While in Naples a few summers ago, I took a day trip to the Island of Capri, just under an hour away. There are a few ferry companies leaving from the port at Naples to Capri, and they run back and forth for the majority of the day. The boat ride itself was enjoyable, providing great views of Naples and it’s surrounding area by sea. There are also a few other neighboring islands, and a wide variety of boat tours to each one, or a few of the islands in one day. Capri is close to Sorrento, and the Amalfi Coast so you could easily take a trip to Capri from these locations as well.
Once on Capri, there are many tour boats offering tours of the island, and featuring the famous Blue Grotto, however short on time, and trying to meet up with traveling friends of a friend, who I had not yet met in person, I skipped the island tours, and opted to explore the island myself. Of course I was having problems with my cell phone service and purchasing sim cards in Italy, so unable to call the people I was meeting, I went to an internet cafe in hopes of contacting them via Facebook. Just as I was about to give up, by sheer coincidence, my new friends walked into the same internet cafe, and saw my Facebook page open, realizing I was the one they were supposed to meet, what luck!
After finding my new friends, we headed up to the top of the island by funicular, and took a walk around. The Island is pretty much a mountain, with the main city at it’s peak, and beaches around the exterior. In the main city, there are many shops and restaurants to peak into, many of them a little too pricey for me though. At the top, there are also many hotels, offering picturesque views of the island.
After some gelato, we continued our walk down the other side of the island. My biggest Capri day trip mistake was not bringing a bathing suit. There are gorgeous beaches surrounding the island, featuring crystal clear waters. Since none of us brought bathing suits and we couldn’t fully enjoy the beach, we stopped in for dinner at an overpriced pasta restaurant overlooking the beach. The food was fresh, but portions were small, and expensive. Even so, the incredible ocean views made it all worthwhile.
Following dinner, I said bon voyage to my new friends as they headed back to their campsite near Naples. Finding my way back down to the port, I did some souvenir shopping, and sat by another beach on the rocks while I waited for my boat, sailing back into Naples shortly after. As I was slightly unimpressed by the city of Naples, Capri really was the highlight of my time in Naples, and I would love to go back and check out the Blue Grotto, and some of the other islands as well.
Have you been to any of the islands or areas surrounding Naples? What would you recommend?
Here are my photos of this amazing gem of an island:
On the way from Naples to Capri:
Walking through town:
Down to the beach on the other side of the Island:
What is your favorite beach in Italy?