The ultimate weekend guide to Capri, Italy is something that I wanted to share with you for a long time. Finally, after over 6 months I managed to prepare it for you. Just on time before Summer 2022 will roll out.
Capri is an island in the Gulf of Naples. Over the years Capri earned a reputation as one of the most picturesque locations in all of Italy. I couldn’t agree with this more. The island is truly a paradise. With vibrant colours, beautiful scenery, lemon trees, delicious food and so much more. From the harbour of Marina Grande to the colourful town of Anacapri, Capri is full of natural wonders and historical sites. They will appeal to visitors of all ages and interests. From couples on romantic getaways to family vacations and solo travellers. Whether you have just a day or two in Capri or plan a longer stay, here’s your guide to maximizing your time on this beautiful island! I stayed in Capri for 3 days and in my option, this is the ideal time to see everything. If you would like to stay longer then you can just relax and visit different beaches and restaurants. However if you will only stay 2 days, it will feel like not enough. Having said that I still think that it’s better to have even 1 day in Capri than none 🙂 In my ultimate weekend guide to Capri, Italy you will be able to find the best places to see, visit, stay and eat. In the end, I have also prepared a full itinerary. Without a further due please find my Ultimate Weekend Guide to Capri, Italy below.
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How to get to Capri Island in Italy?
To get to Capri you will need to catch the ferry or boat service.
There are boat services from Sorrento and Naples. Additionally, in the summer there are also boat services from locations on the Amalfi Coast: Amalfi, Positano, Salerno, Marioi and Ischia.
From Naples: You catch the hydrofoil from Naples Molo Beverello.
It takes 50min or 1h25mins depending on the boat. I tried both options and they are both completely ok.
From Sorrento: you catch the boat from Marina Piccola Sorrento and takes about 30 mins.
Here is a link to the ferry schedule.
Where to Stay in Capri? La Minerva, Relais 2 Pini, JK Place Capri
Let’s start with the most luxurious one on my list. The famous JK Place Capri has 22 rooms. The style of this hotel is like a luxury house full of light and the colour of the sea. Rooms have white floors, sunny curtains and dreamy views of the coastline. There is a fabulous spa with excellent treatments, a Mediterranean restaurant and a panoramic terrace. The most glamorous interiors were designed by Florentine architect: Michele Bönan. It’s still more of a boutique hotel, with only 22 rooms.
Room rates start at 900 Euro.
Staying at hotel la Minerva.
La Minerva is one of Capri’s best hotels and a true gem. It’s a boutique hotel (19 rooms) ideal for a quest with a sophisticated taste. Located just outside of Capri pedestrian area. You’ll find yourself in between two different worlds. On one side, there are picturesque shops and beautiful villas, on the other side, you will find stunning views that overlook both water and mountains. I loved their beautiful garden/ pool area lemon trees and stunning views. This hotel is ranked number 1 on Tripadvisor and I can understand why.
If you’re looking for a reasonable priced, yet luxurious option, La Minerva is your place! The hotel offers a rooftop terrace with panoramic views. Interiors look wonderful, colourful and designed with a taste. There is a great swimming pool and a restaurant by the pool ideal for casual lunches and drinks. La Minerva makes it easy to explore Capri without having to worry about transportation or getting lost. Alos owners (a family-owned hotel) are very helpful and welcoming.
Room rates start at 420,00€
Staying at Relais 2 Pini.
This hotel is located in the Anacapri part of the island. Relais 2 Pini has 7 suites in Caprese style, each with views of Mount Solaro and its ancient pine grove. Accommodations offer modern luxury and comforts at affordable prices. Some of the suites have a private outdoor Jacuzzi on the patio as well. There is a dedicated solarium and a beautiful garden with lemon trees and roses surrounding the estate. This year also the hotel had a renovation of the rooms, and 4 suites were redesigned with beautiful textiles from @livio_de_simone.
Anacapri has so much to offer, including wonderful restaurants: within walking distance, there is Due Pini Ristorante, the signature restaurant of Relais 2 Pini. The perfect choice for those looking to make an impression during dinner dates or meetings. I wrote a whole article about Relais 2 Pini, please click here to read it. Like La Minerva, it’s a family-owned hotel founded in 1950 and the hosts are so lovely I truly hope to be back there.
Room rates start at €225
What to do in Capri? A weekend Guide to Capri, Italy.
Rent a boat for a tour around the island
I really think it’s a must. The island is so beautiful that it has to be seen from the seaside. There are many options available in the Capri, you can rent a boat for an hour, half-day or the way you want it. I had a boat for 3 hours and it was just an idea. We had a stop for a swim and also for a lunch. I was happy as I saw Beyonce’s huge yacht parked near the island. But truly the rocks and the island made the trip worthwhile. I used these services: Capri Summer Tour and I truly recommend it. Salvatore is a local with a huge knowledge of the island and the sea.
Exploring Chiesa San Michele , Anacapri.
This church is a classic example of Italian Baroque architecture. Inside you’ll find some Italian works of art. The ceiling fresco, for example, is a work by Giovanni Battista Gaulli. To explore further, head up to San Michele’s bell tower for stunning views over Anacapri and its surrounding islands. If you visit on a Sunday morning, make sure to stop in for mass! It’s a little church, but worth seeing. There is a symbolic entrance of 2€, but really worth it.
Visit the Blue Grotto and tour the island.
The Blue Grotto is arguably one of Capri’s most famous landmarks, but its beauty and mystery aren’t what make it worth visiting. In fact, it was only rediscovered when an American writer, Frederick George Davis. He stumbled upon it while hiking on Anacapri island. The grotto owes its name to its mesmerizing blue waters that look like they were made by a sky painter. The water becomes even more vibrant at certain times of the day. So you can visit multiple times throughout your trip for a different experience each time.
Visit Le Ondine Beach Club.
Le Ondine Beach Club is a great place to lay and soak up some sun. This waterfront bar, restaurant, and hotel complex are one of several owned by Domenico Caracciolo and Franco Pascale. Their family has lived in Capri for generations. Here you can have lunch at their famous restaurant (guests are encouraged to dress casually), grab a drink on their terrace overlooking Mount Solaro, or take a dip in their pool.
La Fontelina Beach Club.
In the shadows of the Faraglioni rocks, there is one of the most beautiful and picturesque beach clubs in Italy. The family-owned place is part of Capri’s tourist destination for more than 50 years. There are white linen mattresses, white and blue beach umbrellas and delicious food. A must-see.
Shop at the local markets.
From bread to fresh seafood, almost everything you could ever want is right in front of you at one of Capri’s marketplaces. The Mercato Centrale (central market) is a good place to start—you can get a feel for local life and some amazing fruit smoothies. There are also several other markets around town, including fun clothing and accessories shops around Anacapri. If you would like to buy something typical to the island it would be something made with lemons. For example, the delicious limoncello, that they produce there. Some ceramics with lemon shapes or lemon perfumes from Carthusia.
Luxury shopping in the old town.
Capri is a unique place, where is an architecture like from the 60this you find most luxurious boutiques. There are brands like Versace, Dior, Fendi, Valentino, Gucci and more. Each boutique looks like a painting and also you can often get unique pieces made only for Capri.
Monte Solaro climb.
Hike up to Monte Solaro, a grassy hill in Capri famous for its panoramic views of Mount Vesuvius. When you reach your peak, you’ll see why it’s so stunning—the island stretches out before you. It’s almost impossible not to feel like you’re on top of the world. The hike takes about two hours and is challenging at times, but rewarding when you finally make it to your destination. Keep an eye out for wildflowers along the way; there are many varieties that grow only on Capri. This is also a great place to stop and take pictures of all of those selfies you plan to post later! To get there you need to take the chairlift from Piazza Vittoria in Anacapri.
Where to Eat?
Eat out with friends at Al Grottino and Lo Sfizio.
The two restaurants are in a side-by-side position at Marina Grande. The first is a more traditional Italian spot that focuses on homemade pasta, while Lo Sfizio (literally the food lover) has an emphasis on seafood, such as fresh fish and shellfish. Reservations are advised for both, especially during high season. If you go with friends, order one of each of your favourites and share! You can also visit Da Mario or Al Grottino’s sister restaurant La Grotta Azzurra, which are both located further inland near Piazza Borsalino. These sit-down restaurants have a menu that includes meat dishes along with appetizers like bruschetta and fried calamari.
Terazza Brunella is a romantic restaurant. At sunset, the sky above Capri begins to take on a deep orange while the first lights of Marina Piccola and the bobbing boats offshore begin to twinkle in the dark. There is a place where you can watch this show from the front row: Terrazza Brunella, the restaurant where the magic of Capri comes straight to your table, with Capri’s traditional cuisine served with a spectacular view. always innovative and surprising, created by Chef Antonio De Simone based on traditional ingredients and recipes from Capri. You can find pasta and seafood.
Il Solitario Anacapri.
Il solitario Anacapri it’s a very old restaurant that I found while roaming the streets of Anacapri. It was opened in 1960 and its family-owned restaurant is today managed by Carmen.
Today Carmen has picked up that ancient tradition and they are a trattoria where you will spend a lovely evening. It’s a beautiful place in a hidden garden. They serve delicious food and the atmosphere is just unique. Some food that you can choose from are ravioli, stuffed peppers, and eggplant parmigiana. I met Carmen and her son ( who is also a chef) personally and it turned out that he already cooked for me in Geneva. What a small world.
Due Pini Ristorante Capri.
Due Pini Ristorante is located in the heart of Anacapri. This gem was recommended to me by Guido from Relais 2 Pini hotel. It’s also owned by his family. It’s a well-located restaurant in the Anacapri area with great seafood, pasta and dessert menu.
Where to have a coffee in Capri?
In my weekend guide to Capri, Italy I can’t forget about the coffee place. I need to start with that coffee in Capri is not cheap and I am used to Swiss prices. However, coffee is delicious and one of the nice places where I enjoyed a glass of iced- coffee, cappuccino and latte on a few occasions was Caffee Caso.
Bonus. What to wear in Capri? A weekend guide to Capri, Italy must for a fashion blogger.
As a fashion blogger, I couldn’t mention this part. Of course, if you are not into fashion then you can skip this part of the guide. However, if you have some interest in what to pack for Capri then I will give you a few tips.
- Flowy dress
- Swimsuits and shirts as covers, the Capri hat (a boater straw hat)
- Swimsuit and cover-up.
- Blue denim shorts.
- Comfortable shirt dress and a basket.
Capri is one of the most famous islands. It’s known for its beautiful crystal-clear, blue water. Dramatic coastline with rocks, lemon trees and a romantic ambience. There are many charming hotels on Capri that offer stunning views, delicious food and amazing shopping. It’s an ideal getaway destination for families and couples.
I hope that this weekend’s guide to Capri will help you to plan your next trip to my favourite island. Enjoy it and think of me while sipping your limoncello.
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As always with love
Bella Zofia xx