While researching the most optimal itinerary for my clients who are planning to do a day trip to Capri I found this one that I would like to share
Are you staying in Sorrento or Naples and want to come to Capri for a day? Or perhaps your cruise ship has dropped anchor for 24hrs in the Bay of Naples? This itinerary is just what you're looking for!
Try to get to Capri as early as possible. As soon as you arrive on the island, at Marina Grande, head to the private jetty from where boats depart for the Grotta Azzurra (it's on the dock where the majority of hydrofoils arrive) and purchase a ticket for the tour around the island and visit to the Grotta Azzurra. You can take either the complete trip around the island, which includes the thrill of sailing through the arch in the Faraglioni rocks, or take the shorter version, which only sails as far as the Grotta Azzurra and back. We suggest you opt for the full tour!
Tour around the island and visit to the Grotta Azzurra
Duration: circa 2 hours Cost: circa 15 euro Entrance to Grotta: 13 euro
When you get back to Marina Grande, board a bus to Anacapri (20 minutes). From here, take the chairlift to the summit of Monte Solaro.
Monte Solaro chairlift
Duration: 12 minutes Cost: circa 10 euro 'Opening hours: March - October: 9.30 - 17.30 - November - February: 10.30 - 15.00
From the summit of Monte Solaro you can enjoy one of the most spectacular views of the Bays of Naples and Salerno you're ever likely to see. From here you can go back down the mountain by chairlift or on foot. If you decide to walk, take time to make the brief detour to see the hermitage of Cetrella. The descent on foot will take you about 30 minutes.
At this stage you can choose to either have lunch in one of Anacapri's restaurants or just grab a quick snack and head straight to Villa San Michele, the museum house created by the 19th century Swedish writer and physician Axel Munthe, and which boasts one of the island's most panoramic viewpoints.
Villa San Michele
Entrance: circa 6 euro 'Opening hours: from 09.00 AM until 1h before the sunset
Take a bus to back down to Capri. Make sure you stop for a coffee or a cold drink in the Piazzetta
After the obligatory pause in the Piazzetta, take a stroll down Via Camerelle, the street famous for its luxury boutiques and designer fashion stores. When you've had your eye-fill of window shopping, make your way down Via Serena and then turn right, walking along Via Matteotti until you come to the Gardens of Augustus
Here, you'll want take a few photos of the gardens with the sea and the Faraglioni in the background before making you way down the spectacular Via Krupp to reach the bay of Marina Piccola and the Siren's rock. From here you can make your way back to the center of Capri by bus and then take the Funicular train to the port and your hydrofoil home!