recommend hopping on as soon as possible after 09:30 am to beat crowds at the top.
Although you’ll miss out on the beautiful flora that lines the hiking trails if you catch the chair lift, you’ll forget all about it once you reach the top!
12. Villa San Michele
Villa San Michele is one of the most popular places in Capri, and it may just be the island’s most characterful home. The Swedish physician Axel Munthe built the Villa at the beginning of the 20th century after assisting with a cholera epidemic in 1884.
Although Villa San Michele didn’t open to the public until after he died, Munthe’s collections of Roman and Egyptian artifacts, priceless artworks, and meticulously-kept gardens draw thousands of visitors to this spot each year.
If you visit, keep an eye out for the legendary ancient sphinx that overlooks the seafront. At sunset, it makes for an incredible Instagram shot!
The entry fee is a bit steep at €10, but the sheer number of exhibitions here makes it worthwhile.
If you’d like to learn more about this place, Munthe discusses the construction of his home in his bestselling book The Story of San Michele (which is still available for purchase today, BTW!).
How to get here
I highly recommend visiting Villa San Michele directly after riding the Monte Solaro chair lift. It’s a relatively short walk from the mountain peak, so it’s a great way to kill two birds with one stone.
Other amazing things to do in Capri
13. San Michele’s Church
Another great place to visit in Capri is San Michele’s Church. Tucked away in a secluded section of Anacapri’s old town, this small church is among the island’s finest religious structures.
Based on its façade, you may think this church is just another 18th-century Baroque building. But you’ll understand why it’s considered an architectural gem as soon as you step inside.
When you step through the doors, you’ll see a large mosaic-tiled floor that elegantly portrays Adam and Eve’s banishment from the Garden of Eden. The floor was designed by Naples-based artist Leonardo Chiaiese in 1761 and is remarkably well-preserved.
If you want a better view of the floor from above, climb the narrow spiral staircase that leads directly to the organ loft. From here, you’ll get a bird’s-eye view of the marble altar, the mosaic, and the Greek octagonal floor plan.
The church is open year-round, but the opening times vary based on when you’re visiting. During the high season, opening hours are 09:00 am to 7:00 pm, but closes at 3:00 pm during the low season.
It costs just 2 euros to enter the church, and I highly recommend checking it out if you have a spare 30 minutes in your itinerary.
How to get here
It’s easy to find this place from Piazza Vittoria (Anacapri’s main square). Just look for Via Giuseppe Orlandi and walk for a few minutes until you reach the church.
14. Villa Jovis
If you love history, add Villa Jovis to your list of things to do in Capri. Also known as Villa di Tiberio, Emperor Tiberius lived at this 7,000 square-meter estate between 27AD and 37AD before his death.
Although it may be just a rumor (or a seriously negative piece of propaganda by locals!), it’s believed that Tiberius used to throw servants and guests who didn’t bow to his desires over the edge of the enormous cliffs.
Gruesome but very on-brand for ancient Rome.
Aside from the fascinating history, the classical Roman architecture and panoramic vistas over the Bay of Naples and Campanella Point are impressive.
Like many attractions in Capri, opening hours vary depending on the season. If you’re in Capri between June and September, you can visit between 10:00 am and 7:00 pm. The Villa closes an hour earlier in April, May, and October. During the off-season, you can only visit between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm, so bear this in mind before heading down.
The entry fee is €6 per person, but you can enter free of charge if you’re an EU citizen under 18.
A quick insider tip!
If you’re looking for an extra taste of Capri’s beauty before exploring the Villa, stop by the free-to-enter Parco Astarita.
It’s located just before the main entrance to Villa Jovis on Monte di Tiberio and offers breathtaking views of the ocean and cliffs.
How to get here
To get to Villa Jovis, walk from Piazza Umberto I along Via Longano until you hit Via Sopramonte. At the end of this road, you’ll find Via Tiberio, which leads you directly up to Villa Jovis.
It’s a steep uphill walk that takes around 45 minutes, so I recommend wearing sturdy hiking boots or reliable sneakers.
15. Via Camerelle
I’ve briefly touched on Via Camerella, but I felt this designer shopping street deserved a small section of its own.
This famous shopping street is a little oasis of designer boutiques. It caters to Capri’s glamorous residents, tourists, and A-list celebrities.
Despite being close to the island’s main square, this street is surprisingly serene. Here you’ll find many name brands that most luxury lovers will recognize. The most popular picks are Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, and Versace. So you can indulge in a high-fashion shopping spree if you have the cash to splash!
If you don’t have much capital to play with, window shopping is almost as fun and allows you to dedicate your hard-earned vacation funds to boat trips, attractions, and Capri’s delicious local cuisine.
I’m also partial to people-watching at Ristorante Rendez Vous Capri and trying to envisage what’s inside each swinging designer bag!
How to get here
To reach Via Camerelle, walk along Via Vittorio Emanuele from the Piazzetta until you hit the Grand Hotel Quisisana, where you’ll turn left.
16. Via Tragara
Via Tragara is a beautiful walk you can take just after walking down Via Camerelle. There are several signs throughout Capri Town, so it’s pretty easy to find.
This road takes you past a handful of gorgeous villas and hotels (including the famous 5-star Hotel Punta Tragara!) before bringing you to Belvedere Tragara viewpoint. This spot offers sweeping views of the Faraglioni and Marina Piccola, which you won’t find anywhere else.
It only takes around 15 minutes to reach the viewpoint from Via Camerelle, making it the perfect pitstop before a shopping trip.
For a closer look at the Faraglioni, continue walking down a steep 300m descent.
Just be aware that the uphill walk back to Capri Town from the rocks can be challenging. So, hike at your own risk, folks!
Tip: To avoid the worst of the crowds, complete this walk first thing in the morning or late in the evening. Not only will you beat the worst of the summer heat (which can be unbearable around noon), but you’ll get clearer photographs with stunning natural lighting.
17. Marina Piccola
Marina Piccola is one of Capri’s most beautiful harbors, and it’s located on the island’s southern coast.
Legend has it that this was where the infamous Sirens attempted to lure Ulysses and his crews onto the rocks in Homer’s Odyssey, making it an excellent place to check out for literary lovers.
Although it’s smaller than Marina Grande, this area is more characterful with its beautiful beachfront, numerous yachts, and picturesque Faraglioni backdrop.
This is probably the best area in Capri for open-water swimming as the water is incredibly clear, and there is usually a host of colorful umbrellas along the shoreline to offer much-needed shade during the summer months.
How to get here
If you’re coming from the Gardens of Augustus, you can easily reach Marina Piccola by heading down Via Krupp.
But as this road is usually closed to the public (because of those pesky falling rocks I mentioned earlier), you’re better off hopping on a bus from Marina Grande.
The bus departs from the large bus station right by the port, and it’ll take around 15 minutes to get to the stop near the Church of Sant’Andrea.
From there, you just need to head down a short flight of stairs to the Siren’s Rock.
18. Punta Carena
This spot is one of the most popular places to visit in Capri and is best known for its picturesque lighthouse, large beach, and beautiful sunsets.
Punta Carena Lighthouse has been sitting on a cliffside on the southwestern side of Capri since 1866. As the waters around the Amalfi Coast are really deep and scattered with rocks, this active lighthouse still leads local boats and ships to safety every day.
After you’ve spent time exploring the lighthouse, head down to Lido del Faro to spend a few hours basking in the summer sun.
Despite being one of the best beaches in Capri, this place doesn’t see many tourists as it’s not as well-known as Marina Grande or Marina Piccola.
There’s a decent snack bar here (Da Antonio) that rents sun loungers, so you may want to head over there first before battling for a space!
How to get here
You’ll need to hop on a bus from Anacapri, but it’s worth the effort. The bus costs around €2 and leaves every half hour from Piazza Della Pace.
A quick insider tip!
The hill near the lighthouse is one of my favorite places to watch the sunset on the Amalfi Coast. You’ll get sensational panoramas over the ocean, stunning coastal landscapes, and Lido del Faro beneath you (for an essential Aperol spritz).
19. Buy handmade Capri sandals
You can’t leave Capri without shopping for a pair of handmade sandals!
You can certainly pick up designer kicks from Via Camerelle while you’re in town. But Capri sandals are a souvenir with a difference as they’re one-of-a-kind pieces that are custom-made for a perfect fit.
The most popular shop on the island is Canfora Capri Sandals on Via Camerelle. The company was founded back in 1946, and global publications like InStyle and ELLE over the years featured its gorgeous sandals.
Each pair is still made using founder Amedeo Canfora’s traditional methods. Famous faces have worn various designs, from Princess Margaret to Grace Kelly. So, you can pretty much guarantee that you’ll look stylish rocking a pair of these beauties.
As the prices on Capri sandals can be through the roof, I recommend shopping around for cheaper options from other local vendors.
Tip: Typical sandals will start at around 140 euros in the town center, but you can grab a pair in Anacapri for as little as 50 euros.
20. Take the Phoenician Steps
The Phoenician Steps are an excellent way to reach Anacapri from Marina Grande, and the walk provides some of the best views on the Amalfi Coast.
If you’re going on the name alone, it would be fair to think that the Phoenicians built the steps. However, it’s far more likely that they were made by the Greeks who sought to connect Capri Town and Anacapri via a single pathway.
Believe it or not, this was the only way to travel between Capri and Anacapri until 1874. Everything from fresh spring water to foodstuffs had to be carried up the steps!
Before you tackle this hike, it’s worth noting that there are 921 steep steps to cover.
To avoid walking up the steps, I suggest heading over to Anacapri by bus and taking the stairs back down toward Marina Grande.
This way, you’ll be able to pause and look at the views without focusing on your racing heartbeat – always a plus!
How to get here
To find the Phoenician Steps from Anacapri, go to the end of Via Axel Munthe, just a few steps past Villa San Michele.
It should take you around 30 minutes to walk the steps if you’re heading downhill but considerably longer if you’re climbing uphill.
21. Certosa di San Giacomo
The Certosa di San Giacomo is an old Carthusian monastery sitting in the center of Capri since 1371. The monastery was abandoned in 1807 and left to the island. Before then, monks and nuns came here looking for a life of religious solitude on the Amalfi Coast.
Monks would often do contemplative meditations in the gardens, and the blooms are still beautifully kept to this day.
In my opinion, this place is one of the town’s most relaxing historical spots, and you can easily spend a couple of hours exploring the three large buildings that make up the complex.
If you don’t have much time to spare, prioritize the Gothic doorway, the 17th-century fresco paintings, and the cloisters.
Opening hours vary significantly depending on when you’re visiting, but they’ll generally look like this:
- In July, August, and September: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
- In April, May, October, November, and December: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
- In January, February, and March: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
The entry fee is quite reasonable too. It costs €6 for adults and €4 for visitors between 18 and 25. If you’re under 18 – you go free!
22. Casa Malaparte
Casa Malaparte is an intriguing red house that sits precariously on a cliff edge around the eastern side of Capri.
It once belonged to the famous Italian writer Curzio Malaparte. It’s an excellent example of Italian Rationalist architecture that was all the rage between the 1920s and 1940s.
The striking red color of the exterior walls contrasts with the blue water and greenery surrounding the house, making it one of the most photographed spots on the Amalfi Coast.
If the house itself wasn’t enough, the views of your surroundings from here are seriously impressive. You will get clear vistas over the Faraglioni rocks and snap a dramatic shot of the azure waters and coastline from above.
Although it remains a private home that isn’t open to visitors, fans of Brigitte Bardot may recognize this place from the 1963 movie Contempt!
23. A day on one of Capri’s best beaches
I’ve covered Marina Grande and Marina Piccola in a bit of detail already, but did you know that Capri is home to even more amazing beaches?
If you don’t feel like checking out the main tourist spots, you can spend your afternoons sunbathing at Marina Di Mulo or the secluded Piscina Di Venere.
Just for reference, most of the beaches in town operate similarly. There will usually be someone waiting at the entrance to the beach who will charge you a small per-person fee to spend the day there. For the price, you’ll get a sunbed, an umbrella, and unlimited access to the water.
If you’re looking to avoid crowds and don’t fancy shelling out for a sunbed, check out Gradola in Anacapri. It’s popular with locals and is relatively private, so you won’t have to worry about people hassling you for boat trips or cocktails!
Planning A Trip To Capri
Planning a trip to Capri can be tricky if you’re a first-timer, so I’m here to help you with some advice to hopefully make things easier.
I’m all about sharing my top Italy travel tips to help you explore the country like an authentic Italian.
So, feel free to ask me any other questions if I’ve not covered them here!
How To Get There
Unlike other parts of the Amalfi Coast, the only way to get to Capri is by taking a ferry ride.
Boats regularly depart from the main ports at Naples and Sorrento year-round, but you can also catch boats from Positano, Amalfi, and Salerno during the peak season.
It’s much better to book your ferry in advance as it can get quite busy during the peak season.
Naples Bay Ferry is by far the best place to book and check prices and schedules.
From the airport
If you’re flying into Naples, I recommend taking the Alibus that runs to the center of Naples. The tickets cost €5 per person and can be purchased on the bus.
You’ll want to get off at the third stop, called “Molo Beverello,” as this is where the high-speed ferries run from.
An average high-speed trip from Naples to Capri takes around 45 minutes and will cost you between €25 and €40, depending on when you travel.
You can also get to Capri from the nearby Calata di Massa pier (the bus stops here, too!), but the ferries are much slower (usually around 80 minutes).
They will save you quite a bit of cash, though, so decide what’s more important to you before setting off!
From Naples Train Station
To reach the port from the main train station, you can hop on Linea 1 (an underground train line) towards Piscinola.
Get off at Piazza Municipio and walk down the road toward the port. It isn’t tricky to find as it’s only a couple of minutes away and will be signposted.
Best Time To Go to Capri
Between April and the beginning of June or September to October.
Although Capri is exciting during the peak tourist season, this period means battling serious crowds, packed restaurants, and blazing heat.
If you visit during the shoulder months, you’ll still get beautiful weather, but hotel rates will be cheaper, and queues at major attractions will be shorter.
How long to stay in Capri
If you don’t want to be exploring from 6:00 am until midnight, I recommend spending at least 2 days in Capri. In my opinion, 4 days are ideal, but a week is even better to savor some dolce vita.
There are just so many amazing things to do in Capri, and you simply won’t be able to experience the island properly in a single day.
How to move around in Capri
You can explore most of Capri on foot, as Capri is a tiny island and most streets only have pedestrian access.
You’ll need to take the funicular from the port to the main town, but you can cover the rest of the area by walking.
Oh, and before you think about renting a scooter to live out your Amalfi Coast fantasies – don’t bother. You can’t use them inside Capri Town, making them redundant around these parts!
It’s worth noting that you’ll need to catch a bus (around 2 euros one way – or you can get a daily pass for about 6 euros) or taxi (about 20 euros one way) from Capri Town to Anacapri if you’re planning to move between the two areas.
So, bear this in mind and factor it into your travel budget accordingly.
Best Capri day trips
Capri day trips from Rome
If you only have a day to visit Capri from Rome, I suggest heading on this mega-tour.
It takes you through the glorious Roman countryside (that also passes the iconic Castelli Romani!) before taking you on the coastal roads that offer incredible views of the Mediterranean Sea and Mount Vesuvius.
You’ll have plenty of time to trawl through the various boutiques and historical attractions in Capri (probably 4 hours or so once travel is taken into account). Still, you’ll also be able to visit the Blue Grotto, which is a major bonus.
The tour doesn’t operate during the fall and winter months, so you’ll need to visit Capri close to peak season to take advantage of this 15-hour tour.
It starts at 07:00 am, and you’ll need to be at the meeting point 15 minutes beforehand. It’ll be a long day, but you’ll cover plenty of ground.
Capri day trips from Positano
Sorrento Coast & Capri Full-Day Trip by Boat
This relaxing 10-hour tour will set sail from Sorrento. Once in Capri you will have time to visit the charming Blue Grotto and wander its picturesque streets.
There are a couple of day trips I recommend from Positano.
The one you choose depends entirely on what you want to cover and how much time you can spare.
Sorrento Coast & Capri Full-Day Trip by Boat
One of the best ways to see Capri is by boat, and this excellent tour from Positano allows you to explore the best of the Sorrentine Peninsula and Capri’s impressive rock formations.
It leaves from the Piano di Sorrento and takes you past the famous Marina Grande before heading to the Blue, White, and Green grottoes. If that wasn’t enough to tempt you, the boat also runs past the Faraglioni rocks and the Punta Carena Lighthouse!
Before heading back to the meeting point, you’ll get to sample a delicious glass of limoncello, which is always going to be a selling point in my book.
You’ll get time to snorkel and swim in the sea during this tour, so remember to pack your swimming gear too.
Full-Day Boat Trip to Capri
Another great option is this Full-Day Boat Trip to Capri.
It runs for approximately 8 hours and starts at the Piano di Sorrento.
It’s honestly very similar to the tour I’ve just mentioned and gives you around 3-5 hours to explore Capri on your own. It’s 30 euros more expensive though, so keep that in mind if you’re on a budget.
You won’t be able to cover very much during this time, but you’ll get a taste of the town’s culture, enjoy some delicious local food, and pick up several souvenirs.
To create your itinerary, I suggest picking out a couple of your favorite things to do in Capri from my list and prioritizing those!
Capri day trips from Naples
If you’re on the hunt for great day trips from Naples, you can’t do better than this Island of Capri Full-Day Tour with Lunch.
During the tour, you’ll zip around the Bay of Naples on a hydrofoil and visit attractions like the Blue Grotto, Monte Solaro, and Villa San Michele.
As you’re visiting almost every top-billed attraction in Capri, this tour is a serious bargain at around 115 euros per person.
And hey – you get lunch thrown in too!
My Capri One-Day Trip Itinerary
If you only have one day in Capri but don’t fancy heading on an organized tour, here’s my ultimate Capri One-Day Trip Itinerary.
You’ll want to buckle up, as it’s going to be jam-packed.
Start by heading on a boat tour from Marina Grande and exploring the Faraglioni and the Blue Grotto.
This should take a couple of hours in total (more if you want to explore Marina Grande first!), so I recommend starting this itinerary at around 09:00.
Once you’re back, take the funicular to Capri Town and grab a delicious lunch at La Capannina for a selection of Caprese antipasti, meats, and local seafood. I also recommend grabbing a coffee in Piazza Umberto I and indulging in half an hour of people-watching!
Walk things off by heading to the Natural Arch for incredible views and a peek at Capri’s stunning villas and gardens.
On your way back, check out the designer boutiques on Via Camerelle before visiting Giardini di Augusto and Via Krupp (if it’s open!).
You can accomplish these things in 4 hours or so, but don’t be afraid to pad your time slightly if you want to snap photos of the stunning panoramas at the Gardens of Augustus.
If you’re still bursting with energy (or are just super hardcore), you squeeze in a quick trip to Anacapri and Monte Solaro to appreciate the island’s breathtaking views.
Just be aware that you’ll be missing the laidback feel of the island if you do this, as you’ll be bopping between attractions until the sun sets!
You’ll be pretty tired by this point, so head back to Capri Town and visit Gelateria Buonocore for the best scoops in town.
If you are heading back to the mainland, go back to Marina Grande to catch your boat.
If you booked a hotel in Capri to round off your evening, dance the night away at one of Capri’s hopping bars, or just sink into bed to rest your feet.
Where To Stay In Capri
Capri vs. Anacapri
Despite being relatively close, Capri and Anacapri have distinctly different vibes. If you want to know where to stay while visiting the island, let me try and help you out!
Capri Town is the place to be if you want to spend time exploring Roman ruins, checking out designer boutiques, and people-watching.
As it’s the main tourist area, Capri is full of wonderful restaurants and boasts a buzzing night scene ideal for young couples and singletons (the best clubs are around Marina Piccola, by the way!).
However, it’s also worth noting that Capri Town centers itself around the tourist trade, so several local restaurants and large hotels will close during the low season.
If you’re visiting during the high season, you’ll find that the streets are bustling, and prices are rather steep for accommodation, drinks, and food compared to Anacapri.
Anacapri is perfect for travelers who want to avoid crowds and prefer a laid-back, local atmosphere.
You’ll often find tourists milling around Monte Solaro and a few other major attractions here, but most people head to the peak and then call it a day.
As a result, there are fewer hotels around Anacapri, and many are around 2-3km from the center of Capri Town.
For the best experience, I recommend booking a luxurious hotel for convenience (and the “wow” factor!) or finding a reliable Airbnb near the center to reduce walking time.
I can confidently say that staying in Anacapri will be much cheaper than in Capri, with everything from hotels to restaurants and boutiques being up to half the price.
So, which is better?
Overall, one town isn’t necessarily better than the other.
If you value an authentic Italian atmosphere and competitive prices, you’ll adore Anacapri.
Prefer luxury boutiques, a lively atmosphere, and top-billed attractions? You’re better off staying in Capri.
It’s like comparing apples and oranges, so weigh up the pros and cons and choose what’s best for you!
The Best Hotels in Capri
Spacious rooms with glorious views across the main town.
Just a few steps away from the major attractions.
Relaxing atmosphere but only a few steps away from everything.
Incredible hotel with breathtaking views, and one of the island’s most incredible restaurants.
Top 5-star spot perched on a hillside above the Faraglioni rocks.
La Reginella: Although La Reginella has only a 2-star rating, it offers spacious rooms with glorious views across the main town. It’s an easy 12-minute walk into the Piazzetta, and you’re relatively close to the Natural Arch too!
Hotel Villa Sarah: Surrounded by dazzling olive trees, this hotel is just a few steps away from the Natural Arch, the Piazzetta, and Villa Camerelle (ideal if you’re looking to cover the best of Capri in a day or so!).
Hotel La Minerva: If you’re visiting Capri as a couple, you’ll want to take advantage of the picturesque views and quiet atmosphere offered by this hotel. Despite feeling worlds away from central Capri’s hustle and bustle, this 4-star hotel is mere steps from the Piazzetta, Via Camerella, and the Gardens of Augustus.
J.K. Place Capri: This hotel is right on the water’s edge at Marina Grande and is just a short walk from the center of Capri. It boasts a stunning swimming pool, an enormous wellness spa, a terrace with breathtaking views, and one of the island’s most incredible restaurants.
Hotel Punta Tragara: This 5-star spot is perched on a hillside above the Faraglioni rocks and is just a 15-minute walk from the Piazzetta along Via Tragara (ideal if you want to get to the Belvedere viewpoint early!). The hotel is modern and spacious and provides panoramic views across Marina Piccola Bay.
Best Restaurants in Capri
La Capannina is my favorite place for authentic seafood, pasta, and pizza in Capri. It’s on the pricey side (thanks to its central location!), but it’s one of the few tourist-centric spots worth visiting. Oh, and it also offers excellent regional wines, which is always a bonus in my book.
Ristorante Bagni Tiberio: Head here for dinner with a view while enjoying a plate of grilled fish or seafood linguine. The sprawling terrace offers diners an incredible view over the waterfront and is decorated with fishing nets and hanging baskets for a touch of ambiance.
Le Grottelle: If you’re looking for a bite to eat after visiting the Natural Arch, stop by this cute little restaurant. The restaurant’s terrace is built into a rock face and boasts seriously impressive views of the Amalfi Coast. You should expect classic pizzas and pasta, but you’ll also be able to try local delights like grilled sardines and fresh swordfish.
Terrazza Brunella: I couldn’t make a list of the best restaurants in Capri without including this family-run gem. Terrazza Brunella is artfully built into Capri’s cliffs, and the large terrace offers guests gorgeous vistas over the rocky crags and azure waters below. Although you’ll adore the clams and lobster here, you shouldn’t leave without sampling one of their delicious cheese plates.
I hope this guide on the best things to do in Capri has helped you plan your trip!
I completely understand that planning your first trip to the area can be daunting.
So, feel free to bookmark this page and refer to it during your visit! And ask me any questions in the comments. I’ll do my best to answer them!