The symbol of Capri—and one of the island’s most striking natural features—this trio of soaring rock spurs jutting out from the waters of the Mediterranean are a dramatic sight from both land and sea. Take in their craggy beauty from one of the island’s many scenic overlooks, or sail past on a boat tour. The Basics
Located off the southeastern coast of Capri, the Faraglioni tower more than 350 feet (100 meters) above sea level. The rock formations are so famous that they even have their own names: Stella sits closest to shore; Faraglione di Mezzo is in the center and is known for its natural arch; and Scopolo, which is the farthest from shore and is inhabited by a unique type of blue-skinned lizard.
The best way to admire the Faraglioni is by taking a boat tour from Sorrento, Positano, or the Marina Grande port on Capri. Boat tours generally circle the entire island, sailing past the Faraglioni and through the natural arch of Faraglione di Mezzo, where it’s considered good luck to exchange a kiss with your sweetheart.Things to Know Before You Go
How to Get There
- Most Capri boat tours include stops to swim and snorkel along the island’s coast, so be sure to bring your swimsuit along with a hat and sunscreen.
- Boat tours from Sorrento and Positano may also dock at Marina Grande and include free time to explore. Wear comfortable shoes if you want to stroll through town and see local sights.
- Not all boats are accessible for wheelchair users; check with your particular tour before booking.
The Faraglioni are located off the southeastern coast of Capri and can only be reached by sea. Most visitors see them on a boat tour that leaves from Naples, Sorrento, or the Amalfi Coast on the mainland, or from the Marina Grande port on Capri. You can also admire the rock formations from a number of scenic lookout spots on the island, including the Gardens of Augustus (Giardini di Augusto), Via Tragara, and La Fontelina and Da Luigi ai Faraglioni beach clubs.
When to Get There
The Faraglioni are one of the most photographed sights in Capri, and the best time to capture their grandeur is in the early morning or late afternoon, when the Mediterranean sun isn’t at its peak. Join a boat tour that leaves in the early hours, or opt for a sunset cruise to take advantage of the golden evening light. The Blue Grotto
The Blue Grotto (Grotta Azzurra) is another of the most famous natural landmarks along Capri’s coastline and is a highlight of local boat tours. This sea cave is famous for the iridescent blue light that filters through the water into the cave via an underwater opening. Visitors can enter the cave on small rowboats to admire the stunning turquoise glow.