Everything you need to know about the Island of Capri, Italy before your trip.
Here we list all the most frequently asked questions from travellers about Capri, Italy.
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- Where is Capri?
- Capri is an Italian island off the southern coast in the Gulf of Naples, near Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast.
Map of the Island of Capri
- How big is the Island of Capri?
- The island is 10 square kilometers (about the size of New York City's Central Park).
- Which are the main towns?
- There are two towns on the island: Capri and Anacapri. Capri has the Piazzetta at its center, while Anacapri is at a higher elevation on the slopes of Mount Solaro. The third village is Marina Grande, where the port is located.
- Is it better to stay in the town of Capri or Anacapri?
- That depends upon what you are looking for during your stay on Capri. Capri town is on the more cosmopolitan side of the island, with luxury boutiques, night clubs, and the famous Piazzetta, meeting place for islanders and visitors alike. Anacapri, on the other hand, has a more intimate and quiet atmosphere and is less crowded than Capri. Mount Solaro, the Blue Grotto, and the Punta Carena lighthouse are all near Anacapri.
Regardless of where you decide to stay, it is very quick and easy to travel between Capri and Anacapri: buses run every 15 minutes and the trip takes about 10 minutes.
Bus schedule Capri - Anacapri
- When is the best time of the year to visit Capri, Italy?
- Summer is when there is the highest number of tourists visiting the Island of Capri, especially the months between June and August. The peak of visitors disembarking on the island is during the month of August, with up to 20,000 arrivals a day. This enormous influx of vacationers means that it's sometimes difficult to navigate the crowded, narrow lanes on foot. In the evening, when the daytrippers have left, the atmosphere becomes decidedly less overwhelming.
The months of May, September, and October are decidedly the best time of year to visit the island: the temperatures are milder but still warm enough for a swim, and the hotel rates are less than peak season.
During the winter months, the island returns to its humble roots as a fishing community, with few tourists and beaches and sights nearly deserted, and a general air of stark, wild beauty. Aside from the colder temperatures (though never freezing) and the probability of rain, the most inconvenient part of travelling in the winter is that most of the hotels and restaurants close for the low season. Most of the island's B&Bs remain open, however, along with a few restaurants and cafés in Capri and Anacapri.
- How long does it take to visit the Island of Capri?
- There are many visitors to Capri who arrive on the morning ferry and leave on the evening ferry of the same day, but we think that in one day you can really only get a general idea of the center of Capri town and the island. The island is especially crowded on summer days (an average of 20,000 tourists disembarking daily on the island in August), but in the evening most of these visitors leave and those who stay overnight are left to savor the quiet, languid island atmosphere. You will need at least three or four days to visit the island, including the towns of Capri and Anacapri, and see it less as a destination and more as a culture.
- What is the weather like on Capri?
- The weather on the Italian island of Capri is mild and typical of Mediterranean climates. The hottest months are June, July, and August (22 °-26 ° C) in the summer, while the winter months of December, January, and February are the coldest (9 °-13 ° C). There are often brief thundershowers in the summer, especially during the month of August.
Average temperatures on Capri
- Are credit cards accepted, and are there ATM machines?
- All major credit cards are accepted almost everywhere on Capri, and there are 7 or 8 ATM machines in banks around the island.
Getting to Capri, Italy
- Which is the closest airport to Capri?
- The Naples International Capodichino Airport
- Are there flights between the Naples airport and Capri?
- At the airport exit, there is a taxi stand. Otherwise, you can take the Alibus shuttle bus to Piazza Municipio near the ferry piers.
- Where do ferries depart for Capri?
- There are two piers from which ferries to Capri depart: Molo Beverello for high speed ferries, and Calata di Massa for ferries and fast ferries, which also transport vehicles. Ferries for Capri also depart from the port in Sorrento all year long, and in the summer from Positano and Ischia.
Ferry schedules from Capri
- What is the difference between the three categories of ferries?
- Ferries and slow ferries are much slower and less expensive than high speed ferries, and transport vehicles as well as passengers. When seas are rough, high speed ferry routes are often cancelled and only ferries and slow ferries depart for Capri.
- Do ferry tickets need to be reserved or purchased in advance?
- No, ferry tickets can be purchased directly from the pier ticket office until a few minutes before the departure time. It can be a problem to purchase tickets in high season at the peak times (morning to Capri and evening from Capri) because of long lines and crowded ferries. At these times, it's a good idea to purchase your tickets at least 30 minutes before departure times. Routes run much more frequently in the summer, so if you find your ferry full, there is just a short wait for the next departure.
- How long is the sea crossing for Capri?
- The crossing takes about an hour from Naples and about half an hour from Sorrento.
- What happens in case of rough seas?
- On days in which the seas are particularly rough, high speed ferries routes may be cancelled. Ferry and slow ferry routes continue to run, however, and are only cancelled in cases of exceptionally rough seas.
- Can I embark my vehicle for Capri?
- Non-resident vehicles can only be embarked on ferries and only in very low season, from the beginning of November through the end of March. Regardless, there is little use for a car on the island.
- For more information:
- Ferry schedules for Capri, Italy Getting to Capri, Italy
Getting around Capri, Italy
- How do you get around the Island of Capri?
The funicular runs between the center of Capri town and the port in Marina Grande. Routes depart every 15 minutes, or more frequently when there are crowds.
There are a number of bus routes:
- Capri - Anacapri
- Capri - Marina Piccola
- Capri - San Costanzo (Marina Grande)
- Anacapri - Grotta Azzurra
- Anacapri - Faro
All routes departing from Capri town leave from Piazza Martiri d'Ungheria (near the Piazzetta). Routes for the lighthouse and the Blue Grotto leave from Piazza Cimitero in Anacapri. The ride between Capri and Anacapri takes about 10 minutes and buses depart every 15 minutes (more often in summer). Bus and funicular tickets can be purchased at the ticket offices at the port, bus terminal, or directly on board (only for buses).
- Capri Public Transportation Schedules
- Can I rent a car on Capri?
- No, there are no car rental agencies on the island. There are scooter and boat rentals, with and without skipper.
- For more information:
- Getting Around Capri, Italy
Staying on Capri
- Are there budget hotels on Capri, Italy?
Of course, though during high season even budget hotels have prices equivalent to four star hotels in other destinations. By booking early and avoiding the high seasons of July and August, you can find prices for every budget. Take a look at our special offers on this site!
Book a Hotel on Capri
- How long in advance should I book?
- For stays during the months of July and August, it's best to book two or three months in advance; the same applies for the Easter holidays. If you have your heart set on a specific hotel, you should also book as far in advance as possible. Our online booking system lets you check availability at most of the hotels on Capri.
- Are hotels on Capri, Italy open all year long?
- Most of the hotels on Capri open Easter week and close the first few days of November; some reopen for the New Year's holidays. In the winter, you can find accommodations in the island's B&Bs. Our online booking system lets you check availability in hotels on Capri during the entire year, so take a look and see what accommodations are open during the winter!
- Is there internet service on Capri?
- Most of the hotels on Capri have an internet point and/or wifi. If the specific type of service is not specified on their website, ask what internet access they offer and if it is included in the room rate.
- Can I bring my pet to Capri?
- Pets can travel to Capri, but must be kept on a leash and cleaned up after. There are a number of hotels which accept pets, especially small ones.
- Is there a place to deposit luggage on Capri?
- The baggage deposit is located in a souvenir shop directly opposite the pier. Before leaving your bags, reconfirm when the shop hours.
Sights & Activities on Capri, Italy
- How much does an espresso cost in Capri's famed Piazzetta?
- An espresso with table service in the Piazzetta costs around €4; standing at the bar, a little over €1.
- How much does dinner for two cost on Capri?
- A dinner including an appetizer, a main course, a dessert, and a bottle of wine will cost upwards of €50/person.
- Are there budget restaurants on Capri?
For travellers on a budget, we suggest dining in Anacapri where restaurants are generally less expensive than in Capri and opt for a pizza.
Restaurants on Capri
- What are the local dishes that I shouldn't miss?
The most famous traditional island dishes are ravioli capresi, caprese salad, and torta caprese...as their names suggest! Ravioli capresi are filled with caciotta and parmesan cheeses and marjoram, caprese salad is a simple mix of mozzarella, fresh tomatoes, and basil leaves, and torta caprese is a chocolate and almond cake dusted with sugar. Don't miss limoncello, a lemon liqueur made from local fruit.
Recipes from Capri
- Are there nightclubs on Capri?
- There are a number of nightclubs on Capri, along with "taverne", which offer live music and dancing. The most famous is l'Anema e Core, a favorite of VIPs and celebrities.
Night clubs on Capri, Italy
- How should I dress on Capri?
- In the summer, be sure to pack a light jacket or sweater along with your summer clothes. During the winter, you'll have to pack for low temperatures. On Capri, many areas are pedestrian only, so be sure to pack comfortable walking sandals.
- How should I dress for an evening out on Capri?
- You can dress informally almost everywhere on Capri, aside from a few fine dining restaurants where you should opt for something a bit more elegant (no shorts, for example). There are no establishments requiring formal evening wear, so unless you are attending a Black Tie wedding or event, you can leave your tuxedo at home.
- Can we get married on Capri, Italy?
Civil and religious weddings can be held on Capri, though Catholic weddings are reserved for Italian citizens. There is an Anglican church on Capri for Protestant wedding services.
Planning a wedding on Capri, Italy
Capri with Kids
- Are there child-friendly beaches on Capri?
- There are three pebble beaches on the Island of Capri perfect for families: Marina Grande, Marina Piccola, and Bagni di Tiberio. The other beaches along the coast are set into cliffs where you either have to dive or climb down ladders into the water, which is deep.
- Are there play areas for children?
- Most of the Island of Capri is pedestrian only, so easy to walk around with children. Near the Piazzetta in Capri town there is a small public park, "I Giardinetti", where children gather to play in the afternoon.
- Is there a babysitting service on the island?
- Many hotels offer babysitting services, but we recommend asking in advance.
- I'm staying on Capri...what is there to see nearby?
- If you are staying on Capri, there are a number of nearby destinations close enough to explore in a day. Take the morning ferry to Naples, with its vibrant culture and excellent archaeological museum, and Pozzuoli, Agnano, and la Solfatara. Visit the other islands in the Gulf of Naples, including wild Procida, Ischia with its historic thermal baths, Vesuvius, and the archaeological sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Or sail to Sorrento and take the bus down the twisting coastal road along the Amalfi Coast, or take the ferry from Capri directly to Positano and Amalfi. A fun and unforgettable day exploring the area around Capri is aboard a boat with skipper, who can show you the most undiscovered corners of the coast and the most beautiful towns and villages.
Capri Tourist Information Offices
- Useful addresses
- CAPRI - Piazza Umberto I - Tel.+39 081 8370686
- MARINA GRANDE - Banchina del Porto - Tel.+39 081 8370634
- ANACAPRI - Via G. Orlandi, 59 - Tel. +39 081 8371524