The Island of Capri

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Flag of Italy  , Campania,
Sunday, September 16, 2012

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ISLE OF CAPRI:
Sep 16: The Isle of Capri (pronounced "CAPri) is reached by boat from the port of Sorrento (34 Euros (roundtrip $44), and the main attraction that allows visitors to view are its rocky seashores and its scenic charm.  The lower level is made up of Capri town where the Marina Grande, the main port, is located.  They have the designer shops and expensive boutiques for the shoppers.  It's also where most of the hotels are located.   This is where people load up on small rowboats to visit the Blue Grotto, but that concession was closed for the previous three days because of the high water level.  It was also closed on the day of our visit.  However, our group of five were able to join a small bus tour with a local guide for 20 Euros pp ($26).  Not far from the boat dock is the funicular up to Anacapri situated on a plateau about half way up the mountain where most visitors spend their time to gaze out over the water to the Bay of Naples and the Sorrentino Peninsula, have their meals, and have some liquid refreshments or gelato.  Anacapri is a little bit more quiet than Capri town, but still pretty busy with tourists. Our guide took us on a walking tour to introduce us to Casa Rossa (red house) built by an American from New Orleans that has been converted into a museum (free).   It's one of the main tourist attraction of Anacapri.  We learned that outsiders cannot rent a car or drive on the Isle of Capri; only locals have the authority.  However, they have bus service between Capri and Anacapri, or one can hike between the two.  From Anacapri one can take the chairlift up to the top of Monte Solaro to enjoy the views of the Bay of Naples, the Faraglioni Rocks and the Gardens of Augustus. The views from Monte Solaro are awesome!    We were also fortunate to have enjoyed a nice day to visit this island.  After spending about an hour at Monte Solaro to take pictures and enjoying the views, we had a beer at Bar Columbus.    

After our chairlift back to Anacapri, we returned to the small square to have lunch.   
The Capri Palace hotel is located adjacent to the small square with the cafes and restaurants, so we walked in to take a peek.   We were rewarded with some pretty good artworks, a deco art bar with three stools, and other art works of sculpture and a canoe with a video running water where people normally sit.   For lunch, I had a very large hamburger with french fries and beer for 13 Euros ($17).   We took the funicular for our return trip to Capri to catch our boat back to Sorrento. It was another beautiful day enjoyed with my friends and travel companions, Bill, Elaine, Bill, and Charlotte.    Total cost of this trip to the Isle of Capri was 67 Euros ($87) that included lunch.   We also had a beautiful day; priceless.  

This was our last day and night in Sorrento.  The company gave us a  Goodbye Sorrento dinner at restaurant Tasso.    http://www.ristorantetasso.com/en/index.html



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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From thy Lonely Planet on the park.
Lonely Planet review for Giardini di AugustoGet away from the Capri crowds by heading southwest of the monastery where, at the end of Via Matteotti, you have the unexpected green oasis of the colourful Giardini di Augusto. Founded by the Emperor Augustus, you should spend a few minutes contemplating the breathtaking view from here: gaze ahead to the Isole Faraglioni and the three dramatic limestone pinnacles that rise vertically out of the sea. Measuring 109m, 81m and 104m respectively, the stacks are home to a rare blue lizard that was once thought to be unique to the Faraglioni but has since been found on the Sicilian coast. While sadly beyond the capacity of even the most sophisticated camera lens, a photo from here should still impress the folks back home. From the gardens, pretty hairpin Via Krupp winds down to Marina Piccola and past a bust of Lenin overlooking the road from a nearby platform – no one seems to know who placed it here – or why!Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/italy/campania/capri/sights/other/giardini-di-augusto#ixzz28Ydb4Dyl 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
    
 

 

 

 

 


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