I heard the island of Capri was amazing, so we woke up early to spend the day exploring it . The first thing you need to know about Capri is that Americans say it wrong. We pronounce it like we would capri pants. However, the Italians pronounce it KAH-pri. (I’ve said it a lot in the past two weeks or so, and I still have to think about it every time.)
Secondly, the island is home to the Blue Grotto. But unfortunately, it’s often closed due to rough seas, which we experienced firsthand. Apparently, the entrance to get inside the grotto (or cave) is through an opening that is only three feet high. You have to lay down in the boat to enter! So, you can imagine that any kind of rough seas would make it too dangerous to attempt. Apparently, it’s pretty hokie, but that’s supposed to be part of the fun. Maybe next time…
Thirdly, driving around on Capri is an experience. Some might call it exhilarating, some might call it treacherous, but it is definitely an experience. There are tiny, windy roads, and the cars, taxis, buses, scooters, and trucks drive FAST. We definitely squealed a number of times while riding around. (And no, I wasn’t brave enough to rent scooters.)
But most importantly, Capri is stunning! Really, really, breathtakingly beautiful! With more time, I would have entertained staying on the island, because it seems like it would be a supremely relaxing place to unwind for a couple of days. Again, maybe next time…
We took a crazy taxi ride way up the hill to Anacapri. We didn’t go to Capri town, so I can’t compare, but I’ve heard Anacapri is bigger and has more to offer. We strolled around, shopped, and took the chair lift up to Monte Solero – the top of the island. The chair lift was a little unnerving. There’s really nothing secure protecting you from falling or jumping out. I would actually be nervous to take little kids. But, the 12-minute ride is quiet and peaceful (when Americans like us aren’t yelling back and forth to each other), and the views are extraordinary!
[Yikes! Geting a little steep!]
[Look at the color of the sea!!! It was exquisite!]
[Someone was a little nervous to back up so close to the railing, but what a great photo of the cliff below us!]
Thanks to the power of social media, we found out a US colleague was on holiday with his wife on Capri! They were up for a lunchtime rendezvous, so we met at their hotel in Anacapri and took the shuttle down to Il Riccio. I gasped a little bit when we walked into the cliffside restaurant. It was that beautiful! The color of the blue tables & chairs, the sea as the backdrop, the white curtains fluttering in the wind…it was all wonderful!
[And the food? Well, it was amazing, too! Seafood and pasta all around!]
[What a fun and relaxing afternoon catching up and sharing a delightful meal!]
I was sad to say good-bye to Capri, but we boarded our ferry for the 20-minute ride back to Sorrento. Also beautiful – perched up on the cliff!
Our friends gave us a dinner recommendation in Sorrento (their previous stop), and since it was our last night there, we had to check it out. The restaurant was called I Giardini di Tasso, and it was tucked into a back alleyway. The ambiance isn’t particularly fancy. In fact, I felt like we were eating in someone’s backyard. But, the owner was incredibly attentive, and the food was out of this world! We tried a variety of different things – many of which were grown in his garden. Lightly toasted raviolis (I wish he would teach St. Louis how to improve their recipe), stuffed zucchini flowers, a caprese salad with the creamiest mozzarella EVER, eggplant parmesan, and complimentary lemon sorbet (made with his homemade limoncello, of course)! And a guitar player who serenaded us in English…and in French.
[Lemon sorbet made with homemade limoncello. Seriously one of the best things I’ve EVER eaten!]
And as if all of that weren’t enough to make it a fantastic day, I received news that one of my dearest friends had her baby girl! (You may remember that this baby came to visit in utero back in May!) I love days like this that remind me that life is full of so many breathtakingly beautiful things!