ANACAPRI AND CAPRI
A small island that is a destination for a myriad of tourists. During this tour we find out why, with a visit to the island's two towns, which sit surrounded by a ragged coastline with sheer drops over the sea, and feature wonderful villas and a wealth of shops selling Italian handicrafts and designer goods.
What we will see
- Marina Grande
- Anacapri: Villa San Michele and its fine 17th-century furniture and archaeological artefacts
- Capri: Piazza Umberto I, Faraglioni (sea stacks)
What we will do
- We leave on board a hydrofoil from the dock where the ship is berthed and we reach the island of Capri, an island of ragged coastlines, natural caves, sheer sea cliffs and high grounds covered in vineyards and gardens, where villas and other dwellings are embedded seamlessly in the surrounding environment.
- From Marina Grande, where the hydrofoil berths, we board a minibus that takes us along a scenic route to Anacapri, the island's biggest town, which is situated on the northern side of Mount Solaro. The "Ana-" prefix of the name Anacapri comes from Greek and it means "up" or "above".
- During our stop in Anacapri we have the opportunity to visit Villa San Michele, the late 19th-century home of Axel Munthe, the famous Swedish doctor and writer. The villa, which is rather eclectic and heterogeneous from an architectural point of view, is located in the Capodimonte area, on the edge of a cliff that overhangs the Bagni di Tiberio below. Immersed in a wonderful landscape, between the green of the Mediterranean maquis and the cobalt blue of the sea, the villa houses precious 17th century furniture and archaeological remains, amongst which there are fragments of sarcophagi, busts, Roman floors, marble, columns and a Greek tomb.
- We continue on to the town of Capri, the capital and hub of tourism and the island's social scene. We stop in the famous, and very central, Piazza Umberto I better known as the Piazzetta which is surrounded on all sides, like a courtyard, by small white houses. It is impossible not to stop here, even just for a coffee or an aperitif. The Piazzetta is the pulsing heart of Capri, the cornerstone around which island life revolves and the "world's living room" in that it is a meeting place and key attraction for everyone, from tourists to major figures from the worlds of cinema, fashion, politics, and business.
- Before returning by minibus to Marina Grande, from where we go back to Naples, we have the chance to take some photographs, do a little shopping or enjoy a romantic walk and admire the Faraglioni, three spurs of rock to the south east of the island that rise out of the blue waters creating a spectacular scene.
What you need to know
- The transfer to Capri takes approximately 45 minutes.
- The excursion is not recommended for people suffering from sea sickness.
- There is no guide for the tour of Capri and Anacapri but brief explanations will be provided at the arrival points.
- On the island local minibuses will be used as means of transportation.
- Due to the high season, there are possible queues and long waiting times in the movements on the island of Capri.
- Places on this excursion are limited. We recommend booking early.