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Virtual Italy Tour of Capri

Overview of Capri

You’ve heard it mentioned as a brand for ladies’ cigarettes, as a type of lady’s pants, and even as a wine, but it is actually more than all of these. Capri is actually an island in Italy that is a famous tourist destination and is part of the Campagnia region. This island is steeped in history and is one of the islands in the Tyrrhenian Sea that traces its roots back to ancient Greece and is even part of Greek mythology.

The Island of Capri

The Island of Capri

The Island of Capri, which is located just south of Naples and southwest of Sorrento, can only be reached by boat from a few areas on the mainland. You can also get here via hydrofoil or ferry from Positano, Amalfi, Sorrento, and Naples. This tourist destination is divided into two Anacapri to the west and Capri to the east. These two municipalities, with the former located on a high plateau and the latter located on a lower level, has been one of the summer destinations of tourists since the 1950s.

Where to Go and What to See

When you get to the island, you will find that there are lots of places for you to go and things for you to see. Whether you start with Anacapri or begin your adventure in Capri Town, you should be able to enjoy everything that the island has to offer in a couple of days or more. Here are some of the most popular attractions here:

Grotta Azzurra – This is probably the most popular tourist attraction on the island, and rightfully so. This unique wonder of nature is a cave located on the northwestern side of the island and is something that you should never miss on a trip to Capri. Called the Blue Grotto in English, this cave is named as such because of the magnificent turquoise blue water within it. It will leave you breathless and amazed when you see it.

I Faraglioni – Another wonder of nature is this collection of three dramatic rocks jutting out of the sea located on the southeastern part of the island. Called the I Faraglioni, which literally means “stacks”, these three rocks are actually part of a smaller island, with the other two completely removed from it and one still attached. These three rocks are named Stella, Faraglione di Mezzo, and Faraglione di Fuori (also called Scopolo). One of these stacks, which is the last one on our list, is the home of the Blue Lizard or Podarcis sicula coerulea, which is said to be only found on this rock.

Villa San Michele – This is another must-see on this island and is a villa that was made popular by the book The Story of San Michele, which highlights not only the villa but the life of the person that built it. Constructed on a cliff that is 327 meters above sea level, this structure is home to many art pieces, artifacts, and relics. No trip to Capri is complete without a visit to this breathtaking villa.

What to Do

Aside from the usual tourist sites that you should not miss on this island, there are a few other things that you need to indulge in here in order to totally make your trip worthwhile. Here are some activities you need to add to your list when you are planning a trip to Capri:

View From the Top

View From the Top

Chairlift Ride to the Top of Mount Solaro – Some people may be too afraid of heights to try this out but those who are brave enough to take this 12-minute ride to the top of the mountain are rewarded with the majestic views of the water below and everything around it. If you still want the views that can be seen from the top of this mountain but do not want to ride the chairlift, you can actually walk to the top (and on the way down as well), which will take around 30 minutes to an hour.

Enjoy a cocktail in the Piazzetta – The main square of Capri Town is Piazza Umberto, otherwise known as La Piazzetta. Spend a lazy afternoon here people-watching while enjoying a cocktail or two before dinner. Not up to drinking alcohol before dinner? You can choose to sip an espresso instead. Want to see VIPs and celebrities in the Piazzetta? Do this between 7pm and 9pm to catch a glimpse of some of the more famous names that love dropping by this island paradise.

These are just a few of the things you can see and do in Capri. There are a lot of other sights and activities that can be indulged in here, like spending a day on the beach in Palazzo a Mare, dancing the night away at the Taverna, or simply walking around the historic center of Anacapri. You can plan your trip to Capri and partner it with a tour of the Amalfi Coast. Let us help you plan your trip and you can start by calling us at 800.955.4418.