In many ways, Capri is the quintessential Italian summer vacation: Graceful old wooden boats drift past dramatic rocky coastlines to a picture-perfect island lined with fragrant lemon trees and bougainvilleas. Crisp white villas perched high above the crystalline waters of the Thyrrenean sea provide unparalleled views. Rocky beach clubs serve up traditional Italian fares and drink after a brisk afternoon swim. The town, frozen in time, boasts bright striped awnings in yellow, pink, and blue hues, and equally colorful boats. Vespas zip past as you hike the serpentine roads. It truly doesn't get any better.
Convinced you need to jet over to Capri this summer? We've mapped out the perfect itinerary for an unforgettable Italian vacation. Without further ado, here are the best things to do in Capri that guarantee you'll never want to leave.
J.K. Place Capri: At J.K. Place Capri, the seersucker-clad placers meet you right at the dock with a car waiting to whisk you up a quiet cliffside road to the brilliantly white Italianate deco-inspired villa overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea. From there, immaculately designed interiors, fragrant citrus trees, and sun-soaked pools will contribute to your complete relaxation.
Caesar Augustus: One of Capri's finest, the Caesar Augustus hotel has quite the history. Once a family-run villa owned by a Russian Prince who used it as a home in exile, this Relais & Châteaux has since been transformed into a hotel. Perched a sweeping 1000 feet above the sea, its most distinctive feature is the two-tier infinity pool, which hangs vertiginously above the crystal-clear waters below.
Capri Palace Hotel & Spa: No detail is overlooked at the Capri Palace Hotel & Spa. A serpentine path leads you to the hotel high above the sea, billowy linens hang above each bed, bougainvilleas line every twist and turn. Tangerine-colored umbrellas complement the clear blue waters of the pool, a color combination repeated in the hotel's Michelin-starred restaurant, L'Olivo Gourmet.
Visit the Blue Grotto: Capri's world-famous blue grotto is best experienced at sunset. The sunlight passing through and shining on the seawater creates a mesmerizing blue reflection. Let yourself float into the depths of the cave to feel the grotto's magic.
Walk the Capri Village: The town of Capri is just as quaint as the hotels that inhabit the island. Colored buildings with striped awnings line a lively marina. Shop the many stores, from Dolce & Gabbana to the infamous L'Arte del Sandalo Caprese, and finish off with lunch at the classic Piazzetta.
Take a Boat Ride: No trip to the Capri is complete without as Gozzo ride, the island's classic wooden boats. Bring a bottle of champagne or limoncello to soak in the unforgettable views and take a dip in the crisp Thyrrenian Sea.
Il Riccio: Located on the cliffside of the infamous Blue Grotto, Il Riccio is a restaurant and beach club operated by the Capri Palace. The Azueran blue color palette is fresh, the design is quintessential coastal Italian, and the food is unparalleled.
Da Paolino: Picturesque restaurant Da Paolino is nestled in a fragrant lemon grove where the trees arch over each table. At night, votives are lit in the tree branches, creating a twinkling fairytale atmosphere.
La Campannina: Nestled in Capri village, La Capannina is an enoteca that's been serving delicious caprese since 1931. You'll be positively charmed by the traditional pink-and-green interiors that sit underneath a canopy of hanging plants.
La Fontelina: One of the most famous lidos in the world, La Fontelina is a beach club to answer all your Italian summer dreams. Boat over or hike the promenade that leads to the club, and sip on a refreshing glass of wine after a crisp swim in the sea.
Da Luigi ai Faraglioni: Another infamous beach club, Da Luigi ai Faraglioni boasts crystalline waters, impeccable cuisine, and unforgettable views for your midday swim and drink.
Bar Al Piccolo: The very first bar on Capri village's La Piazzetta, Bar Al Piccolo is a café by day and a cocktail terrace by night in a lively alfresco setting. It'll keep you up until the wee hours of the morning.
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