The ferries from Naples, Sorrento and Amalfi arrive at the port of Marina Grande. The ferry from Naples takes about 45 minutes and costs depending on the time of day and ferry company between 19-25 € * each way. The ferry terminal in Naples is at the Molo Beverello on Castel Nuovo. Here you can see the next depature on scoreboards and then buy a ticket from the respective ferry company. The departure times given by the ferry company on the Internet rarely coincide with the reality on the ground. Arriving in Marina Grande you are approached by people who offer an island tour. The island tours differ little in the process, the difference makes the ship. Before asking if you come to the "Blue Grotto". When the waves swell, the "Blue Grotto" is closed. In the preseason an island tour costs in a tourist boat with many people without "Blue Grotto" about 17-20 € *. Who undertakes a tour in a small boat for two, has to pay more. The tour takes 1-2 hours depending on the boat. At Capri Sea Service you can find out about individual tours (see link).
If you want to drive to Anacapri or Capri town you can take the island buses. The bus station is located to the right of the harbor next to the ticket office of the ferry companies. The small orange buses are often very crowded and you have to hold the handrail in the tight hairpin bends. The ticket can be bought at the bus driver for about 2 € *. If you like it more comfortable you can take a taxi. A drive from Marina Grande to Anacapri costs about 16-20 € *.
From Marina Grande you can walk to Capri town. The town is located on the mountain, you have to climb many stairs. Who is fit can climbe the beautiful route in about 20-30 minutes. Alternatively, there is a mountain railway called "Funicolare" for about € 2 *, which goes directly from the port of Marina Grande to the Piazzetta in Capri town.
The small town of Capri is located high above the port of Marina Grande, from where buses and the Funicolare drive to Capri city. From the Piazzetta in Capri town you have a great view of the harbor and the west of the island. The Piazzetta is the center of the place around the square you will find many restaurants and the main church Chiesa di Santo Stefano. Capri City is a small village that has been transformed from jet-set tourism into a luxury shopping paradise that differs from the Goethestrasse in Frankfurt only by a different backdrop and better weather. The jet set has long since moved to other places that are not overrun by hordes of tourists. In addition to the luxury shops, there are luxury hotels and luxury restaurants.
The "Blue Grotto" Grotta Azzurra is the main attraction of Capri. With small rowing boats you get into the cave, where the light is reflected through a large opening under water into the grotto, creating a magical blue glow. The entrance to the cave is very small, you have to lie down when going in and out of the boat, so you do not bump your head. In strong waves, it is too dangerous, then the "Blue Grotto" is closed. The "Blue Grotto" is about 50x30 m wide, the water in the cave is about 15 m deep. If you want to escape the tourist crowds, you can swim into the grotto after 5 pm. (At your own risk, swimmers have already died trying). The "Blue Grotto" is definitely an experience. In the high season you should expect long waiting times.
Prices: The entry costs 4 € * and the rowboat 8.50 *.
Opening hours: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm *
The "Grotta Verde" is very flat, no boats go through here. The "Grotta Verde" is more like a tunnel in which the water from several directions meets and produces foaming waves. The name "Green Grotto" comes from the green light you see when you look through the cave. At the other end, the water appears green. What looks like in certain lighting conditions. For us the grotto looked rather blue. Maybe you are more lucky.
On a tour of the island you will see several caves, one of which is the "Grotta Bianca". The white or bright grotto owes its name to the bright limestone. The water gets a white appearance through the bright stones underwater.
The "Arco Naturale" is one of the natural wonders on Capri. The spectacular natural stone arch is located about 1 kilometer east of Capri town. Just follow Via Matermania, which later becomes Via Arco Naturale. See also Coastal walk Capri »Nature and Parks. The "Arco Naturale" can also be seen on an island tour from the sea . On the photo you can see the "Arco Naturale" on the left side of the picture.
The rocks "Faraglioni" are a well-known attraction of the island of Capri. The rocks used to warn the sailors with beacons. The Italian word "Faraglione" means beacon. The smallest of the three rocks has an opening through which you can drive by boat. At the island tours, couples kissing, when the boat drives through the 60 m long tunnel in the rock. The limestone cliffs rise 100 meters from the sea, the highest is 109 meters tall, the smallest 81 meters. The "Faraglioni" can also be seen from the coastal walk.
The Via Krupp was named after Friedrich Alfred Krupp. The German steel baron from Essen liked to spend the winter on Capri and financed the construction of the road. The Via Krupp meanders in tight bends down the steep slope between Giardini di Augusto and Marina Piccola. The approximately 1,350 m long way was completed in 1902. Krupp stayed at the Gand Hotel Quisisana in Marina Piccola and wanted to have a road to Capri town.
The Italian writer Curzio Malaparte (Kurt Erich Suckert) built the Villa Malaparte in 1942 according to his own design at Capo Massullo. Actually, it was not allowed to build here but Malaparte had very good relations in politics and was able to build his villa at this wonderful place. Malaparte fought against Germany during the First World War in France, and later worked as a war correspondent for Italy during the Second World War. "Malaparte" means: The bad part in contrast to Bonaparte The good part (Napoleon). Malaparte was politically very active, but often changed sides. First he supported the fascists and took part in the march on Rome, later he joined the communists. Today, the "Villa Malaparte" is an architectural icon and one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. The orange structure became world famous by the movie "The Contempt" (Le Mépris) by Jean-Luc Godard starring Brigitte Bardot. The special feature of the "Villa Malaparte" is the roof terrace without railing, with a white curved screen and a large outside staircase.
The "Villa San Michele" is located in Anacapri on the edge of the steep cliffs sloping down to the sea. The view sweeps from Mount Vesuvius across the Gulf of Naples to Sorrento, Marina Grande and Capri town. The breathtaking views are enhanced by the Sphinx, the trademark of Villa San Michele. The Swedish doctor and writer Axel Munthe bought the property, including the chapel and remains of an ancient villa of Emperor Tiberius. At Munthe Villa, historical finds are exhibited that the Swede accumulated in the course of his life. The bright white Villa Munthe and the chapel are connected by a flower garden, which also borders on the "Sphinx Terrace". Axel Munthe was born in 1857 and died in 1949 in Stockholm. The "Villa Michele" is one of the top attractions of Capri and therefore somtimes crowded.
How to get there: By bus, you can get to the center of Anacapri, from where the road to "Villa Michele" is signposted. From Piazza Vittoria in Anacapri you walk about 5-10 minutes (400 m). Opening times and admission prices see link below.
Welcome on Capri
Capri is an island in the Gulf of Naples. Capri has an area of 10.4 km ², on the island live about 14,000 people. The highest point is the 589 m high Monte Solaro. The island of Capri is located about 25 km south of Naples and can be reached by ferry in about 45 minutes. There are other ferry services to Sorrento, Amalfi and Ischia.
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