While we lived in Italy, we visited Capri six times. Visit there once, and you’ll understand why! Capri is an island in the Tyrrhenian Sea, close to the Amalfi Coast and very popular among tourists and locals.
For our first visit, on a hot and sunny day, we were joined by Jon’s parents, Joe and Lori. Later, we explored the island with other family and friends. It’s amazing that even on a small island, you can find so much to do. Some of our favorite things to do include riding up to Monte Solaro, walking to Arco Naturale, and enjoying time on the water!
Amazing Views on Monte Solaro
One of the places that we visited multiple times was Anacapri. On many visits with family and friends we hopped on a bus, which took us up some very narrow and winding roads to the town of Anacapri.
The ancient Greek prefix “ana” means “up” or “above,” signifying that it is at a higher elevation than the town of Capri. We caught the Seggiovia (chairlift), which took us to Monte Solaro. This is the highest peak of the entire island, at just about 2,000 feet. As we rode up the incline, we passed private homes and pretty gardens and orchards. At the top, we were welcomed with amazing views of the bays and Capri down below. The first time we visited, it was pretty hazy day so we couldn’t see as far as we wanted to, but other visits allowed us to see out into the distance.
Strolling Around Capri
Simply walking around the town of Capri is also one of our favorite things to do. (Sometimes you don’t need a big plan or a major landmark to have a great time, right?) We walked around the streets, gazing into little boutiques. Every once in a while we stopped, took in the views, and continued on our way.
We bought some Italian goodies and souvenirs and explored the narrow streets and shops along the way. We even stumbled upon a few streets that looked like they could be Rodeo Drive or 5th Avenue.
Stairs and walkways crisscross the island, making it accessible and fun to explore!
Besides walking around the town, we also hiked and walked to Arco Naturale. There is a pretty well marked path from the center of Capri to the Arco Naturale. The path involved a lot of steps and walking, but it gave us amazing views of the cliffs and water.
It is definitely one of our favorite things to do in Capri!
The warmer season is a great time to rent a boat. You can drive it yourself or opt to have someone else drive it for you. I’ve experienced time on the water both ways, and it’s a wonderful way to relax, and see hidden gems that you may not have seen.
During one visit, my friend, Liz, and I rented a boat at the marina near the ferry. We enjoyed ourselves for two whole hours!
We were able to drive around the island and see beautiful views and rock formations. After an hour, we found a nice beach, where we thought we’d stop to enjoy the snacks and wine we’d brought. But when we dropped the anchor, it snapped right off of the rope!
After some hysterical laughter, we realized the swaying of our boat wasn’t safe and we had to make a quick exit to calmer waters. When we got back to the pier, we told them what happened and they shrugged and said, “It happens.”
Nevertheless, we loved this unique experience!