Capri

Posted by on Jan 15, 2014 in Personal, Travel | 0 comments

Ian visited the island of Capri in 2010 and having loved his visit here, it was only natural that it was included in our itinerary for this trip. Capri is located a short distance off the coast in the Tyrrhenian Sea, about a 1 hour ferry ride from Naples and around half an hour from Sorrento. There are two towns on the island – Capri (which shares its name with the island) and Anacapri, located 200 metres above Capri town. The island is quite small but it is surprising how mountainous and rugged it is – the highest point on the island, Mount Solaris, is 589m. When researching accommodation options in Capri, we knew that not much would be open as this is the slow season. Capri is a very popular summer destination so the winter is when many of the locals take their holidays. Most of the viable accommodation options for us were located in Anacapri and so we found ourselves a cozy B&B to stay in. It turns out that not much at all is open in Capri (town). Fortunately there have been several restaurant options for us to choose from each night here in Anacapri and many of the shops have been open. Capri (town) is certainly the more glamorous of the two towns, with many of the ‘real’ Caprese living in Anacapri. Along with most of the hotels on Capri, many of the popular tourist destinations have also been closed. Despite this, we’ve still been able to enjoy the sights of Capri while making the most some valuable relaxation time. So far we have been on Capri for three days and the weather has certainly been quite variable as you’ll see in the photos below.

We started our first full day in Capri by visiting the Villa San Michele – a beautiful garden located on the edge of Anacapri, overlooking Capri 200m below.

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The view down to Capri. The road linking the two towns isn’t for the faint-hearted!

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The Caprese are well-known for their beautiful ceramics and incorporate them into many street signs, or in this case, street furniture!

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Later in the afternoon of our first full day, we took a walk to view Faro Lighthouse on Punta Carena. The ruggedness of the cliffs was quite spectacular to behold.

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In the opposite direction to Punta Carena were the Faraglione – rock formations just off the main island…

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It’s amazing the difference that a day makes! The images below were taken yesterday – a breathtakingly blue sky and warm winter’s day. Let’s just say, after seeing Capri on a day like this, I could better understand the attraction of Capri to the thousands of visitors who come here each year. Here is the view from Capri (town) back towards Anacapri (which is on top of that rocky outcrop).

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The Faraglione (a little closer this time)

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Looking towards Marina Piccola which is tucked away just behind the cliff in the foreground.

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We decided to take a bit of a walk to see another landmark, the Arco Naturale (Natural Arch).

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Some more views of Capri…

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And of course, no main square in an Italian town would be complete without at least one of these!

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Sadly the weather today is probably the worst we have experienced on this trip. We’ve been fortunate that the other wet days have been when we’ve been travelling so it hasn’t bothered us too much, however, today is cold, very wet and windy….the perfect excuse for staying indoors and relaxing before we make the long journey home to Australia. It is hard to believe that we only have two more nights left in Italy (but it is still four more days until we get home). This trip is very rapidly coming to an end. As I’ve written before, this has been an amazing trip and I’ve loved the opportunity to visit some beautiful places, however, after almost six weeks of travel, the comforts of home are beckoning. I cannot wait to enjoy summer (the cold is starting to get to me), I will be thankful not to have to lug all of my clothes and camera gear around with me every day (my suitcase was 23kg when we left Australia. It’s definitely a little heavier now and we had to buy another smaller suitcase. My backpack which is full of camera gear is around 14kg). I will also never take for granted my clothes dryer. They are a rarity in this part of Europe which makes drying clothes in winter a bit of a process.

Tomorrow morning we will catch a bus to the marina, ferry across to Naples where we will then catch a train back to Rome for a night. Depending on how things in Rome pan out (i.e. whether we can wrangle a late checkout) we will try to do some sightseeing on Thursday morning before our night time departure to Dubai and then Sydney. I hate to write it, but this could well be my last post from Europe 🙁 I will certainly blog any photos from our Roman adventures as well as a few more ones from other parts of this trip that I haven’t yet blogged. And post-trip, I will continue to be blogging on a more regular basis.

To all of you who have been following along on our adventure, thank you! I’ve loved receiving your encouraging comments and sharing this trip through my photography with you.

Ciao!

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