Capri, Italy


Capri is an island located in the Tyrrhenian Sea off the Sorrentine Peninsula, on the south side of the Gulf of Naples in the Campania region of Italy. The main town Capri that is located on the island shares the name and it has been a resort since the time of the Roman Republic.

There are no cars on the main part of Capri, which is one of the wonderful highlights the island has to offer.

Tourists arrive by ferry or hydrofoil from Naples, Sorrento, Positano or Amalfias. Boats arrive in the morning and leave after lunch (3–4 pm). We took a day trip over to Capri, while staying in Sorrento on the Amalfi Coast and we certainly weren’t disappointed! The ferry takes about 40 minutes while the hydrofoil takes about 20 minutes.

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Some of the main features of the island include the following: the Marina Piccola (the little harbour), the Belvedere of Tragara (a high panoramic promenade lined with villas), the limestone crags called sea stacks that project above the sea (the Faraglioni), the town of Anacapri, the Blue Grotto (Grotta Azzurra), and the ruins of the Imperial Roman villas.

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Capri is part of the region of Campania, Province of Naples. The town of Capri is the island’s main population centre. The island has two harbours, Marina Piccola and Marina Grande (the main port of the island). The separate comune of Anacapri is located high on the hills to the west.

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We took a boat tour of the Blue Grotto (from the same dock where most hydrofoils from the mainland arrive). You can take either the complete circle tour, which includes the thrill of sailing through the arch in the dramatic Faraglioni rock formations, or just one that only takes you to the Blue Grotto and back.

We opted for the full circle tour, which I am very glad we did. Never in my life have I experienced water quite this colour before. The photographs don’t even begin to do it justice.

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Have you visited Capri and done a tour to the Blue Grotto?

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