One Day in Capri Italy: How to Plan the Perfect Day Trip

If you visit Naples, Amalfi, or Sorrento, you should consider adding a day trip to Capri. Capri is known for its designer boutiques and high-end hotels. And though most people come here to shop, there is so much more to this beautiful island. Here is exactly how you should spend one day in Capri.

I recently visited Capri for a day trip from Naples and had the best time. The island breeze, gorgeous views, and delicious food are hard to beat. It was the perfect getaway from the bustle of the city. Let’s get into everything this dreamy island has to offer.

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How to get to Capri

Capri is located in the Campania region of Italy on the south side of the Gulf of Naples. Regardless of where you are staying the only way to get to Capri is by boat. We stayed in Naples and booked a ferry that took us to Capri in 55 minutes. Make sure you book your ferry tickets beforehand as they can book quickly. 

The ferry ride to Capri was pretty rough and many people were getting motion sick. Thankfully, I took Dramamine or I would have been right there with them.

You can also book boat trips from Sorrento or Amalfi, but most of those tours will be an organized itinerary, and you won’t get much time to explore the island on your own.

Ferry at the dock to take us to Capri.

 

Best Time to Visit Capri

The best seasons to visit Capri are Spring and Fall. During these times you will get nicer weather and less crowds. We went in April and it was a little chilly and rainy in the morning. The summers are scorching and crowded and during the winter months alot of businesses close.

No matter when you choose to go, besides the winter, you will have a wonderful time.

How to Get Around Capri

There are a few options to get around the island depending on where you want to go.

Funicular:
The funicular or cable car runs between the port in Marina Grande and the Piazzetta in Capri town every 15 min. The ticket office is located to the right on the pier.

Bus:
The bus runs from Marina Grande to Capri and Anacapri. As well as from Anacapri to the Blue Grotto and Punta Carena Lighthouse. You can get tickets from the same ticket office by the pier.
The buses run every 15 to 20 min.
We took the bus from Marina Grande – Anacapri – Capri Town – Marina Grande.

Walk:
You can opt to walk the main routes instead of using public transportation but keep in mind that these routes include a lot of stairs.
Marina Grande to Capri Town is about 15 min stairs the whole way. Marina Grande to Anacapri is 900 steps.


Photo looking over the water in Capri Italy

How to Spend One Day in Capri

There is so much to do in Capri and to start your day in Capri off right you need to get there early. The earlier the better in my opinion as the island gets crowded. We boarded our ferry at 8:30 am and arrived in Capri before 9:30.

Boat Tour 

One of the most popular things to do in Capri is to explore the Blue Grotto and you can do this by booking a boat tour. There are so many options to choose from private, group, a whole day, or a few hours.

We opted for a 2-hour tour because we wanted to explore the island as well. Unfortunately due to the weather, the Blue Grotto portion was canceled. We could still do the rest of the tour but because we got pretty motion-sick on the ferry ride over we opted out of the whole tour. If the Blue Grotto was open we would have done it but it wasn’t worth it to us to feel even more sick.

This is the tour we booked and we will most likely book this again in the future so we can have another chance at seeing the Blue Grotto.

Anacapri Town

Once you return from your boat tour I suggest you get your bus tickets and take the bus to Anacapri. Anacapri, located on the western side of the island, offers a more tranquil and authentic experience compared to the bustling Capri town.

You won’t have time to explore everything Anacapri has to offer but you could pick a few things you are interested in and have the time for. Some of the key attractions in Anacapri are the Monte Solaro Chair Lift, Villa San Michele, Punta Carena Lighthouse, and Sentiero dei Fortini. I would have loved to have spent more time visiting this side of the island. It’s much less crowded and so beautiful.

Monte Solaro Chair Lift

Monte Solaro is the highest point on the island of Capri and offers unparalleled views. The journey to this point is made effortlessly by the Monte Solaro Chair Lift. Starting from Anacapri, the chair lift gently glides over lush gardens, Mediterranean villas, and rugged cliffs. As you rise higher, the panoramic views expand.

The ride takes about 13 min, allowing you time to soak in the beauty of the island. Once you reach the top you are greeted with breathtaking 360-degree views. There is also a cafe where you can relax and enjoy the views over a drink or light snack.

A round-trip ticket on the chair lift is 14 euros or 11 euros for one way.


One Day in Capri Itinerary. A photo of the outside of the Monte Solaro chair lift building.
Villa San Michele

Villa San Michele is the former home of Swedish physician and author Axel Munthe. The villa is now a museum surrounded by beautiful gardens filled with Mediterranean plants and ancient artifacts. The terrace offers magnificent views over the Gulf of Naples.

It costs 10 euros a person to enter but is well worth it for the history and views.

Church of San Michele

The Church of San Michele is known for its stunning 18th-century majolica floor that depicts the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden created by Leonardo Chiaiese. Climbing up the spiral staircase on a mezzanine will guarantee a complete view of the floor.

The entrance fee is 3 euros.

Punta Carena Lighthouse

If you are looking for a more secluded experience, head over to Punta Carena Lighthouse, located on the southwestern tip of the island. This lighthouse is one of the most crucial navigational aids in the Tyrrhenian Sea, standing tall since 1866. The area around the lighthouse features rocky cliffs and clear blue waters.

This is a popular swimming and sunbathing spot but much less busy than other parts of the island. You can get to the lighthouse by bus, the main Viale Tommaso de Tommaso stop in Anacapri, or by foot walking along the Viale Tommaso de Tommaso and Via Nuova del Faro which takes about 40 minutes.

Sentiero dei Fortini

If you enjoy hiking and have the time I suggest you hike the Sentiero dei Fortini Trail also known as the “Path of the Forts”. This is a great way to explore the natural beauty of Anacapri. It offers stunning views and passes by several ancient forts that were built at the time of the Saracen invasions.

This is a moderate to hard hike that takes about 3 hours. The path is marked with red dots and information tiles about the island’s flora and fauna.

The terrain ranges from grassy and dirt paths to rock scrambles and steep cliffs so be sure you have the right footwear. You can reach the trail by bus from Anacapri to the Blue Grotto and get off at the Punta Arciera stop or Anacapri to Faro di Punta Carena and get off at the Pino stop.

 

Plan on hiking while in Capri? Check out these articles to help you prepare.

One day in Capri Italy. Map of Anacapri posted in the city.

 

Capri Town

After exploring Anacapri, make your way back down to Capri town. This is the vibrant heart of the island, bustling with life and filled with history. Walking around Capri town, you will encounter a ton of luxury shops, boutiques, and restaurants offering local cuisine. Like Anacapri, you won’t have enough time to see everything in Capri town but here are some of the highlights you can choose from.

La Piazzetta

Officially known as Piazza Umberto I, is the heart of Capri town. The square is surrounded by historic buildings and offers panoramic views of the sea. This is the perfect place to start by grabbing a coffee or some lunch. At night the square offers vibrant nightlife at bars and restaurants.

Gardens of Augustus

A short walk from Piazza Umberto, the Gardens of Augustus offers gorgeous views of the Faraglioni rock formations and the Marina Piccola Bay. The gardens are filled with vibrant flowers and Mediterranean plants and provide a serene escape from the crowded town. The gardens are also home to the Krupp Path, a winding trail carved into the cliffside, offering stunning vistas at every turn.

Entrance to the gardens is 1 euro or you can get entrance to the gardens and Certosa di San Giacomo for 5 euros.


View of Via Krupp in Capri

Photo by Maria Dolores Vazquez on Unsplash

Via Camerelle

If you are interested in high-end shopping then Via Camerelle is where you want to be. This street is famous for its designer stores, luxury boutiques, and artisan shops. Even if you aren’t in the market to buy, it’s still fun to walk down the street and see the glamorous side of Capri.

Certosa di San Giacomo

One of the oldest buildings in Capri, the Certosa di San Giacomo is a former monastery founded in the 14th century. It is now a museum and cultural center that hosts art exhibitions. From the gardens, you can enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, the coastline, and the deep blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea. The entrance fee is 6 euros or 5 euros for admission to Certosa di San Giacomo and the Gardens of Augustus.

 

What to Pack for Your Capri Day Trip

Being in Capri for the day you will most likely need to pack a day bag. Here are all the things I packed for Capri for the day. Keep in mind you may need to pack different things for different seasons.

Motion Sickness Prevention

If you get motion sick then the number one thing you need to pack is motion sickness prevention. I always have Dramamine on hand but I recently started using a Reliefband and it works great. I use both things together since I get really bad motion sickness.

I also packed patches that go behind your ear. I didn’t use them but my cousin did and they worked well for her.

Bathing Suit and Towel

You need a bathing suit and towel if you plan on spending any time swimming or on a boat tour. I like to pack quick dry towels so I’m not putting a soaking wet towel back into my bag.

Umbrella/Rain Coat

Depending on the season you may need an umbrella or a raincoat. We visited in April and were hit with some rain in the morning. While it was mostly light rain, we were happy to have packed the umbrella.

Sunscreen

You get the worst burn in overcast weather. So no matter if it’s cloudy or the sun is shining you need to make sure that you wear sunscreen and reapply it throughout the day.

The best sunscreen I have used is Skin Proud Sunscreen serum. It’s 50 SPF and is lightweight and feels great on my skin.

Portable Charger

A day of taking photos and using the map to navigate the city will undoubtedly drain your phone battery. I always travel with this Anker portable charger which charges my phone quickly and fully twice. I am linking another charger I love too. It’s bigger but it plugs straight into the wall and has cords built into the charger.

Day Bag

If you’re packing all this you need something to put it all in right? I love this hiking backpack. It holds everything including any souvenirs you decide to buy while there and folds up small making it packable in your luggage for when you don’t need it. It is also water resistant to keep your items dry while on a boat tour or if caught in the rain.

What to Eat in Capri

The food in Capri is as vibrant and delightful as the island. Here are some of the top things you should try while in Capri.

Limoncello

I know this is technically not food but no trip to Capri is complete without trying Limoncello. This famous lemon liquor is made from the zest of Sorrento lemons, alcohol, water, and sugar. Many of the shops offer tastings of the classic lemon flavor and others like melon, strawberry, pistachio, and more. Enjoy a tasting, a glass after a meal, or ship some home.
We LOVED the meloncello so much that we shipped some back home.

Insalata Caprese

Caprese salad is a simple dish that embodies all the flavors of Capri. This is made with fresh mozzarella, ripe tomatoes, basil leaves, and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. If you have never tried Caprese salad it is so fresh and delicious and is served as a starter in alot of restaurants throughout Italy.

Ravioli Capresi

Delicate ravioli filled with a mixture of fresh caciotta cheese and marjoram, which tastes similar to oregano, served with a simple tomato sauce. Other variations include serving the butter and sage.

Torta Caprese

Legend has it that this cake was created by mistake when a chef forgot to add flour to his cake batter resulting in a dense moist cake. This rich chocolate almond cake is both fudgy and crumbly. It is often dusted with powdered sugar and served with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Lemon Sorbet

Honestly, you should try anything lemon you can get your hands on. The lemon sorbet was incredible. It cost about 8 euros to get it served inside a lemon which made a great photo opportunity.

Is One Day in Capri Enough?

While spending just one day in Capri means you’ll need to prioritize your activities, it is possible to see many of the highlights and get a taste of what makes Capri so special. I wish I had more time to explore the island but I will be sure to plan a longer visit next time.

Where to Stay in Capri

If you have more than a day and want to stay in Capri there are plenty of great places to stay. Keep in mind if you decide to stay in Capri it can be quite expensive.

Grand Hotel Quisisana

One of Capri’s most iconic and luxury accommodations. This is a five-star hotel that has been a symbol of Capri’s glamour since it opened in 1845. Its central location makes it a great base for exploring the island.

Capri Palace Hotel and Spa

Located in Anacapri, this five-star hotel is a haven of luxury. The hotel offers breathtaking views of the Gulf of Naples, an award-winning spa, and a Michelin-starred restaurant on-site.

La Scalinatella

A charming boutique hotel nestled in a quiet area of Capri. This five-star hotel is known for its personalized service and luxurious accommodations. The hotel is located a short walk from the center of Capri.

Tips for Visiting Capri

Book Tickets in Advance

If you are taking a day trip to Capri you must book your tickets in advance. Everything from tours, ferries, and even restaurant reservations (if you are interested in somewhere popular), should be booked in advance to save you time, money, and stress. Alot of the popular attractions like Blue Grotto boat tours book up months in advance. You don’t want to miss out on anything because you waited too long to book.

Protect Yourself from the Sun

Capri’s Mediterranean climate means plenty of sunshine, so it’s vital to protect yourself from the sun. Packing sunscreen and making sure to reapply it throughout the day is super important. You may also want to bring a hat or long-sleeved fishing shirt to wear out on the boat if you are going for a long tour. In addition, you want to bring a good pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes.

Make sure you are staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water. You can pack some electrolyte packets as well. We always travel with Liquid I.V. or something similar.

Wear Comfortable Shoes

Comfortable shoes are a must on every trip. Exploring Capri will most likely consist of a lot of walking, often on uneven terrain or steep inclines. Sneakers or supportive sandals will provide both comfort and durability. If you plan on doing any of the hikes make sure you wear hiking boots or sandals.

 

Spending just one day in Capri can certainly leave you wanting more. I know this was the case for me. Its stunning landscapes, delicious food, and rich culture offered the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of Naples. While one day wasn’t enough time to see everything I wanted, it was enough time for me to fall in love and want to start planning my next trip immediately. 

 

 

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