Visit Capri Island with Rome Private Guides and discover what has been inspiring poets, artists and musicians for centuries. Today Capri still attracts tourists from all over the world for its beautiful views and history.
If you are staying in Rome or in the south of Italy for your holiday, visit Capri island: it is an absolute must. Even with just a day you will be able to see the best of this gem tucked into the Mediterranean sea!
The island of Capri represents the perfect mix of nature, history, local traditions and food! You can depart from the harbor of Sorrento, not far from Naples, with your local private guide: if you want to be more comfortable, or if you are staying in a different city away from Sorrento we can provide a transfer with driver and car to the harbour.
The Blue Grotto
When you get to the harbor you will take an exciting ride on the hydrofoil jet to reach the island. If you prefer (and we really recommend it!) you can also book a visit to the Blue Grotto, one of the most fascinating places in the Mediterranean!
Villa San Michele
Once you get to Capri a minibus will take you to see the top of the island. You will then head to the village of Anacapri, see Villa San Michele and one of the most spectacular breathtaking views in Italy. This Villa was built for the doctor and writer Axel Munthe: inside there is a collection of items dating back to the Ancient Rome and in the outside a wonderful garden is enriched by colorful Mediterranean plants.
Explore the Down-town and see the Faraglioni
Your visit to Capri island will proceed to the down-town, full of boutiques and ice-cream shops. Chill out sitting down on one of the many coffee places on the Small Square of Capri (“Piazzetta di Capri”). Here kids can taste the delicious homemade local ice cream, while adults can sip the Limoncello liqueur made with the sweet lemons growing on the island.
Once you’re restored you can start walking again along Via Camerelle, the main shopping street, and then proceed on via Targara. Prepare your cameras: you will enjoy a wonderful panorama on the sea, with the three stacks which are the symbol of Capri. These two rock formations are known as “Faraglioni“, a word which comes from a Greek word meaning “Lighthouse”: these rocks were of great help for sailors to orientate when sailing in the Mediterranean!
Casa Rossa, Churches of Saint Michele and Saint Sophie
If you prefer to visit Capri Island paying a deeper attention on history and art we can customize your itinerary. There are countless villas and museums on the island, like Villa San Michele mentioned above. Other possibile attractions are “Casa Rossa” (Red House), which was the residence of the American lieutenant, John Cay Mackowen, who came to Italy just after the American civil war and lived in Anacapri until 1899.
Now a museum, Casa Rossa hosts a permanent exhibition of images of 19th and 20th century Capri. Also visible are the four ancient roman statues found in the Blue Grotto of Capri in 1964 and 1974.
Not far from Casa Rossa you can visit two Churches, Saint Michael’s and Saint Sophie’s. In the Church of Saint Michael a hand painted ceramic tile floor will leave you speechless. Every inch of it is covered with a grand scene showing the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden!
Those of you who love plants and animals can book a visit to the Ignazio Cerio Center, located near the Piazzetta of Capri. Here different rooms are dedicated to botanics, zoology and archaeology of the island.
Villa Jovis and Villa Damecuta: Ancient Roman residences
History lovers can make a journey through time visiting Villa Jovis and Villa Damecuta, two of the 12 villas owned by Roman Emperor Tiberius on the island. The first villa is on the Island of Capri and can be reached walking through locals’ houses and unique views. Villa Jovis was built by Emperor Tiberius in 27 AD: another beautiful panorama over the entire gulf can be admired by this imponent building.
The other building, Villa Damecuta, is located in Anacapri: you can either reach it by bus or with your driver, since the ruins are not far from the bus stop. The few traces which remain have helped experts identify an 80 meter long loggia with a portico, opening out towards the Bay of Naples, which terminated in a large semicircular viewpoint. It is said Villa of Damecuta was abandoned following the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD.