Just a few kilometers from the Amalfi coast, the island of Capri is a world-famous destination. It has enchanted and seduced emperors, artists, and celebrities for centuries, and its charm still attracts thousands of tourists every year. And if you are considering a trip to this paradise island, this article is the best resource you can find online. To help you plan your stay there, we have listed some of the best things to see in Capri, including the main attractions and some unknown gems.
Although small in size, there is a lot to do and see in Capri. Everyone knows the Blue Grotto and the Faraglioni, but much fewer people know about the Punta Carena lighthouse or the Gardens of Augustus.
Below is a list of some of Capri’s must-see attractions. Consider them as the experiences you absolutely must do, particularly if you have a few days to dedicate to the Blue Island.
1. Blue Cave (Grotto)
The Blue Grotto is definitely the most famous natural site on the island of Capri. It is a marine cave about 60 meters long and about 25 meters wide. However, the entrance is 2 meters wide and only 1 meter high, so you can only visit it by boarding small rowing boats that can carry a maximum of 4 people.
Due to the phenomenon known as refraction, the sunlight that filters through certain cavities gives the water inside the cave, a bright shade of blue/silver.
2. Gardens of Augustus
Just a stone’s throw from the center of Capri, the Gardens of Augustus consists of a series of flowered terraces that overlook the Faraglioni (stacks of cliffs) on one side bay of Marina Piccola and the curves of the Via Krupp on the other.
This is undoubtedly the place to go if you want to take a souvenir photo of your trip to Capri with the Faraglioni in the background and also one of the cheapest attractions on the island (the entrance ticket costs only 1 €).
The best times of the day to visit the Gardens of Augustus are in the morning and afternoon when it is less crowded.
3. The Faraglioni of Capri
Often considered the symbol of Capri, Faraglioni is three rocky cliffs in the shape of a peak, which emerge from the sea a few meters from the coast of the island.
Each Faraglione has a name, the one connected to the coast is the Faraglione Stella, and the smallest of the three is called Faraglione di mezzo. The third one is known as Faraglione Scopolo , where the famous blue lizards of the Faraglioni live.
The best way to observe the Faraglioni is to take a boat trip. However, if you want to take a fantastic souvenir photo, you can reach the Belvedere of Punta Tragara, the Gardens of Augustus, or the Belvedere of Filosofi alla Migliera.
4. Piazza Umberto I – The Square of Capri
Known as Piazzetta di Capri, Piazza Umberto I is the center of Capri’s social life. It is the city’s living room, and on summer evenings, it is the place to be for monarchs, celebrities, world-class athletes, and ordinary people.
Anyone who arrives in Capri finds themselves passing through the square and can hardly resist the 60’s atmosphere in the Italian turtleneck style.
Prices are much higher than in the rest of the island: a coffee at the table costs €5-6, while an alcoholic drink costs between €12-15.
5. The Punta Carena Lighthouse
Punta Carena is a beautiful rocky bay, one of the best places to swim in Capri and certainly Capri’s favorite. In addition to the always pristine waters, this place is made suggestive by the Punta Carena lighthouse, which is the second in Italy for its lighting power and one of the oldest.
It is one of those places little known to tourists but very much appreciated in Capri. It is easy to reach the Punta Carena lighthouse: from Capri, take a direct bus to Anacapri and change for the buses that leave from the Viale Tommaso de Tommaso terminus.
Have you ever been to Capri? What were the other must-sees on this fantastic island?