What To do In Capri ~ 8 Of the Best Things To Do In Capri

 

Just a half hour ride from Naples and about 40 minutes from Positano by hydrofoil, Capri is synonymous with impossible glamour, style, and celebrity.

 

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Capri by night

The island is exquisite, with so much to see and do, but most tourists barely make it out of the central Piazzetta.
If you are heading to Capri this summer, or ever, here are some things you do not want to miss.

8 Things To do In Capri

1. Buy World Famous Capri Sandals.

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buy sandals in Capri



You have to take the funicular from  Marina Grande to Piazza Umberto I anyway, so while you are there turn right and walk along to Schettino and visit my friend Aldo. He made sandals for Jackie Onassis, he makes sandals for me, and he has made sandals for readers of this blog from all around the world, so he might as well make sandals for you too!

 

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last year with my friends Aldo and Lydia Schettino at their sandal shop in capri

(When you go in there make sure you tell them you read this blog – they love to hear about it!)
Once you’ve bought your sandals, get as far away from the tourist crush of the Central Piazzetta as you can.

2. Go For A Walk

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walking in Capri

My favorite thing to do in Capri is to walk. Even if you are there on a cruise and only have a few hours, go buy some sandals, then point yourself in any direction and walk. As soon as you are a couple of blocks from Central Piazzetta you will discover a whole different Capri, devoid of tourists and crowds. Discover the walkways, the homes, the Roman villas. Take in the staggering views and breathe in the heady scent of honeysuckle and lemons.

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3. Visit Villa San Michele, Anacapri

 

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The view from Villa San Michele, Anacapri, Capri

“My home shall be open in order to let in the sun, and the wind, and the voices of the ocean, like a Greek temple, and there shall be light, light everywhere!”

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stroll along the walkways at Villa San Michele

Axel Munthe’s home with it’s unbelievable panoramic view from the north eastern side of Anacapri is now a museum housing Roman and Egyptian artifacts. The museum is wonderful as are the gardens and the chapel, and the view of the Bay of Naples.

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4. Take a ride in a convertible taxi

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taxis in Capri

The taxis in Capri are like no other. They are all unusual looking convertibles, the Italian name for which translates to “decapitated”!

It’s fun to take a spin around the island in one of their taxis. From the Central Piazzetta take a taxi to Anacapri or to the Blue Grotto.

 

 

 

 

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Booking.com5. Go To The Blue Grotto.

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inside Capri’s Blue Grotto



You have to go to the Blue Grotto when you are in Capri.
Take a taxi from the central piazza – the ride is lovely. You only actually spend about 2 minutes inside the grotto, but its a magical two minutes! I went with my best friend in the world, and will never forget it.

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6. Take A Boat Trip.

The most lovely way to see Capri is by boat. Take an excursion and see the island from the ocean. stop off at little beaches, have a swim, float around and be completely wowed.

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Gianni’s Boat Excursions, Capri
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Gianni’s Boat Excursions Capri

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7.Take The Chairlift To Monte Solaro

 

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This is the highest point on the island,and the views are so spectacular they will remain imprinted in your mind forever.

 

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chari lift to Monte Solaro, Capri

(If you are scared of heights, and I am, the ride up will stay with you forever too!)

8. Get Some Beach Time

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Fragalioni, Capri

Make like a super star and get yourself some beach time, far from the madding crowd. From the Punta Tragara viewing point there is a little track that takes you to the rocks at the foot of the Faraglioni (the 3 giant rocks always associated with Capri). There are 2 private beach clubs, each with a wonderful restaurant, my favorite being  Da Luigi.

 

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Da Luigi, Capri

The great thing is you don’t have to scale the mountain back up at the end of the day – both private beach clubs will boat shuttle you back to Marina Piccola.


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20 Comments

  1. May 27, 2015 / 12:40 am

    Lovely post. Ever since I read that Jackie Onassis made the Capri pants popular I've wanted to go to there. Maybe someday.

    • May 29, 2015 / 9:13 pm

      Nancy I love Jackie O! I have sandals made for my in Capri by the same guy who made sandals for her (to wear with her Capri pants!)

  2. September 23, 2016 / 4:24 pm

    Loved Capri! Some day I will go back with your list of things to do, thank you!

  3. Veronica Lieffring
    March 4, 2017 / 7:27 am

    Hello,

    Thank you for your blog!
    Can you help me with a couple of questions? We are coming in May.
    what it the weather like and how should I dress?
    Also, which is the better Marina? Piccolla or Grande? I know it’s a
    personal choice, but we will be only staying 1 night and want to l
    go to the Grotto, &do a boat ride & have a great dinner at sunset
    Any suggestions which side of the Isle we should stay ?Best restaurant
    Boat ride? Anything would truly help.

    Thank you
    Veronica

    • Corinna B
      Author
      March 5, 2017 / 10:13 pm

      Yes absolutely!

    • Mary
      April 6, 2017 / 10:37 am

      Did you ever get an answer to your questions? We are also going next May. I would love to know her recommendations

      Mary

      • Corinna B
        Author
        April 6, 2017 / 11:02 pm

        Hi Mary, I only found Veronica’s message after yours came in! I do apologize for the delay in replying, but I posted one below. Let me know if you have any other questions or anything I can help you with!
        Have a wonderful time in Capri
        xo

    • Corinna B
      Author
      April 6, 2017 / 10:56 pm

      Oh my goodness – I only just found this now after Mary’s comment came in! Weather should be nice but not hot yet. Sometimes there is rain in May, but I have always been lucky. Dress comfortably. I normally wear sundresses when I’m there – I like to feel chic but casual. For boat rides I always use Gianni’s Boat. You need to book them ahead of time, I ask for Captain Paolo (he is delightful) and I get the 3 hour tour. he will take you to private coves for swimming,and will also take you to the blue grotto.
      Marina Grande is where all the tourism is but has a lot happening. Piccolo is quieter, so fewer places to walk to, but is wonderful. Either will be a good choice.
      If you get time walk up to Villa Jovis – the view is magnificent, and also you get to see the lovely neighborhoods where the locals live. Also go see Aldo and Lydia at Schettino sandal shop which is just down the street from the piazzetta. I go visit them every time I’m in Capri.
      Let me know if you have any other questions! Please let me know how your trip goes, and have an absolutely wonderful time!!
      xo

  4. Erica
    April 10, 2017 / 7:57 pm

    Thank you for your post on Capri! We are going to Naples for 11 nights aug 26-sept 6th. I assume the water will still be warm enough for swimming? We have never been before and are taking our 4 year old daughter. We are planning to go to Capri for at least one day but to return if we fall in love 🙂 thanks again!

    • Corinna B
      Author
      April 11, 2017 / 9:05 am

      Hi! The weather will be gorgeous and you will swim every day! Check out my post on Procida, another island nearby that is not to be missed and is easy to do with a 4 year old. It’s all bright colors and is small, so nice and manageable!
      I also have posts on Naples https://www.corinnabsworld.com/2016/03/8-things-you-must-do-in-naples.html
      and on things to do on the Amalfi Coast. https://www.corinnabsworld.com/2015/08/10-things-to-do-on-amalfi-coast.html
      One thing that is wonderful and not many people know about is visiting the palace of Caserta. There is tons of room for a little one to run wild, and also you can rent bikes and bike around the grounds. https://www.corinnabsworld.com/2016/02/discover-caserta.html
      Also you are close to the Greek Temples at Paestum, a place that no tourists seem to know about! https://www.corinnabsworld.com/2015/11/discover-ancient-greek-temples-of.html
      You will have a fantastic time there – make sure you come back and tell me how it went!

      • Erica
        April 11, 2017 / 4:50 pm

        Wow thank you! Yes I had read your post on Procida and it is on the itinerary! I’ve been really excited about it since I read and looked up more images online, especially since our Airbnb is on that side of Naples, sort of…. its near Posillipo. Anyway, I’m so grateful for your reply and for your reassurance! We have never been abroad but will be gone 7 weeks to five countries! I will be sure to look up the others you mentioned!

    • Corinna B
      Author
      May 1, 2017 / 10:54 am

      Isn’t it just glorious??? I will be there a few times this summer with my Glam Italia Tours. I can hardly wait!!

  5. Amanda Jones
    June 15, 2017 / 12:56 am

    Great info, just about to fly out to Naples and take ferry to Capri – cannot wait ? Got all our top tips ?Thank you x

    • Corinna B
      Author
      July 2, 2017 / 12:00 pm

      Have a wonderful time!

  6. Hoijer Monique
    August 8, 2017 / 8:20 am

    I lived in Capri twice for 3 months (Anacapri) while au-pair in 1965 and 1966. I loved the island and fell in love with a young man bringing the tourists from Marine Grande to the Blue Grotto. Really enjoyed your comments. Also bought the famous sandals then…

    • Corinna B
      Author
      August 9, 2017 / 11:23 pm

      Ahhh! I LOVE that!! I can’t imagine living on the island – it must have been wonderful! I didn’t get to Anacapri this year, but I love wandering around there, especially into the residential areas.
      You’ve made my night – thank you for taking the time to comment!
      xo

  7. Jenn
    August 12, 2018 / 12:04 pm

    Hi! Love your blog and I got your book–excellent advice! I’m about halfway through and already have learned a lot! We’re planning a two week trip to Italy (my first time!!!) in mid-October. Wondering about the weather and what to wear at that time of year. Is it still worth a visit to this area (Amalfi Coast and Capri) even if it’s not swimming/sunbathing weather?

    • Corinna B
      Author
      August 12, 2018 / 8:17 pm

      How wonderful! And thank you for buying my book!! If you get time could you write me a review on Amazon.com?
      Yes it is still a lovely time to go to the Amalfi area. You are right by Pompeii (Naples) and Paestum (Salerno) both of which are 1000 x more enjoyable when it’s not boiling hot out. There is so much to see and do, much of which is not fun in the searing summer heat. For example, on Capri I can’t take many of my tour groups up to Villa Jovis because it is just too hot.
      Another benefit to traveling in October is that most of the tourists will be gone, so you can see much more without a crush of people in front of you.
      I would plan my wardrobe around jeans or pants and layer up and down. You could get rain or you could get sunny days every day. I would imagine it will be somewhere around 70F/20C most days.
      Once you have your itinerary mapped out google local festivals happening in each place while you are there. There are some fantastic chestnut festivals in October in Tuscany (as well as other festivals all over the country), and it can be so much fun to go see them and take part in it all!
      Feel free to shoot me an email if you have questions about your trip or if you need some referrals for guides and drivers etc. I have really amazing people who work for me in Italy.
      Have a fantastic trip,
      Corinna

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