What are the five best things to see and do in Capri?

Like many of the seaside towns along the Amalfi Coast, Capri does not disappoint. Between the citrus-colored villas, sea views and artisan vendors, it is easy to get lost wandering through its steep, narrow streets. Whether you’re in town for a honeymoon or family vacation, there is plenty to do on this island gem. Here are Forbes Travel Guide editors’ picks for the five best things to see and do in Capri:
 
1.Rent a boat, canoe or kayak. Though the beach is a lot of fun for a leisurely day, the best way to see Capri is from the sea. Whether a dinghy, canoe or kayak, rent a seafaring vessel from Marina Grande and take to the waves. Explore the deserted beaches and mysterious inlets, swim in the rippling water and duck into the Blue Grotto.
 
2. Spend a day at the beach. Capri’s crystal clear waters are too inviting to pass up. With more than a dozen sunbathing spots, you can find everything from a quiet hideaway to a rowdy social hub to an underwater snorkeling excursion. It should be noted that many of the trendier beaches require a daily fee.
 
3. Blue Grotto. You simply can’t miss a trip to Capri’s famous Grotta Azzurra. Boat tours to the neon landmark are easy to arrange — thanks to copious advertisements all over the island — and cost between $15 and $20. Only one boat can enter the dark cave at a time, and you’ll have to duck as you pass through the gaping mouth. As you dip into the cavern, prepare yourself to see the most brilliant blues emerging from the water like a submerged aurora borealis.
 
4. Hike to Villa Jovis. Channel your inner history buff and head to Villa Jovis, where Tiberius ruled the Roman Empire in the first century B.C. The beautiful ruins, practically hanging from the edge of a cliff, are both memorable and educational.
 
5. Take the chair lift to Mount Solaro. For the best views of Mount Vesuvius and the coastline, take the chair lift near Piazza Vittoria to Mount Solaro, the highest spot on the island. You’ll come across the 800 Phoenician Steps, which connect Anacapri to the Mediterranean.

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    What are the five best places to stay in Capri?

    Famous for its colorful villas and boutique retreats, Capri has dozens of luxury hotels. Here are Forbes Travel Guide editors’ picks for the five best places to stay in Capri:
     
    1.Grand Hotel Quisisana. One of the most sophisticated hotels in Capri, Grand Hotel Quisisana offers guest rooms that are both luxurious and stately. Natural light streams into the striking, white hotel. It’s has glorious pool and several fashionable dining options, including the Krug Room, which is known for its extensive champagne list.
     
    2. Capri Palace Hotel and Spa. Home to one of the world’s best hotel spas and the award-winning restaurant L’Olivo, Capri Palace feels more like a royal retreat than a hotel. Secluded on the towering hills of the island, the hotel’s vaulted ceilings and towering columns will transport you to ancient Rome.
     
    3. Hotel Punta Tragar. This luxury hotel designed by renowned Swiss architect Le Corbusier boasts one of the best views on the Amalfi Coast. Located a little further from the town center, the peach-painted Hotel Punta Tragar creates a romantic escape with its arched terraces and heated saltwater pools.
     
    4. JK Place Capri. This crisp and chic hotel is one of the few hotels on the island that’s right on the ocean, but it’s also close to town and the harbor. The neo-classic hotel was designed by Florentine architect Michele Bonan who created a contemporary space with  English country touches. The individually designed rooms feature large bathrooms and sea views.
     
    5. Hotel Caesar Augustus. Built into a cliff, Hotel Caesar Augustus sits 1,000 feet over the Bay of Naples. The rooms are spacious and chic, and some have balconies (and even bathrooms) with waterfront views. Other highlights include a two-level infinity pool and the opulent Suite Farouk, which was named after the Egyptian king who stayed in it for a year.
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    Where are Capri’s best beaches?

    Many people come to Capri expecting to walk barefoot along stretches of soft white sand beaches, but Forbes Travel Guide editors recommend you bring some shoes. The island is actually covered in sharp, volcanic rocks. Fortunately, beach clubs run most of the sunbathing areas, meaning that swimming areas typically come with clean facilities, towels, chairs and seaside restaurants. Depending on the club, expect to pay between $15 and $30 per person per day. Here are five Capri beaches worth visiting:
     
    1. Bagni di Tiberio. On the north side of Capri, Bagni di Tiberio has been considered the island’s best beach for 2,000 years. Emperor Augustus’ favorite spot to kick back in the summer, Bagni di Tiberio is a mixture of pebbles and sand, as well as large rocks for sunbathers. Boats leave regularly from the hydrofoil ticket offices next to Marina Grande.
     
    2. Marina di Mulo. On the south side of the island, head to Marina di Mulo, which was a favorite spot for jetsetters in the 1950s and 1960s. Just be sure to get there early in the day, since the sun usually leaves the bay by 4 p.m.
     
    3. Faraglioni. If hanging with the stars is on your agenda, take a shuttle boat from Marina Piccola to the Faraglioni rocks, where two private beach clubs await with luxurious white mattresses spread out on the artificial sand.
     
    4. Faro di Punta Carena. Willing to stray a little farther from central Capri? Take the 20-minute walk down Nuovo del Faro from Anacapri. There, you’ll find Faro di Punta Carena, a cove with a lighthouse in the foreground that is a favorite among locals for sunbathing, snorkeling and a casual restaurant.
     
    5. Piscina di Venere. Finally, if you really want a secluded beach, pack a lunch, hire a boat and ask the driver to come back at a specified time. Many of the local seafarers know of untouched inlets, such as the Piscina di Venere, Venus’ swimming pool.
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    What is the best thing to bring home from Capri?

    Capri is filled with shops selling colorful ceramics, tasty liqueurs and signature perfumes, but Forbes Travel Guide editors suggest you bring a pair of handmade sandals home from Capri. They’re always stylish and will remind you of the narrow streets and citrus-stained villas every time you put them on. Head to Boutique Canfora Capri, a famed sandal store founded in 1946 by craftsman Amedeo Testoni. Having served high-profile customers like Grace Kelly, Sophia Loren, Clark Gable and Jacqueline Kennedy, Testoni’s boutique is a legendary shopping experience. You can choose from a rainbow of colors to discover the perfect pair of leather sandals and a matching belt, thanks to Testoni’s daughters who have continued his legacy.
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    What are the five best Capri food experiences?

    When in Capri, sampling lots of the Italian cuisine seems to come naturally.  Forbes Travel Guide editors suggest you don’t leave the island without having these five food experiences:
     
    1. Antipasti. Whether you like eggplant and salami or sun-roasted tomatoes and fresh mozzarella, a leisurely antipasto buffet is a traditional way to enjoy lunch in Italy.
     
    2. Caprese Salad. Fresh mozzarella, giant basil leaves, sweet ripe tomatoes, aged balsamic and locally pressed olive oil — the Italians know how to make a delicious salad. Delectable in its simplicity, the refreshing caprese salad is a must-try for a light lunch or appetizer while you’re in Capri.
     
    3. Limoncello. A popular liqueur across Campania and southern Italy, limoncello is one of the most satisfying ways to end a meal in Capri. It is sweet, spirited and, yes, tastes like lemon. But it also has subtle undertones of walnuts and flowers.
     
    4. Local seafood. Whether you’re in an award-winning restaurant or a casual beachside café, don’t leave Capri without trying a grilled catch of the day. Snapper, lobster, calamari, and sea urchin…all these super-fresh items are prepared by local chefs with the simplest method: a squeeze of lemon, some olive oil and a sprinkle of salt.
     
    5. Pizza. Peppered with pizzerias, Capri has very high standards for its pies — even for Italy. Look for a Neapolitan pizza — they’re considered the best in Italy — with crispy crust, chunks of mozzarella and fresh tomato sauce.
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    Where is the best nightlife in Capri?

    Capri has a nightlife scene that’s made up of plenty of clubs, taverns and wine bars, but it’s for night owls, as most places don’t pick up steam until midnight. If you’re looking for the most fashionable spot in town, head to the practically hidden Anema e Core lounge. It’s easy to miss the entrance to this popular tavern exploding with live regional music night after night. If you’re not interested in sharing the dance floor with the rich and famous, head to piano bar Lanterna Verde for a more laid-back evening. Carved into a white rock within the Hotel San Michele, this historic bar attracts some of the world’s most talented musicians and singers. Dance, sing or simply watch the starry sky from Lanterna Verde’s unique vantage point.
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    What is the best way to see Capri in one day?

    If you only have one day in Capri, Forbes Travel Guide editors suggest you make the most of the island’s Mediterranean sun, medieval streets and quaint boutiques. Wake up early and grab a pastry from a local bakery, then hike up to Villa Jovis before it gets too hot. The beautiful cliff-side ruins, where Tiberius ruled the Roman Empire in the first century B.C., offer some of the best views of the Amalfi Coast. 
     
    Snag a table at the ever-popular Ristorante da Paolino for lunch. Famous for its lemon groves, Ristorante da Paolino is family-owned outfit and offers an appealing spread of antipasti. When you’ve had your fill, head to the Marina Piccola and join a boat tour to the shimmering Blue Grotto. If you have time, catch some rays on the beach before heading back to home base to refresh.
     
    Enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail in the Piazzetta, and then nosh on the award-winning cuisine at L’Olivo. From the stone fireplaces and plush sofas to the fresh fish, L’Olivo is an exclusive experience. After dinner, stroll along the fashionable Via Camerelle and pick up some limoncello to finish your day in Capri with a nightcap.
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    What are the five best places to eat in Capri?

    Between the crispy Neapolitan-style pizza, fresh grilled lobsters and lemon-flavored desserts, eating in Capri captures the essence of the Mediterranean. You can’t go wrong dining in Forbes Travel Guide editors’ picks for the five best places to eat in Capri:
     
    1. Ristorante da Paolino. Located on the Marina Grande “under a sea of lemons,” Ristorante da Paolino has been a local staple for decades — and it’s no surprise. This simple, family-run eatery serves up a savory antipasto buffet and arguably the island’s best calamari. Don’t leave without trying its famous housemade limoncello.
     
    2. L’Olivo. Part of the Capri Palace Hotel and Spa in Anacapri, this award-winning restaurant is a luxurious and unique dining experience. From its intimate decor and stone fireplaces to the exquisite ingredients and innovative interpretations of Mediterranean cuisine, L’Olivo lives up to its exemplary reputation.
     
    3. La Terrazza di Lucullo. Located 1,000 feet above the sea in the luxurious Caesar Augustus Hotel, La Terrazza di Lucullo offers breathtaking views and authentic Mediterranean flavors like pumpkin gnocchi with black truffle, tagliolini with sea urchin, and fresh crab with thyme.
     
    4. Ristorante Faraglioni. Famous for its high-profile clientele — and steep prices — Faraglioni is as nostalgic as it is fashionable. Frescoes line the walls, traditional straw canopies blanket each candlelit table and the wine list seems to scroll forever. Don’t leave here without trying the lemon risotto.
     
    5. Ristorante Pizzeria Longano. Looking for the island’s best pizza? Stop into Ristorante Pizzeria Longano, where only the lively atmosphere rivals the pies. Don’t be put off by the Longano’s informal ambiance — the food is serious.
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    Where is the best shopping in Capri?

    You’ll find picturesque streets filled with lots of glamorous shops in Capri. Starting in the 1950s when it became a popular getaway among artists and starlets, Capri quickly emerged as one of Italy’s fashion capitals. Today, Forbes Travel Guide editors say it’s the ideal location to stock up on blousy sundresses, custom-made sandals, citrus-inspired ceramics and perfume. Whether you’re shopping for a friend or for yourself, be sure to pop into the tiny hole-in-the-wall stores along Via Camerelle, one of the most fashionable streets in Capri. Shopping in Capri is as much about the experience as it is the purchases. Take a tour of the laboratories where the island’s flowers are distilled and bottled or make time to roam the cobblestone streets in search of a perfectly palatable souvenir, such as the limoncello, the famous lemon-flavored liqueur.
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    What are the five best things to do with kids in Capri?

    Capri is not just a romantic getaway. The Italian island has many outdoor activities and plethora of day trips can also make for a great vacation with children. Here are Forbes Travel Guide editors’ five favorite things to do with kids in Capri:
     
    1. Hit the beach. Whether your kids like to chase birds, collect shells or jump in the waves, the beaches in Capri are the perfect way to spend a day. Rent them a couple of snorkels from the vendors along Marina Piccola, and watch the memories unfold.
     
    2. Visit the Blue Grotto. With tours departing constantly from the Marina Grande, a visit to the Grotta Azzurra is an easy-to-arrange and must-see destination. The otherworldly sapphire waters concealed by an ink-black cavern will surprise and delight the entire family.
     
    3. Take a boat tour. When the winds are calm, a trip out to sea is an excellent way to spend the day with children. You can rent a boat from Marina Grande and take the reins, or hire a tour guide and captain. Either way, it’s an affordable and memorable way to see the secret crevices surrounding Capri.
     
    4. Head to Herculaneum. Though Pompeii is also worth a visit, many people with children prefer Herculaneum because it is easier to protect the little ones from the sun and heat. This historic city was a holiday getaway for Rome’s elite, until the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and subsequent landslide in 79 A.D. Today, it’s the perfect place to admire 2,000-year-old frescoes while the kids play tag among the shaded Roman villas.
     
    5. Take the ferry to Positano. Just 40 minutes away by ferry, Positano is a fun trip for the entire family. The highlight for the kids will be the ferry ride itself, but the indigo waters, pebbly beaches and eating fresh wood-fired pizza with an ocean view will be a treat for the entire family.
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    What are the five best things to see and do in Capri?

    Like many of the seaside towns along the Amalfi Coast, Capri does not disappoint. Between the citrus-colored villas, sea views and artisan vendors, it is easy to get lost wandering through its steep, narrow streets. Whether you’re in town for a honeymoon or family vacation, there is plenty to do on this island gem. Here are Forbes Travel Guide editors’ picks for the five best things to see and do in Capri:
     
    1.Rent a boat, canoe or kayak. Though the beach is a lot of fun for a leisurely day, the best way to see Capri is from the sea. Whether a dinghy, canoe or kayak, rent a seafaring vessel from Marina Grande and take to the waves. Explore the deserted beaches and mysterious inlets, swim in the rippling water and duck into the Blue Grotto.
     
    2. Spend a day at the beach. Capri’s crystal clear waters are too inviting to pass up. With more than a dozen sunbathing spots, you can find everything from a quiet hideaway to a rowdy social hub to an underwater snorkeling excursion. It should be noted that many of the trendier beaches require a daily fee.
     
    3. Blue Grotto. You simply can’t miss a trip to Capri’s famous Grotta Azzurra. Boat tours to the neon landmark are easy to arrange — thanks to copious advertisements all over the island — and cost between $15 and $20. Only one boat can enter the dark cave at a time, and you’ll have to duck as you pass through the gaping mouth. As you dip into the cavern, prepare yourself to see the most brilliant blues emerging from the water like a submerged aurora borealis.
     
    4. Hike to Villa Jovis. Channel your inner history buff and head to Villa Jovis, where Tiberius ruled the Roman Empire in the first century B.C. The beautiful ruins, practically hanging from the edge of a cliff, are both memorable and educational.
     
    5. Take the chair lift to Mount Solaro. For the best views of Mount Vesuvius and the coastline, take the chair lift near Piazza Vittoria to Mount Solaro, the highest spot on the island. You’ll come across the 800 Phoenician Steps, which connect Anacapri to the Mediterranean.