Top 3 Spectacular Must-Do’s In Capri

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Unbelievably bright blue water, and the colorful, carefree vibes.

The island of Capri is without a doubt one of the jewels of Italy, and its unmatched beauty and makes it an essential part of an Italian vacation. With unbelievably bright blue water, and the colorful, carefree vibes that are so quintessentially southern Italian, Capri is picture perfect. It’s the kind of place that makes for both an amazing day trip and a relaxing weeklong stay, because it’s fairly small yet filled with incredible sights, food, and people. No matter how much time you spend here, you will leave with a deep love for the island and too many memories (and photos) to count. While it’s easy to feel perfectly content lounging by the shore and eating delicious seafood, if you make time for these three must-do’s, you can be sure you’re having the ultimate Capri experience.

1. Take a scenic boat ride around the island.

Unless you have a friend with a boat in the Capri harbor, you’ll have to hop on a guided tour boat, and although you may feel like a total tourist, it’ll be more than worth it. The guide will explain everything you’re seeing, and point out things you probably wouldn’t notice on your own, including various celebrity homes on the cliffs. The cliffs are an attraction in their own right, and seeing them from this perspective will really help you to appreciate their immense beauty. Perhaps the most stunning sight you’ll come upon during your boat trip will be the Faraglioni, which are rock formations emerging from the sea that you may recognize from that Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue fragrance commercial. The hours you spend taking in all these sights while feeling the ocean breeze and the warm saltwater mist are ones you won’t soon forget.

2. Venture inside the incredible Blue Grotto.

The Blue Grotto has come to be known as a symbol of Capri’s wonder, and it certainly lives up to its reputation. You enter the grotto through a small opening in the base of a cliff via a tiny boat, which is rowed by an expert guide. This is a stop on many guided boat tours, so be sure to check that your boat will be stopping here before you sign up! It’s super convenient to check out the Blue Grotto while you’re already out on the water. Climbing from a large boat onto the very small boat that goes inside the grotto may seem extremely precarious, but you just have to go for it. Warning: you might get wet while entering or exiting the grotto if a wave comes unexpectedly, and you’ll have to lay in the boat while passing through the opening if the tide is especially high—but this is all part of the fun! But, bring your phone at your own risk! However, if you can keep it dry, you’ll get to take really cool photos of the glowing blue water, which is caused by the phenomenon of sunlight entering the cavern and creating a bright blue reflection that shines throughout the grotto. Be sure to bring cash to pay for the boat ride into the grotto and to tip your guide—they may even sing to you!

3. Climb up to Anacapri and see the island from above!

You can either catch a shuttle or take a scenic—and at times, steep—hike up to Anacapri, the town on the island that is at a higher elevation than the town of Capri itself. On the way up, you must stop at a stand to buy a granita, a tasty frozen orange or lemon beverage that can include alcohol if you so desire (essentially a spiked citrus slushie). While you sip on your refreshing drink, you can take in the panoramic views of the island and ocean. The winding paths will lead you to many quaint shops and restaurants, and reveal fantastic views around every corner. If weather permits, you can even take a chair lift up to the highest point on the island, Monte Solaro, which provides unrivaled views on the way up. After seeing every side of Capri, it’s impossible not to fall completely in love with this spectacular island.

Jordyn Asakowicz

Editorial Intern

Jordyn is a college student from California. She is an aspiring writer who fell in love with Italy while living there for a few months. She loves shopping and trying local foods in a new city.

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