Top Attractions in Capri

The Isle of Capri offers a choice of must-see attractions for inquisitive couples.

Explore the winding, hilly alleyways and narrow stone-paved streets of Capri town, crowded with fashionable clothing and jewellery boutiques, handicraft shops, galleries, nightclubs and hotels.

Relax at a sidewalk cafe, bar or restaurant on the famous Piazzetta – the place to see and be seen.

Discover countless easy-to-follow trails that wind up from the coast into the hills past cactus-covered cliffs and whitewashed houses overlooking the blue Mediterranean Sea.

Follow the Via Caposcuro and Via Migliera south to the clifftop lookout of Belvedere di Migliera for panoramic sea views.

In Capri town stroll the Via Camerelle, then take Via Tragara to the Faraglione di Terra, one of three limestone colossi that soar 100m out of the sea just off the Punta Tragara on the southern coast of Capri.

Walk on the idyllic beach beneath or explore pathways and descend hundreds of steps past the Grotto di Matermania on the Via Pizzo Lungo to Capri’s famous Arco Naturale, a natural rock bridge that overlooks the sea.

Stroll up the Scala Fenicia (Fenician Staircase), which descends from Anacapri to Capri; the long staircase of 881 steps offers superb views and dates back to the 8th century BC.

Swim from the secluded beach at the base of Faraglione di Terra or cruise to picturesque offshore islands where you can glide through the tunnel of Faraglione di Mezzo.

Don't miss visiting the 14th century Palazzo Cerio (photo) – the finest medieval building still standing on the island.

And then explore the Certosa di San Giacomo, a religious charterhouse that includes a church, cloisters and gardens with panoramic views.

Alternatively, the nearby terraced public gardens of Giardini di Augusto offer some of the most scenic views in Capri.

Away from the jet-set glamour of Capri town, stroll a network of scenic walking trails that climb past lemon trees, whitewashed homes and gorgeous pastel-shaded villas to cactus-covered cliff tops with views over the deep blue Mediterranean Sea.

Ride the chairlift from the idyllic mountain village of Anacapri to the summit of Mount Solaro (594m) and explore the 14th century sanctuary of Santa Maria a Cetrella, offering panoramic views over Marina Piccola and Capri (photo).

Charter a boat or join a boat tour to circumnavigate the island, stopping to admire hidden caves and swim in secluded coves.

Capri is quite small at only 16km in circumference, so tours generally take less than two hours.

Villa Jovis

Wander amid the ruined walls of this imperial villa that was built in the 1st century AD then restored by the Emperor Tiberius, who dedicated the villa to Jupiter. Villa Jovis is the best preserved of the 12 villas built on the island by various ancient Roman emperors.

Stroll the magnificent Loggia Imperiale, a covered promenade on the edge of the cliff offering splendid panoramic views.

Villa Jovis is located on Mount Tiberio on the northeast coast and is easily reached by taxi from Capri town or by foot along a 2.4km-long walking path.

Certosa di San Giacomo

Stroll around the well-preserved cloisters of this 14th century charterhouse, believed to have been constructed over the remains of the sixth villa of Emperor Tiberius.

In the lunette, admire a fresco dating back to the end of the 14th century that depicts the Madonna with the Christ child, and in the museum, see a display of large Roman statues that were recovered from the sea floor.

La Grotta Azzurra

(The Blue Grotto) – Although you can no longer swim here, as Emperor Tiberius once did, the 60m-long, 25m-wide cave offers a surreal and extraordinary blue light that shimmers through the seawater.

The narrow and low entrance is accessed only in calm water by lying flat in a rowboat as you enter the cave.

The Blue Grotto is located on the northwest coast, around 10 minutes by boat from Marine Grand,. The spectacular underwater cavern is best explored by rowboat.

Arco Naturale

This impressive natural arch is all that is left of a mountainside grotto and is easily found along a scenic cliff-side walking track or by boat.

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Latest update: Isle of Capri Attractions: 9 May, 2022