Capri, it is one of those places you will never forget. We visited Capri during our Mediterranean cruise and it was probably one of the best days of any vacation we have ever taken. You definitely can’t judge Capri by its size. Though it is only four square miles in size, there are plenty of things to do. From wonderful boat tours that circumnavigate the island to quiet and quaint neighborhood exploration, you’ll have no shortage of activities. Here are the top 15 things that we recommend doing during your visit to Capri.
15 Amazing Things to Do In Capri
Things To Do with Kids in Capri
We took a private boat tour with Capri Whales and it was definitely the best decision we made. It would be a shame not to take advantage of a crystalline ocean adventure when you’re in Capri. While there are plenty of tours you can take, many are on overcrowded boats. We enjoyed an amazing private boat tour with Capri Whales. The Private Boat Tour with Capri Whales is one of the best around. The staff is excellent and very knowledgeable and amazing with the kids. While the point of the tour is to venture out in hopes of catching a glimpse of whales, you can also go for a dip in the ocean and explore the local caves. Book a boat tour here!
You can’t visit Capri without a trip to the famous Blue Grotto, otherwise known as the Grotta Azzurra. It is one of the most famous spots in Capri, and it is pretty obvious as to why. This natural sea cave is illuminated in a bright blue and silver sheen with just a slight bit of sunlight that filters through the opening. You can either see the Grotto from one of the many boat tours (we did on our Capri Boat Tour) that navigate around the island or visit on your own rowboat. Once you arrive at the grotto be prepared to pay a “Grotto Tax” to one of the people who will row you into the grotto. In addition, get ready to duck as it is a tight fit to fit into this beautiful grotto. Magical is the only way to describe this place! Check out tour options here.
Don’t have the time or energy to do a serious hike? How about exploring the Garden of Augustus instead? These multi-level gardens sit on a large terrace overlooking some of the most beautiful attractions in Capri, including the Marina Piccola and the Faraglioni. It’s a great place for the kids to get some energy out, not to mention the spectacular views. We highly recommend going very early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid the crowds.
Marina Piccola is a bit smaller and more laid-back than the Marina Grande, though just as beautiful. It is a wondrous place to catch the view of the Faraglioni, which lies just across the sparkling blue water. It is also home to the Siren’s rock, which is famous for being in the tale of Odysseus, where the sirens sang to him seductively.
We recommend taking some time to go to the beach here, as they are far less crowded and provide the perfect way to take a load off. Do note that sunsets happen pretty early (around 4 PM), so make sure to time your visit wisely.
The Punta Carena Lighthouse sits far away from the major tourist spots on the island. It is actually the oldest lighthouse in Italy, first used back in 1867. From here you can take in pretty spectacular coastline views. There is a small public beach, which provides visitors with the perfect spot to set up for a picnic too.
The Certosa di San Giacomo is one of the oldest buildings in Capri. It was built in the 14th century as an old monastery, though now it is filled with a school, a library, and exhibition spaces for artists. Luckily, they have preserved many of the past artifacts, as well as the architecture, making it a great place to appreciate Capri from a traditional standpoint.
You’ll love the marble columns, painted ceilings, and lush gardens that line the monastery. It is a tranquil experience, to say the least.
At one point, the Phoenician Steps were the only connection point between Anacapri and the Marina Grande. Luckily, they have been very well preserved, providing visitors with a unique way to take in views of the island. These 921 steps date back to the 6th and 7th century B.C., and some even say that they are the oldest steps in all of Europe.
If you get to Capri by boat, the first thing that you’ll notice when you get there is Marina Grande. This bright and colorful harbor is surrounded by a lush, green landscape. Here you can find the majority of the tour boats and main tourism offices as well.
Marina Grande also happens to offer a slew of wonderful beaches, restaurants, and other attractions. It is one of the most well-connected spots on the island as well, perfect for getting your bearings straight while enjoying the unique sights.
You might be surprised to find out that there are two towns on the island; Capri and Anacapri. Anacapri is more quaint, away from wealth and tourism. Here you’ll find local neighborhoods with more of an authentic vibe. Nice restaurants and shops line the streets, so you can also get your shopping on! Mount Solaro and Villa San Michele must be accessed through Anacapri, making it a good starting point. You can enjoy the few museums and historical buildings spread throughout the town, as well as the beautiful Chiesa di San Michele Arcangelo. Check out things to do on this side of the island here!
If you want to see one of the best historical sites on the island, then a visit to the Ruins of Villa Jovis is a must. These archeological ruins are from the Roman Period. They were originally constructed when emperor Tiberius had 12 of these villas built away from his palace when he wanted a place to get away from Rome and relax.
Here you can experience the remnants of intelligent Roman architecture, plumbing and all. Beyond that, it is a great place to take in the views of the Gulf of Naples!
It might surprise you that Capri is a town that runs pretty late into the night and many locals are night owls. Some of the nightclubs here don’t even open up until after midnight! Try and get some good sleep during the day so that you can hit one of Capri’s famous nightclubs in the evening. Just stroll the streets and head in anywhere that looks interesting!
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While there are many places to shop in Capri, one of the most popular is the Piazza Umberto. This square in the center of town might be small, though it is filled to the brim with high-end fashion stores, hip cafes, and delicious eats. Go in the summer and you are likely to spot a celebrity walking around. Here you can take a picture next to the square’s charming clock tower, or catch a view of the Marina Grande.
Though it does feel a bit touristy at first, it’s the perfect place for shopaholics to spend some hard-earned cash.
If you do have time to go the distance, we recommend heading to the top of Mount Solaro, which is the tallest mountain on Capri. From here you can see just about everything on the island, as well as the Amalfi Coast and the Bay of Naples in the distance. We recommend taking the chairlift up from Anacapri, as it only takes a little under 15 minutes. On the way up, you’ll cruise over pristine homes and local farms. Of course, if you’re feeling fit, you can head up the trail from Anacapri, which will take you about two hours to conquer.
One of the top attractions in Anacapri is the Villa San Michele. At one point, it was the home of Axel Munthe, a famous Swedish physician. The compound was built in the latter half of the 19th century, though it still remains as a stunning display of statues, gardens, architecture, and other artifacts. From here, you’ll be able to take in breathtaking views of the Marin Grande and the Bay of Naples.
It is a wonderful place to get a deeper insight into the history of the island too! There is a great semi-guided tour that stops at Villa San Michele along with many of the other attractions on this list.
When it comes to snapping photos, there is no better place than the Villa Lysis. From here you can get an aerial view of Anacapri, Capri, and the Marina Grande. This 20th-century villa offers tons of great photo opportunities within it as well, thanks to the marble decor, lush gardens, and unique art. Of course, at one point in time, the Villa Lysis was a home base for intellectuals, writers, and artists.
It is a truly enchanting place to explore. You can end the trip up there with a walk over to the famous statue de Nino.
And, That’s a Wrap on Our Favorite Things To Do in Capri
Capri may just be one of the most beautiful hidden gems in all of Europe. It is a place like nowhere else, and we hope that this list helps you to get out there and make the most of this rich, jaw-dropping, and awe-inspiring part of Italy. Safe travels!
Other Things to know about Capri:
Many of the restaurant have a “sitting fee” to dine at their restaurant. With 5 kids this was quite expensive. Make sure to ask if there is a sitting fee before you dine and how much it is.
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