Off the coast of Sorrento, in the Tyrrhenian Sea in the southern part of Italy’s Gulf of Naples, is the island of Capri.
Capri has long been a holiday spot for the rich and famous. It was once a part of the Italian mainland. Many royals and famous figures have rented and stayed at some of the islands’ mansions.
Its Marina Grande receives ferry boats filled with tourists throughout the day from Sorrento, Naples and Amalfi.
When you arrive in the Marina Grande, you are immediately captivated by the colorful buildings and the large number of boats docked in its Marina. Taxis, looking like vehicles straight from the Love Boat, are waiting to take tourists to the island’s main spots.
Just feet from the main dock is a station for Capri’s funicular. The funicular takes passengers on a 5-minute, incline train, scenic ride to the center of the town of Capri on the top of the hill.
As you exit the station, you find yourself in the center of Capri. To the right is the Piazetta, which has a spectacular view of Anacapri (the island’s other city) and the Gulf of Naples. To the left you see the picturesque buildings that make up the center of the city of Capri.
You are immediately greeted by the famous clock tower. This used to be the bell tower for the Cathedral of St. Stefano.
Walking around the city is fairly easy. Its narrow streets take you past Mediterranean style buildings and many famous brand name boutiques and hotels.
Cafes and Restaurants can be found throughout the city and people watching is pretty much assured in each one.
On the south side of the island is Augustus Gardens. These gardens were built in the early 20th century by German Friedrich Krupp. The gardens feature beautiful floral landscaping and have incredible lookout points from which you can see I Faraglioni and the Marina Piccola. I Faraglioni are three rock formations protruding from the waters down below.
Boat tours are available to tour the area around the island. Some offered in smaller boats also allow you to venture into the caverns where agate used for cameos is found.Hope you can make it to Capri soon! Safe travels!