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A Day Trip To Capri Italy (An Amazing Capri Day Trip)

Are you planning a day trip to Capri Italy? Are you headed from Rome to Capri? Or maybe a day trip from Sorrento to Capri? Or even a day trip to Capri from Naples? No matter where you are coming from Capri is the perfect destination! 

Just a word of advice, a Capri day trip might not be enough time to explore the entire island of Capri.  You might want to consider spending a little more time on the island if possible.  This island has a lot to offer and you will not want to feel like you didn’t get to experience it.

Obviously, if you are on a cruise ship you do not have this option but if you do have the time, plan to stay a little longer and enjoy the area.  

In this post, we are going to go over all the logistics of a day trip to Capri, some of the best places to eat, and the best things to do in Capri! 

Let’s explore what to do in Capri on your day trip to Capri Italy!

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Should I Take a Day Trip to Capri Italy?

A day trip to Capri Italy

If you are trying to figure out if a day trip to Capri is worth it, the answer is YES!  A day trip to Capri Italy will make your Italy vacation even better than you can imagine.

Let’s answer some questions you might have especially if this is your first time in Italy.

Where is Capri Italy?

Capri Italy ocean view

Capri is located on the southern coast of the Bay of Naples.

The Island of Capri is located just a ferry ride away from the Amalfi Coast or Naples.  

How Many Days do you Need in Capri Italy?

day trip to Capri Italy

Is a day trip to Capri enough time? Capri may be one of the most romantic places on earth so one day in Capri might not be enough time! We were able to spend a couple of days on the island.

I think 2-3 three days is the perfect amount of time.

What Makes Capri Italy Special?

Day trip to Capri Blue grotto

Capri is famous for its Blue Grotto!  It also prides itself on upscale hotels and shopping. Lemons are found all over the island.  Limoncello and leather sandals are the most popular products produced on Capri.

Capri and Anacapri

There are two parts to the Island of Capri.  Capri is the more touristy area and Anacapri is where most of the locals live.  We went to both sides of the island to explore. Personally, I think they are both worth visiting.

What is the Best Time to Visit Capri Italy?

A day trip to capri

Usually, Easter weekend until the first weekend in November is considered tourist season. The best time to go is April to mid-June and the beginning of September to mid-October.  We went in May and it was incredible.

Should I Take a Day Trip to Capri?

Lemons of Capri Italy

The island is a magical place. You probably will not have time to do everything with just a day trip to Capri.  But you will get a chance to explore the beauty of the island.

If I only had one day in Capri I would either hike Mount Solaro or take a boat cruise to the Blue Grotto. But we will look at things to do in Capri in a second.

How to Get To the Island of Capri?

Caves in Capri

Obviously, by sea! Capri by boat is the only way to get to the island.  Ferry’s run from Naples to Capri and Sorrento to Capri all year long.  In the summer the ferries have stop’s all along the Amalfi Coast that can transport you to Capri.

There are two types of ferries.  The high-speed ferries are faster and more expensive than the slow ferry.  It takes about 50-80 minutes to get to Capri.

I got seasick on the ferry!  It made me feel awful.  I believe we took the faster ferry.

How Much is the Ferry to Capri?

Prices range from 15-20 Euros for budgeting purposes. But you do not have to buy your tickets until you are at the port.

 

Top Things To Do in Capri

Day trip to Capri Blue Grotto

1. Blue Grotto

The most well-known attraction is the Blue Grotto. We found out that there are actually many grottoes around the Island. Some are even better than the Blue Grotto.  If you have a private tour you can visit many of the grottoes.

Touring Capri

We took a public boat tour.  The Blue Grotto is special because you hop onto a Canoe and an Italian driver steers the boat into a beautiful cave of blue water and sings romantically to those on your boat.

I loved it!  I loved being on the ocean and getting a great view of the island on a speed boat.

Was the Tour Worth It?

Absolutely!  I loved being on the beautiful Mediterranean Sea!  The cave was awesome!  My suggestion is to get in the front of the boat!  We had such an amazing experience! When planning a day trip to Capri, the Blue Grotto needs to be on your itinerary for sure.

2. Mount Solaro

Mount Solaro Capri Italy

Mount Solaro is on the Anacapri side. We rode a chair lift up to the top of the island and hiked down.  It was absolutely gorgeous!  This is a must-do!  The only downside to this lift was it was single chairs.  I would have preferred to sit next to my husband to enjoy the breathtaking views.

How to Get to The Chair Lift

There is a bus that will take you from the Capri side of the island to the Anacapri side.  It will let you off right near the chair lift.  You can go purchase your tickets and begin your 12 min chair ride to the top!

Admission and Hours

  • May – October: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m
  • March – April: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 pm
  • November – February: 9.30 a.m to 3:30 p.m.
  • Tickets: 12 Euro return, 9 Euro single

Times may vary in each season. You can check them at info points in Marina Grande or Piazzetta.  I would recommend buying a single ticket up and hiking down.

  • Children under 7 ride free on their parent’s lap.

Personally, I think that it would be unsafe to ride with anyone even a child.  The chair was small with only a metal bar to prevent you from falling off.  I can’t imagine my 6-year-old sitting on my lap way high above the ground for 12 minutes.  I would recommend buying a ticket or just hiking up.

3. Hiking Down Mount Solaro

Hiking Mount Solaro Capri Italy

Distance

2.2 Miles not using the chair lift

1.1 Just hiking down

Elevation

754 ft

Terrain

Moderate

This hike offers spectacular views.  If you are hiking up the trail it would be challenging.  Only hiking down was not difficult, a little steep at times but very manageable.

Our Experience

This was a fabulous way to spend the afternoon.  One thing to mention is that you do not have to hike at all you can ride the chair lift both ways.  At the top of the chair lift is a beautiful patio with tables and chairs. You could eat a picnic or have a few snacks in the area.

I highly recommend this on your day trip to Capri!

4. Touring Capri

Day Trip to Capri

There are many shops to explore.  I would have never guessed that Capri is actually a big player in the fashion world.  They are known for their leather sandals but did you know capri pants were named after the Island of Capri?

I think that is pretty cool.  What you will find at most of the shops are lemons. Lemon everything!  It is a very bright and cheerful experience walking around and shopping in Capri!

5. Eating in Capri

Verginiello in Capri Italy

We ventured down a lonely path and found a restaurant called Verginiello.  It was so good! Seriously, this was in the top two restaurants we ate at in all of Italy.  Amazing!

Being Americans we were hungry at 7 ish and got in fairly easy, but by 9:00 pm when the locals came out it was packed! The food was wonderful!

I highly recommend this restaurant!

More Things to Do In Capri

Things to do in Capri Italy

I was not able to do all of these Capri activities. However, I wanted to give you some more options.

  • Giardini di Augusto – Beautiful garden – 1 Euro to enter
  • Via Krupp – A beautiful path down the cliff located near Giardini di Augusto
  • Punta Carena – lighthouse hike
  • Grotto di Matermania – caves to explore

Continuing Your Day Trip to Capri into the Night

Explore Capri

The last ferry leaves around 7:15 pm.  You will have to plan ahead.  The main restaurants and shops close up after the crowds go back to the mainland. Most people come to the island during the day because they are on a cruise ship excursion.

We stayed on the island and got to experience what the island is like without tourists everywhere.  It was amazing. We walked the streets and enjoyed our time.

Staying the Night in Capri Italy

Villa Marina Capri Day trip to Capri

If you need a hotel recommendation, I have one for you! (this is not sponsored) The hotel’s name is Villa Marina Capri Hotel & Spa.

It was the most incredible place we stayed at on our entire trip to Italy.  This is a five-star hotel! (American Standards)

The Grounds at Villa Marina Capri Hotel and Spa

villa marina Capri day trip to Capri

The grounds are beautiful!  Everything is high class.  There are lemon trees all around the property.  The views of the ocean were breathtaking.

Welcome to the Hotel

The minute we walked into the hotel we were greeted with a spa treatment as we waited for our room accommodations.  A welcome drink was also offered to us, but we do not drink so a non-alcoholic drink was provided.

As we were guided to our rooms we were so impressed.  Most hotels in Europe do not have bathtubs or large rooms, but this place was the exception!

Villa Marina Capri

Breakfast

Breakfast was incredible! This European-style breakfast offered everything you could ever want and it was included in the price of the hotel.  There was even fresh honey.

Breakfast at Villa Marina Capri

Breakfast at Villa Marina Capri

If you do get to stay the night I highly recommend this hotel!  This hotel alone would change my mind from a day trip to Capri to a weekend trip to Capri!

Have Fun on Your Day Trip to Capri!

Breakfast at Villa Marina Capri

If you are traveling to Italy and want to explore more cities, check out these posts!

Planning your one week in Italy and including many cities is possible.  We started in Venice with a Romantic Venice getaway. Then headed to FlorencePisa, and Lucca, and ended with One day in SienaAfter visiting Tuscany we headed to our Gaeta beach vacation, Naples, Capri, the Amalfi Coast, and Pompeii.

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  9. Oh the views! That tub! The honeycomb! I want to see and do it all. I had never considered Capri! Now I can’t wait to go!

  10. We loved Capri! The area is gorgeous… and the Limoncello was delicious! Did you try the meloncello?? Haven’t found it anywhere else!

  11. Oh I am dreaming of Italy! One of the places on the list to explore once the world opens up again!

  12. Oh, someday I will make it to the Mediterranean! It’s been on my bucket list for a long time and pictures like yours just make me want to go now!

  13. How beautiful! This makes me want to fulfill my bucket list item of traveling to Italy TODAY! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Beautiful pictures, it looks like an amazing place! Definitely will have to put this on our list of must see destinations.

  15. This looks like this would be a wonderful day trip and place to visit. I’ve never been to Italy but it is on my bucket list.

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