Day 6, Part 2: Capri!
In the afternoon on Friday, September 24, we left Positano and rode the ferry to the island of Capri.
|View of Capri town from the harbor|
|The Hotel Excelsior Parco|
|Inside of our room|
|The view from our room|
|Outside on the balcony|
|The balcony again|
|Even the bathroom was fancy!|
After getting settled into our room and ooohing and aaahing at the fanciness of it all, we set out to explore the town and get some dinner. The hotel isn't too far from downtown Capri, and we probably could have walked, but the roads there are very, very narrow. Even worse than on the Amalfi coast mainland. There's basically no space for pedestrians to walk down the street. That combined with all the twists and turns making it impossible to see what's coming around the corner, and gutsy Italian drivers, it's just a really bad idea to walk outside the city center. Luckily, our hotel had a free car service (and a very friendly driver named Andre) who will take you wherever you need to go and pick you up whenever you call! So that was pretty awesome.
|Getting ready to head out into Capri!|
|View over Capri town|
After the exploring the downtown shopping district and taking in the views from Piazza Umberto, we had dinner at a cute little place called Ristorante Buca di Bacco (Via Longano 35). We chose it because it's one of the few places in Capri that serves reasonably priced food. Boy, was it delicious! By far the best meal we had on Capri, and one of the best in all of Italy! By the end of our meal, it was getting late so we called for a ride back to the hotel. The hotel gave us complimentary hot chocolate upon our return, and we settled in for some much needed sleep.
Day 7: More Capri!
The next day, after an amazing breakfast at our hotel, we decided it was time to get out of Capri town and go explore the rest of this gorgeous island. Unfortunately, the two main tourist attractions - the Blue Grotto and the chair lift in Anacapri - were both closed due to wind and high waves. So instead, we decided to just walk around the island and see what we could see!
Our first stop (after the tourist information booth to pick up a map) was the Giardini di Augusto - Gardens of Augustus. It's basically a park (but a very well kept one) on the edge of the island with fantastic views of the cliffs and water below. If it weren't for the endless parade of tour groups, it would be a lovely place.
|View from the Gardens of Augustus|
|Another view from the Gardens of Augustus|
|Via Krupp from above|
|Via Krupp again|
|Restaurant where we had lunch|
|The view from our table|
|Look at that blue, blue water!|
|Another view from the Arco Naturale area|
|These are just some of the stairs we climbed|
|The path at the bottom of the stairs|
|It got very narrow...|
|More bright blue water!|
|The happy honeymooners :)|
|View from our hike|
|We found some pretty flowers along the way!|
|Another view from the hike|
|Those honeymooners again|
For dinner that night, we went to Da Giorgio (Via Roma 34). I can't remember why we picked this restaurant - I believe it received a favorable review in one of our tour books. Honestly, I wasn't terribly impressed. First of all, we were the most casually dressed people there (hey, we'd been out hiking!). And I think for this reason, they seated us in the very back by the kitchen. Can't have those American kids in their sneakers spoiling the view, you know! We didn't make a big deal out of it. But then, it was horribly overpriced and the food and service was just ok. Mike and I both wished we'd just gone back to Buca di Bacco. Oh well.
Day 8: last day on Capri
On Sunday, September 26, our plan was to check out of the hotel in Capri, board the first ferry back to Naples, and from there catch the train to Venice. But we were both having so much fun on Capri, we decided to take a later ferry and stay a little longer on the island. After calling our hotel in Venice (with the help of the hotel staff) to make sure a late check-in would be ok, we checked out of our room, left our bags with the front desk, and hopped a ride into town. In town, we checked with the tourist information booth, and learned that the chairlift was finally open. So we hopped on a bus to Anacapri! Anacapri is the other main town on the island. We didn't get a chance to explore it too much, but it appeared very touristy as well, although with shops appealing more to the tourist of modest means. We went straight for the chair lift, which takes you up to Monte Solaro - the highest point on the island! I was a bit nervous about this, because like I've mentioned before, I'm terrified of heights. Thankfully, it wasn't as scary as I'd imagined. For the most part, you're quite low to the ground, which somehow feels safer. Only near the end of the ride do you end up going quite high, but by then the end is in sight, so it's not too bad.
|Almost there! (this is the steep part at the end)|
|The trip back down|
We caught our ferry to Naples just in time, and finally said good bye to the gorgeous island of Capri.
|View of the island's cliffs from the boat|
|Leaving gorgeous Capri|