Italy, a country that's been at the very top of my "to-travel" list since before I can even remember. After spending a week in southern Italy, I am breaking my trip into several parts (check back later to see where else I went). First stop, Capri and the 5 things you MUST DO while you're there!
1. Take a boat tour This is hands down the number one piece of advice I can give you for your trip to Capri, so don't regret it and MAKE SURE YOU DO THIS. You have several options when it comes to your boat tour (that you're totally going on, because I said so). You can either go on a group tour (here) which is a cheaper option (starting at €17/pp for about 1-2 hours) and have around 12 people on board OR you can take a private boat tour, which I highly recommend. I booked with Gianni's Boat's (here)This was probably the highlight of my trip. We took a 3-hour private boat tour around Capri, which took us into various grotto's and "must-see" spots around the island for €200 total. Gianni's staff are in contact with you via email with LOTS of detailed information all the way up until your trip so you don't have to worry about anything. Once arriving into the port in Capri, you pretty much fall into the meeting point where Gianni's family owned cafe are ready and waiting to show you a great time, and fill you up on delicious foods.
Tip: Pack a picnic to have on board. I recommend something that's easy to eat and is easy on the stomach, if you're the kind of person that can get a little sea sick. Cold sandwiches and fruit, or chips (there's a cooler on board). Don't forget the wine!
You will have the opportunity to jump in, so if that sounds like something you definitely want to do (and you do) then don't forget to wear your bathing suit! Incase you were wondering, all of your valuables like cellphones, wallets, cameras and more are all safe on board.
2. Ride the Funicular
I know, what the heck is a Funicular? Don't worry, not only did I not know what it was, I also didn't (and still don't) know how to say it properly. The Funicular is a cable railway that can take you uphill from Port of Marina Grande (the port) to Capri (this is confusing since the whole island is Capri, but this is where you'll find all the fancy shops, restaurant's, hotel and a great view!) The tickets to ride are only €1.80. It's a great experience and an easy ride up.
Tip: Annoyingly, where you buy your tickets is NOT where you enter the Funicular, so be sure to grab these at the Marina Grande ticket office before heading over to the Funicular. By the way, this is just right in the port. (sorry, I don't have photos of this)
3. Take the chair lift to Anacapri
Anacapri, Ana, meaning "up" or "above", can only be reached by chairlift, which lucky for you, has amazing views. The trip costs €11/pp round trip and takes about 12 minutes one-way. If you're afraid of heights, the single chairs can be a little intimidating, but don't worry, they go slow and you'll be fine! Just sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride! Once at the top, you'll be able to freely roam around and take it all in. This is a really great way to round out your day after taking the boat tour, as you're getting to see Capri from all angles. Aside from the views, there isn't much else to do up here so just keep that in mind.
Tip: Hold onto your hats, as the breeze may take them off you! To get the most out of this experience, it's best go to on a clear day. If Anacapri is in the middle of a cloud, you won't be able to see anything below, making it kind of a pointless trip to the top.
4. Try Lemoncello
Lemoncello is a lemon liquor mainly produced in southern Italy, so there is NO escaping it in Capri. Don't let it's lovely lemon color and sweet scent fool you though, this stuff packs a punch with about a 23% alcohol content. Since I wasn't really sure what it was, I ordered it expecting it to come as a cocktail. I was wrong. It is actually served chilled in a small shot glass. I also didn't know that it is meant to be drank as a digestive post meal (because, carbs) so instead I drank it pre-meal trying to channel my inner 21 year old and knock it back. I failed...miserably. Be smarter than me, do it the Italian way!
5. See the Blue Grotto
The Blue Grotto is a sea cave with it's only light source appearing through an underwater cavity which shines through the seawater to give you the most magical views of the Mediterranean's electric blue water. With only a SMALL entrance to the cave, you will first have to board a smaller 4-person boat, where a guide will instruct you to lay down as you pass through the entrance (yes, its that small). Once inside, it will take your eyes a couple of minutes to adjust to the contrast of a dark cave against ice blue water. In true Italian spirit, the guides sing together, their vocals echoing throughout the cave and telling you the history. You only spend about 5 minutes inside but it's worth it to see one of mother nature's many beauties.
Tip: You can make the stop at the Blue Grotto from your boat tour, however because the grotto is considered a museum, it is not included in your boat tour around Capri. To go inside is an additional €14/pp (cash only). This is paid after you've boarded the smaller boat, just before entering the cave. Although tipping is not necessary in Italy, locations with plenty of tipping tourists have spoiled the locals, so if you want, you can tip your guide.
BONUS: Walk down from Capri to Marina Grande
There are a few means of public transportation, but one of the most enjoyable things I did was walk back to Marina Grande from Capri (a recommendation from a local). To find the route, head back towards the Funicular where you will see a staircase and some vague signage about the walk down taking about 20 minutes. You'll quickly learn that time and distance to Italian's are VERY loose guidelines and should taken as an estimate (seriously, 10 minutes really means 20 minutes and 500 yards really means 1 mile). This is a nice, quiet walk, with the ability to see things more like a local. There aren't many other tourist's on route so you should be able to go at your own pace.
Thanks for checking out my top 5 must-do's for Capri! Comment with your favorite places to eat, hotels, and activities you enjoyed in Capri! Be sure to pin for later and share with friends and see you back here for tips on Rome, Positano, and Pompeii!