Today is the last of my Italy travel diaries on the blog! I’m talking about Capri and Pompeii, but you can read about the rest of the Amalfi Coast (Positano and Amalfi) here!
The island of Capri is just as pretty as it’s rumored! We bought ferry tickets the day of in Sorrento, which ended up not being the best idea as it was a Friday and superrr crowded. The only return ferry available was at 4 p.m. so we settled for a half day! My advice to you is to buy your ferry tickets in advance in the case you want to spend the entire day in Capri; you can take them from either Positano or Sorrento depending on what’s most convenient.
I didn’t actually spend time in Sorrento myself, but my aunt did venture to the Sorrento beach the day we went to Capri. She said that the beach in Positano was nicer and more “trendy”, which is why we collectively decided to do 4 beach days in Positano. If I had had one extra day on the Amalfi Coast, I would have spent the day exploring Sorrento though! The extent of my knowledge is that the marina is pretty, and that the parking there sucks! Haha! But if you’re staying in Sorrento, I found some good lists of things to do here and here. P.S. There’s a [non-sketchy] public bus that takes people from Sorrento to Positano to Amalfi, and I think it’s a pretty smart way to get around if you don’t have a car!
The ferry from Sorrento to Capri is only about 20-30 minutes and docks at the Marina Grande of Capri. We had lunch (paninis + caprese salad + lemonade) at Ristorante da Gemma overlooking the water. Unfortunately the day we were there, the blue grottos had been closed for most of the week because of the water level. Other than the blue grottos, I knew the only thing I REALLY wanted to see was Capri’s quintessential lemon stand. I probably had a big stamp on my forehead, “DUMB TOURIST”, walking around in a lemon print dress, asking local shop owners where to find this famous lemon stand by showing them pictures on my phone haha! But alas, I found it, and it was so worth it! The granita di limone (lemon slush) was sooo good!
There’s a lot to look at in Capri, mostly shops and flowers (my favorite!). You can also have a cocktail in La Piazzetta, which is what my dad and uncle did while us girls shopped! Our favorite store was a gorgeous perfume shop called Carthusia. They have a smaller version of it in Positano as well!
There’s also a funicular that will take you from the town center to the marina, which we definitely took on the way back down. We made the mistake of walking from the marina up 234235 stairs (slighttttt exaggeration) to get to the town center. At the time the funicular line was too long (it’s only 2-4 euros per person), but we probably could have taxied. We also didn’t have enough time to get to Anacapri where Monte Solaro is, Capri’s highest point, but it’s supposedly really gorgeous there. I know I’ll be back someday 🙂 !
We visited Pompeii after checking out of our villa and on the way back to Rome for the last leg of our trip. In my personal opinion, you only need 2-3 hours to visit the ruins. We saw the amphitheater, lots of old homes, the temple of Apollo, the town center with the infamous Mount Vesuvius in the distance, etc. It was soooo hot out and I lugged around a huge jug of water with me (pictured a few below) haha! The ruins were cool but it made me sad for all the people that lost their lives in the volcanic tragedy.
P.S. We stopped at Pasticceria de Vivo bakery for a quick lunch after and they had the best pastries, if you have the chance to visit!
Tips in Capri:
-Try to avoid visiting on a weekend if possible.
-Remember the blue grottos are only open depending on the water level which is hard to predict in advance.
-Have some granita di limone, the lemons in Capri are famous.
-Book your ferry ride to Capri at least one day in advance, they’re about 37 euros per person.
-Take a taxi from the marina to the main center of Capri if you don’t want an intense uphill walk.
-When in Capri.. eat Caprese salad.
Tips in Pompeii:
-If you’re visiting on a weekday, there’s no need to make advanced ticket reservations (13 euros per person).
-Bring walking shoes and water.
-If you are traveling by car, there are many signs that lead you straight to the ruins and ample parking.
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Have you enjoyed this Italy series?! Which tips did you find most helpful? If you have any other questions, please let me know!