Capri Island is located in the Gulf of Naples and acclaimed worldwide for both its natural beauty and the surrounding waters. The coastline is very rugged with numerous grottoes alternating with steep cliffs. In Roman times these natural grottoes were used as nyphaeums of the luxurious residences built during the Empire. The most well known is the Grotta Azzurra, the Blue Grotto, which has been described by many writers and poets over the years.
The Faraglioni are another distinctive trait of Capri. These three towering rock formations, or stacks, jut out of the sea close to the shoreline creating one of the most unique landscapes in the world. Each stack has been given a name to distinguish it from the others: Stella is the one connected to the island, Faraglione di Mezzo stands in the middle and Faraglione di Fuori or Scopolo is the furthest away.
Capri offers tourists a unique shopping experience and ideal occasion to purchase catwalk designer-ware, a special item of jewellery or handmade local products such as made to measure sandals. Local craftsmen are well known and appreciated for the fine products that have made Capri famous, such as the art studios where paintings, sculptures and ceramics are exhibited.
Souvenirs can easily be found at the local shoemakers, the lace and embroidery boutiques and also at the workshops where essences and perfumes are made from the island’s flowers. A ‘must’ is the renowned Limoncello and a visit to a local delicatessen or characteristic restaurant along the medieval streets of the town.
You can reach Capri by ferry or hydrofoil from Naples and Sorrento. There are also crossings from Positano, Amalfi, Salerno and even Ischia during the summer. Non-residents can only take a car onto the island from the beginning of November and at Easter time.
It is possible to take a ferry to Capri from Molo Beverello and Calata di Massa at Naples. Molo Beverello is near the Maschio Angioino castle in the Piazza Municipio, whereas Calata di Massa is to the East. Hydrofoils depart from Molo Beverello and high speed ferries and slower ferries leave from Calata di Massa. These are the most economical ferries and can take transport on board. The timetables and prices change regularly so always check the day before departure or contact the ferry companies directly, especially in the case of bad weather.« Discover other places nearby