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One Day in Capri

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One Day in Capri

We are 6 adults who are staying overnight in Positano for 3 nights in early July. We are very interested in spending some time in Sorrento but are not sure whether to just forget Capri, due to the crowds, and enjoy Positano, or is Capri an absolute "must?"

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I love Capri. However, I believe that a day trip there is a waste of time and money.

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I have to disagree with Gotlegal.though capri deserves more than a day trip it is work visiting just for the day.Yes its full of tourists but it ias a wonderful place and if a day trip is all the time you have then go for it.Just get the ferry from Sorrento and do things on your own ,no need for an expensive organised tour.

have cut and pasted my report of a day trip I took to Capri in september 05.

Posted on: 8:02 am, Oct 01, 2005

We took the 9.30 ferry from Sorrento and then the Finnicular to Capri town ,we then took the hair-raising bus trip from there to Annacapri (not for the fainthearted).The chairlift to the top of Mt.Solarno was our next hair-raising mode of transport,and enjoyed a beer and splendid views from the top.From there we went back down the mountain on the chair lift ,a little more confident this time.from there a trip to the wonderful villa and gardens of San Michelle was our next port of call.we had a lunch of locally made raviolli in tomato sauce,in a small cafe in a side sreet off the main town centre.the food was fantastic.From there we took the bus back to Capri town and then made the trek up to the villa Jovis.It is a fair trek on a hot afternoon but well worth the effort,and after a short visit there retuned to Capri town for a beer and a little shopping.We then took the Fennicular back to the port area ,which gave us enough time for another beer before the 6.15 ferry back to Sorrento

I know this is not everyones ideal day trip,but it was for me and my friend.Beware the chair lift can be very scary to some (me)

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It depends what you enjoy, really. To me, a visit to this area would be unthinkable without a day on Capri, but I enjoy beautiful scenery. And my goodness Capri is beautiful. And expensive, unfortunately!

Last year, I took a morning boat from Sorrento harbour to the island-it takes about 40 minutes. Landing at the harbour, I went up to Capri town and its gorgeous piazza by the little funicular railway. Lovely. Then I walked bown to the Gardens of Augustus for stunning views over the island, including the famous Faraglioni rocks. In the afternoon, I caught a local bus, from near the piazza, to Anacapri and visited Villa san Michele, built by writer and doctor Axel Munthe, in my opinion one of the most beautiful houses in Italy, Europe and perhaps the world. Stunning views from the gardens. On the other hand, if you don't particularly like admiring scenery, and appreciate art and history more, then a day would be better spent going to Pompeii or Herculaneum , both within easy reach of Sorrent by local train.

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I cannot argue with my fellow posters. Perhaps a day is better than nothing. But for me Capri is not about seeing and doing. It is about doing very little in a very special place. Cups of coffee in the Piazzetta. Lazing by a pool or at a beach club. Leisurely walks to no place special. Afternoon naps. Late dinners. I think Capri is about taking one's time. Yes, it is beautiful. But so is just about anyplace on the Sorrentine Peninsula.

Everyone who spends time on Capri talks about the island "getting to you". It is a feeling I wish everyone could have. But, you can never have it in one hurried day.

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I have to disagree with the other posters we were very disapointed with Capri.

We found it to be totally over rated and over priced and completely commericalised.

If you are into designer shoppings and watching people posing the yes go but if not then go to some of the other towns along the amlfi coast such as Positano, Amalfi town etc..

I wouldn't never bother returning to Capri again.

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Breezer25

Just for everyone's information, how much time did you spend on Capri?

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That's unfortunately how many people perceive Capri after a daytrip in July or August. There's no time to see anything else but the compulsory sights and shops and get squashed by the crowds. But the island has a completely different side to it as well, which can only be experienced if you come at a different time of the year or stay a little longer.

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Capri is one of the most beautiful places in Italy, and that is saying a lot. Unfortunately, the most beautiful places seem to be expensive these days, and commercialised too- Venice is the same. But there is no need to let the high prices cloud your enjoyment- on Capri you only have to go for a walk or two to leave the over-priced boutiques and rich people behind and discover the quiet and beauty of the place. Same with Venice .

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loddington:

Can it be true that rich people do not go for walks on Capri? Is that a rule, or simply tradition? Also, how do you recognize a rich person. Are there similar requirements for people who are not rich? Please advise.

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A good point! When in such places as Capri, it is obvious from prices in shops, and other places, that their clientele must be pretty rich to afford to go there. Capri is known as what used to be called a 'jet-set' location, attracting many rich people [as well as not so rich -like me!] What I mean to say is that you can forget that your fellow tourists and many local people too are very well off by taking yourself away from such places and simply enjoying the lovely scenery, costing absolutely nothing, and forgetting for a while how much things cost and how much people are paying for the pleasure of being in a lovely place such as Capri. You don't need to be well off to get enjoyment from being there, is what I meant to get across...Yes, you are right, I suppose rich and famous people go for walks too!