Capri In a Day: What to Do and See

Splendid views from, Monte Solaro, the highest point of Capri.
Splendid views from, Monte Solaro, the highest point of Capri.

Want to see the island of Capri… in a day? We’ve got you covered! A visit to Capri makes the perfect day trip from the Amalfi coast. Known for its dramatic views, striking Faraglioni rocks, and sheer beauty, Capri is one of Italy’s most beautiful islands—and a must-see if you’re staying on the Amalfi coast. If you want to go with an expert tour guide, check out our partner tour to the Island of Capri. 

While ferries make it easy to reach,  figuring out what to see and do in Capri in a day can be a little overwhelming.

Here are some tips to make the most of your day trip to Capri!

On your day in Capri, get an early start

It’s impossible to see all of Capri’s attractions in just one day. But by heading to Capri early, you will have a chance to see many of the island’s best offerings.

Take the first ferry for Capri, usually at about 8:30am, which gets you into Capri by 9:30am. Although you can purchase tickets the morning you leave, we’d recommend booking a few days ahead to avoid disappointment—especially in the crowded summer months.

Deciding when to head back? Remember that the last ferries usually leave for Positano and Amalfi between 5:30pm and 7pm (depending on each provider), giving you a good 6 hours to explore the island.

Note: If you are traveling off-peak, from September to May, contact the Capri tourism office, as ferries will be less frequent.

Getting around Capri

How to get around Capri

The funicular connects Marina Grande and Capri Town

All ferries dock at Marina Grande. From here you can either take the funicular up to the charming Piazzetta, the heart of Capri town, or the bus to Anacapri, which though still touristy, is more residential and tranquil. The cost of a one-way ticket is €1.80, and can be used for the bus and funicular.

If you don’t want to worry about having enough tickets, there is also a day pass (UNICO Capri costs €8.60) that gives you unlimited bus rides and two trips on the funicular.

Be aware that, in summer, lines for both buses and the funicular are long—so bring along some patience with you!

What to see in Capri

Head to Anacapri and start your day on the top of the world! At least, it feels that way when you’re up on Monte Solaro, the island’s highest point. A chair lift takes you up for €10 (round-trip). While this may seem costly, believe us: The splendid views are priceless.

Another gorgeous place to get sweeping views of Capri is Villa San Michele. If you love beautiful gardens as much as we do, this is a real gem! Built in the early 20th century by Axel Munthe, a Swedish physician, it’s home to an enchanting and serene garden that’s billed as one of the top 10 gardens in Italy. With spectacular panoramic views, dreamy pergolas, and surrounded by a variety of flowers and plants, it’s paradise! (Ticket cost: €7).

What to do in Capri? Visit gardens

One of our favorite things to do in Capri: visit the gardens at Villa San Michele!

And there’s still more to see in Anacapri! We love to #takewalks, and a visit to Anacapri wouldn’t be complete without a stroll through the historic center. Less crowded than Capri, the atmosphere here is also more laid-back, with a more authentic character.

Take a slight detour from main street Via G. Orlandi to the lovely piazza, where you’ll find the modest-looking church of San Michele. While the facade is unpretentious, the handpainted tiled-ceramic (majolica) floor depicting the expulsion of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden is extraordinary—and more than merits the €2 fee. To take in the entire view, head up the spiral stairs to the organ loft.

What to do in Capri

The hand-painted ceramic floor in Capri’s Church of San Michele

Places to eat in Capri

With all that walking, it’s time to think about food! Looking for a quick bite? Then a panino caprese, named after the island and filled with mozzarella, tomatoes and basil, couldn’t be more perfect.

Torta Caprese

Trying torta caprese is a must-do in Capri!

Prefer a sit-down lunch? Head to Aumm Aumm (Via Caprile 18, closed on Mondays), a popular place in Anacapri for pizza. Another great pizza option, Verginiello in Capri Town (Via Lo Palazzo 25/A), is very reasonably priced.

Before leaving the island, though, you have to try a bite of torta caprese, a flourless cake made with almonds and chocolate that is light, rich, moist, and heavenly! For one of the best, get a slice at Pasticceria Ferraro (Via G. Orlandi 233) or a miniature version of the specialty at Da Alberto (Via Roma 9).

Seeing more spectacular views in Capri

Now you’ve fueled up, it’s time to explore Capri Town itself. Unlike in Anacapri, here, you’ll immediately feel the energy and lively atmosphere… especially in the areas around the piazzetta.

We’ve already mentioned that we love gardens, so a visit to the Gardens of Augustus is must. For just €1, this small yet well-kept garden not only offers a splendid view of the Faraglioni, but also of the incredible Via Krupp, which zigzags its way to Marina Piccola.

Incredible Via Krupp that zigzags down to Marina Piccola

The Via Krupp, zigzagging down Marina Piccola

As you stroll through the winding alleys to the gardens, there are some sweet treasures you’ll come across. We love the renowned gelateria Buonocore. Closer to the Gardens, don’t miss the stand that serves incredible citrus granita, another excellent way to cool down on a blazing summer’s day. (Not familiar with granita? Don’t miss our fun video on this cold, sweet summer treat!).

While a day trip to Capri barely scratches the surface of all there is to do in Capri, with these tips in mind, by the time you leave the island, you’ll already be planning your return… hopefully, next time, for more than a day!

Note: As ferry schedules and prices of tickets mentioned can change without notice, please check ahead before your trip.

Have you been to Capri? What are your favorite places to see and eat? Let us know in the comments below!

The gardens of Villa San Michele are one of the best things to see on the Island of Capri. Find out other amazing things to see and do on Capri over at the Walks of Italy blog.

 

The view from the top of Capri over crystal blue waters is fantastic. Find out exactly what to do if you only have one day to spend on the island!

13 Comments

  • Iche says:

    Thank you so much for these suggestions. I am spending 2 nights in Capri in September. I will be traveling solo, would you recommend staying in Anacapri or Capri?

    • Hi Iche,
      We’re happy to help! As you might expect, it very much depends on what your interests are. Anacapri is much quieter than Capri, which means it doesn’t have the same crowds as Capri, but doesn’t have the shops or nightlife, either. But the good news is no matter where you stay, it’s easy to get to the other one: they’re just 3km apart, and buses between the two run every 15 minutes.
      Let us know if we can help with anything else (and what you decide!).

  • Fiona says:

    no chance of tacking on la grotta azzura in here somewhere?!

  • Kaka says:

    Hi

    I will in Salerno in mid-June and planning head to Capri for Blue Grotto. What is the most convenience way? Should I stay one night in Capri ?

    Is this a better way that drop by Naples from Capri before returning to Rome?

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Kaka, the most convenient way to get from Salerno to Capri would be to take the ferry (Alicost). We suggest then staying a night in Capri and heading to Naples where you can catch a train to Rome. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Tina says:

    Hi, I will be in Naples on May 9th. Do you think I need to buy my ferry tickets ahead of time to get the early ferry or do you think they will be plenty to choose from at that time? Do you feel that I need a tour guide or is Capri pretty easy to do on your own?

    Tina

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Tina,

      You can probably get a ferry ticket, but to be safe it’s best to buy it at least the day before. Also, you don’t need a tour guide to get around Capri, be it is nice to do some research ahead of time to know what to see and do – like in this article! We’re sure you’ll have a great trip 🙂

  • John says:

    Thank you for these great posts. I’m planning a trip to the Amalfi Coast on the way from Rome to a wedding in Maratea (I guess Sapri would be the closest “big” town to the wedding). After reading your blog, I’m thinking of staying in Salerno during the Amalfi portion of the trip. I was just wondering since the wedding is so far from the big cities if you would recommend renting a car in Salerno and driving to Maratea or taking the train from Salerno to Sapri – if such a train exists… ? Also, are taxis common in very small towns like Maratea or Acquafredda? – John

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi John,

      As far as taxi’s go, we’d say it depends on just how small the town is! Remember, most really small Italian towns are easily walked through and the historic center of many is a limited traffic zone, if not pedestrian only. Probably a car is the easiest route, but you definitely don’t want a car in Salerno. The town is easily navigable on foot, but not with a car! You can search Trenitalia.com (english version) to find out if a train exists from Salerno to Sapri. Hope you have a great trip!

  • Lauren says:

    Hi – Thank you for your post! So helpful.
    We’re staying in Positano and interested in taking a day trip to Capri to visit the Blue Grotto + La Fontelina Beach (and potentially some of your suggestions!). Is this at all doable? Are there any tour companies you’d suggest?

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Lauren,

      Absolutely – We recommend our day tour to Capri from Sorrento. Cruise the coast of Sorrento & Capri aboard a modern gozzo boat, stopping at the most picturesque stops along the way like the White Grotto, the Green Grotto and the Sailor Grotto.

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