If you’re looking forward to when you can visit Italy to soak in la dolce vita, or the sweet life, we’re right there with you! The good news is we’ve got just the thing to hold you over: a virtual tour of Capri, Italy. Click through the Google Maps Street View links to see what we see on our Isle of Capri tours. (Our tip? Hold your cursor down on each Google screen and drag it left and right for 360° views.)
Boat around the island to view Capri’s caves and grottos. If you ask us, being out on the Bay of Naples makes even virtual travel to Capri that much better. Be sure to have your camera ready! There’s the stalagmite that looks like Madonna in the White Grotto, the famous Faraglioni rocks, and colorful villas galore. There’s even a site called Tiberius’ drop where the Roman emperor supposedly threw people to their death...spooky. As you take in all the sites, don’t forget to look down—the gem-like shade of the water is striking.
Stroll through the village of Capri. It’s the place to go to pick up the perfect souvenir, like colorful ceramics or a bottle of limoncello. Capri is world-famous for its lemons (they’re often bigger than your hand!), which makes for a delicious, sweet liqueur. Shopkeepers will even give you samples to help you find the perfect bottle. If you want to snag some of the authentic stuff made with native Ovale di Sorrento lemons, look for Limoncello di Capri. The brand is locally made on the island, and can be found on the shelves of almost any shop or bar.
Use free time to visit the beach. If you play your cards right, you can even take a dive like traveler Nik did. “This was the first place I swam while visiting the Amalfi Coast on our Naples, Sorrento & Rome tour, and I couldn’t believe how clear the water was,” he says. “My family and I went in the water in Amalfi and Sorrento as well, but that first swim in Capri was especially memorable.” If swimming isn’t for you (or you’re not able to take a dip because you’re only on a Capri virtual tour), the beach is still the best place to soak in the sun, scoop up some pretty sea glass, and snap photos of la dolce vita in action.
Take a funicular ride to Capri’s upper town. If you thought the bayside was scenic, just wait until you reach the Piazzetta! This main square overlooking the island is a feast for the eyes, to say the least. “I loved the dreamy colors of downtown Capri,” says traveler Katie. “All the buildings and villas are painted in pastel yellows, peaches, pinks, and whites. This soft palette is punctuated by fuchsia flowers, aquamarine shutters, and striped awnings.”
Stop to shop for perfume at Carthusia, which you can pop into on your way to the Gardens of Augustus. This historic perfumer truly brings the essence of the isle to life. Lemon, wild carnation, lily of the valley...if you want to bring a bottle of the island home, this is the place to go.
Take in awe-inspiring views from the Gardens of Augustus. We’re talking almost-too-pretty-to-be-real views. The ones where you can barely get your camera out fast enough. “The island of Capri is probably one of the most beautiful places in the world,” she Go Ahead staffer Ashley. “The Gardens of Augustus sit at the top of the island and offer views all the way back to the mainland. Like just about everything else on Capri, they date to somewhere between the 11th and 14th centuries.” With history, views, and high praise like that, it’s no surprise that the gardens are one of the many must-see spots on the island of Capri.
Head back to Marina Grande at set sail on the Bay of Naples. We totally get it, it’s always hard to come to the end of a (virtual) tour of Capri, Italy. But knowing Sorrento will be there to greet you on the other side of the bay makes boating away a little bit easier.
Finally, just for fun, take in an overhead view of the whole island. You won’t get this from-the-sky view on tour of course, but therein lies the magic of bringing the island to you on a Capri virtual tour. Ciao for now!