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Capri

Before our trip to Italy, Greg was determined to become fluent in Italian so he would be adequately prepared to get us around. (I had barely passed Italian II in college so I knew I’d be a lost cause)! While we were on the plane there, he proudly announced that according to Duolingo he was 33% fluent. Impressed, I began quizzing him:

Me: How do you order food in a restaurant?

Greg: I don’t know.

Me: How do you ask for directions?

Greg: I don’t know.

Me: How do you ask how much something costs?

Greg: I don’t know.

Me: What do you know how to say?

Greg, with confidence: Quelli non sono i miei pantalone rosa!

Me: What does that mean?

Greg, with enthusiasm: Those are NOT my pink pants!

Despite knowing the least helpful 33% of the Italian language, Greg still managed to successfully navigate the Italian ferry system and we boarded a ferry to nearby Capri for the day.

Capri - Italy travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Capri - Italy travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

As the boat headed out in the bay we were treated to a gorgeous view of Naples behind us.

Capri - Italy travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

And a gorgeous view of Capri ahead of us.

Capri - Italy travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Capri - Italy travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Capri is an immensely popular tourist spot during the warm summer months. In the winter the weather is much cooler (we still had to wear winter coats) but between the view and the sunshine it was easy to pretend it was a nice summer day.

Capri - Italy travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Capri - Italy travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Capri - Italy travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Capri - Italy travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

On Capri (the island) the ferries dock at Marina Grande. From there you can take a funicular up to Capri (the town) and see wonderful views along the way.

Capri - Italy travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Capri - Italy travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

It was a beautiful day, so we spent the morning wandering through the narrow, winding streets.

Capri - Italy travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Capri - Italy travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Capri - Italy travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Everything was green and the flowers were blooming. It didn’t feel like January at all!

Capri - Italy travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Capri - Italy travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Capri - Italy travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Capri - Italy travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Capri - Italy travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

From there we took a small bus to Anacapri, another town on Capri (the island).

We then hopped on the smallest chairlift I’ve ever seen (yes, it was slightly terrifying!) to ride up to the top of Monte Solaro. You can also hike up to the top, but with the weather starting to turn we figured it was better to get there quickly.

Capri - Italy travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Even though the chairlift is creepy and makes you feel like you’re seconds away from falling, it’s easy to distract yourself with the stunning views of Capri (the island) as you soar above it.

Capri - Italy travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Capri - Italy travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Capri - Italy travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Capri - Italy travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

When you visit Capri you have to travel to the top of Monte Solaro. The views from the top are truly magnificent.

Capri - Italy travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Capri - Italy travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

You can even see Capri’s famous Faraglioni (rock formations) from there.

Capri - Italy travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Capri - Italy travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Capri - Italy travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Capri - Italy travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Greg and I were lucky enough to be up there without anyone else, so it felt like we were kings of the world.

Capri - Italy travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Capri - Italy travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Capri - Italy travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

But then the rain clouds came rolling in and we quickly jumped back on the chairlift to head back down the mountain. While we were riding down we passed a massive group of tourists riding up, and as we rode by them we began feeling rain drops. So for those two reasons we were very glad we went up there when we did!

Capri - Italy travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

We then repeated our journey by taking the bus back from Anacapri to Capri (the town). But instead of riding the funicular down to the harbor, we decided to walk it. It’s a very pretty walk (as long as you’re going downhill)!

Capri - Italy travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Capri - Italy travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

Then we played around on the rocks in the harbor while waiting for the ferry to take us to Sorrento so we could continue our journey to the Amalfi Coast.

Capri - Italy travel tips - Wanderlust in the City

The benefit to visiting Capri in the winter is there are less tourists, since it can become ridiculously crowded in the summer. However the major negative is that not everything is open. We couldn’t see Capri’s famed Grotta Azzurra (Blue Grotto). So I do want to go back when the weather is nicer.

I’ll leave you with one final Italian phrase from Greg which may be useful during your visit:

Nostri elefanti beve l’acqua!

(Our elephants drink water).

~A

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