Visiting The Island Of Capri From Sorrento

Make an informed decision on visiting Capri from Sorrento

View of the Island of Capri from Sorrento Peninsular

View of the Island of Capri from Sorrento Peninsular

As you can see from the image right, the island of Capri isn't that far from Sorrento and is rightly a very popular place to visit from Sorrento.

Capri has always attracted the rich and influential and in the 1960's, the International Jet Set discovered Capri and it was in this period that Brigitte Bardot, Sophia Loren, Clark Gable and numerous other stars of the silver screen visited cementing its image as an exclusive and trendy location to be.

Hotels and tour operators in Sorrento will sell you a tour package combining ferry and a tour of Capri or you can very easily travel independently and save yourself a little cash as well as having the flexibility to see Capri at your own pace.

Getting To Capri From Sorrento

Whether you travel independently or go on a tour, the journey across to Capri will be on one of the several fast boat services that connect the Sorrento port of Marina Piccola with Porto di Marina on Capri in about 30 minutes.

Sorrento orange town buses run by EAV have a couple of town routes that terminate at the port, descending from the town above at about 20 minute frequencies. From Piazzo Tasso, for tourists the central point of Sorrento Town on top of the cliffs. Its a pleasant enough 10 minute stroll down past the tourist office to the port below, but a bit of a grind walking up. There is also a lift.

At the port there is an area where all the ferry companies have their ticket offices, all side by side in a purpose built building. All will have their routes and schedules prominently displayed. There are of course agents around the town that may steer you towards one particular operator.

Ferry Services From Sorrento - Including Links To Ferry Operator Web Sites

Porto di Marina on Capri

The arrival point of the Sorrento ferries is at Porto di Marina. If you are travelling independently there is a tourist office where you can pick-up maps, guides and other information.

There is a large seafront here and a harbour where you can admire all the expensive yachts.

The funicular railway takes visitors to the centre of Capri town in just 5 minutes, via a panoramic route which cuts through the island lemon groves and terraced vegetable gardens. Departures are at least every 15 minutes, at peak times expect queues.

Naples Hop On Sightseeing Buses at Piazza Municipio Terminus

Ticket Offices at Sorrento Port

There is perhaps a surprisingly good network of bus services around the island centred on Capri and Anacapri, the second town of the island. The buses are small because of the narrow lanes they use. There is a dramatic service between Porto di Marina and Capri, sit on the right if you dare.

Undoubtedly, the best way to get around is to walk - if you have the time.

What To See In Capri

A lot of people just make their way up to the town of Capri take in the ambience and people watch from a cafe.

A typical tour will after arrival on Capri transfer by minibus to Anacapri, the second town of Capri to visit Villa San Michele, the home of Swedish doctor and writer Axel Munthe that is located on the northeastern side of Anacapri. You'll probably also travel to the top of Monte Solare by chairlift before returning to Capri for lunch.

In the early afternoon perhaps take a walk to Augustus' gardens and/or visit of the Blue Grotto before returning to the ferry back to Sorrento.

You can if you wish follow exactly the same itinerary using the local bus service. The Monte Solaro Chairlift at Anacapri takes you to the summit of Monte Solaro in about 15 minutes, the highest point on the island at 589m. The chairlift is at the centre of town.

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