It really does look like a dramatic, rugged mountain coming right out of the sea when you are approaching Capri (pronounced CAP-ry by the locals). Quite a sight.
It was a marvelous day at a marvelous island. It is just a 30 minute ferry ride from Sorrento to Capri and we arrived around 12:30. We first enjoyed another excellent breakfast at our B&B before racing for the earlier ferry, which we missed by seconds, necessitating a 1-1/2 hour wait. So, we enjoyed relaxing on the wharf by the harbor reading and playing cards. Really didn't want to walk up all the steps we had just run down, plus we had pretty well "done" Sorrento.
The island consists of several villages reachable by bus. The harbor village is mostly shops and restaurants. A 5-minute funicular ride avoids lots of steps to the upper, posh town. Here, too, there are shops and hotels and restaurants, many not open yet for the season, but getting ready. There is a minimal number of tourists, just right for our tastes. Some very upscale hotels that seem to be gearing up for the season. All done quite tastefully.
We took a spectacular walk to a belvedere way,way up and the views were great. The sheer cliffs, large outcroppings and the clear, clear water was sort of mesmerizing. Birds were flying right in front of us. Then we went to a garden that we saw from the top and that too had great views and planted with yellow and purple pansies.
Wouldn't take much to convince us to stay here for a bit. Many people have beautiful villas and no doubt a great life style, at least before the throngs of tourists arrive. Can't believe how they deal with more than we saw walking around today.
All of a sudden we can't seem to download pictures, but we are working on it.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
The romantic and famous Isle of Capri