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Private Capri Tour

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From: $141.28

 

TOUR DURATION

8 Hours

START TIME

09:30 AM

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

MEETING POINT

Pick-up at your Hotel, more details at booking

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TOUR ITINERARY

Enjoy a full day excursion to the bustling and scenic Island of Capri, taking in the breathtaking views of the blue waters of the Bay of Naples. Together with your private guide, you will be transferred to the pier where you will board the ferry that crosses the Bay of Naples.

Upon arrival at the Marina Grande, Capri’s main port, you will take the Funicular to Anacapri. From here you will visit the highest point of the Island for a panoramic view with a private car and driver. You will visit Villa San Michele, located at the top of the ancient Phoenician Steps. It was built in the early 1900s atop Roman ruins by the Swedish doctor and author Axel Munthe, whose bestselling book “Story of San Michele” tells of his time on Capri. The villa is surrounded by a beautiful shady garden with a terrace that offers a splendid view of the island.

Return to Capri and experience the fashionable shops, hotels and restaurants which line its winding streets. In Piazza Umberto, the city’s main square, there is a lovely white church as well as several open-air cafes where you can sit and watch the world drift by. Leading off the square are medieval looking alleyways and arcades full of shops selling the island’s handicrafts such as clothing, coral and gold jewelry, shoes, and ceramics.

Grab some lunch at leisure then stroll through the colorful Gardens of Augustus, which overlook the famed Faraglioni Rocks and Marina Piccola, Capri’s smaller port. While in Capri, you will have plenty of free time for you to admire the elegant boutiques, stroll along the cobblestoned streets, go on an island tour or simply relax on the beach. This island may be tiny but there is much to see and do!

At the end of the excursion, return to Sorrento by ferry.

TOUR INCLUSIONS

– Private transfers in Sorrento

- Local guide at your disposal (8 hours)

- Hydrofoil tickets to and from Capri

- Private transfer in Capri

- Villa San Michele entrance fees

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

– Capri

– Anacapri

– Villa San Michele

– Faraglioni

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
– Confirmation will be received at time of booking

– Voucher and detailed operator information, including local emergency numbers will be received three weeks before the date of your tour.

– Adult pricing applies to all travelers.

Departure point:

Pick-up at your accommodation

Duration:

8 hours

Return details:

Sorrento Port, Marina Grande.

Capri

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Probably one of the best known islands in the Tyrrhenian Sea, Capri can be found just off the coast of the Sorrento Peninsula. Some of the main tourist attractions are the main city of Capri and above it, the smaller Anacapri; the panoramic promenade between ancient gardens and villas; and the beautiful Grotta Azzurra (“Blue Grotto”).

Inhabited since ancient times, Capri did not start to develop until Emperor Augustus came to live the rest of his life in peace. He built twelve villas as well as gardens, temples and other improvements to the island. His successor Tiberius later built more villas, the most famous of which is Villa Jovis, its foundations still visible today. Following the decline of the Roman Empire, Capri fell prey to frequent pirate attacks that continued up until the early 19th century.

Things to see

Capri counts many influences to its art and culture: from the Byzantine and Islamic architectures of the 1st century to the churches, watchtowers and fortifications of the medieval era. Capri was also captured a number of times; it passed hands from the Kingdom of Naples to the invading Ottoman Empire to Napoleon’s French troops until finally being returned to Italian rule. By the 19th century, things had quieted down and Capri quickly became a popular resort visited by artists, intellectuals and many celebrities. Today, it is a thriving wedding and tourist destination.

When visiting Capri and Anacapri above it, there are some attractions which stand out from the rest; Grotta Azzura is one such attraction. The Grotta Azzura is a sea cave which is famous for its dazzling blue illumination that is a result of sunlight reflecting off the water onto the cave walls. Throughout history, this grotto has inspired artists and writers with its magical charm. On the other side of the island are the equally fascinating Faraglioni, a natural rock formation resulting from thousands of years’ worth of erosive forces.

Villa San Michele, located at the top of the ancient Phoenician Steps, was built in the early 1900s by the Swedish doctor and author Axel Munthe. Its location on a ledge between Anacapri and Capri grants it a beautiful view of the main harbor and surrounding bay. Incorporating Roman ruins as its base, the villa and surrounding gardens boast a large collection of sculptures and various relics from Ancient Rome, Ancient Egypt and other classical ages. Nowadays, it has become a museum.

High above Capri, on the hills to the west, is Anacapri. To visit, one can either take the bus from Marina Grande (the main harbor) or brave the long and steep Phoenician Steps. Once there, many visitors take the chairlift ride to Monte Solaro, which offers breathtaking views of the southern coast. The French composer Claude Debussy is one of Anacapri’s most famous visitors.

 

Villa San Michele

Located in the town of Anacapri, on the island of Capri, is a surprisingly recent building: Villa San Michele. Built in the early 1900s by the Swedish doctor and author Axel Munthe, it takes its name from an ancient chapel that Munthe bought and renovated before building the villa. What is interesting about the construction of Villa San Michele is that its foundations are actually Roman ruins which were discovered and incorporated into the villa’s design.

The villa and surrounding gardens boast a large collection of sculptures and various relics from Ancient Rome, Ancient Egypt and other classical ages. Its lovely portico offers a grand view of Capri and the clear blue waters around it; in the distance, Mount Vesuvius seems to rise like a giant from the sea.

After Munthe’s death in 1949, the property was bequeathed to the government of Sweden and was later turned into a museum. Today, it also hosts special cultural exhibits and concerts of classical chamber music.
Faraglioni Rocks

Rising from the sea just off the south-eastern coast of the island are the imposing Faraglioni, a natural rock formation resulting from thousands of years’ worth of erosive forces. These rocky monoliths have been an inspiration to countless artists and writers, as well as the backdrop for innumerable holiday photos.

The Faraglioni are three individual rock formations called Stella, Faraglione di Mezzo and Scopolo. The Stella, the closest to Capri, is connected to the island via a natural rock extension. The Faraglione di Mezzo, the middle rock stack, is characterized a central cavity which is large enough to allow small boats to pass through it; this is a popular tour highlight for visitors exploring Capri from the sea. The third and final rock stack is the Scopolo, most famous for its native population of blue lizards that cannot be found in any other habitat in the world.
Blue Grotto

Probably Capri’s most famous natural wonder, the Grotta Azzurra is neatly tucked away in the north-western part of the island. The Grotta Azzurra, or Blue Grotto, is a sea cave renowned for its dazzling blue illumination that is a result of sunlight reflecting off the water onto the cave walls. Throughout history, this grotto has inspired artists and writers with its magical charm.

First discovered by the Romans who settled on the island, Emperor Tiberius is said to have used the cave as his private temple. Ancient sculptures depicting Neptune and Triton have been recovered from the grotto and are now on display in the museum of Capri. It was “rediscovered” by the German writer August Kopisch, who wrote about it in his book published in 1838, quickly turning the grotto into a popular tourist attraction the world over.

The only way for visitors to access this cave is via small rowboats operated by experienced guides. If the weather is good and the sun is shining, you will be able to see the stunning crystalline blue reflections which have given this grotto its name.