Capri in a nutshell – breathtaking views and eye-watering prices.
I guess you can’t expect anything less from a holiday destination frequented by the Carters and the Kardashians. The prices are beyond anything I’ve ever seen, however, and so (unless you’re also an A-lister or of equivalent financial standing) I would really recommend spending just the one day on Capri with an itinerary as laid out below. Trust me, your bank balance will thank me.
Travelling to Capri
We took the early morning hydrofoil sailing (08:20AM – 08:40AM) from Sorrento to Capri. The SNAV service takes only 20 minutes and costs approximately 45 EUR per person for a return sailing from Sorrento. You can buy advance tickets online (as well as tickets departing from other locations, such as Naples) at Direct Ferries but make sure you print out a copy of your confirmation email so that you can easily obtain your tickets at the ticket office!
TOP TIP: the confirmation email from the ferry company advises that you need to arrive 30 minutes before departure. Arrive promptly as there is a 10 minute walk between the ticket office and the ferry port in Sorrento, but 30 minutes (in my opinion) is slightly excessive. I would also recommend having a good breakfast beforehand as, not only will you notice the difference in price between the mainland and the island, but then you will have more time to explore Capri!
Suggested Itinerary and Timings
08:40AM – Arrive in Capri (Marina Grande) by hydrofoil boat.
9AM – 11AM – Scoot to Anacapri, take return chairlift journey to Monte Solaro.
11AM – 1PM – Scoot to Capri Town, visit the Augustus Gardens and Via Krupp.
1PM – Lunch at La Fontelina.
2:30 – 4PM – Walk through Via Camerelle, have a lemonade and scoot back to Marina Grande (port of Capri) for hydrofoil back to the mainland.
On arrival to Marina Grande, the port of Capri, head straight to Oasi Motor and hire a scooter for the day (55 EUR) so that you can properly explore the whole of the island.
Anacapri and Monte Solaro Chairlift
You will likely have the time to start off your day by heading to Punta Carena Lighthouse, at the most south-westerly point of Capri. Indeed, this is a great way to make the most of the scooter and really feel as though you’ve explored every corner of the island. However, in hindsight, for a day trip I would recommend that you simply head straight to Anacapri (one of the two towns on the island) soaking up the beautiful views across Capri on your uphill ascent by scooter.
Park your scooter in Anacapri and head over to the Monte Solaro chairlift. A return chairlift journey currently costs 12 EUR and takes 13 minutes each way, offering 360 degree views across the island. However, it’s the view at the very top that, for me, is the most stunning on the island. It is nothing short of wonderful to see the three towering rocks of Faraglioni surrounded by the deep blue waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea, which appear endless on the horizon.
There is a small bar and restaurant on the top of Monte Solaro and so I recommend stopping in here for a drink to make the most of the view. My cover photo for this blog article is taken from inside the Monte Solaro bar.
Capri Town, Augustus Gardens and Via Krupp
After taking the chairlift back to the bottom of Anacapri, jump on your scooter and head to Capri town. Private vehicles are not allowed in the town centre, so park up your scooter and make your way on foot through to the Augustus Gardens (Gardens di Augusto), with an entry fee of 1 EUR. From the gardens, you can enjoy an even closer view of Faraglioni, as well as a beautiful aerial view of the hairpin turn footpath, Via Krupp.
From the Gardens, walk down down to La Fontelina, Capri’s iconic beach club. La Fontelina is close to Faraglioni and so you simply need to walk in the direction of the rocks (and the fancy hotels).
It must be mentioned that you need to book in advance for food at La Fontelina. The restaurant offers either a 1pm or 3pm sitting for lunch. Allow yourself half an hour to walk from the Gardens to the beach club and then around 45 minutes for the return uphill trip to Capri town, which is a sweaty workout definitely not for the faint hearted (especially with a belly full of pasta)!
Via Camerelle and return to Marina Grande
On your return to the town centre, you will walk through Via Camerelle. This is a beautiful street lined with expensive designer shops, such as Louis Vuitton. There are a number of street vendors in Capri town selling locally produced lemonade and I really recommend that you try one of these – it is delicious. Take your scooter back to Marina Grande and aboard your hydrofoil service (we opted for the 3:50PM ferry) back to Sorrento.
**You may note that I do not include a boat trip to the Blue Grotto in my itinerary. I decided not to visit the Blue Grotto as I read a number of blogs in advance of my trip advising that the Blue Grotto was not particularly worth visiting if you’re pushed for time. Let me know if you’ve visited the Blue Grotto and your thoughts on the same in the comments below!**