Capri

May 11, 2012
After the trying day in Amalfi I wasn’t sure I even wanted to attempt Capri. I figured it being an island would only complicate things and I wasn’t sure I had it in me to deal with more disappointment. However, Frank insisted we continue on course. To make it as trouble free as possible, the night before, we scoped out the ferries and armed ourselves with every nugget of information imaginable.

We returned bright and early the following morning. We knew being the early bird would aid in success. And it did, we were able to get tickets for the second ferry to Capri (8:10, €30 each round-trip). Purchasing a round trip ticket meant we had a boarding time of 3:30. So, we had to get all sights out of the way as soon as possible. The ferry was pricey, but it was timely and orderly. It was fantastic.

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We beat the crowds to Capri and immediately reserved our spot on the first Blue Grotto tour. The Blue Grotto was a must! I believe the boat ride to the grotto was €12 and then the row boats into the grotto were €6.

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It’s a quick 10-minute boat ride to the grotto, followed by a shaky shift into the row boat. We had another couple crammed into our boat with us; it was not comfortable so I didn’t mind the short tour.





Our captain waited for the water level to drop and then we swept right into the small opening that reveals a large cave. The water glows beautiful shades of blue from the sunlight that is able to enter the grotto.

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I’ve heard tales of songs being sung but there was none of that for us. We oohed and aahed and our time was through. We were extremely lucky that there was no wait to enter. I hear there are typically queues of an hour or more. It was such a joy to have a plan come to fruition without any hassle. I had a grin from ear to ear on the boat ride back to the Grande Marina.

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We waited for the bus only to find our bus passes were no good on the island, a separate ticket was needed. There is also a cable car to the town of Capri, but there was crowd already waiting so we walked hiked up the winding Phoenician Steps. It was exhausting but we made it. We stopped at the grocery store for our reward of salami and cheese. It hit the spot. We continued to walk around Capri stopping at various shops for take away snacks.





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We took the bus to Anacapri and walked all around there as well. Somehow, missing, both, the chairlifts and Villa San Michele.









We rode the bus back to Capri and had sandwiches and beers overlooking the serene waters. We had the best caprese sandwich of the trip at the restaurant near the top of the funicular, of all places. We also had a tasty eggplant sandwich. The views were stellar too.



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It was a lovely way to pass our final hour on the island. We took the funicular down to the Grande Marina, grabbed gelato and waited for the ferry to whisk us back to Sorrento.

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It was a great, great day. I’d love to return to Capri and spend a few days on the island in a beautiful resort overlooking the gorgeous Tyrrhenian Sea.

1 comments:

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