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Capri Town Day To Night Walking Tour Guide Italy ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

Welcome to our breathtaking walking tour of Capri Town, where we'll journey from day to night, capturing the vibrant essence of this enchanting island. Stroll through the main streets bustling with life and charm, then immerse yourself in the iconic Piazzetta di Capri, the heart of the island's social scene. Discover the quieter allure of Piazzetta Federico Strina before wandering down picturesque alleys to a stunning overlook. As evening falls, join us for an enchanting walk under the twinkling lights, and experience the magic of Capri at night. We'll also take a scenic taxi ride and enjoy the smooth ascent on the Funicolare di Capri, ensuring you won't miss a single moment of Capri's captivating beauty.

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The Main Streets

We start our walk form Via Camerelle, one of the most famous and fashionable streets in Capri, Italy. Located in the heart of Capri town, this charming street is renowned for its high-end boutiques, luxury shops, and elegant cafes.

As you can see, Via Camerelle has several chic cafes and restaurants where visitors can enjoy a coffee, aperitivo, or a meal while people-watching.

Naturally, Via Camerelle is lined with designer stores and boutiques featuring world-famous brands.These stores offer the latest in fashion, accessories, jewelry, and more. 

Via Camerelle is not just about shopping and dining; it's about the experience. The street is beautifully maintained, with flowering plants, historic buildings, and a lively atmosphere. It's a popular spot for both tourists and locals, making it a vibrant part of Capri’s social scene.

While exploring Via Camerelle, you can also easily access other famous attractions in Capri, such as:

Piazza Umberto I (La Piazzetta): The central square of Capri, often bustling with activity.

Via Krupp: A historic pathway with dramatic views of the coastline.

Via Camerelle is a must-visit for anyone traveling to Capri, offering a blend of luxury, history, and the quintessential Italian charm.

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Piazzetta di Capri

When you see the bell tower, you know you have reached the main square!

There are different paths you can follow to reach this area and we will show you all the different routes!

The Piazzetta di Capri, officially known as Piazza Umberto I, is the central square and social heart of Capri town. It’s a vibrant, bustling spot that epitomizes the island’s charm and is often referred to as the “living room” of Capri.

Situated at the top of the funicular railway from Marina Grande, the Piazzetta is the main entry point for most visitors arriving on the island.

Here’s a detailed look at the historical development of this iconic square:

Medieval Period: In its earliest days, the Piazzetta was a modest market square where local fishermen and farmers would gather to sell their goods. It served as a practical and essential meeting point for the island's inhabitants.

1900s: The significant transformation of the Piazzetta began in the early 20th century. With the rise of tourism in Capri, the square started to evolve from a local market into a social and cultural hub.

Alfredo Campodonico: One of the key figures in this transformation was Alfredo Campodonico, a Genoese sailor who opened the Gran Caffรจ Vuotto in the Piazzetta in 1938. This cafรฉ became a popular meeting place for both locals and visitors, setting the stage for the Piazzetta’s future role as the island’s social center.

Post-War Era: After World War II, Capri saw a surge in international tourism. The Piazzetta became synonymous with the island’s glamorous image, attracting celebrities, artists, and writers from around the world.

Celebrity Visits: During the 1950s and 1960s, the Piazzetta was frequented by famous personalities such as Jackie Kennedy, Aristotle Onassis, and Brigitte Bardot. Their presence added to the square’s allure and helped cement its status as a chic and fashionable destination.

The Piazzetta is always buzzing with activity, filled with people enjoying a coffee, chatting with friends, or simply soaking up the atmosphere.

The square offers stunning views of the surrounding hills and the sea, adding to its picturesque appeal.

The outdoor seating areas are perfect for enjoying the mild climate and watching the world go by.

Nearby Attractions

Chiesa di Santo Stefano: Overlooking the Piazzetta is the Church of St. Stephen, a beautiful Baroque church that dates back to the 17th century. The church, along with its adjacent former bishop’s palace, adds historical and architectural depth to the square.

Torre dell'Orologio: Another historical feature of the Piazzetta is the Clock Tower (Torre dell'Orologio), which is a prominent landmark. The tower’s colorful clock face has become an iconic symbol of Capri.

Granita al Limone!

Have you tried it? It’s a must!

In Capri and the Amalfi Coast, one of the most refreshing and quintessentially local treats you can enjoy is a granita made from the area's famed large lemons!

The lemons from the Amalfi Coast, including the Sfusato Amalfitano variety, are renowned for their large size, thick peel, and intense fragrance. These lemons are less acidic and sweeter than other varieties, making them ideal for culinary uses, including granitas.

Lemons are an integral part of the local culture and economy, used in a variety of dishes, liqueurs (like Limoncello), and of course, granitas.

What is Lemon Granita?

A semi-frozen dessert made from sugar, water, and flavorings. In this case, the key flavoring is fresh lemon juice and zest from Amalfi lemons.

Unlike ice cream or sorbet, granita has a coarser, more crystalline texture, achieved by periodically scraping the mixture as it freezes.

Some recipes may include a touch of lemon zest for extra flavor or a small amount of Limoncello for an adult twist.

Piazzetta Federico Strina

As you walk Via Roma, 2 minutes on foot after the main square, you will reach Piazzetta Federico Strina to your right. That’s essentially the taxi hub to Capri Town.

The square is named in honor of Federico Strina, who played an important role in the community of Anacapri. His contributions to the town's cultural and social life are commemorated through the naming of the Piazzetta.

Alley Walk To Overlook

We are back at Via Camerelle, but this time we take a walk down via Federico Serena. This will lead us to Via Certosa. Once we pass Carthusia perfume store, we will walk the lovely garden of Luna Hotel and then head to Via Krupp for the great view! 

Now it’s a good time to look more into Capri’s history!

Capri Town has a rich and fascinating history that spans millennia. We will just highlight some key periods and events that have shaped the town's development:

Pre-Roman Era: Evidence suggests that Capri was inhabited as far back as the Neolithic and Bronze Ages. The island's strategic location and natural beauty attracted early settlers.

Greek Colonization: Capri was colonized by the Greeks in the 7th and 6th centuries BCE. They named the island "Kapros," meaning wild boar, reflecting the abundant wildlife at the time.

Roman Period.

Emperor Augustus: In 29 BCE, Emperor Augustus visited Capri and was enchanted by its beauty. He exchanged the island of Ischia with the city of Naples to acquire Capri.

Emperor Tiberius: Augustus's successor, Tiberius, built several villas on the island, the most famous being Villa Jovis. Tiberius ruled the Roman Empire from Capri for the last decade of his reign, from 27 to 37 CE.

Middle Ages.

Byzantine Rule: After the fall of the Western Roman Empire, Capri came under the control of the Byzantine Empire in the 6th century.

Saracen Raids: The island faced frequent raids by Saracen pirates during the early Middle Ages, leading to the construction of fortifications and watchtowers.

Norman and Angevin Control: In the 11th century, Capri was incorporated into the Norman Kingdom of Sicily. Later, it became part of the Angevin Kingdom of Naples.

Renaissance to Early Modern Period.

Renewed Prosperity: During the Renaissance, Capri saw a resurgence in trade and agriculture. The island's economy benefited from its strategic location and fertile land.

Tourism Beginnings: In the 17th and 18th centuries, Capri started to attract European travelers and scholars, fascinated by its classical ruins and natural beauty.

19th Century.

Grand Tour: Capri became a popular destination on the Grand Tour, a traditional trip through Europe undertaken by young aristocrats. Artists, writers, and poets were drawn to the island's picturesque landscapes and classical heritage.

Famous Visitors: Notable visitors included the German painter August Kopisch, who rediscovered the Blue Grotto in 1826, and the Swedish physician Axel Munthe, who built the Villa San Michele in Anacapri.

20th Century to Present.

Tourism Boom: The 20th century saw Capri's transformation into a world-renowned tourist destination. The island attracted celebrities, intellectuals, and the international jet set.

World War II: Capri played a minor role during World War II, with some German fortifications and brief Allied occupation.

Modern Capri: Today, Capri Town is known for its upscale boutiques, cafes, and vibrant social scene. It remains a symbol of Mediterranean luxury and charm.

Via Krupp

Via Krupp is one of Capri’s most famous and visually stunning pathways, known for its dramatic switchbacks and breathtaking views.

The pathway was commissioned by the German industrialist Friedrich Alfred Krupp in the early 20th century and was completed in 1902.

Krupp was a wealthy industrialist who frequently visited Capri. He financed the construction of the pathway to provide himself with a private route from his luxury hotel in Marina Piccola to the Charterhouse of San Giacomo.

The pathway is a remarkable example of early 20th-century engineering, designed to navigate the steep cliffs of Capri with a series of hairpin turns.

The most striking feature of Via Krupp is its series of sharp switchbacks that zigzag down the cliffside. These turns not only make the steep descent manageable but also create a visually captivating pattern when viewed from above. Naturally we suggest it’s easier you walk down, instead of going up from Marina Piccola!

Walking along Via Krupp offers stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea, the Marina Piccola, and the Faraglioni rock formations.

The path cuts through the rugged limestone cliffs, providing close-up views of Capri’s unique geology.

Due to the risk of falling rocks, Via Krupp has been closed several times for safety reasons and restoration work. It's essential to check the current status before planning a visit, as access may be restricted for safety reasons.

Despite occasional closures, Via Krupp remains one of Capri's most famous attractions and is a must-see for visitors when open.

The pathway can be accessed from the Gardens of Augustus or from Marina Piccola. The Gardens of Augustus offer an excellent vantage point to view the switchbacks and take photos.

Evening To Night Walk

Now we are back to the main square for an evening stroll!

Most of the people, usually change to evening clothes and start making plans for dinner or drinks!

It’s that time of the day when Capri is less crowded.

At the time this video was recorded, it was estimated that 80% of tourists just visit Capri for a day tour and then the rest 20% stays the night. Let’s see if we meet fewer people on the streets then!

Now is the perfect opportunity to take a closer look at the window showcases. With the stores closed, we have the chance to examine in detail the displays of all the high fashion brands lining this bustling street.

The window displays, meticulously arranged and lit, showcase the latest collections from renowned fashion houses. Each display is a work of art in itself, carefully curated to capture the essence of the brand and highlight its most exquisite pieces. We noticed that some brands changed the showcase at night with different clothes than they presented during the day.

From elegant evening gowns to sophisticated suits, from luxurious handbags to shimmering accessories, every item beckons with its allure and craftsmanship.

This quiet moment allows us to appreciate the creativity and craftsmanship behind each design. Colors pop vibrantly under the lighting, inviting closer inspection of textures and patterns.

As we stroll past these showcases, we are transported into the world of haute couture and luxury. The ambiance is serene, devoid of the usual hustle and bustle, allowing us to admire the artistry and innovation that define these iconic brands. Each window tells a story, offering a glimpse into the fashion trends and inspirations that shape the industry.

Taxi To Capri

Traveling from Marina Grande to Capri town (also known as Capri) by taxi is a convenient option on the island, but not the cheapest one! Here’s what you can typically expect in terms of time and cost:

The taxi ride from Marina Grande to Capri town usually takes around 15 to 20 minutes, depending on traffic and the specific route taken by the driver.

The taxi fare can vary slightly based on factors such as the time of day, luggage, and any additional services provided. As of the last update when we visited, the approximate cost for a taxi ride from Marina Grande to Capri town is between 25 to 35 euros.

Taxis are generally available at Marina Grande, especially during the peak tourist season. It’s a good idea to confirm the fare with the driver before starting the journey.

Funicolare di Capri

Marina Grande by funicular railway, which provides a scenic and efficient ride up to the town center. 

The Funicolare di Capri, or Capri Funicular Railway, is a popular transportation option that connects Marina Grande, the main port of Capri, to Capri town.

The funicular was inaugurated in 1905, making it over a century old. It was originally

powered by steam engines and later converted to electric operation.

Its construction was primarily aimed at facilitating the movement of goods and people

between the harbor and the town, especially for tourists arriving on the island.

When we visited, the cost for a one-way ticket on the funicular was 2.40 euros per person. The ticket price can vary slightly over time, so it’s advisable to check for current rates before planning your trip.

The funicular operates daily, with frequent departures throughout the day. During peak tourist seasons (spring to early autumn), the frequency of departures is higher, typically running every 15 to 30 minutes.

In the quieter winter months, the schedule may be less frequent, with departures every 30 to 45 minutes.

The journey on the funicular from Marina Grande to Capri town takes approximately 3 to 5 minutes, covering a distance of about 1 kilometer.

During the ascent, passengers enjoy panoramic views of Marina Grande and the Bay of

Naples, making it not just a mode of transportation but also a scenic experience.

Tickets can be purchased at the funicular station in Marina Grande. It’s recommended to buy round-trip tickets if you plan to return the same way.

During peak hours, especially in the morning when ferries arrive, there may be lines for the funicular. Arriving early or later in the day can help avoid crowds.

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