Travel Guide To Capri Island

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Capri

Facts:
Inhabitants:  around 7,000.  The island has up to 5,000 visitors a day over the summer months.
Size: 6 km x 2.7 km
Pronounced Capri NOT Capri, this island is a single block of limestone in the Bay of Naples that remains relatively unspoilt, despite the masses of tourists that flock there over the summer months.  At it’s closest point, it is around 5 km from the mainland.

How to get to Capri:
Ferries to Capri from Naples are operated by a few different companies depart from the ports ‘Molo Beverello’ and ‘Calata Porta di Massa’ (usually the cheaper option).  Prices range from 9.60 euros up to 17 euros, and Ferries or Hydrofoils depart roughly every half an hour from 5.40 am until 20.10 pm. Ferries arrive into the ‘Marina Grande’.

Getting from the port to Capri town:
From the port it is just a five-minute ride on the funicular railway to Capri town.  Tickets for the funicular, which departs every fifteen minutes or less, can be bought from the ticket office in the port.  There is also a pretty good bus service that connects all the main attractions around the island.  Bus tickets can be purchased either on the bus or from the same office as the funicular railway.

Top things to do on Capri:

1.Capri town.  Relax over a drink in this busy square and watch the world go by.  The ‘Chiesa di Santo Stefano’ on the same square is also worth a visit.
2.Anacapri.  Take a visit to the ‘Villa San Michele’.  Built by a Swedish doctor Axel Munthe, this villa has fantastic views of the town of Capri and the coastline.  Open from around 9 am until 6pm during the summer months and only slightly less the rest of the months of the year, the cost of entrance is around 5 euros.
3.Grotta Azzura (the blue grotto).  Given it’s name because of it’ amazingly vivid blue colour; this is a definite must on Capri.  A trip will cost you from 15 to 20 euros and trips depart from ‘Marina grande’ (where the ferries from Naples arrive).  If you’re feeling really brave you always could swim in….
4.Villa Jovis.  Also known as the ‘Palazzo di Tiberio’ this Roman villa was built by the Emporer Tiberius and lies on north east of the island.  Access to the villa is only by foot and takes about an hour from Capri town centre along via Tiberio.

Capri is Italy’s most famous island and has been popular with the rich and famous for centuries because of its immense beauty and exclusivity.  Although it can become incredibly busy with tourists in the high season, it’s definitely worth a visit, although probably best to stay in Naples centre and head over for a day trip if you’re on a budget.  Taking an early boat there and a late one back will give you plenty of time to get the main sites in.