For our time in Capri, we decided to take a private boat over to the island. While one of the splurges of the trip (about 450 Euro), it was worth every penny. We used the company, Gianni’s Boats, and our captain picked us up and our suitcases (that we had the Positano service bring down from the hotel this time – lesson learned!) right off the main dock on the beach and our adventure began!
We had the boat for four hours and it was the most perfect day to be out at sea. I had been saving this colorful one piece suit from Everything But Water (c/o) and it was perfect for throwing shorts over once we made it to town. The boat had a huge area for us to lay out on in the front so we were finally able to catch some rays as it was the warmest day of the trip. I do have to say though, I normally don’t get sea sick and I still felt a little queasy because of the waves so would recommend taking something before. During our trip to Capri, we stopped by all the grottos (minus the Blue Grotto which was unfortunately closed because of the waves) and it was unreal to see water that turquoise blue and so clear. We took about an half hour break as well so that we could jump in and swim for a bit and then made our way to Capri!
Once we arrived to the island, we paid for a taxi to bring us up to our hotel on top of the island. The island of Capri has two towns on it, Capri and Anacapri. Our hotel, Hotel La Palma, was located in the center of town, mixed in with a lot of designer shopping and restaurants. This hotel was the biggest hotels of our stay, and definitely felt the most luxe as well. We had a great small room, complete with gorgeous tile floors and a little balcony. This hotel also had a huge complimentary breakfast spread in the morning too which was a great way to save time and money on our way out the next day.
After quickly unpacking, we headed on our way towards La Fontelina for our 3 pm reservation. I had emailed them in June to make our reservation so I highly recommending doing the same as I know many people who have got turned away. The beach club was about a twenty minute walk from our hotel, but we got slightly lost and then quickly realized we had to walk down 400 stairs to the club. Once we arrived, we had a late lunch in the shade of the best linguine and clams, caprese salad and Aperol Spritzes. The perfect meal after how much work it took to get down there! La Fontelina is one of the dreamiest spots I’ve ever been. Everyone there is so chic and the blue and white striped umbrellas everywhere made it the ideal place to spend the afternoon. We rented two mattresses and towels to lay out on the rocks with and were able to get great sun (and naps). We made the huge hike home around six so we could rest before dinner.
We had a reservation later that night at Da Paolino, which is the famous restaurant of the island surrounded by lemon trees. Before though, we wanted to walk through town a bit since we were leaving early the next morning. After going into a few stores, we started making our way down the island towards the restaurant. We quickly learned after walking down one very dimly lit alley, that walking was not the way to go. While the top of the island is busy at night, it definitely is very quiet everywhere else so highly recommend a taxi or the bus to get down (which we jumped on soon after).
Dinner though at Da Paolino was fantastic. As soon as you enter the outdoor space, you are surrounded by lemons everywhere. From the décor to the fresh ones hanging above your head, there was no shortage of them. We split an appetizer and then the famous lemon linguine and it was definitely enough food for the two of us. My favorite lemon pasta in the world is from Lil Frankie’s here in NYC, so I was excited to try the original favorite and it was incredible. The best part of the meal though is the insane dessert room filled with tons of pastries, gelatos and fruits to fill up your plate with at the end of the night so make sure to save room! We took another cab up and headed straight to bed after for our final travel of the trip the next morning.
Overall, Capri was one of the beautiful places I’ve ever been but I don’t think it’s worth spending just one night there. It was a lot of work (and money) to get our suitcases up and down the island for only being there less than 24 hours. If you have to pick anything, I would definitely push for the boat tour (an absolute must!) and stopping at La Fontelina for lunch.
Next up, our final stop: Rome!
Hotel La Palma
THINGS TO DO
Take a boat tour of the island and visit the grottos
Spend the day laying out at a beach club
WHAT I WORE