Have you been to Anacapri? If you have the opportunity to visit southern Italy and the Amalfi Coast, I would highly recommend you spend at least a day, ideally longer, on the island of Capri. We only had the day there, which was magical, and we wished we’d had longer to explore more of this beautiful island.
During the summer months, I’m told it’s absolutely overrun with tourists – particularly in July and August, but we were fortunate to visit in April and it was superb. We took an early ferry, which is recommended by the guide books so that you can enjoy more time on the island.
When you take the ferry to Capri from Sorrento or Naples, you arrive in the port of Marina Grande, which we found to be quite busy. We first took a picturesque boat tour around the island, where we had hoped to see the Blue Grotto, but it was closed due to high tides – they didn’t tell us it was closed until we got there, but the boat ride was worth doing anyway. We then took the funicular (inclined railway) up to bustling Capri town, then a small bus to the pretty hilltop village of Anacapri.
The bus lets you off at Piazza Vittoria, which is the heart of the town. The whole feel of Anacapri is quite different and much quieter than the other towns on the island, in our experience. In the area near the square, there are quite a few shops selling beautiful handmade sandals, linen clothes and loads of lemon products. We took our time to wander around, through the back streets and lanes, where often we were the only people around. We visited St. Michael’s Church, which features a stunning majolica floor, hand-painted with images of heaven on earth – it was quite incredible and worthy of a separate post (stay tuned for it!).
Afterwards, we visited a lovely little “hole in the wall” eatery called Pizza e Pasta, where we bought a panini and then sat on a nearby bench in the sun to enjoy watching the local scene.
It was refreshing just to be able to wander without the hordes of people we had envisaged. We managed to wander off the beaten path (intentionally) and even had a local ask if we were lost!
We then wandered on the Villa San Michele, the 19th-century mansion of Axel Munthe, which offers the most stunning views on the island and is again definitely worth visiting.
Sadly, we had to leave the island by 2.30pm to return to Sorrento, as a driver was collecting us to take us to Positano, where we stayed for a few days – it’s superb too!
Have you been to the island of Capri? Did you visit Anacapri?
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