My top 20 destinations on Capri
Here you find my personally tested Top 20 tips for excursions and highlights on this dream island!
20. Via Camerelle
This luxury street is modern, chic and perfect for window shopping. Hermès, Gucci, Chanel, Dolce and Gabbana etc. have all opened their luxury boutiques in this street and offer their goods for holidaymakers for whom money is no object.
Good to know: next to exclusive fashion shops you will find the perfumery in this street, which produces the famous “Carthusia” perfumes. This perfume is supposed to reflect the scent of Capri. The scent is a matter of taste, a bottle is available from about €70, -.
My tip: for those who do not want to leave the island without a pair of the famous Capri sandals, I recommend buying them in Anacapri. There, you will find some shoemakers alongside the streets who make the original sandals themselves. They are still not really cheap but cheaper than in a luxury boutique in the Via Camerelle.
19. Villa Malaparte
The Caprians call this building “Ferro da stiro” because it has the shape of an iron and therefore it is the most original villa in Capri. The writer Curzio Malaparte once lived in this spectacular property where he wrote the famous book “The Skin”. The building towers 30 metres above the sea on the rocky coast on the east side of the island, directly opposite of the majestic “Faraglioni” cliffs.
Good to know: Unfortunately, the villa is no longer open to the public these days.
My tip: a greatest view on the Villa Malaparte, you will have during a hiking tour on the Pizzolungo (see point 5)
18. Marina Piccola
This picturesque bay is located on the south coast of the island, at the foot of the steep rock face of Monte Solaro and at the end of Via Krupp (see point 9). The Marina Piccola is the most popular beach on the island and with its chic cafés it is a hotspot for the high society and a mini harbour for celebrities and millionaires.
Good to know: The Marina Piccola is located in a small bay and is framed by rocks, so it is not very windy here. It’s a pebble beach and the water is very clear (partly because of that). You can enjoy a nice meal in several quite good restaurants on the beach.
My tip: if you want to sunbathe on the stone terrace, on the private beach of the Marina Piccola, you have to dig a little deeper into your pocket. In the main season, prices are up to €38,- for an umbrella and 2 sun beds are common. There is also a free beach nearby, but especially in the high season, you should look for a place there early enough.
17. Villa Jovis
The Villa Jovis was one of the twelve villas of the Roman Emperor Tiberius on Capri, from where he supposedly ruled the Roman world. The architectural style corresponded to the typical style of the Roman villas and was built like a fortress. The ruins of the villa are located at the eastern tip of Capri. Legend has it that the emperor had his enemies thrown down from a rocky outcrop, the “Salto di Tiberio”. On an area of 7.000 m² one can enjoy a view over the Gulf of Naples to the island of Ischia.
Good to know: from the centre of the village the ruins can be reached in a around 40 minutes and over 150 metres of altitude. Exhausting, but is is worth it, not only for the view.
My tip: unfortunately, there are hardly any boards with explanations and other information signs, so I recommend you to either inform yourself in advance, take a travel guide with you or read the most important information on your smartphone.
How much is it: the entrance to the ruins of the villa costs €6,-/person.
16. Marina Grande
The Marina Grande is the place of the island that most of the Capri visitors get to see first. This port is THE arrival point for all speedboats, ferries and excursion boats and therefore always well visited. Here are yachts for which a normal person has to work a lifetime. But also, traditional fishing cottages can be seen and the view to the Piazzetta and up to Anacapri is breathtaking.
From the Marina Grande you can take the “Funicolare”, the funicular, up to the main square of the island.
Good to know: most day tourists want to go from the Marina Grande up to the Piazzetta. You can either take the bus, the funicular, a taxi or walk (about 30 minutes)
My tip: those who are on the island for a day excursion and still have some time before the boat leaves, can sunbathe a little on the beach of the Marina Grande. This beach is the biggest on the island.
How much is it: the funicolare and the buses leave approximately every 15 minutes, a ticket costs around €2,00. Taxis are quite expensive. From the Marina Grande up to the Piazzetta, you pays approximately €20,- depending on the season, number of passengers and pieces of luggage.
15. Piazza Umberto (La Piazzetta)
The heart of the island and probably the most expensive corner of all Capri. Here, fashion boutiques and luxury shops are concentrated in a small space. In the course of the day the place fills up with tourists, most of them coming by speedboat from Naples, the Amalfi Coast or Ischia. As soon as the last excursion boat has left, most hotel guests leave their accommodation and stroll across the piazzetta in their best clothes. In the alleys around the piazzetta you will find great restaurants, cafés and clubs.
Good to know: the square is the perfect starting point to explore the island. Almost all hiking trails start at the Piazzetta. In addition, the bus stop with the buses that go up to Anacapri is just around the corner. The Piazzetta is the final stop of the “Funicolare”
My tip: Admittedly, the enjoyment of a cappuccino and a “Cornetto con Crema” at this place has a very special flair. For lunch and dinner, I recommend looking for a nice tavern away from the Piazzetta, so that after paying the bill, there is still something left from your holiday budget.
14. Punta Carena
The Faro (lighthouse) is one of the oldest and strongest signal towers in Italy and illuminates the bay of Carena in the southwest of Capri. The view on the rough rocky coast is a scenery for great photo motives. Below the lighthouse there is a great beach, a restaurant and various snack bars.
Good to know: a less known place on Capri to go swimming but a very recommendable one, because the sea is very calm there and you can sunbathe from morning to evening at a reasonable price. The lighthouse itself can unfortunately not be visited.
My tip: one of the best places to enjoy the sunset on Capri! Even after the sun is gone, an incredibly romantic place where couples in love like to meet for a little time together.
Also known as Little Capri, Anacapri is a small picturesque town, which, apart from the main attractions (Monte Solaro + Villa San Michele), best reflects the original and typical Capri. In the historic old town, you can stroll through narrow streets with snow-white houses, romantic gardens, churches and chapels.
Good to know: The easiest way to get to Anacapri is by one of the minibuses that run regularly between Capri and Anacapri.
My tip: although I’m rather a fan of cheap possibilities when it comes to transport between the sights, a trip with a Capri taxi, which in good weather always drives with open top, is a very special experience!
12. The Via Tragara
One of the easiest and at the same time most beautiful walks on the island. Starting from the Piazzetta, this path leads you past the Faraglioni rocks, magnificent luxury hotels and fantastic views of glittering, azure blue sea. The walk ends at the viewpoint Punta di Tragara/Hotel Punta Tragara, from which one has a fantastic view on the sea and the rough rocks.
Good to know: the walk there and back takes about 25 minutes and is therefore suitable for older people and children.
11. The cable car to Monte Solaro
This cable car takes you up to the highest point of the island (589 metres) in 10 minutes and offers the very best views of the island and a 360-degree view on Capri. Here you can see the Gulf of Naples all the way to Sorrento, the Faraglioni rocks and Vesuvius.
Good to know: The chairlift starts from the centre of Anacapri, the ride takes about 13 minutes.
My tip: if you want to save the price of the cable car or do some sports, you can also conquer the highest mountain of Capri on foot. The ascent takes approximately 1 ½ hours.
How much is it: one up and downhill trip costs €12,-/person
10. The Blue Grotto
The probably most famous landmark of the island and a must for many Capri visitors. The Blue Grotto is the subject of many romantic stories and songs. The daylight reflects under the sea level, so that the water inside the cave shimmers in a beautiful royal blue.
As the entrance to the cave is only 1.5 metres high, you have to lie down almost flat in the boat to avoid hitting your head. The cave is 54 m long, 30 m wide and up to 22 m high. In high season, up to 30 boats often cavort in front of the cave and wait until they are allowed to enter. Patience is required!
Good to know: to visit the cave, you must first take a larger boat from the Marina Grande (about 15 minutes) to the front of the cave and then change to a small boat. This costs extra. There are often long waiting periods in front of the entrance. In case of heavy waves, the grotto is closed. A good time for the Blue Grotto is in the morning, because there is not so much going on at that time, or around noon, because then the best light conditions prevail. You can also take the bus from Anacapri to the last stop and then walk down a few steps to a jetty where small boats wait for customers.
My tip: I know that the Blue Grotto is compulsory for many tourists and I admit that the blue light in the grotto is really amazing. For those who want to avoid the high prices, long waiting times and the feeling of being ripped off during the holidays, I recommend making a private tour with a boat around the island on which one can visit many other great caves.
How much is it: depending on the provider approximately €15,- for the trip to the grotto from the Marina Grande and then again €13,- for the small boat into the cave. The price changes according to season and negotiation skills.
9. Via Krupp
Is a historical serpentine path, only accessible on foot, which connects the Augustus Gardens with the Mediterranean coast and the Marina Piccola. Financed by the German industrialist Alfred Krupp and completed in 1902, this spectacular path is 1350 metres long, about 3 metres wide and leads 100 metres in altitude over 8 serpentine curves. The Via Krupp is considered one of the most beautiful serpentine roads in the world.
Good to know: unfortunately, the Villa Krupp is often closed due to the danger of falling rocks.
My tip: I recommend walking down from the Augustus Gardens and then take the bus back up to the Piazzetta. The other way around, it can be very exhausting in midsummer.
8. Giardini di Augusto/die Augustusgärten
Like the Via Krupp, this terraced park was designed by the German industrialist Alfred Friedrich Krupp. From the well-kept garden one has an unbelievable view to the sea and the Via Krupp. Here grows the typical flora and fauna for Capri and the artistic sculptures give this place a very special atmosphere.
Good to know: from the Piazzetta, you can get to the gardens in only a few walking minutes.
My tip: the best way to visit the gardens is in the mornings when there is not so much going on or in the evenings at sunset when most of the excursion boats have already left.
How much is it: the entrance fee is only €1,-/person.
7. Villa San Michele
This beautiful villa was built in the end of the 19th century by the Swedish doctor and writer Axel Munthe. Munthe became famous for his work “Book of San Michele”, translated into 50 languages.
The villa is situated in the middle of a beautiful garden with a view over Capri and invites you to take a walk through the well-kept flowerbeds. Impressive art treasures, such as: the head of Medusa and the marble bust of Emperor Tiberius are a great photo motif.
Good to know: The villa is one of the main attractions of the island and is visited by most of the tourists who visit Capri by day.
My tip: during the summer months, there are classical concerts every week at sunset in the garden of Villa San Michele. On the official website of the villa you can get information about the program a also about the entrance fees.
How much is it: the entrance to the Villa costs €8,-/person
6. Villa Lysis
This well-preserved villa is located on the northeast coast of Capri. The villa was built by the French poet and aristocrat Dandy Jacques d’Adelswaerd Fersen. Villa Lysis, also known as Villa Fersen, stands isolated, surrounded by climbing plants and cypresses in a spacious garden. The history of the villa is as fascinating as it is sad, which also gives it a very special atmosphere.
Good to know: from the Piazzetta you reach the Villa Lysis in around 40 minutes.
My tip: the visit of the villa can be well combined with a visit of the Villa Jovis (see number 17)
How much is it: The entrance fee is €2,- per person
5. Hiking Trail Arco Naturale – Pizzolungo
This oval natural stone arch in the middle of a wild forest landscape was created by erosion and is located on the east coast of Capri. The Arco Naturale is 18 meters high and 12 meters wide and is located directly above the sea.
This natural beauty is a great starting point for a wonderful hike. The path starts with a descent of 200 steps that end at the “Cervola Matermania”, a cave where the Roman Emperor Tiberius is said to have celebrated wild feasts.
On the following “Pizzolungo” path, you can enjoy wonderful views on the Villa Malaparte (number 19) and the Faraglioni rocks. The hike ends at Punta Tragara (see number 12)
Good to know: The walking time is 1 ½ to 2 hours.
My tip: for this hike I recommend taking good shoes and enough water. If you have knee problems, I recommend knee pads because of the many stairs.
4. Church of San Michele – Anacapri
During a walk through the romantic little streets of Anacapri, everybody passes this small and beautiful baroque church at some point. The octagonal floor plan, has the shape of a Greek cross and the colourful majolica flooring is one of the most beautiful works of 18th century Neapolitan architecture, depicting the expulsion of Adam and Eve from paradise.
Good to know: the floor of the church cannot be walked on, therefore a wooden boardwalk was built around it.
My tip: the best view on the painted ceramic floor is from the organ gallery, which can be reached via a spiral staircase.
How much is it: the entrance fee is €2,-/person
3. The Faraglioni Felsen
These impressive rocks are the landmarks of Capri. The natural wonders of volcanic origin rise from the Gulf of Naples and are a fantastic photo motif during the day. At night, when they are illuminated by the moon, they conjure up an atmosphere of 1001 nights.
The biggest rock is called “Faraglione di terra” or “Stella” and is 109 meters high. The middle one (Faraglione di Mezzo) has a 60-metre long natural tunnel at sea level through which small boats can pass. The outermost rock is called Scopolo or “Faraglione di fuori”.
Good to know: On the rocks there lives the “Lucertola Azzura”, a very rare blue-turquoise lizard.
My tip: the best views on the Faraglioni Rocks you can have from the “Punta Tragara”, (see number 12) from Punta Cannone or during the hike over the “Pizzolungo” (see number 5).
2. Phoenician stairs
This incredible staircase was carved into the rock about 2400 years ago and for centuries it was the only path between Anacapri and the Marina Grande. Those who dare to walk the stairs will overcome 200 meters of altitude and 900 steps. The view on the Marina and the sea is breathtaking!
Good to know: the path starts right near Villa San Michele in Anacapri and the descent takes about 1 hour. It is also a good way to avoid the crowded buses and masses of tourists.
My tip: in midsummer I recommend going down the stairs, the ascent is very exhausting and hot. Moreover, I recommend good shoes, at least sneakers!
1. A boat trip around the island (Giro d’Isola)
For me an absolute must for anyone who visits Capri for longer than a few hours.
The cave system of Capri contains a total of 65 caves. A “Giro d’Isola” gives you the opportunity to see the less known grottos, such as: the green and the white grottoes. The rugged rocks, the hidden luxury villas and every possible shade of blue and green of the sea makes a tour like this a dreamlike experience.
Good to know: Most tours around the island take about 2 hours.
My tip: For this excursion it is worthwhile to take a little more money in hand and book a private tour. Thereby, you can see Capri from the seaside, let the sunshine on your belly and enjoy in calmness, the sea breeze and the wind.
How much is it: for tours with a big excursion boat from €15,-/person. Private tours from about €80,-
During my 8-month season on Ischia, I was able to go to Capri once a week. The 1-hour boat trip was a highlight for me every time and when the excursion boat docked in Capri and I took my first steps on the island, it felt very special every time. The island Capri has a very unique flair that is hard to put into words.
I can only recommend everybody to stay at least 1-2 nights on Capri in order to enjoy its flair also in the evenings.
Those who come by day excursion to Capri should not be surprised by the masses of people that overflow the island every day. The nice thing about Capri is that also during the daytime, although the island is so small, you only have to take a few steps off the tourist paths in order to experience in all calmness the beauty and uniqueness of this island.