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Five good reasons for visiting the island of Capri in Southern Italy.

Capri. My first association is a drink. No kidding! As kids, we loved having our “Capri Sun” juice, which tasted good and carried images of palm trees, a friendly sun, as well as the sea. Just about the time to swap those old, kitschy images though, for some real sense of the island of Capri. And what a swap it turned out to be.

 

Mighty soaring cliffs, towering up to 600 metres above crystal-clear, turquoise sea waters. Dresses in window shops, advertised at well over € 6.000. Beautiful people, fine linen, and nature …

… straight out of a photographer’s handbook. Capri, you beauty. Do make a point of getting there one day.

Even the Roman Emperor Tiberius, back in his days of 27 – 37 AD, is quoted to have lived in and governed his empire from Capri – he must have known why. Well within sight of the world-famous Amalfi Coast, it takes only 20 minutes to reach Capri from Sorrento by speed boat. Still today, you find a quiet elite here, who likes to go (luxury) shopping, smiling patiently at the “common tourist folk”, whose fashion mistakes are somewhat tolerated for the money they bring to Southern Italy. And this brings me to the first reason you should plan a visit to Capri in the Gulf of Naples, which is:

 

1. Shopping.

Capri is, if not world-famous, then at least very well known for its fine linen textiles, fabricated on the island or close-by. Southern Italy, with its mild temperatures and apparently eternal sunshine, is the best place to wear them, emphasising free-flowing female curves and lean male bodies. Or so they say …

Capri calling ...

Capri calling …

 

... im Hafen klar Schiff machen (noch heute staune ich, wie klar und schön hier das Wasser ist) ...

… marvelling at the quality, and clarity, of the sea water …

 

... sich erst mal zwischen Limoncello Spritz, oder WiFi entscheiden ...

… choosing between Limoncello Spritz, or “Free WiFi” …

 

... dem Ruf schöner kleiner Einkaufsstraßen folgen ...

… being lost to the call of cute little shopping streets …

 

... und das eine oder andere schöne Leinenhemd /-kleid ergattern, frei nach dem Motto: "Wieso nicht?" ..!

… and being tempted to buy one or two linen dresses (none of them would cost you € 6.000, by the way).

 

Besonders Barbara hier, eine herzallerliebste Schweizerin, habe ich wirklich ins Herz geschlossen (und muss nun eine weitere Reise nach Sankt Gallen in die Schweiz planen ..!) ...

I did opt for my “Limoncello” sweater here, wearing it out for the first time back in Salerno: Read more about my language course adventure in Salerno here.

 

2. Taking the local “Funiculare” to new heights.

Believe it or not: Capri offers one of Europe’s last, shaky one-person-chair lifts (!), as I have not seen them around since the late eighties! This lift is just about the only option you have for reaching the island’s summit in less than ten minutes, located right in the centre of the small town of Anacapri. Once you reach the top, a small boardwalk will lead you past incredible vantage points overlooking the Gulf of Naples.

Hoch die Füße: Abenteuerlich, die "Fahrt" auf den Gipfel der Insel Capri ...

This the old chair lift that takes you right up to the top of Capri …

 

... auch Ein- und Ausstieg wollen geübt bzw. gemeistert werden ...

… get ready for loading / unloading among the local Italian people and the crowds …

 

... doch lohnt der Ausblick wenig später allemal (selbst bei diesigem Wetter) ...

… but I guarantee you, the views are worth the adventure …

 

… and you do obviously get used to it: Italians themselves don’t even stop being on the phone here. “OMG!” 😀

 

3. Tasting the best lemon ice cream in the world (or Italy. Or Capri ..).

There is something about lemons here. Virtually all the painstakingly built agricultural terraces along the Amalfi Coast are cultivated by lemon trees, some of which carry enormous fruit! It is neither the olive trees, nor the viticulture that’s predominantly here: The climate, as well as the soil, seem to favour lemon trees. This leads, of course, straight to a lemon ice cream tasting, which I find tastes even better with Limoncello grappa poured over it. Check this out.

Limoncello-Zitroneneis in Capri : "Simply the best" ..!

Limoncello lemon ice cream in Capri : “Simply the best” ..!

 

Solch blühende Zitronenvielfalt, sieht man eben wirklich nur hier.

And look at the fruit: Big beauties up in those trees.

 

4. Get lost in the small streets of Capri & Anacapri.

Do plan some hours for hanging around the small towns of Capri & Anacapri: If you, like us, spend the entire day on the island, you will be well rewarded for taking turns away from the masses of people. Even on a popular day, such as Easter Sunday, which reveals local festivities of their own.

Die Straßen von Capri ...

The streets of Capri …

 

... charmant, wie sie sind ...

… charming as they may be looking up …

 

... sind sie gleichzeitig voller Leben ...

… are always full of life …

 

... bunt und einladend ...

… colourful, and welcoming …

 

... und mitunter auch, ganz für sich : Unterwegs mit meinen lieben Eltern auf Capri!

… inviting you to linger: Taking a seat on a bench in town with my lovely parents, who have joined me travelling to Capri!

 

5. Seeing the Gulf of Naples from a special perspective.

Travelling to Capri, you do get fantastic views across the sea and land around Naples, Sorrento, as well as the Amalfi Coast thrown in. And then, there is the mighty Vesuv: This volcano will just leave you spellbound, located right there among three million people (!) and known for both its fertile lands as well as its destructive force … Next up, I will tell you more about our visit to Pompeii as well as the volcano itself. Fascinating.

Ciao e arrivederci Capri ...

Ciao e arrivederci Capri …

 

... ciao belle ragazze ...

… ciao belle ragazze …

 

... ci vediamo a Capri!

… ci vediamo a Capri!

 

Ebenfalls faszinierend : Der Blick zurück auf Capri vom Boot aus, vorbei an seinen berühmten Grotten. Dazu beim nächsten Mal mehr!

Just as fascinating: The view of Capri taking the boat from Sorrento to Positano, including a glimpse of its famous grottoes!

 

Check out my photo album if you wish to be even more tempted for booking your next trip south:

 

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Written by Elena

Elena writes about creative destinations, shares her personal travel stories and brings inspiring photography & interesting news updates home to you. Her mission is: "Continue to be amazed at this world, one creative travel experience at a time."

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