Our original plan was to get to Capri early in the morning and beat the crowd to the Grotto, but we found out that the Villa Jovis was only open until 1:30 and I was afraid I'd not get there in time if we went to the Grotto first. So reluctantly we decided to just skip the Grotto. However, around 3:00 we had returned from Anacapri and decided to check on the situation at the Grotto. A boat was just getting ready to cast off so my wife boarded while I grabbed some tickets. The ride over is beautiful and you get to enjoy the coastline. When we arrived there were about 6 other boats that were in some kind of order. You could tell there was a plan, but you couldn't figure it out. My only real concern was that I knew if the water got rougher, then there is always a chance you can't go in. Eventually some boaters came to our boat and started loading us. Of course the first ticket you bought back at the port is only your "first" ticket. Now you get to buy a ticket for the Grotto AND your rower mentions that tips are "highly" suggested. We were aware of all this but we overheard others who were having to borrow money as they had no idea. Eventually we are headed to the Grotto opening and the excitement begins. Suddenly you are in and being rowed around. Our oarsman started singing O solo mio - as Rick Steves had said - it's all really cheesey but it truly is great fun. We were only in the Grotto for about 3 min and then it's over. All-in-all it's a very expensive side tour and that was part of the reason we were going to skip it. However, after it was over, we both agreed that we were very glad we did it - it was great fun.
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