During late June and early July I embarked on a week and a half journey through Italy. Click here to read about the first part of my adventure in Forte Dei Marmi.
The second half of my Italian summer was spent on the majestic Isola di Capri. I arrived in Capri by hydrofoil (similar to a ferry) from Naples. The ride is about 45 minutes of breathtaking views, like Mt. Vesuvius (Pompeii) which you pass along the way. The first site of Capri took my breath away! This small island off the Amalfi Coast is sheer luxury surrounded by the bluest of sapphire waters where celebs and aristocracy alike flock to summer after summer.
Arriving in Capri’s Marina Grande, colorful little stores, restaurants and hotels stacked along the side of the island welcomed me. Gleaming white mega yachts of the rich and famous were anchored all around like jewels adorning this beautiful island. Narrow cobblestone streets lead to some of the most amazing Michelin Star restaurants, luxury shopping and of course, my hotel. We quickly realized arriving with multiple bags in town and in wedges was a bad idea. Simply getting to most hotels on the island is a good 5 minute walk down some pretty treacherous and narrow Italian alleyways, all of which added to this great adventure.
To continue my adventure, in comfort this fashionistas first stop was at Antonio Viva. Here custom made, blinged out, capri worthy flat sandals are made right in front of your eyes. These beautiful handcrafted sandals would take me from the beach to fabulous dinners for the rest of my journey. Heels are an absolute death wish on Capri. Days here are filled with late lunches overlooking the beautiful waters, swimming in the crystal clear grottos and fabulous boat or shall I say yacht trips to private islands. The days quickly turn into nights where the fashionable emerge to see and be seen as they dine and drink around the Piazzetta (City Center).
Nights at around the Piazzetta felt like a dream. To my left there would be a fashion editor and to my right a celebrity. Capri is my most favorite place to date. There is such an energy about it, the majestic blue water, the glamour of the people, this island is simply electric.
I’ve listed below some recommendations for visiting Capri. If you have any tips to share from your own Italian Summer, please share in the comments below.
What to pack: This luxurious island is the place to see and be seen. Keep in mind the cobblestone streets and steep alleyways are not a place to wear your stilettos. Fabulous designer dresses or my favorite rompers, daring swimwear with chic cover-ups and glitzy flat sandals are a must. There is so much great shopping on the island you could always travel light, forget the packing and buy there.
Where to stay: If you are looking for LUX, The Capri Palace in Anacapri is a 5 star hotel a.k.a heaven. This hotel has breathtaking views, their spa known as The Capri Beauty Farm has been awarded best medical spa in the world many times over. After a day of pampering you can indulge in a two star Michelin dining experience on property at at Ristorante L’Olivo.
Where To Eat: Ristorante L’Olivo is a two Michelin Star dining experience at the top of the hill in Anacapri. Obviously the seafood is amazing but my favorite is their fusilli pasta with lobster and sea urchins. Aurora Restaurant and Pizzeria is one of the oldest restaurants in Capri and is a popular place for celebrities visiting the island because of its prestige as a “gastronomical museum”. The food is amazing too! Thier potato doughnuts are worth every delicious calorie.
What to see and do: Lido del Faro is the perfect daytime activity. You can swim in the beautiful Amalfi waters or enjoy their pool as you grab fresh bites at their cliff side restaurant. If you are looking for nature’s majesty at her best, rent a boat and take a day trip to the mostly uninhabited Palmarola Island. I was mesmerized by its perfectly transparent water made of the richest shades of teal I have ever experienced. You can spend the day exploring caves and grab lunch at the tiny beach side restaurant. No shoes, no shirt, service.
What I learned: Capri is heaven and flats can be chic!