by Erin Elaine
While staying in Naples, I visited Capri with a new friend I’d met at my hostel. The island of Capri is known for its stunning natural beauty, caprese salad, and the blue grotto. It’s an expensive place to visit, but it was breathtakingly beautiful and worth every penny.
Above you can see the island as we approach via ferry, as well as two pictures from the harbor area. Be aware, all of the restaurants around the harbor are extremely overpriced. Don’t even order a glass of water here if you can avoid it.
The first thing we did was visit the Blue Grotto, as the tides can sometimes make it inaccessible later in the day. To get in, you have to lay completely flat in a tiny rowboat while an experienced guide steers the boat towards a tiny opening and uses the incoming waves to propel the boat through the tunnel at exactly the right moment. Once inside, you’re surrounded by bright, shimmering blue water. It’s such an amazing shade of electric blue, and the only thing you can see is the water. The rest of the cave is completely dark. It was such a fun experience!
Next we took a bus to the far end of the island, where there is a lighthouse and a small swimming hole. It was so beautiful and pristine here! It was wonderfully quiet, with only the warm Mediterranean breeze and the sound of the waves. We spent a little bit of time by the swimming hole and watched some children collecting jellyfish. At first we didn’t know what the goopy clear pile was, but my Spanish came in handy because I asked one of the kids “Medusa?” and she nodded. Well, now I know the Italian word for jellyfish! (Or at least it must be very close). To collect them, one kid would swim around with a swimming mask and a net, and a few other kids would stand on a high rock outcropping and point to where the jellyfish were. It was pretty amusing.
After that we strolled through the cute, narrow lanes in the town center, admiring the peek-a-boo views.
One of the many highlights of the day was definitely our lunch. First, we had a Caprese Salad (how could you not, when visiting the namesake island?). Then we split a delicious basil artichoke pizza. This was hands down the best pizza I’ve ever had. It was just perfect in every way. The crust was a perfect mix of crispy and chewy, and had amazing flavor. The toppings and the cheese were all cooked to perfection and tasted great. Yum.
Finally, we wandered back towards the harbor and sat on the beach before catching our ferry back to Naples.
It was such a fun day and definitely a highlight from my trip. I would highly recommend going to Capri if you get the chance. Ferries run from Naples, Sorrento, or Positano. (Next post: Sorrento and Positano).