Capri Guide: Top Things to do in Capri

A trip to Italy is incomplete without a visit the island of Capri. It is set just off the Amalfi Coast, located in the bay of Naples. This breathtaking destination is the perfect place for you to create the perfect Italian summer memories. The palette of colors that this island greets your eyes with will leave you astonished. 

The teal hues of the aqua sea, the contrasting pastels of the architecture, the soothing greens of the flora over the greys of the cliffs are right out of a painting. This island will embrace you with warmth and sunshine, a cherry on top of your Italian experience.

How to get to Capri?

Capri is an island so it is only accessible with the ferry. You can get on ferries leaving from Sorrento and Naples and there are also routes from Positano, Ischia, Salerno, and other places depending on the time of the year. Check the latest ferry timetables here. 


Things to do in Capri 

Here are some of the top things to do in Capri on your upcoming trip to the island:

Blue grotto

Blue Grotto, also known as the Grotta Azzurra, is one of the finest attractions Capri has to offer, with its naturally stunning azure waters hidden beneath the huge rocks. To reach this hidden gem, you’ll need to get on a rowboat. The opening to the grotto is so small that only smaller rowboats can take you in to enjoy this blue paradise.

 The grotto also has historical significance when it comes to the legends surrounding Capri and will completely satisfy your wanderlust. We recommend booking a day boat trip to visit the stunning Blue Grotto.


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The sea stacks of Faraglioni are a sight to behold. These naturally formed rock marvels are the face of Capri and are instantly recognizable. The stunning views that this site has to offer are beyond imagination. The waves crashing on the grey rocks with little green patches are very picturesque.

You can admire these rock formations from the coastline while on the Via Tragara or get on a boat tour that takes you close to the site. This is one of the spots you just can’t miss while visiting Capri.

Giardini Di Augusto (Gardens of Augustus)

If you wander just a little out of the city center, you’ll reach the Giardini Di Augusto. This garden is full of lush Mediterranean flora and fauna. The entry to this garden costs only 1 euro, the cheapest in Capri. The garden isn’t vast but offers some of the best views of the Bay of Naples. 

The cliffside terraces inside the garden let you enjoy panoramic views of the blue seas as well as the Faraglioni rocks. The famous Via Krupp and all its hairpin turns are also visible from the garden.

Marina Piccola

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The Marina Piccola is the place to be if you want to take a dip into the teal waters around Capri. Located just below the Gardens of Augustus, this marina can be accessed by the Via Krupp or by a bus from the other side of the island. 

The beach is stunning with very little boat traffic. The perfect place for you to sunbathe and enjoy the sea.

Monte Solaro

From the moment you reach Capri you can see the large mountain on the horizon. This mountain is called Monte Solaro and its peak offers some of the most breathtaking views of the island and the Bay of Naples. 

You can enjoy a fun chairlift ride from Via Capo Scuro to the peak. Another fun way to go about it is to hike along Anacapri. This lets you enjoy the local fauna and the vistas.

The Arco Naturale

The Arco Naturale is another photogenic piece of rock on the coast of Capri that you must visit. This naturally formed arch is what remains of a collapsed grotto. It sits on blue waters with waves crashing, making it the perfect frame for photos. 

You can reach this arch by walking down the Via del Pizzolungo. This footpath on the southern coast of the island lets you enjoy the stunning views of the sea and the rocks.

Villa Jovis

The oldest villa on the island is Villa Jovis. You can visit this ancient piece of history and admire what started it all. The location of Villa Jovis is amazing, with cliffs surrounding it over the teal sea and a great view of the marina. 

This Villa was built by Emperor Tiberius as his personal home on the island. Even though the villa is a ruin now, it still is a significantly beautiful part of Capri.

Certosa di San Giacomo

Speaking of old buildings, Certosa di San Giacomo is the oldest standing building in Capri. It used to be a monastery housing monks and nuns who meditated in the courtyards and lived a life of separation. 

The building is now a museum and hosts events. You can admire the architecture of the early Roman era at this Certosa.

Piazza Umberto I

After a long day of sightseeing, you can unwind at a streetside cafe in Piazza Umberto I. This square in the town lets you enjoy the waves of people pouring onto the island and going about. You can spot all kinds of people and admire the glamourous fashion. Not everyone you see will be a tourist, you may spot the busy locals as well. The Piazza is the perfect people-watching spot in Capri.

Marina Grande 

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Marina Grande is the entry point to Capri and you can take a stroll up and down the marina to experience the local lives as well as the rush of people pouring onto the island.


Anacapri is the other town on the island uphill from Capri. It showcases the idyllic countryside of the island. You can visit Anacapri for the peaceful scenic experience that is hard to find in the city centre of the island.

 It is relatively pocket-friendly and gives you the local Italian experience.

You can reach Anacapri via the local bus service as it is less than two miles from Capri town. However, the 10-minute bus ride can itself be a once-in-a-lifetime experience (owning to the twisting roads on the cliffs).

Phonecian steps

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If you are looking for a more adventurous route to Anacapri, you can take the Phonecian steps. These 921 steps start at the Marina Grande and end at Anacapri making it quite the hike. 

It is the shortest way to reach Anacapri, however, the steep steps can be a difficult climb, make sure you are fit to go. If you are up for this task, you can enjoy some of the best views that Capri has to offer.

Punta Carena Lighthouse

One of the hidden gems of Capri is the coast of Punta Carena. A little walk from Anacapri leads you to the Punta Carena beach and on the cliffs is the very famous lighthouse. This lighthouse has been guiding boats and ships for over 150 years and is one of Punta Carena’s main attractions.

The beach at Punta Carena is one to relish, as it is less crowded and lets you enjoy the mediterranean sea.

Villa San Michele

One of the most notable villas in Anacapri is the Villa San Michele. This Villa was bought and restored by a Swedish Doctor named Axel Munthe. The villa has a beautiful view of the sea and an even more stunning garden which was specifically designed by Munthe. 

You should definitely visit this Villa which is now a museum for the essence of the artistic history of Capri.

Other things to do in Capri

Some of the other things that you can enjoy around the island can be taking a swim in the mediterranean sea or you can also take a boat tour of the island which will let you experience the scenic beauty of Capri and its surrounding seas and beaches.

You can also visit the Via Camerelle to shop or buy the local Carthusia Perfume. You could also go around and buy handmade Capri sandals which make for the perfect souvenirs to bring back from the island.

What to Eat in Capri

Capri has a lot of things to offer when it comes to local cuisines, but the best things to eat in Capri are the local and freshly made Neapolitan pizzas, the fresh seafood complemented by local kinds of pasta and bread. The limoncello cools you off and if you have a sweet tooth the gelato is just the thing for you. 

Where to Stay in Capri 

There is something for everyone in Capri when it comes to accommodations. There are luxury hotels to suit your fancy needs if you feel like living in the best places possible. There are pocket-friendly hotels with great views that let you enjoy the island without burning a hole in your wallet. There are also BnBs to rent that are cost-effective as well as luxurious, depending on your budget for the trip. Check out hotels for every budget here. 

Another thing to keep in mind is that traveling around Capri is no hassle at all. The local bus service is very convenient and most of the places are within walking distance so you don’t have to worry about getting around the island.


What are the best times of year to visit Capri to avoid crowds but still enjoy good weather?

The optimal time to visit Capri is during the shoulder seasons, which are April to June and September to October. These months strike a balance between enjoying the mild, pleasant weather and avoiding the peak tourist crowds that summer brings. Traveling during these times allows visitors to explore Capri's beauty in a more relaxed atmosphere, with easier access to attractions and accommodations, while still being able to enjoy the beach.

Are there any recommended local guides or tour companies for exploring Capri's hidden gems that are not widely known to tourists?

While specific local guides or tour companies were not mentioned in the article, I highly recommend seeking out local expertise for an authentic and enriching experience. Look for guides with high ratings and positive reviews on travel websites like Get Your Guide dedicated to travel reviews. These professionals can offer insights into Capri's hidden gems, providing a unique perspective on the island beyond the well-trodden tourist paths.

What are some safety tips or precautions visitors should be aware of when exploring Capri, especially when engaging in outdoor activities or visiting less populated areas?

Safety in Capri involves common-sense measures such as staying hydrated, wearing appropriate footwear for hiking, and being cautious of personal belongings in crowded areas. For outdoor activities, always check the weather beforehand and consider hiring a guide for unfamiliar trails. Paying attention to local advice on safety can enhance your visit, ensuring a memorable and secure experience on the island.

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