The three days my husband and I spent on this famed isle in the Gulf of Naples was like a second honeymoon. Between the stunning backdrop of sheer, sun-bleached limestone cliffs, deep blue sea and cobblestoned alleys dripping with vibrant bougainvillea, COMBINED with the transporting cuisine, a romantic interlude was nothing but a foregone conclusion.
A longtime favourite of the Italian and foreign jetset alike, there are plenty of exclusive boutiques, restaurants and hotels at which to see and be seen - in fact, no visit to Capri (pronounced CAH-pree, not cah-PREE) is complete without having a drink in the main square (‘La Piazzetta”, fka “Piazza Umberto I”) to watch one of the most entertaining people parades around.
But while Capri is great for a bit of the scene, we preferred the more low-key charm of Anacapri just a few clicks up but an entire world away: here, the people-watching consists of the local children playing football in the church square while their parents sip coffee nearby with friends. A short bus ride down the hill leads to the busy yet beautiful swimming spot called Lido del Faro, with arguably the best restaurant on the island, while a single chair lift reaches the top of Monte Solaro, the highest point on the island, affording breathtaking views of the Gulf, Mount Vesuvius and the iconic Faraglioni.
While the Blue Grotto ranks high on everyone’s list of must-see’s, the first taste of a true Caprese Salad was our top priority...little did we know that this rugged little island would go on to provide the most consistently sublime Italian meals we’d ever had, from the incredibly fresh seafood and crisp salads to the most delicate and flavourful handmade pastas.
Ready to eat? Find out what and where on this slice of paradise.
Lido del Faro - a top spot to eat and swim the afternoon away
When in Capri...Caprese Salad at Lido del Faro