Bella Capri!! Haunt of the rich and famous, place of sexual excesses from Emperor Tiberius to the Marquis de Sade. Hold on, there is a lot more to Capri. Rising from limestone cliffs and surrounded by the deep blue waters of the bay of Naples, it has many quiet refuges far from the maddening crowds of day trippers that infest it.
Capri was to be part of our tour of the region in and around Naples including Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast. I was determined not to be trapped, planning the trip for early May to avoid the summer crowds and heat. Although there is plenty of information on the internet, I almost always purchase a printed guide for the region we’re planning to visit. Some are better than others, but I have never found one I didn’t like or one that wasn’t very useful.
“Know before you go” is some of the best advice one can get when traveling. I never undertake a trip without doing a lot of research. Its as much fun as the actual travel and it pays off big time in avoiding common pitfalls. If you plan on traveling independently, it pays to do your homework. If you have neither the time nor inclination, finding a travel planner/designer is money well spent.
After spending several days sight seeing in and around Naples, we took the boat to Capri. A side trip to Caserta to meet my wife’s cousin and family left no time to see the Palazzo Reale or any other point of interest in Caserta. Alas, having family in Italy is a two edged sword. That being said, the advantages far outweigh the drawbacks.
The trip across the Bay of Naples was sunny and pleasant. Upon arrival at the Marina Grande boat dock on Capri we got in a long line for the bus ride up the hill to Anacapri (its much quieter, less hectic than Capri and has stunning views). After about a 1/2 hour wait in line for the bus, we opted with another couple to split the cost of an open topped taxi.
Our B & B was situated just above Anacapri at the base of Monte Solaro, the highest point on Capri. The views were fantastic, the room comfortable and the breakfast adequate. The bathroom had beautiful blue tiles, but was not vented properly and consequently, there was always a slight odor. I was to climb Monte Solaro several times before we left. There is a chair lift to the top for those who unable or unwilling to make the climb. I used my legs both ways and saved the cost of a ride, 7e up and 10e roundtrip.
More on Capri latter.