I have been to Italy many time in my life and one of my favorite places is Capri, Italy. For a small island there are many things to do. Check out my take on 12 things to do in Capri, Italy without crowds.
12 Things To Do In Capri Italy
Last month I spent two weeks in Italy, five days were spent in beautiful Capri Italy. We rented a beautiful Airbnb overlooking the city and harbor. Capri is as beautiful as the pictures you see online. Its one of the biggest tourist attractions in Italy so it can get very crowded. Even though we went in Septemeber which is suppose to be off-season there were crowds. So I did some research and found out what 12 things to do in Capri Italy without crowds.
History Of Capri Italy
During the later half of the 19th century, Capri became a popular resort for European artists, writers and other celebrities. Capri is a tourist destination for both Italians and foreigners. In the 1950s Capri became a popular resort. In summer, the island is heavily visited by tourists, especially by day trippers from Naples and Sorrento.
Capri has twelve churches, seven museums and several monuments. The most visited attraction in Capri is the Grotta Azzurra. The blue Grotto. A cave discovered in the 19th century by foreign tourists. On one side of the grotto are the remains of ancient Roman rock.
Getting To Capri Italy
To get to Capri, you have to take the Ferry from either Naples or Sorrento. We were coming back from Tuscany via Rome Termini, to Naples Central. We had arranged for a driver to pick us up at the train station and take us to the Ferry. The ferry takes 45 minutes to get to the Port of Capri. Once you get to the port of Capri. You go purchase a ticket to take the funicular to the Capri. It’s a quick 25-minute ride to the town of Capri.
12 Things To Do In Capri Italy
- Hiking To The Beach
Mornings are the most crowded in Capri, day-trippers are visiting for the day, so the main piazza will be crowded with people shopping and looking around. This is the best time to take a hike to the beaches or other sites along with these long hikes. When hiking all the paths are well marked and there are signs everywhere directing where to go. Our first hike was to the beach. The paths are very clear and safe. They are just steep and you do have to stop to catch your breath. This is the view while hiking to the beach.
2. Rent Some Beach Chairs.
When you are at the beach we rented some chairs and umbrellas and spent most of the morning sunbathing and enjoying the views of the Mediterranean sea. You can rent a boat if you like but we decided to relax and enjoy the sites.
3. Take A Boat Ride
Take the boat ride to visit the Grottos. The grottos are beautiful rock formations around Capri Harbor. You have to take the funicular back to the port to meet with whatever boat company you book. There are so many. Most seem pretty good. We had a great time, it was perfect only a few hours in the boat to see the grottos and some of the island landscape by the sea. I wanted something short and not the whole day. Here is Fabio’s link to the boat trip boat company. He was nice and his boat was small with only 6 other people.
The best time to shop in Capri is when the crowds died down and that around 7 pm. The stores stay open late. My favorite was a perfume shop.
5. Hiking To Villa Jovis
Villas Jovis Is a Roman Palace in Capi built by the emperor Tiberius in AD 27. This is another great hike to do in the morning since there are no crowds. As said earlier many of the day-trippers spend there time shopping and visiting places they can get to in a shorter amount of time.
There are gorgeous views along the walk. You can stop at one of the local markets to get a drink or bathroom break.
6. Take A Walk Along Via Tragara
This is not a long hike but a pleasant walk. It does get crowded in the morning so for fewer crowds the best time to walk this is right before dinner. When you walk along Via Tragara it filled with beautiful villas and hotels. The gardens are just amazing filled with sweet jasmine and colorful flowers. It ends with a rock formation.
7. Cocktails In The Piazzetta
For a fun time have an evening cocktail on the island of Capri is the Piazzetta. My husband and I had a drink at one of the tables at the square’s four cafés. If you get there early evening its not so crowded in September because the day trippers are gone and it’s not prime season in Capri.
8. Have A Romantic Dinner Along The Via Tragara.
Capri is probably the most romantic place on earth. We had so many romantic dinners my favorite was a restaurant along the via Taragranra. (Ristorante Terrazza Brunella) There was a piano player who played and sang all Bossa nova music.
9. Take A Walk In The Center Of Anacapri.
Take the little buses that are parked near the piazza. For 10 euos it will take you up the winding road, (don’t look down, you sure to scream) its short bus drive. Anacapri is a small version of Capri Italy, it’s quaint and lots of cute shops.
10. Visit The Churches Of AnaCapri
The churches are just beautiful architecture. You can have some lunch at one of the quaint restaurants. If you come around 10 am and have any early lunch say 11:30 you can bypass the crowds.
11. Stroll Through Augustus Gardens
The route to reach the Augustus Gardens takes you directly through the center of the town of Capri, along a series of scenic pathways with a sweeping views.
12. Play A Game Of Tennis.
Both my husband and I play tennis regularly. Since red clay is in Italy we brought our tennis racquets. You can rent them there at the public courts in Capri. The courts were in great condition and we got to play for an hour.
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