August 8, 2012

Anacapri, Italy - Part 1


I realize there are a million pictures in this post, but it was very hard for me to narrow down my favorites from Anacapri.  I have to tell you, after thinking back on everything, and going through all my pictures, Anacapri was my favorite place in all of Italy, and all of Europe.  I can't begin to describe how special and beautiful this place is.  (I'll talk more on that tomorrow.) 
To get to the island itself, you have to take the ferry over.  Once we arrived, we were instantly bombarded by Italian men looking for tourists to take on boat rides around the beautiful coast of the island.  The immediate town of Capri is very rush, rush, very touristy, and very expensive.  
Our hotel we were staying (Orsa Maggiore) in Anacapri, sent their shuttle to come pick us up.  The ride to our hotel was along a very narrow, winding road up the side of the cliff.  The first to-do on our agenda was to visit the Blue Grotto.  Our hotel was pretty close to the Blue Grotto, however, our hotel shuttle dropped us off in the afternoon.  
We did take the little boat ride into the grotto, but I have to tell you, it's kind of a scam.  They charge you 12 Euros per person (plus tip), and you go inside for about a minute, and then you are out.  It's not as magical as you would expect.
After talking to the local who operated the snack bar, he told us to come back after the boats leave at 5 PM, to swim inside.  So the next evening, we walked from our hotel along the narrow roads, all the way to the grotto to take a swim inside.  The experience was completely different than the day before.  There were only a few people swimming inside.  It was quiet.  Incredibly beautiful.  Peaceful.  Magical
My Husband and I got out of the water in the back of the grotto, and stood on some rocks.  While we were standing there in the dark, showing only our silhouettes, a lady swimming in the water below told us we looked like Poseidon and his wife, and that she would be a mermaid and sing for us.  Which is exactly what she did.  By far, swimming in the blue grotto was one of my favorite moments of the entire trip, if not of my life.  
The following day, we took the lift to the very top of the island for breath taking views, and walked around the picture perfect town of shops filled with cobblers, and limoncello makers, and made sure to eat our fair share of gelato and pizza. 

30 comments:

biscuitsandnavy said...

Gorgeous photos. So glad you decided to share all of these with us. The lift to the top of the island looks a little scary though;) But I'm sure it's worth the journey

Kimberly said...

I cannot get over the color of the water in these photos...and after reading your story, I am adding this to my bucket list of places I must visit someday!

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Becky said...

Beautiful photos, I felt the same about the blue grotto but I'm sure having a mermaid sing for me would have helped change my mind!

amy said...

omigosh, i went to capri about six year ago, with girlfriends, right before i got pregnant with my first child. it was HEAVENLY and i am so thankful for that beautiful trip. the photos are taking me away from my work desk right now...ahhhhhh

dreamingincashmere said...

Unreal!! This place looks AMAZING!! All of your pictures are just absolutely perfect.:)
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andrea grace said...

Looks absolutely gorgeous!
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Sandra said...

Beautiful! Don't apologize about the photos. We love every single one! The water is so blue, gosh I would like to dive into that right now. Keep snapping away and sharing :)

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sarahsreallife said...

This might sound like a broken record at this point, but those photos? Damn. You should make a REAL photo album of your trip (as in not a Facebook album). My grandparents used to travel all over the world and made a photo album of every trip. I used to sit on their couch and look at them. Granted, Facebook wasn't even around back then, but even if it were, I don't think it would have been as fun :)

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Leah said...

So beautiful! You always give me the travel bug after seeing these posts!

Ramen Couture said...

Such beautiful pictures! Italy is one of my dream destinations. I love your outfit too!

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Meg Arnold said...

WOW! gorgeous trip! and girl you have legs for days!
cheers,
Meg

Stesha said...

you look beautiful as ever Katie! Your pictures are amazing, you are making me want to plan a trip!!

xxS

The Jones said...

The colours and shapes are so amazing...I can't believe you actually saw all this in real life...and I love that story about the lady singing to you :)

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Romance In A Glance said...

Those pictures are amazing!!!! I'm in awe at how beautiful that place is!

Rachel said...

Lovely photos. We are in Italy right now. :)

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Neris / Fashion Fractions said...

photos are so breathtaking and so is the video :)

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Katrina Goodman said...

My husband and I just went on a Mediterranean cruise. The island of Capri was my favorite!. We said we will definitely be back!

Jovana said...

I have been quite quiet visitor of your blog, but I have to express my love for your photography, especially from this post! You are truly talented, I'm looking forward to your posts. :)

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Linnea Paulina said...

The photos & video you took are amazing and I love the way the bright colors of the town match the gorgeous hues of the ocean and sky surrounding. The moment you described swimming in the grotto sounds so beautiful. So amazing that you had that experience!

Nicole Marie said...

so amazingly beautiful!!! i love all your posts so far!

Heidi said...

It's so blue! Looks amazing. -Heidi http://fabricandfrosting.blogspot.no/

huongie said...

Katie! You make me miss Capri so much! Although I didn't get a chance to visit the island myself, you just took me there with your breathtaking photos! Thank you SO much for sharing what happiness is!

Grace said...

I adore your fun Italy pictures! Thanks for sharing these. The place looks magnificent!

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Dominique DeLaney said...

Isn't the blue grotto simply breathtaking...I agree it is kind of a scam but totally worth the 12 euros!! It was by far my favorite things from our trip as well!!

XoXo,

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Whitney Cosgrave said...

wow. such amazing photos! I am currently obsessing and showing my boyfriend my laptop to look at the pictures - neither of us have been and now i realize we NEED to go!

southerngirltravels said...

I totally agree with you. Capri is the most magical place I have ever been. I often joke about leaving the states to live there, marry a boat driver, and pick lemons the rest of my life. I dream of going back one day.

southerngirltravels said...

I totally agree with you. Capri is the most magical place I have ever been. I often joke about leaving the states to live there, marry a boat driver, and pick lemons the rest of my life. I dream of going back one day.

Jillian Manesh said...

the water is so bright and pretty! im thinking i need to take a side trip to this place during our italian adventure next year! xo

Lara said...

thanks for posting about Anacapri! My mom took me there when I graduated from college 9 years ago (so crazy). It was the best trip we have ever taken and you don't hear about Anacapri that much. gorgeous photos and it takes me back to our time there. thanks for sharing.

Jackie said...

Where is the hat from? Love it!