Posted: 14 Jun 2017 12:53 PM PDT
Out of all the places we traveled to in Italy, there was one place that really, truly, deeply struck a chord with me: Capri. A rocky island located off the bay of Naples, there is no other place like it in the world, and no other island quite as glamorous. Long before today's current celebrities were arriving by helicopter, the Romans were already populating Capri, making it their own holiday spot. And it's easy to see why. From the rocky cliffs rising out of the ocean to the glamorous beach clubs with their blue-and-white umbrellas, to the neat little rows of designer shops with lush flowers spilling out onto the sidewalk - it instantly became my favorite place on Earth. I cried lots of tears when we left. Even now, after I've been home for several weeks, there are even times when I'll feel bouts of homesickness just thinking about Capri.
Anyway, let's begin!
HOW TO GET TO CAPRI
Capri is an island, so it's only accessible by sea (or by helicopter if you're a celebrity!). Ferries depart from Naples and Sorrento, and during the summer months there are also ferry routes departing from Positano, Salerno, Ischia and Amalfi. We caught the ferry from Sorrento to Capri - it was a 25-minute ride and was around 20 euros. Once you arrive at the port of Capri, Marina Grande, you then have the option of getting on the funicular that takes you to the top of the island (Capri Town - where most of the restaurants, hotels and shops are located) or getting a taxi. The funicular is definitely the better option - although it gets a little crowded, it's a fast ride and tickets cost around 2 euros each.
our room at Hotel La Scalinatella
WHERE TO STAY IN CAPRI
I would highly recommend splurging on a hotel in Capri - they are less expensive than the hotels in Ravello, but offer the same glamour and even more charm. We stayed at Hotel La Scalinatella in Capri and it was my favorite hotel of the entire trip! It's so hard to explain, but immediately upon arrival I felt this sense of peace and calm come over me... it felt like we were finally "home." The hotel is situated away from the hustle and noise of tourists, and when you finally walk into the hotel's doors all you can do is exhale and say "wow." The rooms are incredible: very large and comfortable with plenty of closet space, marble bathrooms and amazing beds (and all of the rooms have this gorgeous blue tile print that makes you smile every time you look at it!). More than anything, the service really stood out. Upon arrival to Marina Grande, there was someone from the hotel to meet us - they handed over our funicular tickets (which they had already bought), and told us that they were taking care of the luggage and it would be delivered to our room in an hour. (When we left it was the same deal - they took care of all of our luggage, pre-arranged our tickets on the ferry and someone was waiting for us at the port with our ferry tickets.) Antonino, at the front desk, knew us by name and gave us tons and tons of amazing recommendations for photo locations, restaurants, and more - we had never met anyone so nice and helpful! We also loved Genarro, he served us breakfast every morning (also knew us by name) and by the time we left, he felt like an old friend. (He told us that many people who stay at La Scalinatella have been coming for YEARS and they stay for up to a month at a time because they love it so much.) Another thing we loved about Hotel La Scalinatella was the free breakfast every morning, served on the terrace overlooking the ocean. It was magical. I have never in my life been so impressed with a hotel... I am making plans to bring my fiancé back next year to show him how amazing it is!!
One morning we ordered room service to our room & ate on the balcony!
WHERE TO EAT IN CAPRI
WHAT TO DO IN CAPRI
More outfits I wore in Capri...
standing outside of our hotel, La Scalinatella
I just uploaded my Capri Travel Diary to YouTube - check it out to see some behind-the-scenes and a full tour of our room at Hotel La Scalinatella. Also be sure to subscribe to to be notified when more videos go up!
Oh and if you've been to Capri before and have some recommendations, let us all know in the comments!
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