There are so many poems and songs about this lovely island. But all of them seem crap, if you saw the it with your own eyes. Maybe Capri is my favorite island.
Many, many years ago, I (Burcu) visited Capri during a field trip in school. Even then I loved the island, but in teen times you often don’t realize all of the beauty due to a lack of maturity. I really had good memories, so I was really happy when we bought the tickets for a boat trip to Capri.
All over the Amalfi Coast, Capri tours are offered for all budgets depending on comfort.
For some reasons it didn’t feel so long. Most likely because the ride offers you a stunning view of the coast from the sea!
Crowded Piazetta di Capri
Our plan was the following: Climbing the Via Krupp to the Augustus Gardens. Didn’t work, because it was closed this day.
So we took a public bus to Capri centre. We were hungry after the boat trip, so we had a Calzone first. After that to the Piazetta. The very, very crowded Piazetta. Full of Americans from every state of the USA. And some Asians. And some Italians. Some Germans.
It was so crowded, we didn’t stay here long. Some steps away it became quiet suddenly. The town with its white houses can be lovely and convenient, too.
„Don´t touch my lemons!“
Before entering the Augustus Gardens, we enjoyed a freshly squeezed tourist lemonade. The owner wasn’t amused about tourists touching his lemons:
„Don´t touch my lemons“- „Why?“- “Because they´re my lemons”- “I want to buy them”- “NO! They´re my lemons!”
Well, they are his lemons, which the tourists finally understood. You shouldn’t touch them if they are to be sold or are there for decoration reasons. Not that the island or the Amalfi region are short of lemons. Doesn’t matter! They are his lemons!
Entry fee was € 1. There are more expensive trips. The money is well invested. It’s an extraordinary garden with amazing views. Attention: Don’t get stamped down by tourist groups. You can just wait a minute as they are being let in in gushes.
What else you can do in Capri and what you (maybe) shouldn’t do
Firstly: Due to a lack of time and patience, we didn’t see the blue grotto. The queue is endless and quite expensive. Anacapri was also not on our list due to a lack of time.
During our 6 hours trip we made a three hours hike in the southeast of the island. Why? Ease and off the beaten path and so on…
This hike ended with a final challenge, which we named ‘Scala di Diavolo’ (Devil steps). Why? Probably we didn’t climb so many steps before. Parts of my inner organs might still be there. The steps were so high, the men with their ‚#Dadbods‘ had to hold their potbellies to get their knees up. Oh my god, this was heavy!
We didn’t take photos, because we were busy keeping us alive!
The views on the hike were definitely worth it, though, and the Wine in the end, too. The bar ‘Trattoria Le Grottelle’ helped us getting back to normal (A quite normal walk from Capri also leads there. So you don’t have to clime those devil steps). The staff was really gorgeous!
Not far from the Trattoria is the famous Arco Naturale. Stunning and amazingly beautiful!
Capri is expensive
Price of a glass of wine at the Piazetta: € 9. Did we pay it? Yes (don´t tell anyone). A gelato di limone: € 3. That’s decent. It’s more expensive at some places in Rome.
Restaurants are very expensive, take-away-snacks are affordable and quite good. You’ve got to eat something. A good and large Calzone: € 4.
Get your Limoncello on the mainland in ordinary supermarkets. Not in Rome and not in Capri. Actually we don´t care. Do whatever you want. We saved some money here.
Island of the rich
As beautiful as the island is: Accommodation is very expensive. That’s why we made a day trip. I read in a newspaper that you are being judged according to your luggage.
The island is really marvelous. Even if we could afford the expensive suitcases, we wouldn’t buy them, book an accommodation and bribe staff!
Long live Capri!