Amalfi Coast Day 4, Island of Capri
We come to Positano to take the ferry to Capri
Day 4, Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Amalfi Coast contains many amazing places that once you are here; you have to take the time to visit them. One of those places is the Island of Capri and that is where we are heading to this morning.

Capri

To reach Capri Island from anywhere on the Amalfi Coast, you have to take a ferry or the faster hydrofoil jet boat from either Positano or Amalfi. We purchase the 35 Euros round trip fare for each person from Positano and take the first ferry to Capri at 9:15 AM. The trip takes 45 minutes and the view of Positano as we are leaving it and Capri as we are approaching it is just tremendous.

The ferry docks at the main port of Capri, the Marina Grande, a crescent-shape harbor full of fishing boats, yachts, and ocean-going ships. Shops and restaurants line the shore and the harbor is bustling with people and tour groups getting on and off the ships.

Vendors hectically herd tourists to chartered boats or taxis to tour the island. But this is not where the main towns are.

A short walk from the ferry dock takes us to the bus station where we buy the all-day transportation tickets so that we can get on the tram (or funiculare) to Capri and from there, take the bus to Anacapri and other places on the island.
 

Beautiful day as the ferry approaching Capri
It’s about 11:00 AM when we line up at the funiculare entrance. The wait for the funiculare ride in the sun is long but it still better than walking uphill from the harbor.

The five-minute funiculare ride stops at the top station and lets everyone off near the busy Capri town square and from there we take the bus to Anacapri.

The bus ride along on the cliff-hanging road is even more thrilling than the drive along the Amalfi Coast because the road is so narrow and the bus driver seems oblivious to the fact that half of his wheels are just inches from the edge of the cliff and his passengers’ knuckles quickly turn white. I enjoy the view though.

Upon arrival in Anacapri, we walk a short distance to the area where chairlifts take people to the top of Mount Solaro, one of the highest points on the island.

We ride the individual chairlifts which run slowly and continuously up and down the mountain.

Clutching our belongings while our feet dangling in the air, we look down at people’s homes and gardens and see lush vegetation, pools and statues.

It’s worth the ride to come to Mount Solaro because the views of the island from this vantage point are simply stunning. We can see Capri, Anacapri, Marina Grande, and Faraglioni, the three famous rocks that protrude above the deep-blue water of Capri. 

Take a look.
Entrance to Villa Cimbrone in Ravello
Taking the bus from Capri to Anacapri
People come to Capri for views like this
Riding the chairlift from Anacapri to Mount Solaro
The observation deck on Mount Solaro
View of Anacapri from the chairlifts
Lee on Mount Solaro. The famous Faraglioni rocks are in the background
You can see the entire island from here
Lee and Bo on Mount Solaro
A scary bus ride from Anacapri to the Blue Grotto because the road is so narrow and winding. Note how tightly Lee hanging on to the seat.
Khanh and Lee at the entrance to the Blue Grotto. Normally, this area would be packed with row boats and people going in and out of the cavern but the sea is too rough today to do that.
Alternatively, you can take a taxi
Waiting for the 9:15 AM ferry ride
Khanh and Lee on the ferry
Marina Grande, Capri's bustling harbor. Town of Capri is on top of hill
Khanh enjoying the magnificient view on Island of Capri
Clock Tower at Piazza Umberto, Town of Capri
Lee on Capri's promenade
Lee near the Blue Grotto
Entrance to the Blue Grotto
Lee in front of the clock tower at Piazza Umberto I
Khanh enjoying Capri
After about an hour on Mount Solaro, we get back on the chair lift and ride down to Anacapri. The ride down is even more spectacular because we can now see the whole island and its sparkling sea.

There is a famous villa in Anacapri called Villa San Michele that has spectacular gardens and great views but we decide not to go there because we figure it would be similar to what we have seen at Villa Cimbrone in Ravello. Instead, we decide to have lunch at one of the town squares cafes then proceed to take the bus from Anacapri to the Blue Grotto or Grotta Azzurra.

The Blue Grotto is a cavern with a small opening just above the water. You would have to take a small row boat to go inside and once inside the cavern, you would see the dazzling and brilliant blue water as it absorbs sunlight through the small opening.
When we get to the Blue Grotto, we find out to our disappointment that the Grotto is closed because the sea is too rough and it would be too dangerous to go inside the cavern.

Reluctantly we head back to Capri.
Back to Capri, we spend a long time visiting the main Plaza and its shops. Standing on the plaza terrace and enjoying the incredible view of the harbor, I certainly can see why many famous movies have been made here at this very location.



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Interesting candle shop
Streets of Capri
Streets of Capri
Relaxing at a sidewalk cafe ....
... at the plaza, the Piazza Umberto I
We sit down at one of the main town squares café, have some refreshments and just relax. Then we take the funiculare back to Marina Grande where we catch the last ferry back to Positano.
What a great day! Lee and Bo on the Island of Capri