The Island of Capri

The Island of Capri

Capri is definitely a dream destination that I had the pleasure visiting and exploring during the warm month of August. In this post, I will share my Capri experience along with the top-recommended places and activities to do there.

The Island of Capri is located in the Gulf of Naples off the southern coast of Italy, just a few miles from Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast. The island is 10.4 square kilometers in land area.

1. Reaching Capri

The only way to reach Capri is by sea. If you are coming from Rome, you need to take a train to Naples and Sorrento (usually takes 1 hour on the fast train) where ferries depart from. During the summer months, there are also ferry routes from Positano, Ischia, and Salerno. For most of the year, vehicles are prohibited from embarking on the island, with the exception of residents and taxis.

The island is divided into two municipalities: Capri and Anacapri. The center of Capri town is about 150 meters above sea level while Anacapri is at a higher altitute. There are also two villages directly on the coast: Marina Grande (where the port is located) and Marina Piccola.

2. Getting around

During my trip, I decided to rent a moped (70 euros for 2 days) which made it easier to reach wherever I wanted. Moreover, there are frequent buses or taxis that you can use in case you decide not to rent a moped. Taxis can cost around 25- 30 euros from Marina Grande to Anacapri.

The bus routes are:

  • Capri – Anacapri
  • Capri – Marina Piccola
  • Capri – San Costanzo (Marina Grande)
  • Anacapri – Grotta Azzurra (Blue Grotto)
  • Anacapri – Faro (Lighthouse)

3. Activities

  • The Blue Grotto (Grotto Azzurra):

It is a sea cave on the coast of the island of Capri. You can swim inside the grotto and discover the magic; the light passing through the underwater cavity creates a charming baby-blue reflection that illuminates the cave.

Above the grotto, their is a cute bar (and the only bar) where you can leave your things and go swimming. Having drinks at this place is recommended as it is lays high on the cliff with a breathtaking view.

Blue Grotto Bar
  • Chair lift of Monte Solaro

Monte Solaro is the highest point on Capri. The lift is in Via Caposcuro in Anacapri, near Piazza Vittoria.

On the lift, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy the splendid views of the Gulf of Naples with Vesuvius , the Gulf of Salerno, and Anacapri in the background.

  • Villa San Michele

This Villa is the life’s work of the Swedish physician and author Axel Munthe (1857–1949). It is surrounded by an impressive garden, which recently won the prize as Italy’s most beautiful private park. Behind it is the Barbarossa mountain that Axel Munthe turned into a sanctuary for migratory birds.

Villa San Michele houses an important art collection. The majority is of Roman, Etruscan or Egyptian origin, many are sculptures such as the fabled 3200-year-old sphinx.

  • Gardens of Augustus

If you are looking for a shortcut to enjoy Capri’s views but don’t have time to hike, then the Gardens of Augustus can solve this problem. From there you can spot the famous attractions like the Marina Piccola, Via Krupp and Faraglioni. The gardens are beautifully terraced, romantic and multileveled.

Entrance to the Gardens of Augustus will cost just 1 euro and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. from March till November.

  • Marina Grande
Marina Grande

Marina Grande is the first thing you see when you arrive to Capri by sea and is one of the most interconnected areas on the island. This town is a charming one with vast green surroundings and scenic landscapes all around. You can spend time discovering this town by walking around, having some lunch or dinner and enjoying the gorgeous beaches there.

  • Marina Piccola

If you are looking for a less busy town and relaxing location, then Marina Piccola is the place to be. You can have a relaxing beach day while sipping drinks at the beach or enjoying a nice cup of coffee from the many cafe’s and restaurants around. Marina Piccola also a offers a great view of Faraglioni and houses the popular Siren’s rock.

  • Piazza Umberto

The Piazza Umberto is also known as La Piazzetta and is one of the main centers of Capri. This place seems to always be busy in summer and is great for a nice stroll around, shopping, and having drinks.

4. Food!!

These are my restaurants suggestions:

  • Materita
  • L’ Angolo del Gusto
  • Ristorante e Pizzeria Verginiello
  • La Rosticceria Capri Pasta
  • Gelato at Buonocore

Summary:

Italy is blessed with great food, landscapes, history, architecture and beauty. It also houses a great deal of dreamy island getaways just like Capri. Capri is definitely the place to be if you are looking for a place to have a relaxing and dreamy vacation where you can enjoy a night at a beach-view hotel, delicious sea food, jaw-dropping sceneries, along with a relaxing beach day filled with sunshine and happiness.

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Where To Brunch In Rome? My Favorite Brunch Restaurants In Rome

Where To Brunch In Rome? My Favorite Brunch Restaurants In Rome

Brunch is my favorite meal! Why? Food options are literally doubled, you can sleep in, plus brunch gives you a totally acceptable way to have an early mimosa!

I have picked these 6 brunch restaurants located in Rome that will surely make any kind of weekend special:

1. Necci dal 1924

Location: Via Fanfulla da Lodi, 68, 00176 Roma RM (Pigneto)

When? Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 to 15:30

Necci is an oasis of calm where you can take refuge for a good meal. In the garden, under the morning sunshine, you can savor the goodness of brunch which includes a delicious chickpea croquette with Tzatziki sauce, rosemary zucchini pancakes, mini chicken burgers, bruschetta with tomato and basil and much more!

2. Punch Roma

Location: Via Alberto da Giussano, 69, 00176 Roma RM (Pigneto)

When? Saturday and Sunday from 10.30 to 15.30

“Punch is not dead” is the representation of the motto and the spirit of this amazing place. If you want to brunch in rock and roll style, then this place is for you! Punch offers delicious cocktails, craft beers or wine and a must-try Brit-Pop Brunch which includes an English breakfast complete with bacon, scrambled eggs, pancakes, and delicious home-made pies that are to die for. Outdoor seating available.

3. Blind Pig Roma

Location: Via la Spezia, 72, 00182 Roma RM (San Giovanni)

When? Saturday and Sunday from 12:30 to 18:00

This place offers a hip and relaxed atmosphere. The β€œBig Brunch of the Blind Pig” delights guests with dishes inspired by English, American and Mexican cuisine. You can choose between 3 savory Brunch options: Heavy Brunch , Soft brunch, and Vegetarian Brunch. The food includes club sandwiches, mixed salads, croutons with fried eggs and bagels stuffed with marinated salmon, American coffee and a wide selection of craft beers. Make sure to try the soft pancakes filled with jam, maple syrup or other spreads.

4. Doppiozeroo

Location: Via Ostiense, 68, 00154 Roma RM (Ostiense)

When? Saturday and Sunday from 12.30 to 15.30

Close to the Garbatella metro station lies a lively & refined restaurant that serves a delicious brunch combining the Italian and Mediterranean flavors with the American classics. The brunch includes anything from pizza to pastries, coffee, cocktails and freshly homemade juices. The place has outdoors seating in a gorgeous area perfect for a brunch under some sunshine!

5. Marigold Roma

Location:  Via Giovanni da Empoli, 37, 00154 Roma RM (Ostiense)

When? Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 to 15:00

In the Ostiense area, Marigold stands out as a bakery with a welcoming and essential restaurant, in perfect English style. This cozy place offers fresh fruit with yogurt and granola, sandwiches of the day and then of course a vast assortment of eggs: soft-boiled with homemade rye bread, fried with sage, or in an omelette version with cheese. The desserts include brownies, carrot cake and buttermilk pancakes with maple syrup…

6. Porto Fluviale:

Location: Via del Porto Fluviale, 22, 00154 Roma RM (Aventino)

When: Saturday and Sunday from 12.30 to 16:00

Porto Fluviale offers an amazing atmosphere and a great international brunch, with the American breakfast corner, consisting of scrambled eggs, bacon, French toast and juices. It ends on a sweet note with some traditional Anglo-Saxon cakes and creams. For children, a table is set up with their favorite dishes and professional entertainment.