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Things to do in Capri

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Welcome to Capri

Capri outshines its neighboring islands in the Bay of Naples with sheer star power. Celebrities are thick on the ground (and on the sea, ensconced in dozens of yachts moored off shore) in this jet-set outpost, but most visitors come for the dramatic coastline and seascapes—as well as designer boutiques, gourmet dining, and exclusive beach clubs. The top thing to do on Capri is set sail on an island boat tour with stops to swim and visit the Blue Grotto; landlubbers can opt for a driving tour or cooking class.

Top 9 attractions in Capri

Blue Grotto (Grotta Azzurra)

The Blue Grotto (Grotta Azzurra) is a top attraction on the island of Capri, located in Italy’s Bay of Naples. To enter this sea cave—named after the bright blue light filtering through the water via an opening below sea level—you board a small rowboat and duck through a low opening. Once inside, you’ll see the glowing turquoise light.More


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.More

White Grotto (Grotta Bianca)

The coastline of Capri is dotted with unique sea caves, and though the Blue Grotto may be the most famous, the White Grotto is one of the most spectacular. Named for the white stalactites that hang from its roof and the layers of calcareous material that coat its sides, this cavern is a popular stop on boat tours of the island.More

Green Grotto (Grotta Verde)

One of several natural sea caves along Capri's rugged coastline, the Green Grotto (Grotta Verde) is known for the unique green light that filters through the water and reflects onto the walls, creating a striking, dreamy atmosphere inside.More

Marina Piccola

Once Capri’s main harbor, Marina Piccola today is simply one of the picturesque spots on the island’s southern coast. The towering Faraglioni sea stacks loom just offshore, and the tiny cove is home to exclusive beach clubs and waterfront restaurants. To get a taste of Capri’s chic la dolce vita vibe, this is the place to head.More

Natural Arch (Arco Naturale)

Whether glimpsed by land or sea, the towering Natural Arch is one of the most impressive sights along the coastline of Capri. This spectacular limestone arch stands 60 feet (18 meters tall and 40 feet (12 meters wide, and is all that remains of a Paleolithic cave. Take an island boat tour or hike the scenic trail to take in its majesty.More

Gardens of Augustus (Giardini di Augusto)

Perched atop the dramatic cliffs overlooking the Bay of Naples and just a short stroll from Capri’s central Piazzetta square, the lush Gardens of Augustus (Giardini di Augusto) are a quiet oasis offering mesmerizing views of the tiny cove of Marina Piccola and the soaring Faraglioni sea stacks just off shore.More

Villa San Michele

One of the most elegant and panoramic spots on Capri, this villa built by Swedish doctor and author Axel Munthe at the turn of the 20th century today houses an eclectic collection amassed during his travels. Admire art and antiquities, stroll through the lush gardens, and take in sweeping views across the Bay of Naples.More

Marina Grande

Whether arriving by private boat or public ferry, you’ll likely pass through Capril’s main port, Marina Grande. Once a humble fishing village, today this bustling harbor is home to restaurants and shops, the island’s largest beach, the funicular to Capri town, and buses and taxis to destinations across the island.More
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When to visit

Tourism is the main industry on Capri, and the island closes up almost entirely from November until April. Around Easter, local towns come back to life with spiffed-up hotels and restaurants and blooming bougainvillea, and the harbor welcomes bobbing yachts. Capri is at its busiest in August, when the island hosts parties and fireworks for the Feast Day of San Lorenzo (August 10th) and Ferragosto (August 15th). Visit in spring or fall to avoid the high-season crowds.

Getting around

Non-resident vehicles are not allowed on the island for most of the year, but you won’t miss your car. Capri is easy to explore on foot, via the local bus, or on a rented scooter. Everyone arriving on the island by ferry disembarks at the Marina Grande port. From there, you can take the funicular to the center of Capri town or hop on a bus to more remote destinations. You can also rent an open-top island taxi for a more scenic (if more expensive) ride.

Traveler tips

If you’re headed to the beach or out onto the water and want to pack a lunch, head to the landmark deli Salumeria Da Aldo, located under a yellow awning in Marina Grande. Push past the crowds in the aisles to the back of the store, where Aldo stands behind the counter churning out his signature caprese sandwiches. He’ll load a crusty bun with fresh mozzarella, sliced tomato, extra-virgin olive oil, and basil for you; it’s a simple yet unforgettable meal.

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What is Capri known for?

Capri, the most sophisticated island in the Bay of Naples, is known for upscale hotels and shops selling artisan leatherwork, perfumes, and limoncello. Top attractions include the Blue Grotto sea cave, the Gardens of Augustus, and the chairlift that ferries riders from Anacapri to the top of Mount Solaro.

How many days should I spend in Capri?

Spend at least two days in Capri. One day is enough for taking the funicular, walking Via Camerelle, and visiting the Gardens of Augustus—but little else. Stay the night, and you’ll encounter fewer crowds and have time for checking out Anacapri and swimming in a cove or two.

Can you walk around Capri?

Yes. Generally, Capri is small and walkable. The journey between the towns of Capri and Anacapri, for example, requires about an hour on foot. A funicular, chairlift, buses, and taxis (and rental scooters) make getting around Capri simple. Walking around the entire island will take a minimum of one day.

What is there to do in Capri if it rains?

Capri has museums and public villas ideal for visiting on rainy days. Villa San Michele, situated between the villages of Capri and Anacapri, holds Roman, Etruscan, and Egyptian artworks. Saint James’ Charterhouse is a 14th-century monastery turned museum and cultural center. Other options include the Cerio Museum and Casa Rossa.

What food is Capri known for?

Traditional pastas in Capri include ravioli caprese, with parmigiano and caciotta cheese filling; thick, ribbon-like scialatielli; and spaghetti alla Nerano, originating from the Amalfi Coast. Popular seafood includes sea bream, octopus, sea urchins, and mussels. Capri Bianco and Capri Rosse are local wines, and limoncello is the most popular liqueur.

Is Capri worth visiting?

Yes, without a doubt. Capri is one of the loveliest Italian islands. Visitors come for the beautiful swimming coves, public villas and gardens, and upscale shops and hotels along charming, island-sized lanes. The island is a short boat ride from Ischia, Naples, and the Amalfi Coast—within day-trip distance of Pompeii.


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