Capri is an island off the coast of Italy in the Gulf of Naples. The island is gorgeous and romantic, surrounded by clear and extremely blue ocean water with lemon trees growing everywhere. It has been an escape for the rich and famous for many years with beautiful villas and high end shops and restaurants. We explored Capri for one day from Sorrento and had a fabulous day.
We decided to use a tour group that picked us up from our hotel in the morning, took us to the dock where we boarded our boat with about 8 other guests, and cruised to Capri. We went around the whole island where our guides pointed out sights, celebrity homes, took us inside grottos, went through the iconic Faraglioni Rocks, and fed us a sandwich that was made with fresh Italian ingredients. After our tour around the island we were dropped off at Marina Grande for some free time to explore the island.
We chose to skip the Blue Grotto this time and spend our time seeing more of the island. The Blue Grotto is said to be amazing and beautiful but to get there you either have to take a boat from Marina Grande or take a bus from Marina Grande to Anacapri and then on to the Grotto. The boat will save you time and costs about 14 Euros round trip. The boat from the marina has to wait its turn once outside the grotto. The bus costs about 7 euros and takes you to some stairs down to the Grotto where there is also a line. When it is your turn, you pay 13 euros to take a small rowboat from your larger boat or the stairs to inside the Blue Grotto. Depending on tide, weather, and how many tourists are there (it is crazy busy in the summer months) the wait could be hours so if you plan to see the grotto, arrive as early as possible. If you stay in Sorrento like we did, you have to take a very early ferry.
From the Marina Grande we took a bus to Anacapri. From the bus stop we walked to the chairlift up to Monte Solaro. This chairlift costs 10 euros round trip or 7.50 Euros one way. The chairlift is a single seat that takes about 13 minutes to get to the summit. You pass over olive and lemon trees, see gorgeous views of the ocean, and get to work on your tan. Up top we took pictures but did not spend much time. There are bathrooms and a café but the true joy was the ride itself. You can hike back down and it only take about 30-40 minutes. There was a line to take the chairlift back down so we saw some hikers leave the summit and arrive back in Anacapri the same time we did.
Once back down in Anacapri we walked around the town, entered shops, and stopped for some gelato of course. From Anacapri we caught another bus to Capri Town
In Capri Town we walked around looking at all the fancy shops and well dressed tourists. We sat in the town’s main square, the Piazza Umberrto, people watching and enjoyed some fresh lemon icy drink. We then caught the funicular back to Marina Grande where we were picked up from our tour guides and taken back to our hotel. On the ride back we were offered drinks and homemade limoncello.
The whole day was so amazing! We had so much fun but to me the highlight was the chairlift, which was so relaxing. Once we made it back to Sorrento we were exhausted. We made dinner in our hotel and enjoyed a lazy night in.
I recommend checking out Trip Advisor to see what tour will best fit your needs. If you want a little more flexibility you can also check the ferry times but try to leave as early in the morning as possible to beat crowds. If you are in the Sorrento area I highly recommend visiting Capri.