Monday, October 28, 2013

Italy Day 5: Capri

On our last full day in Italy, we took a ferry over to Capri, both because I thought the ferry trip would be nice and because I'd heard good things about Capri. However, when we got there there wasn't really anything in the way of tourist information at all. I had wanted to go to Tiberius's villa, but a taxi driver told us it wasn't accessible by road and it would take a 2 hour walk, which we weren't too keen on. So we waited for ages for a bus that we weren't even sure where it was going. Someone in the line told us we needed to buy tickets for the bus, but when it arrived it turned out they were the wrong tickets. It's fair to say that at this stage, tempers were a bit frayed in the Sandiego party...

It turned out, however, that the tickets were valid for the nearby funicular, so we just decided to go up and see what was at the top at any rate. There were some lovely views on the way up and at the top, where you came out at a little town centre. I was inwardly convinced (on very little information) that from where we were we should be able to walk across and see the view from the other side of the island. After a stop in a shady (in the good sense) alley to eat our sandwiches, we noticed quite a lot of tourists going past in a certain direction, so we decided to follow them.

We ended up in some gardens with the most wonderful views of the coast and the renowned Faraglioni rocks offshore. I honestly think that Capri is one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen, it was just amazing being up there and seeing the cliffs, rock formations and crystal-clear sea down below.

After a while looking around in the gardens, Mum and Dad decided to just go sit at a cafe, whereas I wanted to walk down the Via Krupp to the bottom of the cliffs. It snakes down a height of 100 metres, offering beautiful views on the way. I took my time, stopping for plenty of photo opportunities, on the way down, but once I was at the bottom I was a bit concerned about us getting back to the ferry on time, so I powered back up in about 5 minutes. It was really, really hot and (as Mum lovingly pointed out), I was pretty red and sweaty by the time I got to the top! The fresh lemon slushy Dad bought me has got to be the most refreshing thing I've ever drunk after that!

So we only saw a small portion of the island, but it was so pretty it was well worth it for me.

Faraglioni rocks off Capri

Capri harbour


I've become a selfie convert


Didn't find out what was so exciting about it

Capri harbour from the ferry



The Via Krupp

At the top of the funicular


On the ferry


Finally, a family portrait!



Family dinner in Sorrento on our last evening

Bossyi and mutanttamer

4 comments:

  1. That photo of the Via Krupp reminds me of WHY we didn't choose to join you in the walk down. It was the thought of the walk UP in over 30C heat! I want to go back! xx

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    1. It was worth it! There's always next year :) x

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  2. I'm still laughing at Exciting Linen! :)

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    1. I know, we missed out on discovering its full excitingness!

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