Cruise Port Atlas | Capri, Italy Day Trips | Attractions

Capri, Italy Day Trips | Attractions

With limited time in port, planning is the best way to make the most of your time. Should you strike out on your own? Should you hire a local guide? Or should you book a shore excursion offered by the cruise line or an international tour company? Below we have listed the attractions and activities that many other cruisers have enjoyed. This information should help you plan.

The advantage to cruise line tours is that they are timed for your visit and give you flexibility to change your mind after your trip begins. The advantage of using a large international firm is that tours are often less expensive than cruise sponsored tours. The advantage to using a local tour company or guide is that prices can be significantly lower or you may be able to get a customized trip just to see the attractions that interest you most.

Cruise lines that visit Capri: Windstar, Azamara Club Cruises, Paul Gauguin, SeaDream Yacht Club, Cunard

Key Attractions: Villa Jova, Modern Villas, Anacapri, Capri Beaches, Blue Grotto, Sorrento, Naples,

Villa Jova

Tender Dock to Villa Jovis - 10 KM, 20 minutes plus walking

Villa Jova was the largest and last villa built on Capri by the Roman Emperor Tiberius and where he lived from 27-37 CE. What remains is one of the most important and well-preserved homes of the Roman era. The huge (7000 square meters), multistory ruin sits high on a promontory (1100 feet above the water) facing the Bay of Naples. In Robert Graves excellent historical novel, I, Claudius, this period is described as a time when Tiberius avoided assassination attempts by staying far from Rome. Whether or not he actually conducted orgies there is a matter of conjecture.


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Photo of Villa Jovis by Thomas Moellmann

Sorrento Harbor

Modern Villas

Tender Dock to Villa San Michele - 5 KM, 8 minutes plus walking

There are 3 other important villas that you can visit on the island, all from the early 20th century. The most modern is Villa Malaparte, built in a starkly modern style in 1937. It is situated on a small peninsula on the eastern coast of Capri. It can only be reached by hiking or by boat and walking up over 100 steps from the water. More accessible is Villa San Michele, built around the turn of the 20th century by a Swedish doctor who lived there for several years. The house is just off the road to Anacapri and offers beautiful gardens, works of historic art, and views of the Marina Grande and the Bay of Naples beyond. The Villa Lysis was built in 1905 by gay French writer and industrialist Jacques d' Adelsward-Fersen to get away from a scandal. It was built in an Art Nouveau/Neo-Classical style. It is just beyond Villa Jovis, so it is a nice addition to your visit there.


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Photo of Villa San Michele View by Morn the Gorn (not me)


Tender Dock to Anacapri - 6 KM, 10 minutes

Anacapri is the second largest town on the island, but has a very different character from the hustle and bustle of Capri. More remote, quieter and closer to its surrounding nature, Anacapri is where you can get in touch with the local culture. You can also take a chairlift up to the top of Capri's highest peak, Monte Solaro. If you want a more physical experience, you can take the Phoenician Steps that lead from Capri to the Villa San Michele. Casa Rosa is a lovely little museum and villa in the town.


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Photo of Phoenician Steps by k crosland

Sorrento Harbor

Via Krupp and the Beach at Marina Piccola

Tender Dock to Marina Piccola - 4 KM, 10 minutes

Via Krupp was built by a German industrialist for access to the Marina Piccola, but also to lead to a secret grotto where the builder may have invited local youths. True or not, he was asked to leave the island, but left this switchback staircase that offers incredible views. At times the stairway is closed due to falling rocks.

For the most part, the beaches on Capri are rocky and not all that nice. But there is one exception. At the Marina Piccola there is a nice small beach. However, you have to pay for a space and depending on the time of year it can be very crowded.


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Photo of Sorrento by Frederic de Goldschmidt

Sorrento Harbor

Blue Grotto

Tender Dock to Blue Grotto - 4 KM, 10 minutes

The Blue Grotto is rightly famous. Inside the low cave entrance you enter a magical place where the water glows blue from a reflection of the daylight. That said, some cruise lines do not offer this tour because the experience is iffy. High seas may mean that it is closed and cloudy weather makes it less dramatic. On the days when the conditions are perfect, you may wait a considerable time for a very short visit. Despite all this most of those who have this experience love it. Once you are there, it will cost 12,5 euro for a ticket and to rent the small boat for access. For a less crowded experience you can visit the Green or White Grottos.


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Photo of Sorrento by Frederic de Goldschmidt

Sorrento Harbor


Tender Dock to City Center - Walking distance, a few minutes

Sorrento sits on the southern end of the bay of Naples directly across from the large city. It is on the bay's more relaxing side trips and offers beaches, cafes and shopping. Sorrento offers incredible views and is the starting point of the dramatic Amalfi Road that is one of the most famous drives in Italy. Sorrento is lovely town to walk through with the beautiful Piazza Tasso, the lovely Palazzo Veniero and Palazzo Correale, and the Cathedral originally built in the 15th century and rebuilt in the Gothic style in 1924.


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Photo of Sorrento by Spencer McNamara

Castello Nuovo

Naples Historic Center

Port to Naples - 50 KM, 65 minutes

Though the city of Naples has a reputation as chaotic and messy, it is also one of the most important cultural centers in the Mediterranean basin. It's historic center is an UNESCO World Heritage site because of its impressive collection of historic palaces, churches and fortresses. Within the central historic district, visitors can see one of the largest Piazzas in Italy, the Piazza del Plebiscito with the Royal Palace and the Church of San Francisco di Paolo on its sides. Nearby is Italy's largest and oldest opera house, the San Carlo Theater. And adjacent to the theater is Galleria Umberto I with shops and restaurants galore. The Naples Archaeological Museums is famous for its displays of art and artifacts from the era of Vesuvius' eruption in 79 AD, but also houses an important collection of Egyptian, Greek and Renaissance pieces of great significance. The streets of the historic center are dotted with squares, historic churches and cafes serving the iconic Neapolitan pizza margherita.

World Heritage Site           

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Photo of Castelo Nuovo by MM

Interests Key:

Art Architecture Beach Children Wild Animals Local Cuisine Flora Gardens-Parks Geology

Diving UNESCO Views Wine Dance Music Shopping History Hiking

Walking & Wheelchair Accessibility:

No Walking Easy Walking Normal Walking Difficult Walking Accessible Limited Not Accessible