It has an intoxicating mix of blue skies, rugged and stunning coastal views, secluded coves and grottos as well as chic cafes and boutiques. It is a worthy addition to any Italian vacation. Here’s our Avventure Bellissime guide on how to experience the many wonders of Capri in one day.
The Bay of Naples
If you are not planning to stay on the island, then you can visit Capri and experience all it has to offer in one day. If you join Avventure Bellissime’s tour – the first thing you’ll experience is a beautiful boat ride to the island (from Naples or Sorrento) with stunning views of the Bay of Naples as you travel. It is beautiful.
Anacapri town is slightly sleepier than Capri and it’s a wonderful place to explore. The journey from Capri to Anacapri is a highlight. If you sit on the right hand side of the bus you’ll be able to take in the awesome view as you climb from Capri to Anacapri. The main square in Anacapri is Piazza Vittoria, which is surrounded by lovely little shops, cafes, restaurants and bars. It’s a perfect place to pause in the sunshine before exploring this side of the island further.
Capri is known for its sandals – you’ll find these being sold in a shop on the main street in Anacapri. You can even get a pair custom made to your specifications in just 15 minutes. Fabulous!
Church of San Michele
Anacapri is home to the Church of San Michele. It’s a beautiful building and is regularly described as an architectural treasure and the most stunning church in the Campania region. It sits amongst the quieter streets of Anacapri. It is very modest from the outside, but it’s a different story once inside. The church boasts a stunning hand painted tile floor showing the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden. If you view it from above near the church’s organ loft, you will get a beautiful view of the masterpiece. From here you will also see the altar and the beautiful painting of Saint Michael – to whom the church is dedicated.
One of the best things to do on Capri is to ride up the chair lift to the top of Monte Solaro. From here you’ll get incredible views of the Amalfi Coast and the rest of the island of Capri. It offers the most incredible panoramic view of the area as the summit sits at over 500m above sea level. The chairlift takes around 12-15 minutes to reach the top and you can also walk up (and down) which will likely take you around 1 hour to 1.5 hours.
Villa San Michele
Whilst you are on this side of the island it is definitely worth exploring the Villa San Michele. Built on the ruins of Emperor Tiberius’s villa by a Swedish doctor named Axel Munthe it also offers stunning views of the sea. There’s a beautiful garden with immaculate flowerbeds, a bird sanctuary and roman sculptures and statues. The house even hosts open air concerts on occasion.
Faraglioni is one of the iconic images of Capri - three spurs of rock rising out of the sea on the island’s southern coast. They are home to rare plants and animals – one of which is a blue lizard you can’t find anywhere else on the planet.
It is the busiest part of the island full of whitewashed buildings and narrow lanes and streets. There are plenty of shopping opportunities – you can find good quality, locally made perfume and linen for sale in Capri. If you spend time at the Piazetta, then you’ll find yourself at the heart of the town. From here you can soak up the atmosphere and perhaps do a little people watching.