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The island of Capri is one of Italy’s most popular coastal destinations. Taking a boat tour around the island, visiting the Blue Grotto, and riding the chairlift to the top of Monte Solaro are three of the best things to do in Capri, but in fact, the list is much longer. In this guide, we cover the top experiences in Capri and lots of important information you need to know before you go.

About Our Experiences in Capri

We have visited Capri on two different trips.

The first was in 2014. We were on a trip around the world and traveling on a tight budget. Capri is an expensive place to visit and we questioned if a day trip to the island was even going to be worth it. Well, it was. We took a boat tour of the island, spent a few minutes inside of the Blue Grotto, and rode the chair lift to Monte Solaro. We spent quite a bit of money, but it was the highlight of our time in Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast.

In 2022, Tim and I returned to Capri. On this visit, we also day tripped here from Sorrento, this time focusing more on the towns and viewpoints, since we already did the boat tour. We used a scooter to zip around the island and learned that there is a LOT to do here.

Even with two trips to Capri and without repeating any experiences, we still couldn’t get to everything on our to do list.

Which leads me to this…if you have limited time in Capri (either you are day tripping here from Sorrento, Positano, or Naples) or just have a day or two on the island, you will have to pick and choose what you want to do.

In this guide, we list what we think are the 10 essential experiences to have in Capri. If you have more time here (2 or more days) you can continue on to our “With More Time” section.

An Overview of Capri

Capri is an island that is located in the Gulf of Naples. This small island is easily accessible from Naples, Sorrento, and Positano, with ferries running back and forth between these destinations many times of day.

Capri is the name of the island. On the island are two towns: Capri and Anacapri. In this guide, when referring to the town of Capri, we call it “Capri town” for clarification.

The island is very rocky. It is a beautiful place to go on a boat tour, to see the tall limestone cliffs plunging into the sea, the grottoes, and the sea stacks such as the Faraglioni Rocks. There are a few beaches on Capri, but these are small and tend to be very rocky.

Capri has long been a popular destination for the rich and famous. With that, prices for everything on the island are expensive, so expect to pay more for a meal, or even a cocktail, then you would in many other places throughout Italy.

A Brief Geography Lesson of Capri

Before you visit Capri, it’s important to know where things are located.

There are two towns on Capri: Capri and Anacapri. Marina Grande is the gateway onto the island and this is where you will enter Capri by ferry. Marina Grande is also the place where boat tours around the island begin.

Getting around the island can be challenging. Some sights, such as Villa Jovis, requires a LOT of walking (about an hour and a half round trip), so for most people, it won’t be worth the effort. And others, like the viewpoint from Punta Carena, also take a while to get to.

Below is a map of Capri. On this map, we highlighted the top sights in Capri, so you get an idea of where everything is located.

Capri Map

Best Things to Do in Capri: On a Map

Here is a second map of Capri. We labeled the top places to visit, plus a few notable restaurants. You can save this map into your Google account and all of these points will be added to your Google Map.

How to Use This Map: Click the tab in the top left hand corner of the map to view the layers (places to go and the Pizzolungo Coastal Trail walking route). You can click the check marks to hide or show layers. If you click the icons on the map, you can get more information about each point of interest.
If you click the star next to the title of the map, this map will be added to your Google Maps account. To view it on your phone or computer, open Google Maps, click the menu button, go to “Your Places,” click Maps, and you will see this map on your list.

How to Get to Capri

To get to Capri, you will take a ferry from Naples, Sorrento, or Positano. It’s also possible to get here by helicopter, but if you have that kind of money, you probably aren’t spending time on the internet researching what to do on Capri.

From Sorrento

From Sorrento, the ferry ride lasts 20 to 25 minutes and costs roughly €24. There are numerous companies that offer transportation to and from Sorrento, with multiple ferries arriving each hour of the day in Capri, from 7 am through the early evening.

From our experience, there is not much different between the boats operated by the ferry companies. If you are prone to seasickness, you could schedule a ride on a hydrofoil, which tends to be a more stable boat.

When booking your tickets, you can do so online in advance or at the ferry port. On our most recent visit, we booked our tickets one day in advance on Ferryhopper.com. This website lists the ferry schedule for all of the companies running between Sorrento and Capri and we picked the company offering the best time slot for our schedule, which happened to be SNAV. You can also look at each individual website, but Ferryhopper.com is easier to use and you can see all of your options, so it is also the most time efficient option.

PRO TRAVEL TIP: If you know your dates of travel, I recommend booking your tickets in advance, because they can sell out. When we did this at the end of October on a Sunday, the later ferries were sold out and we came back on a 4:20 pm ferry. And this wasn’t even high season.

From Naples

Like Sorrento, there are frequent ferries running between Naples and Capri. The trip lasts 50 minutes and costs roughly €30. We recommend booking your tickets in advance using the Ferryhopper.com website.

From Positano

There are several ferries running back and forth between Positano and Capri. The journey lasts 30 minutes and costs about €28 one-way. We recommend booking your tickets in advance using the Ferryhopper.com website.

Marina Grande | Best things to do in Capri

Marina Grande | Best things to do in Capri

How to Get Around Capri

Visitors are not permitted to bring cars onto the island. To get around, you can take the bus, hire a taxi, take a boat tour, walk, ride the funicular and/or chair lift, or hire a scooter. Most likely, you will use a combination of these.

What you choose to do affects the type of transportation you need. For each of the things to do on Capri that we list below, we also list how to get there, which is essential to know before you go.

By Bus

The buses on Capri are small, minibuses (since the roads are narrow and winding). There are bus stations in Marina Grande, Capri, Anacapri, Marina Piccola, the Punta Carena Lighthouse, and the Blue Grotto. For bus schedules and pricing, click here.

By Taxi

You can hire a taxi for the full day or just to get from one point to another. Taxi’s look like oversized, convertible cars. Taxi fares vary and you can learn more here.

The Funicular

There is a funicular that runs from Marina Grande to Capri. The town of Capri sits up in the hills and the funicular eliminates what would be a long, uphill walk into town. It runs every 15 minutes from early morning to 10 pm. In the afternoon, expect long lines to get back on the funicular, so budget time for this, or walk or take a taxi.

Capri Town View

The view from the top of the funicular

The Chairlift

A chairlift connects Anacapri with Monte Solaro. Riding this chairlift is one of the best things to do in Capri because the views are wonderful. It was our kids’ favorite experience on the island. The schedule varies by season and costs €12 for a round trip ticket. Learn more here.

By Scooter

On our second trip, we rented a scooter. That gave us the ability to drive around on our own schedule and to reach remote viewpoints on our own. But to drive a scooter, you must have lots of experience. The scooter company will not rent you a scooter if you are new to doing this. The roads are narrow and winding with tight turns and lots of traffic. It can be dangerous to get around on a scooter, so if you have any doubts as to your abilities, take the bus or hire a taxi.

We rented a scooter from Rent Scooter Alfano, which is located on Via Marina Grande, about a 3-minute walk from Marina Grande.

Tim Rivenbark

By Boat

Most boat tours make one big loop around the island, starting and ending at Marina Grande. It’s possible to take a boat tour around the island, see the Blue Grotto, and then go right to Anacapri from here. This is what we did on our first visit to Capri and it worked very well, since it saved us a lot of transportation time. We lay out exactly how to do this in our Blue Grotto Guide and our One Day in Capri Itinerary.

It’s also possible to simply hire a boat at Marina Grande and travel out and back to the Blue Grotto.

Best Things to Do in Capri

Below is a list of the best things to do in Capri.

First, we start off with what we think are the top experiences on the island. This is followed by with additional things to do, just so you are aware of everything you can do on Capri…you might see the longer list and decide to add more time to your visit here.

10 Essential Experiences in Capri

1. Take a Boat Tour of Capri

If you do one thing in Capri, take a boat tour of the island. It’s short, it is a beautiful trip, and it is the best way to see the grottoes, beaches, sea stacks, and limestone cliffs.

There are two main companies that offer boat tours around the island, Laser and Motoscafisti Capri. Boat tours typically last 2 hours, cost approximately €23  per person, and make a full loop around the island. Boat tours are offered from mid-March through the end of October.

On a boat tour around the island, you will get close up views of several grottoes, such as the White Grotto and the Green Grotto, the chance to enter the Blue Grotto, and views of the Faraglioni rocks, Punta Carena lighthouse, and Tiberius’ Leap.

So, you get to see many of the natural highlights of Capri without walking, or waiting for buses and taxis.

It is also possible to book a private boat trip around Capri. This gives you the freedom to cruise around the island on your own schedule and stop at some places the shorter boat tours do not include (like the beaches and some restaurants that are located along the water).

Faraglioni Rocks Italy | Best things to do in Capri

Faraglioni rocks

 Capri Boat Tour

The view of Capri from the water. Marina Piccola is on the left side of the photo and you can see the switchbacks of Via Krupp on the right side of the photo.


Punta Carena Lighthouse | Best things to do in Capri

Punta Carena Lighthouse

2. Visit the Blue Grotto (Grotta Azzurra)

The Blue Grotto is the most popular grotto, or sea cave, in Capri. Depending on who you talk to, some say the Blue Grotto is one of the best things to do in Capri and others say it isn’t worth the hype.

We visited the Blue Grotto during the busy month of July. It is one of the final stops on a boat tour of Capri. The only boats allowed into the Blue Grotto are rowboats, since the opening into the Blue Grotto is tiny. That means that you will have to wait to board one of these rowboats. That wait can be an hour or longer (we waited 45 minutes). And once inside, you only get 5 minutes in the Blue Grotto.

Worth it?

Despite the long wait and Tyler turning green as we waited to board the rowboat, for us, yes, it was worth it. Our kids both loved it. But if you have visited sea caves and grottoes previously, this may not be worth the time. Just note that if you book a boat tour that includes the Blue Grotto, even if you don’t want to do it, you will still have to sit and wait while other passengers wait their turn to board a rowboat.

You can learn a lot more about what to expect in our article Is the Blue Grotto Worth It?

Blue Grotto | Best things to do in Capri

Inside the Blue Grotto | Best things to do in Capri


Blue Grotto Rowboats

Rowboats waiting to enter the Blue Grotto

PRACTICAL INFORMATION: It costs €18 per person to enter the Blue Grotto. The Blue Grotto will close when seas are rough and this decision is made every morning at 9 am.

3. Ride the Chairlift to Monte Solaro

For one of the best views of Capri, ride the chairlift to Monte Solaro.

We loved the views from the chairlift but they get even better once you are standing on Monte Solaro, the highest point on the island of Capri. From here, you can see the Faraglioni rocks, Mount Vesuvius, the Isle of Ischia, Sorrento, and the Bay of Naples.

Monte Solaro Chairlift | Best things to do in Capri

Monte Solaro Chairlift | Best things to do in Capri


Monte Solaro | Best things to do in Capri

Monte Solaro | Neirfy/shutterstock.com

 Capri Italy | Best things to do in Capri

The view of the Faraglioni rocks from Monte Solaro


Capri Boats Marina Piccola | Best things to do in Capri

The view down to the boats near Marina Piccola

HOW TO DO THIS: In Anacapri, go to the lower station of the chairlift, which is called Seggiovia Monte Solaro. Tickets can be purchased here one-way (€11) or round trip (€14). It takes about 7 minutes to ride the chairlift one-way. Once you exit the chairlift station, there are viewing platforms to visit. A visit here lasts about 45 minutes, which includes the round-trip chairlift ride.

4. Visit the Gardens of Augustus (Giardini di Augusto)

This small botanical garden offers some of the best views of Capri. The gardens are located just down the hill from the town of Capri, about a 5-minute walk one-way from the main shopping streets.

Pay your entrance fee (€1.50) and walk uphill for a view of Via Krupp (mentioned next on our to do list).

Via Krupp | Best things to do in Capri

Via Krupp | Best things to do in Capri

Then climb the steps to the upper platform, where gorgeous views of the Faraglioni rocks and coastline await.

Before you leave, stroll past the flower beds and tropical flowers or have your photo taken on the colorfully tiled bench. All of our photos are from our visit at the end of October, so even in autumn, the gardens are beautiful to visit.

Gardini di Augusto View

The view from Giardini di Augusto. Capri Rooftop is the restautant on the left side of this photo.

 Giardini di Augusto | Best things to do in Capri

Giardini di Augusto


Giardini di Augusto in October

PRO TRAVEL TIP: If you want a cold drink, cup of coffee, cocktail, or a light meal, go next door to Capri Rooftop. This restaurant and bar has an outdoor terrace with sofas and tables and chairs. From here, you have similar views of the coast and the Faraglioni rocks. The serve good drinks, salads, and other healthy dishes.

Capri Rooftop

Capri Rooftop

5. See Via Krupp

Via Krupp is a famous, winding walkway on the island of Capri. It connects the town of Capri with Marina Piccola. It was constructed by Friedrick Alfred Krupp, a rich steel tycoon who wanted a quick and easy way to walk from his residence in Capri to his yacht in Marina Piccola.

Via Krupp Capri Italy | Best things to do in Capri

Via Krupp

Currently, Via Krupp is closed indefinitely because of the danger from rockfalls, but the best place to get a view of it is from the Gardens of Augustus.

HOW TO GET HERE: Currently, you can only see Via Krupp from Giardini di Augusto, which is a 5-minute walk from the Capri city center.

6. Spend Some Time in Capri Town

Capri town is one of the two main towns on the island of Capri. This town, with its location over Marina Grande and its easy accessibility by funicular, restaurants, and shopping streets, makes this a popular destination on the island.

Most likely, you will arrive here by funicular, taxi, or bus. The first thing you will see is Piazza Umberto I, the main square of Capri. This is a busy spot midday, as the square could be overflowing with tourists, plus a few locals here and there.

Piazza Umberto I Capri | Best things to do in Capri

Piazza Umberto I

Shopping streets lead off of Piazza Umberto I. Be sure to stroll along Via Camerelle for its collection of high-end luxury shops like Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton.

Via Camerelle Capri | Best things to do in Capri

Via Camerelle


Via Camerelle

Via Camerelle

And make sure you get a scoop of gelato from Buonocore Gelateria, a much more budget-friendly shop than the ones just mentioned. This small café has the reputation of being the best gelato restaurant in Capri.

Gelato in Capri

Buonocore Gelateria

7. See the Faraglioni Rocks

These have already been mentioned a few times in this guide. The Faraglioni rocks are one of the most iconic sights in Capri, so we are giving them its own entry, just to show its importance.

You can see the Faraglioni rocks on a boat tour, from the Augustus Gardens, from the Capri Rooftop restaurant and bar, from Monte Solaro, and while walking the Pizzolungo Coastal Trail.

Monte Solaro Capri

The Faraglioni Rocks from Monte Solaro | Best things to do in Capri

8. Have Drinks or a Meal with a View

One of the best things to do in Capri is to have drinks or a meal with a view.

Already mentioned is Capri Rooftop, which sits next to Giardini di Augusto near Capri town and offers views of the Faraglioni rocks.

La Palette Ristorante is located on Via Matermania has views over Capri town and the north side of the island. You can include this with the walk to Arco Naturale, mentioned next.

Other restaurants with a beautiful view of the island include Ristorante Panorama and Ziqu Terrace Restaurant.

La Palette Ristorante Capri

La Palette Ristorante

9. Stroll out to Arco Naturale

Arco Naturale is another iconic natural monument on Capri.

There are two ways to see it.

The easiest way is on a boat tour of the island. Or, you can get here on foot.

From Capri town, it is a 35-minute one-way walk to get to the viewpoint of Arco Naturale. It will be a mostly gradual, uphill walk on a narrow, pedestrian street lined with stone walls and houses. The arch is nice to see, but walking over an hour round trip to see a stone arch may not be the way you want to spend your valuable time in Capri, which is why it is listed 9th on our list.

Just before you get to the arch is a small restaurant with coastal views called Le Grottelle. It was just closing up for the season while we were here and gets decent reviews.

Arco Naturale Capri

Arco Naturale | Best things to do in Capri

 Arco Naturale Photo

Arco Naturale from a different angle


Near Arco Naturale

The terrace of Le Grottelle and you can see the top part of Arco Naturale.

10. Walk the Pizzolungo Coastal Trail

The Pizzolungo Coastal Trail, also called Via del Pizzolungo, is a walking trail that leads to several viewpoints on the southeast end of the island. Arco Naturale is an easy and worthwhile addition to this walk.

Before getting into what you will see along the walk, it’s important to know that this walk is 3.2 km (2 miles) and it will take about an hour and a half to two hours. It is paved the entire way, but you will walk up and down long sets of steps. In the summer months, it will be a hot walk, so keep this in mind and bring some water.

The walk is done as a loop and the best direction to do it is clockwise, to avoid a massive stair climb.

Starting in Capri Town, take Via le Botteghe to Via Matermania to Via Arco Naturale (this route is marked on our Google Map earlier in this guide). At Le Grottelle, a small restaurant, walk the short trail out to see Arco Naturale, and then return back to Le Grottelle. If you need to refill your water or get a bite to eat, this is the best place to do it.

From Le Grottelle, turn left onto Via del Pizzolungo. If you are walking down a long series of staircases, you are in the right spot. We did this walk in the opposite direction and I can tell you that these steps are a beast to climb.

Pizzolungo Coastal Trail Steps

This is just one of many staircases along Via del Pizzolungo. It’s best to go clockwise on this loop so you walk down these steps, not up them.

In a few minutes, you will enter Grotta di Matermania, a cave where the gods of the woods were celebrated in ancient times.

Grotta di Matermania

Grotta di Matermania

The steps continue into the woods a little farther. After a short, uphill climb, you exit the forest and begin the best part of the trail. The paved trail weaves along the coastal cliffs, taking you to several great viewpoints, our favorite being Belvedere del Pizzolungo.

Pizzolungo Coastal Trail Capri

Pizzolungo Coastal Trail | Best things to do in Capri


Belvedere del Pizzolungo

The view from Belvedere del Pizzolungo

You can take the detour to Villa Malaparte for more coastal views, but it is a downhill walk to get there, and then it will be a tough uphill walk to get back onto Via del Pizzolungo (we skipped it).

On this walk, the last viewpoint you will see is Belvedere Tragara, for another view of the Faraglioni rocks. To return to Capri town, walk Via Tragara into town and it is roughly a 15-minute walk from this viewpoint.

Belvedere Tragara

The view from Belvedere Tragara

As you walk through Capri Town, there are maps and signs indicating directions and walking times to viewpoints and attractions. These are very handy in getting around town and walking out to places like Arco Naturale and Villa Jovis. You can also look for the tiled signs on the street corners.

Via Tragara

Via Tragara


Capri Maps

The walking trails throughout Capri are well marked with signs like this one. At the bottom, the map lists the walking times to nearby places to visit.

With More Time: More Things to Do in Capri

If you have more than one day in Capri, here are more things to do with your time.

Spend Some Time in Anacapri

Anacapri is another town on the island of Capri. It’s nice to visit in that it feels less touristy, and it is definitely a lot less crowded than Capri town. The list of sights to see is small, but there are a few good restaurants and shops to visit as well.

In Anacapri, visit the Church of San Michele to see the amazing tiled floor (the best view is from the upper terrace), Museo Casa Rossa di Anacapri, stroll through Piazza Diaz and see the Church of Saint Sophia, and stroll along Via Giuseppe Orlandi, the main shopping street in Anacapri.

Church of Saint Sophia

Church of Saint Sophia


Church of Saint Sophia Clock

The clock on the Church of Saint Sophia

 Capri Church Tile Floor

The tile floor of Church of San Michele


Museo Casa Rossa di Anacapri

Museo Casa Rossa di Anacapri

How to Get to Anacapri: You can get to Anacapri by taking a bus from the Blue Grotto, Capri, or Marina Grande. You can also get here by taxi or scooter.

Villa San Michele

Villa San Michele is located in Anacapri. It was the home of Swedish physician Axel Munthe and it is famous for its view over the Bay of Naples, the gardens, and the 3,200 year old Sphinx overlooking the coast.

Villa San Michele

Villa San Michele | Nido Huebl/shutterstock.com

To get to Villa San Michele, take the bus to Anacapri and then it is a 5-minute walk to the villa from Piazza Vittoria. The villa is open all year and it costs €10 to enter. Get updated hours and pricing on the official website.

Marina Grande

Marina Grande is the gateway onto Capri. It is a chaotic spot, with multiple ferries coming and going, boat tours leaving for the Blue Grotto, and groups of tourists following guides waving tiny, colorful flags.

There’s no big attraction or must-see sight here, but this is the place to catch the next mode of transportation to wherever you are going next, whether it be a boat to the Blue Grotto, the funicular to Capri town, or a bus or a taxi.

Marina Grande Capri

Marina Grande

Marina Piccola

On the opposite side of the island is a smaller marina, Marina Piccola. It is home to a small pebbly beach and some restaurants. To get here, take a bus, taxi or scooter, or get here on a boat tour.

Villa Jovis

Villa Jovis was one of 12 villas that Tiberius had on the island of Capri. Most of the villa remains as ruins and at the end of the Villa is Tiberius’ Leap, a place on the cliffs where ill-behaved servants were thrown into the sea.

We were very interested in visiting this historic site, until we learned that it is a 45-minute uphill slightly strenuous walk, one-way, to get to the villa from Capri town (you can’t get here by bus or scooter). Overall, the entire visit takes 2 to 2.5 hours and with our limited time on the island, we decided to give this one a pass.

Villa Jovis

Villa Jovis | Inu/shutterstock.com

Villa Lysis

Villa Lysis is also located a fair distance from Capri town and the only way to get here is on foot. This beautiful villa was built in 1904 by Jacques d’Adelswärd Ferse, a Parisian count, and lived here with his lover, Nino Cesarini. The villa became a meeting point for other creative people, such as poets, writers, and artists, in the early 1900’s.

To get here from Capri town, it is a slightly strenuous 45-minute uphill walk one-way. The entire visit will last 2 to 2.5 hours, which includes walking time.

Villa Lysis

Villa Lysis | Roman Plesky/shutterstock.com

Punta Carena Lighthouse

The Punta Carena Lighthouse is located on a rocky cliff on the southwest corner of Capri. This area feels far removed from busy Capri town and Anacapri.

Faro Beach (Lido di Faro) sits just down the hill from the lighthouse. There are a couple of bars here with a relaxed vibe.

Punta Carena Beach

Faro Beach

If you walk the short path (about a 1-minute walk) that runs next to the lighthouse, it will take you out to Belvedere Del Sognatore. From here you get a nice view of the coastline and lighthouse.

Punta Carena View

The view from Punta Carena

This area is a pretty spot to visit and much quieter than other places we visited on Capri. However, if you take a boat tour of the island, you will get great views of this area. In our opinion, Faro Beach is only worth it for those who will be staying on Capri and want to visit a less touristy beach.

You can get to Faro Beach and the lighthouse by bus, taxi, and scooter. It’s a 45-minute downhill walk from Anacapri.

How Much Time Do You Need on Capri?

Most people visit Capri on a day trip, and I think one day is enough time if you just want to visit the highlights.

On our first visit, we took a boat tour around the island, visited the Blue Grotto, had lunch, and then visited Monte Solaro. We skipped the town of Capri, the gardens, and the walks to the viewpoints, and don’t feel like we missed out on much.

In our one day in Capri itinerary, we list how to take the boat tour and visit Monte Solaro, and spend some time in the town of Capri, for the best all-around experience on Capri.

If you have more time in your schedule, plan on spending two to three days on Capri. With this time, you can visit the top sites on the island, plus walk out to the villas and viewpoints around the island.

Italy Travel Guide

Best Time to Visit Capri

The best time to visit Capri is from May through October, when everything is open and the ferries are running at full schedule. From June through September, expect big crowds on Capri. For lighter crowds, plan your visit for May and October.

We have visited Capri twice. Or first visit was in July. It was hot but we had clear skies and perfect weather for the boat tour around the island. Our second visit was on October 23. The high temperature was 27°C (81°F) which is unseasonably warm this time of year. There were a few clouds in the morning but these cleared up in the afternoon. As you get into mid-October, it tends to be cooler than this with rougher seas, which makes it more likely for the Blue Grotto to close. On the day we were here, the Blue Grotto was open.

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The view of Capri from Via Giuseppe Orlandi near Hotel San Michele

Tours of Capri

If you prefer to visit Capri on a guided tour, here are some of the best tours of Capri. Some of these are full day trips and some are half day boat tours of Capri.



Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to visit Capri?

Capri is an expensive destination in Italy. To get here you will need to take the ferry, which roughly costs €42 round trip. Once you add on a boat tour, entrance tickets, and have lunch, prices do add up. To visit the highlights of Capri, you are looking at spending at least €100 per person on a day trip to Capri.

How much time do you need to visit Capri?

One day is all you need to visit the highlights of Capri. With one day on Capri, you can take a boat tour of the island, visit the Blue Grotto, visit both Capri town and Anacapri, and ride the chairlift to Monte Solaro. If you have more time, spend a few days on the island and use your extra time to visit the beaches, do a little hiking, and visit the villas and Roman ruins.

Is Capri worth it?

If you have plans to be in the area (Sorrento, the Amalfi Coast, or Naples) then a day trip to Capri is worth it. This is a beautiful island. The best way to see it is on a boat tour, and for us, this was one of the highlights for us while in this part of Italy. Capri is a great destination for both adults and kids, so if you are traveling as a family, it’s worth it to visit Capri (kids love the boat tour, Blue Grotto, and riding the chairlift to Monte Solaro).

How do I visit Capri on my own?

If you want to visit Capri, it may seem overwhelming to plan a trip here. We take out the guesswork in our guide about how to plan a day trip to Capri, covering how to get here, the best way to plan your time and get around the island, and what you can do in one day. Capri has an excellent public transportation network, so it’s easy to get around the island cheaply, without taking a tour.

More Information for Your Trip to the Amalfi Coast

If you also plan to visit Sorrento, Pompeii, or the Amalfi Coast, here is more information to help you plan your trip.

SORRENTO & CAPRI: Learn about the best things to do in Sorrento, how to spend 3 days in Sorrento, learn how to plan your day trip to Capri, and find out whether or not the Blue Grotto is worth it.

GETTING AROUND: Learn how to travel from Rome to Sorrento, Capri, and the Amalfi Coast and how to visit Pompeii when traveling between Rome and Sorrento. We also have a guide to the Best Way to Get around the Amalfi Coast and what it is like to drive the Amalfi Coast.

AMALFI COAST TOWNS: For an overview of where to go, check out our article 17 Beautiful Towns to Visit on the Amalfi Coast. We also have detailed guides about the Best Things to Do on the Amalfi Coast and how to visit Positano and Ravello. Learn how to plan your time with our Amalfi Coast Itinerary.

PATH OF THE GODS: The Path of the Gods is a gorgeous hike on the Amalfi Coast.

ITALY ITINERARY: On this 10 day southern Italy itinerary, visit the Amalfi Coast, Castelmezzano, Matera, Alberobello, and more towns in Puglia.

VISITING IN OCTOBER: Learn what it is like to visit Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast in October and November.

WHERE TO STAY: For recommendations of where to stay, including Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello, take a look at our Amalfi Coast Hotel Guide.

If you have any questions about the best things to do in Capri, let us know in the comment section below.

More Information for Your Trip to Italy

CINQUE TERRE: One of the best experiences in the Cinque Terre is to hike between all five towns. If you are traveling on a budget, get our money saving tips for the Cinque Terre.

ROME: For a list of the top experiences in Rome, read our article Best Things to Do in Rome. Learn how to put these together in our 2 Day Rome Itinerary, where to eat in our Rome Restaurant Guide, how to visit the Colosseum, and where to stay in our Rome Hotel Guide.

PUGLIA: Read about 15 beautiful places to visit in Puglia and the best things to do in Alberobello. We also have a guide to the best things to do on the Gargano Peninsula and how to spend one day in Vieste.

BEST OF ITALY: In our guide to the Best Places to Visit in Italy, we list 25 beautiful destinations to consider for your next trip to Italy.

NORTHERN ITALY: Verona is a beautiful city to add to your Italy itinerary and we also have a detailed guides on Lake Garda and how to day trip to Lake Como and Bellagio. In our Northern Italy Itinerary, visit Venice, the Dolomites, Verona, Milan, and Lake Como.


We have TONS more information about Italy in our Italy Travel Guide, including Rome, Florence, Venice, Tuscany, the Dolomites, the Amalfi Coast, the Cinque Terre, and Puglia.


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  1. Avatar for John

    We visited Capri last summer and we absolutely loved it. We went to several beaches, including Lido di Faro (which was my favorite). A few things we learned about beaches on Capri: 1) all the beaches are rocky. Don’t expect sandy beaches. At the Lido di Faro, we camped out on the rocks and it was fine. There are two nice little restaurants/bars there, and those are great for a pit stop before leaving. They are also good places to watch the sun set with a drink in hand. 2) Every beach we visited had a pool club of some sort where you can rent a chair and get food and drink. These can be pricey, but we splurged on one, and it was a really nice experience. 3) It’s really hot. Bring plenty of water. 4) The microbuses were a great way to get around, but the air conditioning on the buses can be questionable, and they get crowded. They are also a very reasonable way to get around, as the taxis charge extortionate rates. That said, the taxis are unique, and it’s worth the experience, if you can manage it. It’s a fantastic place, and I would go back tomorrow if I could. Unrelated to beaches – the chairlift is absolutely worth it. This guide hits a lot of the highlights – it’s really good!

    1. Avatar for Julie Post

      Hello John. Thank you so much for taking the time to write into our site! And thank you for all of the great tips about the beaches! Cheers, Julie

  2. Avatar for Ariel Martinez
    Ariel Martinez


    Thank you so much for your great article. I am going to follow most of your suggestions to our trip to Capri in June. I have one question and is regarding taking the bus from the Blue Grotto to Anacapri. Do I need to buy the bus ticket in Marina Grande before boarding the boat or is there a way that I can buy the ticket once I get in the bus.

    Thank you and keep doing the good work.

    1. Avatar for Julie Post

      Hello Ariel. You can buy the bus ticket when you board the bus (this is what we did). Have a great time in Capri! Cheers, Julie

  3. Avatar for Gurpreet Aujla
    Gurpreet Aujla

    Amazing layout. Im using all our pointers when I travel in October of this year, I was hoping to know how much time you spent in Anacapri and what all you did there. I do wish to spend time there too on our day trip. Secondly, did you find any return transfers that leave late from Capri to the Amalfi coast?
    Thank you

    1. Avatar for Julie Post

      We have been to Capri twice. The second time we spent about an hour in Ana Capri but we did not ride the chair lift to Monte Solaro. We did that on our first visit to Capri and that adds on about 45 minutes to Ana Capri. For advice on how to plan your time and ferries back to the Amalfi Coast at the end of the day, take a look at our One Day in Capri itinerary. Cheers, Julie

  4. Avatar for Jessie Stokes
    Jessie Stokes

    This has been a wonderful tool for my family! My parents are going to Capri in April and they have gotten the ferry tickets and lift tickets from your website. I feel very much at ease knowing they have this detailed page to refer to. Thank you!!

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  5. Avatar for Igor

    This is a very well constructed guide to Capri and houses so much great information. Truly a gem considering other horrible Capri guides. Now my question is whether you guys have any experience with the beach situation on Capri. We want to visit a couple of places that you mentioned and then spend the rest of our day on Capri swimming and relaxing. Do you know any beaches that are less touristy and are safe?

    1. Avatar for Julie Post

      We did not visit the beaches on Capri, because the ones we saw were either challenging to get to and/or were super crowded. On Capri, we felt our time was better spent at the other places. However, if you took a boat cruise, in particular a private boat cruise, that would be the easiest way to visit the beaches, as the boat captain should know of some good spots to visit. But in our experience in the summer and early fall, most of the beaches in Capri and along the Amalfi Coast are very crowded and touristy. If you wanted to visit a less touristy beach, Nerano would get our vote (just next to the Amalfi Coast…and the pasta in this small town is delicious!). Cheers, Julie

  6. Avatar for Veranika


    Thank you for this one-day Capri itinerary – we are going to do the same thing when we are in Sorrento in August! We are torn between doing exactly what you’ve laid out above (ferry to Capri, boat tour and all major sightseeing) or doing a small group tour with blue grotto that gives some time on the land. Based on what I read, the benefit of a small group boat tour is, since you’re departing Sorrento at 8 am, you will be at blue grotto before the major tours that depart from Capri at 9:30 and 9:45, so the lines should technically be less. My hesitation with small group tours though, is that we might not have enough time to walk around Capri (most tours offer around 3 hours to spend on land). Doing everything independently just like you’ve laid out above definitely adds flexibility, but I am not sure if the lines for blue grotto will be insane since the first boats depart Marina Grande at 9:30 and 9:45. What do you recommend? Thank you!

    1. Avatar for Julie Post

      Getting to the Blue Grotto early is certainly an advantage. It really depends if you want to avoid the waiting around to enter the grotto or if you want more time to explore Capri town. I have heard that sometimes if the wait is too long to enter the grotto, the boat will leave without giving you an opportunity to enter the grotto (I’m not absolutely certain this is true). So, the early tour would eliminate this risk. You really don’t need much time in Capri town, if you skip the walk out to the coast. In an hour, you can see the gardens, the viewpoints, stroll through Capri town, and have a very quick lunch. With 3 hours on land, you should also be able to visit Monte Solaro and take the bus/taxi to Capri town. Cheers, Julie

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