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Capri

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  • Day3

    The island of Capri

    May 13 in Italy

    Set off this morning for the island of Capri, a stunning island populated by the very rich and famous!
    Expensive shops and restaurants, but we managed to find a restaurant tucked away!
    Sandy bought a pair of custom sandals so very happy!
    Lots of window shopping, now planning our evening meal from the trattoria underneath our apartment!!!Read more

  • Day41

    Capri

    October 9 in Italy

    What an amazing day. On the recommendation of friends we decided to do a boat tour today to Capri and it was simply brilliant!! Absolutely breathtaking!!

    There were only five other couples so it wasn’t a big group on a big boat. It was great. We got to sit up front and enjoy the ride over to Capri, riding the waves and admiring the scenery. Our tour guide then took us around the island by boat, taking us into the White Grotto and Green Grotto, the Love Grotto and through the stone archway of the Faraglioni di Mezzo.
    And when I say he took us into the Grottoes, we were in so far we could touch the walls of the caves. Our skipper was excellent. He would go in front first so those on the front of the boat could experience the grottos and then he would reverse in so those sat at the back would not miss out.

    The color and clarity of the water around Capri is astounding. It's absolutely beautiful. The colors are so rich and vivid.

    First stop was the Grotta Bianca, the White Grotto, filled with stalactites and stalagmites, where the limestone rock seems to reflect only white rays of light, thus giving the cave its name. If you squint you can see a statue of the Virgin Mary in the stalagmites.

    We then passed Capri's most iconic sight, the dramatic Faraglioni, three towering rock formations which jut out from the Mediterranean just off the coast. We sailed right through the stone archway and legend has it that if you're with your sweetheart, be sure to exchange a kiss while passing through for good luck, so we did.

    The Grotta Verde, the Green Grotto, was next and this earned its name from the green light upon the rocks. This effect is due to blue light reflected and transmitted from the water, playing upon the yellowish-hued sides and roof of the cave. Once again the colour of the water was breathtaking.

    To complete our boat ride prior to spending time on Capri we went into the Love Grotto, named for the heart shape on the cave walls. Not as deep or as impressive as the others but still cool to see.

    Capri is a pretty town filled with lots of colour, from the lovely lush gardens as we disembark to the pastel colours of the buildings. It is a typical tourist town with lots of shops and restaurants along the water front and it was a beautiful day to meander through the shops. We took the funicular up to the top to admire the views, before heading back down to enjoy lunch and a few drinks on the waterfront. (Lesson learnt - just because food prices are cheap, doesn’t mean the drink prices will be.) It was a very relaxing afternoon with our view of the boats bobbing on the blue sea.

    We ended the day with a quick boat ride home, after losing time waiting for a couple that never turned up, followed by a “fun” drive back to Sorrento with a cranky driver. Obviously speed limits over here are only a suggestion. It was a bit of a scary drive back but added to the adventure.

    Being on the boat was amazing and while Capri was lovely, I actually would have preferred to spend more time on the boat than on Capri. Even so it was a truly fabulous day!!!
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  • Day2

    Verlauvio secundo

    September 20 in Italy

    Mit der Fähre fahre ich etwa eine Stunde auf die Insel Capri. Hier wollte ich eigentlich eine kleine Wanderung machen und danach schwimmen gehen, bin jetzt aber schon recht spät dran. Ich laufe ein bisschen durch den Ort Capri, der teuer und touristisch, aber sehr schön ist, und mache mich dann auf den Weg. Leider - merke ich nach 20min. - auf den falschen. Deswegen hupen die so. Also wieder zurück und nochmal von vorne.Read more

  • Day26

    Capri… a tale of too many selfies

    September 14, 2017 in Italy

    After all our delays and disasters with the Italian transport system we decided that it was just easier and less stressful to book a tour to Capri. No having internet access at the time we just went with the one in the brochure – it retrospect I am not sure that it was a particularly great deal but it was OK. We were picked up just down the hill from the convent and taken by minivan to a small town about 20 minutes away. Here we were issued wristbands (pink) and asked to wait. It wasn’t actually too long before our group was called and we ushered on board the boating being captained by the young (BUT we were to discover, very skilled and patient Antonio).
    We headed out to Capri – the day was overcast and there was a bit of a swell, plus the wakes of the numerous other boats heading in the same direction. Ours was a jet boat and so it was prow up and lots of bouncing. There were only 12 of us on the boat… 8 normal people (4 Aussies, 2 Scotts and 2 Americans) and a groups of 4 Italian, selflie addicted….. well “Slappers” is the term that springs to mind – think scanty clothing and too much make up of women no longer quite in the first blush of youth (perhaps early 30’s – it was hard to judge with all the make up and the dodgy boob job – we could see the scars). These 4 ladies spent the entire trip over draped over the front deck of the boat, frequently popping up to take selfies while draped over the front seat and rail – it was a tad annoying but the rest of us – who stayed at the rear of the boat tried to ignore it.
    On arrival to Capri we had to wait for a mooring slot and then were literally thrown off the boat. We had been informed that the Blue Grotto was closed as the swell was too rough and combined with the high tides the little row boats would not be able to get in. It was suggested that we take a ticket on the “Private Bus” (15euro) which would take us to the 2 main towns on the Island and then bring us back to the boat in time for our “around the island” cruise. We were also handed our “light lunch” which was a bread roll with tomato, mozzarella and herbs – nice but not really very impressive. We took up the private bus option (the public buses are unreliable and the taxi fare was 30euro each way (although they ARE all fiat convertibles and so very cool).
    Boarding the bus, we headed off to our first destination, the town of Anacapri (the other town is of course Capri – very inventive naming on this island). Anacapri is on the other side of the island is accessed by a very narrow, very steep road. The “buses” are about 22 seaters and certainly nothing larger could fit – indeed there were places where they simply cannot pass and one or the other of the facing drivers would have to pull off the road or even back up to allow the other to pass – even so – the passing space was rarely more and a few centimetres and the drivers of the buses would often high five or shoulder punch each other as they passed. Anacapri just seemed like another tourist spot with restaurants and the usual tourist shops. However there was the attraction of the Chairlift up Monte Solaro. Costing 11euro for the return journey (13 minutes each way) the lift was built in 1952 (reassuringly it was completely overhauled in 1998) and has 156 single chairs. It rises up to the peak of Mt Solaro which is 589m above sea level and so provides amazing views. We jumped on board for the exciting ride to the top passing over terraced gardens with grapes, olives, chestnuts and assorted veggies, before moving high up the mountain through forest (beech and pine) and then to the scrubby rocky top. The view was great as was the decent a short time later, going up your are looking inland, however on the way down you get amazing views over the town and out to sea. Arrive at the base of the lift we had about 20 minutes to wander the town, away from the main tourist area it was rather cute with very narrow lanes and a well-cared for look. We returned to the pickup point and waited with the million (ok exaggeration – but there was clearly a couple of cruise ships in port so it was busy) other tourists. We were eventually returned to our bus and it was back over the mountain and back to Capri “Village”
    I am not sure why they insist on calling it a village – it seems a sprawling kind of place. The centre does have very narrow lanes (often not more than a metre and scarily infested by high speed motorised vehicles (for delivering things by the look of them) that come belting around the corners at a great rate. I didn’t really like Capri – one clearly has to have excessive money to be there – coffee was 3,50 euro for an expresso (usually 1euro) and the streets were line with expensive restaurants and boutiques. We wandered around looking for somewhere to get a coffee that didn’t cost the earth, got totally lost in the maze of little lanes (that weren’t on the maps) and then had to leg it back to the bus pick up for our transfer back to the Marina.
    Reunited finally with Antonio and our boat it was time for our circumnavigation of the island. And this was when the selfies started to REALLY get on everyone’s (well the 8 normal people’s) nerves. First we were shown where the Blue Grotto entrance was, and it was certainly clear why it was closed as it would have been far to dangerous to try to get a row boat (which is all that can fit) in with the tide and the swell. We continued on around the island with more and more selfies happening. We visited the “green grotto” I pushed my way up onto the front deck but it was still hard to see, let alone take a photo with the aged nymphettes draping themselves in the way and pouting at their phones. We moved on to an area where one could swim and snorkel if desired (way to cold for me or any sensible human being) the Nymphettes stripped off and jumped in with much posturing and shrieking. In a calculated move 6 of us (the Aussies and the Yanks) dashed up to the front deck and spread out lying about in the now present sunshine and taking OTT selfies ourselves. This meant that upon their return the selfie addicts were denied free access to the deck and we were all in the way of their photos. We stayed firmly put despite their grumbles only returning to the rear of the boat when we headed off to visit the white grotto and the sea arch – again not enjoying a view as the 4 ladies were back to their tricks.
    After completing the circuit of the island, it was back across to the mainland. The sun was out and we all enjoyed some basking in it as we returned. We promptly disembarked and were then shuttled back to the convent.
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  • Day21

    Rome to Sorrento, via Capri

    June 7, 2016 in Italy

    We drove from Rome to the port of Naples to catch a ferry to Capri. Apparently, Naples was the most damaged Italian city during WWII and it has never fully recovered because even today, it is quite run down. That said, it is the second busiest port for cruise ships next to Hong Kong.

    The ferry to Capri was only about 45 minutes and the coach didn't come with us (Ollie continued in driving to Sorrento). Most of the group took a boat cruise around the entire island, which only took about 90 minutes, including scenic photo stops and swimming! The water wasn't as warm as I expected, but it was refreshing and the colour was amazing! It was very salty and easy to float without expending any effort.

    We got back with a couple of hours until our ferry to Sorrento and a few of us (UK Tom, Australian Tom, and Cobey) thought it would be interesting to see more of the island views, so we went to a scooter rental shop. If tried ones out, but the owner suggested I should go on with one of the other guys because it's quite challenging to ride on their road - especially since I've never operated a scooter. In hindsight, it was definitely the right decision because the entire route was all narrow, walled roads and switchbacks. Possibly the worst place to learn to ride a scooter! I rode with Cobey because he has ridden them for years and is very good at it, which meant I could take in all of the sights along the way! We made it to the other side of the island and took in the most amazing views I could imagine! It was €15 for an hour for each scooter, which was perfect because that was all the time we had.

    We made it back in time to meet the rest of the group and catch the 45 minute ferry to Sorrento. Ollie met us with the coach for a short ride to the campsite. We set up in record time and the whole lot of us descended on a piazza for a walkabout dinner. Ten of us found our way down one of the side streets to a great little place that held us, but that was pretty much it! For my last meal in Italy, I ordered lasagna AND gnocchi, finished both, and they were fantastic... Great way to wrap up my Italian food experience!
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  • Day11

    Piazetta und Chiesa die Santo Stefano

    October 12, 2016 in Italy

    Capri wird echt überbewertet. Schon auf den ersten Metern wird uns klar, dass die Insel total überlaufen und überteuert ist. Schon am frühen Morgen hat man ein kaum auszuhaltendes Menschengewühl auf der Piazetta von Capri. Wir flüchten uns erstmal in die kleine Kirche.

  • Day11

    Capri - Piazetta und so

    October 12, 2016 in Italy

    Ja, wir laufen noch ein bißchen rauf und runter, um noch den einen oder anderen schönen Blick zu erhaschen, aber uns verlässt bald die Lust, und so verschlägts uns zurück auf die Piazetta, wo es eine überteuerte Mini-Pizza zum Mittagessen gibt.

    Möglich, dass uns tatsächlich die blaue Grotte zum Glück gefehlt hat, die Insel Capri hat uns nicht wirklich überzeugt und so machen wir uns am frühen Nachmittag schon auf den Rückweg nach Sorrent, um den Rest des Tages auf der Dachterrasse zu genießen.Read more

  • Day2

    The Isle of Capri

    November 6, 2013 in Italy

    The afternoon at the Krups estate was phenomenal. It is beautiful. It is trendy. It is magnificent. We even saw Ralph Lauren just hanging out in front of his house, smoking a cigarette. The Greeks were the first recorded residents of this paradise. The name comes from the Greek word "kapron," which means "hog." So I suppose one could call this place "Hog Island." The meter of the song from the 1940's notwithstanding, the accent of the name of this place falls on the first syllable. It is the Isle of KAP-ri, not the Isle of ka-PREE. The German Industrialist built a lovely park around his palace, which can be visited by us mortals now. The views of the "Two Brothers," as well as the rest of the lovely rock formations can be seen easily from its vantage point. The sides of this island are cliffs, many of which have roads and paths cut by Greek and Roman slaves in antiquity. Old monasteries, now used as schools and residences, complete the charm of this lovely island. A funicular carries a visitor to the top of the cliffs and back down in complete comfort.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Capri, كابري, Востраў Капры, Капри, Enez Capri, Κάπρι, Isla de Capri, کاپری, קאפרי, PRJ, カプリ島, კაპრი, 카프리 섬, Capreae, Kapris, Isula e Capri, Insula Capri, กาปรี, Капрі, کیپری, 卡普里岛

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