Resort

Italy,
Capri

Introduction

Popular with Roman emperors including Tiberius and Caligula, Capri is the jewel in the crown of Italy's island getaways. Since the mid-19th century it has been home to an A-Z of writers, artists, composers and celebrities. Beautiful, pedestrian-friendly and orderly, even when it heaves with summer crowds, it is the perfect place to swim, shop and snooze when on holiday. The frequent and fast hydrofoil service to Naples and Sorrento means you are never cut off from the mainland.

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Essentials

  1. Tuck into ravioli capresi at Le Grottelle.
  2. Ride the chair lift up Monte Solaro for postcard panoramas.
  3. Buy the island’s classic leather-soled sandals from da Costanzo in Via Roma.
  4. Pack suitable footwear to navigate the rocky shoreline.
  5. Pop into Buonocore on via Vittorio Emanuele for the best ice cream.

Two-hour tour

  • The Blue Grotto and sea caves — The island's main attraction pulls the crowds but other sea caves are also worth visiting if you get the chance. Hire a wooden gozzo boat and take a look. And don't forget to duck or you'll end up with a bump on the head.

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  • Walking tours — There are many walks you can do but try Piazzetta Cerio to the Convent of Saint Teresa and on to the Punta Cannone viewpoint - with its fabulous views across the sea.

  • Nearby sights — The hilly town of Positano on the Amalfi Coast and the island of Ischia.

Hotels

  • Independent and easy

    Hotel La Minerva

    8 Via Occhio Marino

    +39 081 837 7067

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  • Dependable chain

    Hotel Syrene

    51 Via Camerelle

    +39 081 837 0102

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  • Premium

    JK Capri

    225 Via Prov. Marina Grande

    +39 081 838 4001

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Dining

  • Afternoon tea/drink

    Bar Tiberio

    18 Piazza Umberto I

    +39 081 001 2120

  • Lunch for two

    La Fontelina

    Località Faraglioni

    +39 081 837 0845

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  • Mid-morning coffee

    Bar Café Casa Oliv

    34 Viale Axel Munthe

    +39 081 837 1401

  • Fast breakfast

    Bar Funicolare

    Piazza A. Diaz

    +39 081 837 0363

  • Leisurely breakfast

    Al Piccolo Bar

    1 Piazza Umberto

    +39 081 837 0325

  • Lunch with friends

    Da Tonino

    12 Via Dentecala

    +39 081 837 6718

  • Big celebration dinner

    Da Gelsomina

    72 Via Migliara

    +39 081 837 1499

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  • Dinner with friends

    Il Cucciolo

    52 Via La Fabbrica

    +39 081 837 1917

  • Dinner for two

    Ristorante Il Geranio

    8 Via Giacomo Matteotti

    +39 081 837 0616

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  • Drink after dinner

    Bar at Hotel La Palma

    39 Via Vittorio Emanuele

    +39 081 837 0133

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  • Late drinks

    Quisi Bar

    2 Via Camerelle

    +39 081 837 0788

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  • On the tiles

    Taverna Anema e Core

    39E Via Sella Orta

    +39 081 837 6461

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Reading

  • Bookshop

    La Conchiglia

    12 Via Le Botteghe

    +39 081 837 6577

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Shopping

  • Something you can't get anywhere else

    Perfume from Carthusia

    2B-C-D Viale Matteotti

    +39 081 837 0368

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  • Lost luggage - where to buy shirts

    The shops in via Camerelle

  • Something for the kids

    Clothes from Girotondo

    7 Via Longano

    +39 081 837 0862

  • Something for someone you love

    Sandals by Antonio Riva

    75 Via G. Orlandi

    +39 081 837 3583

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  • Something for yourself

    Knitwear from Farella

    21C Via Fuorlovado

    +39 081 837 5243

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Basics

  • Beachwear

    Vilebrequin

    8 Via Camerelle

    +39 081 838 9468

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Transport

  • Boats

    Marcello Federico — Hire a traditional gozzo for an island tour.

    +39 338 925 3286

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  • Sail boat hire

    Blue Dream Charter

    +39 081 896 0579

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Limousine/car

Fitness

  • Good gym

    Athena

    7 Via Occhio Marino

    +39 081 837 5586

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