If you’re ever in the Campania region of Italy, a day on the island of Capri is a must. You can spend very little money or a good chunk of money on this majestic island. Either way, you will undoubtably enjoy your time. We visited the island during our Italian getaway last April to visit the incredible Mount Vesuvius. We spent six days in Naples (in hindsight, we would have stayed in Sorrento), and from there we were able to take incredible day trips.
To get to Isle of Capri, we took the ferry from the Molo Beverello port in Naples (Napoli). Round trip, the cost was about 75 € total for our then family of five (children ages 6 and under). The ferry was very clean and comfortable, although the one traveling back was less so but still okay. The views from the ferry are great, but as you approach the Island they truly take your breath away! I mean, wow… just wow!
Upon departing the ferry, we saw pizzerias and gelaterias next to gift shops and a tourist information desk. There is a clean public restroom next to the tourist desk, which was naturally our first stop with young children. There is also a taxi stand, which you will wish to use if you cannot perform long uphill walking, but we chose to tour the island on foot. There is also a funicular car that takes visitors to the city center. The small island is composed of municipalities Capri and Anacapri, both of which can be seen in one day. If you were to bring a stroller, we would suggest a lightweight umbrella stroller that can easily be folded and carried. There are a lot of stairs and quite a bit of uphill walking involved in this excursion.
Our first order of business was see the “Blue Grotto” (Gratta Azzura), a magnificent natural limestone sea cave. However, the cave was closed during our trip. Next time- and there will be a next time- we will absolutely make sure we can do this tour. Find out more about it here.
Since the Gratta Azzura wasn’t an option we continued on, stopping first to pick up a straw fedora for me. We saw a gorgeous staircase entrance with signs to the city center. Other people were headed up, so we figured that must be the way to get started. HOLY STAIRS. Just FYI, if you or anyone in your group happens to be seven months pregnant (as I was), you may wish to take a taxi or the funicular car up. When you get halfway up, you think you’re almost there. You aren’t. If you turn around, you still have a hike down. So uphill it is. Just letting you know, because our kids are great little hikers and their poor legs were hurting since we had just climbed Vesuvius the day before. The homes and gardens on the trip up are gorgeous, and I’m glad we went that way, but it would be unfair not to mention the bit about the never ending stairwell.
We did eventually get to the city center. There are several restaurants to choose from, depending on your budget and personal cuisine preference. There are gelaterias all over the island, but we suggest waiting until you reach the one where they make your waffle cone fresh in front of you. You’ll know it when you see it. There are tons of shops, ranging from high end designers to affordable mom and pop spots with regional handmade items. There are also several Italian leather sandal craftsman on the island.
We spent the day doing what you’re supposed to do on Capri: eating, shopping, gellato-ing, enjoying espresso, and taking in the phenomenal panoramic views. Strolling the island, we marveled at the hand painted tiles, saw the Gardens of Augustus, and Via Vittorio Emanuele III. We took the funicular down and blew bubbles on the Port of Marina Grande. We finished the day with pizza by the water before ferrying back to mainland Italy.
At a glance:
- Capri is a wonderful place to relax as a family and is very child-friendly.
- There is quite a bit of uphill walking.
- The island is not ideal for strollers/pushchairs.
- Capri is a great place to purchase souvenirs made in Italy, particularly stunning hand painted tiles and custom made sandals.
- The “Blue Grotto” is hit or miss, so find out ahead of time if it’s on your list of things to see.
- You can enjoy good, cheap eats or fine dining.
- The views alone are worth the trip.
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