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.