Exploring Capri, Italy in 3 days
Exploring Capri, Italy. Here we are at the second part of the story-telling of the holiday with my mother. As this job leads me to travel very often, there are only few occasions when I can spend quality time with my family. And I really missed it. I was so happy that this time she came with me! After Positano (of which you can discover everything HERE, in case you’ve missed it), we went to Capri. Read on to discover all the wonders of this extraordinary island!
Exploring Capri, Italy: How to get there, what to see, where to stay and eat
How to reach Capri. From Positano Spiaggia Grande the hydrofoils leave for Capri at all hours, and on average it takes 40 minutes. Once we arrive at the port of Capri, which is located in Marina Grande, the hotel staff was already waiting for us: they took care of our luggage and gave us the tickets to get on the funicular. In just ten minutes we reached the center of Capri!
Where to stay in Capri. We stayed in one of the most magical hotels in the island. It’s called Punta Tragara and is located right on the tip overlooking the show of the famous rocks called Faraglioni. The five-star luxury hotel is housed in a historic building that was once called Villa Vismara and was designed in the 1920s by Le Corbusier!
Our suite included a large walk-in closet, a bedroom with a sky-ground window, a marble bathroom with a giant shower, two sinks and a panoramic window, and finally a balcony with deckchairs and a table overlooking the panorama of the Faraglioni! Look how wonderful it is!
The balcony was very huge and continues along the whole façade.
Waiting for us on the table there was a sweet welcome: a caprese cake especially made for us!
We had breakfast almost everyday in the wonderful restaurant and not on the balcony, because of the uncertain weather. The buffet is fabulous at Punta Tragara and offers every kind of sweets, including of course the typical sfogliatella!
Only the last morning we managed to have breakfast with this special view!
Hotel Punta Tragara offers a spa, a gym and two beautiful pools: one next to the bar (where the first evening we had a delicious aperitif) and the other with a view of the Faraglioni.
What to eat in Capri. I recommend a couple of restaurants suitable for dinner. The first is the Ristorante Le Monzù, located inside Punta Tragara Hotel. It takes its name from the French word “monsieur”, which was the name they used to call the chefs of the most important families of the Neapolitan aristocracy. Here we had the first dinner, starting with a wonderful selection of bread, a bombon of prawns with almonds and a cuttlefish noodle with broccoli, cream of chickpeas and ‘nduja. The first course was gragnano pasta with prawns and clams, the main was sea hen with white bean cream, then the pre-dessert and finally a slice of chocolate cake decorated with red fruits. At the very end we were served a mini dessert tasting.
Another restaurant that I recommend, if you decide to treat yourself particularly well, is the Ristorante Mammà. It has 1 Michelin star, it is located near the famous Piazzetta di Capri and on the walls are hung vintage photos that will immerse you in the history of the island and make you discover the many famous people who have frequented it from the Sixties to today.
Here you can order the tasting menu of the Neapolitan tradition. As entrée they will serve you a waffle of toasted bread with corn, escarole and ginger sauce and carrots. Then you will be offered a delicious eggplant parmigiana, a salad of squid with potatoes, ravioli alla caprese, a fillet of red snapper accompanied by potatoes, spinach and spring onion with lemon flavor. Finally there is the pre-dessert called “like a radish”: it is a gel of passion fruit and crumble. Last but not least: babà with rum (aged ten years) and wild berry topping. All incredibly good, as well as beautiful!
What to see in Capri. There are many places to visit in Capri and you will never get bored. Let’s start with what I liked the most, the Gardens of Augustus. A series of beautiful terraces, colored by all sorts of flowers and plants. But the reason why they are so well known is because they have a wonderful view on the Faraglioni! From here we started our walk to get down to the sea, which turned out to be like a trekking because we walked steep stairs!
After going down for about 200 steps we finally reached the sea level! Right here, near to Faraglioni, there is one of Capri’s most famous beaches. It’s called La Fontelina and is really impressive. It is easily identifiable because of the huge white and blue striped umbrellas!
Everywhere in Capri you can meet wonderful views.
There are really cute kiosks, like that of the Lemons of Capri. It is one of the most photographed places in the whole island: will it be because of the lemons that are hung up in a very spectacular way or for the granita? Who knows! I obviously went to try it and I chose a perfectly matched dress!
There is another super cute and less known kiosk located in Marina Piccola near Grottino Restaurant. Perfect for a fruit snack!
If there is a detail of Capri that I love are its insignia. All in colored ceramic tiles in shades of white, blue and green: how beautiful are they?
Thus ends my trip in the Italian summer! I hope as always to be helpful for you when you plan your future trips!
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