Seaside Italy offers la dolce vita at its best, and as summer approaches, those picture-perfect hilltops, blue Tyrrhenian waters and fabulous beach clubs beckon. One could spend months exploring the treasures of Capri and the Amalfi Coast, but here are some of my new favorites and best tips.
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Things to Do in Capri:
Capri has drawn movie stars and dignitaries for centuries. But despite its reputation as a jet-setter’s paradise, the ethereal island’s atmosphere is that of a laid-back Italian village, making Capri one of the Mediterranean’s most captivating, soulful locales.
Go down to the sea. The only way to appreciate the true beauty of the isle of Capri is to explore by boat. It is also the only way to reach such famous sights as the Blue and Green Grottoes and many of the best swimming spots. Given the boat traffic around Capri, I suggest hiring a decent-sized boat, with an experienced captain, who can navigate the crowded waters. Ask our team for the names of our favorite captains.
Go up and away from the crowds. Capri town gets crammed with tourists, especially between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., as the day trippers swarm into town, so spend your days either down by (or on) the sea or high up in Anacapri, where you can find quieter streets and beautiful gardens at the Villa San Michele. If you want to buy ceramics, don’t miss Ceramiche Tavissa.
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Choose your sanctuaries. There are many lovely hotels on Capri, and where you stay and dine should feel like special retreats, so make your reservations early and choose wisely. On my recent trip, I stayed at the Capri Tiberio Palace, which is centrally located, but still feels like the hideaway of a stylish world traveler. Some of my favorite places for lunch in Capri were La Fontelina and Da Gioia; both have great food and steps to the sea for swimming before or after lunch. The latter is lower-key and more popular with Italians.
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