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From Naples: Island of Capri Full-Day Tour

1. From Naples: Island of Capri Full-Day Tour

Your full-day tour begins when you are picked up at your hotel or other agreed meeting point in Naples and transferred to the port. At the port you’ll meet the professional guide who will accompany you on your visit to the enchanting island of Capri. The hydrofoil ride to Capri will take around 40 minutes. The first stop on your guided visit to the island is Marina Grande. Head up to Anacapri by minibus, a short and fun trip that affords marvelous views. Take a stroll in the famous Piazzetta, known as the lounge of the world, and the place to be seen for movie stars and VIPs since the times of la dolce vita in the 1950s and 60s. Your guide will tell you all about the island and its history and lead you to the Gardens of Augustus, and along the charming Via Camerelle, Via Tregare, and to the village center. Stop for lunch at a typical local restaurant, where you’ll enjoy the pleasant and refreshing local flavors. After lunch you’ll take in the celebrated views of the Faraglioni, a sight cherished even by Roman emperors. At the end of the visit the guide will accompany you back to Naples, where a driver will be waiting to take you back to your hotel or meeting point.

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From Naples: Capri Day Trip with Lunch

2. From Naples: Capri Day Trip with Lunch

Begin your day with pickup from select Naples hotels, the Naples train station, or your cruise ship terminal. Head to the harbor, where you'll board your hydrofoil. Glide across the blue waters on the 40-minute journey to Capri. Upon arrival, drive to the scenic town of Anacapri and soak up an hour to explore at your own pace and expense. Your guide will be happy to make suggestions for your free hour. Enjoy the option of a boat ride to the famed Blue Grotto, or travel to the top of Monte Solare via chairlift for panoramic views of the Bay of Naples. You can also stroll to the impressive Villa San Michele, built on ancient ruins, or more simply, relax at a café and people watch. Then, reunite with your guide at a local restaurant for a traditional 3-course lunch. Stretch your legs afterward with a guided walk to the Gardens of Augustus, where you'll spot the Faraglioni rock formations and overlook the Mediterranean Sea. After a full day of sightseeing, your trip will conclude with transportation back to Naples port where a driver will be waiting for you in order to take you to your hotel.

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From Positano: Private Boat Tour to Capri or Amalfi

3. From Positano: Private Boat Tour to Capri or Amalfi

Enjoy a full-day at sea on a private boat tour from Positano. Climb aboard the compact but comfortable boat, and head south along the Amalfi Coast, or cross the Tyrrhenian Sea to the glamorous island of Capri; the choice is yours! If you choose to visit Capri, the captain will cruise north from Positano, passing the idyllic town of Nerano, famous for its blue flag beaches. Stop for a refreshing swim. Continue to Punto Campanella, where the Amalfi Coast and Sorrento Coast meet. Then, cross the Bay of Naples and enjoy views of Vesuvius. Upon arrival in Capri, circumnavigate the entire island, stopping at the Blue, White and Green Grotto. See the private villas of the rich and famous, along with Casa Malaparte and the historic lighthouse. Cruise past Marina Piccola to sail through the rock formations of Faraglioni. Then dock for some free time to shop or explore on land. Take the chairlift to Monte Solaro, or just relax with a gelato and glass of limoncello. If you choose to explore the Amalfi Coast, head south from Positano and enjoy some of the most beautiful views in the world. Stop to swim in the lagoons and caves that line the rugged coastline, or find an empty beach to laze on. Pass the beautiful fishing village of Praiano where century-old traditions are still maintained. Go to the hidden lagoon of the fjord of Furore. Every year a diving competition is held on the bridge above the fjord. Continue to Conca dei Marini to sail under Sophia Loren's former villa. Get an up-close view of the beachside apartment where Jackie Kennedy spent her Amalfi Coast vacation. Stop in bustling Amalfi for a chance to stretch your legs and get some lunch. Then, go to Atrani, Italy’s smallest village! You can also visit the enchanting villages of Ravello and Marmorata so see a waterfall that once powered an old paper mill. Finally, go to the laid back villages of Minori and Maiori to see Roman ruins and discover one of the most famous pastry shops on the Amalfi Coast.

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From Naples: Tour of Capri and Blue Grotto

4. From Naples: Tour of Capri and Blue Grotto

Every day you will meet the guide in Naples port Molo Beverello at pier number 8. By the fast ferry you will board a speed boat for your scenic 50 minute ride to the Island of Capri. Arriving at the colorful Marina Grande your guide will organize the transfer with local private minibuses along the famous road to Anacapri village located about 1800 ft above sea level. After discovering the history of the village you may take the chairlift to Monte Solaro, the highest point of the island or visit the beautiful Villa San Michele and gardens of Axel Munthe, a Swedish physician and author of the famous book, "The Story of San Michele". After, you will have more time to explore Anacapri before the return drive half way to Capri Town. The route will offer magnificent views along the way. Walk with your guide through narrow streets to the fabled plaza, La Piazzetta, which is surrounded by old buildings, chic boutiques and gift shops and filled with sidewalk cafes. Popular with tourists and local alike, Capri is always crowded and bustling with activity. You will have time to explore before heading back down to Marina Grande. If you want, you can circumnavigate the entire coastline of Capri  by boat (not inclued) and then visit the beautiful Faraglioni rock. Go inside the Green Grotto, as well as the marvelous White Grotto. Pass by a natural arch, the lighthouse of Capri, the Marina Grande and Marina Piccola and finally the Coral Grotto. This takes about 1 hour and you will skip the long lines and have plenty of opportunities to take photographs.

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Capri Day Trip from Naples with 3-Course Lunch

5. Capri Day Trip from Naples with 3-Course Lunch

Join the rich and famous and spend the day on the glamorous island of Capri, considered one of the pearls of the Mediterranean. Board the boat in the Port of Naples and sail across the Tyrrhenian Sea to explore the island at leisure. Take the chairlift to Monte Solaro to get the best panoramic views of the island. Enjoy a 3-course lunch with drink at a restaurant, and then continue your visit according to your interests. Use the time to marvel at the pre-historic sea stacks of the Faraglioni rocks from the Gardens of Augustus. Visit the town of Anacapri to find boutique stores selling famous Italian fashion brands and much more.

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Capri Private Full-Day Boat Tour from Sorrento

6. Capri Private Full-Day Boat Tour from Sorrento

Enjoy a private boat tour to the glamorous island of Capri, departing from the main pier of Sorrento on the Sorrentine Peninsula. Marvel at the private villas and coves of Sorrento on one side, and the island of Capri on the other, with Naples and Mount Vesuvius behind you as you cross. Upon arrival, sail to some of the fabled island sites, such as the Blue Grotto, known for its electric blue light. Once the private bath house of the Roman Emperor Tiberius, it was abandoned for centuries as it was feared it was cursed. Swim in the turquoise waters of the Green Grotto, splashing about under a natural arch, or admire the rock formations of the White Grotto, where a beautiful building can be spotted high above the cliffs. Go to the lighthouse of Punta Carena, built in the Marina Piccola in 1862, and marvel at the gleaming yachts of the rich and famous. Cruise through the natural hole of the I Faraglioni, backdrop to many ads. Dock in the Marina Grande to explore Capri on land. Walk through the gardens of the Villa San Michele, and learn about the emperor Tiberius at Villa Jovis. Take in the views from Monte Solaro, the highest peak of Capri, and enjoy a drink at the chic Hotel Quisisana. Lunch recommendations will be provided, or you are free to find your own quaint little café or restaurant. Catch a cab to Anacapri at the higher limits of Capri, and enjoy the hairpin bends of the scenic road to the island’s limits.

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From Sorrento: Capri & Anacapri Mini-Cruise with Guide

7. From Sorrento: Capri & Anacapri Mini-Cruise with Guide

Following pickup from your accommodation, head to the harbor and sail across the Bay of Naples toward Capri. At your arrival, start your tour to Anacapri by bus. There, you’ll have time to visit Villa San Michele, the famous villa of Dr. Axel Munthe. From Anacapri through a chairlift, it's possible to also reach Monte Solaro, the highest point of the island from where you'll be able to enjoy breathtaking views of the island. Later on, move to Capri, where you’ll visit the famous “La Piazzetta” and its surrounding little streets full of shops and restaurants. Once in Capri, don’t miss the chance of visiting the enchanting Augustus Garden overlooking the famous Faraglioni Rocks and Marina Piccola. Return to Sorrento in the afternoon.

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From Sorrento or Naples: Capri Full-Day Private Tour

8. From Sorrento or Naples: Capri Full-Day Private Tour

Explore the beautiful island of Capri on this relaxing full-day tour. Visit Piazza Umberto, the Gardens of August, admire Villa S. Michele, enjoy a scenic chairlift to Mount Solaro and visit the famed Blue Grotto. Two thousand years ago, Roman emperors spent their leisure time basking in the sun of Capri Island. You too can experience a day of leisure on this full-day tour.  Start your day on the island with a visit to the famous Blue Grotto. Immediately after, make your way to the village of Anacapri where you can enjoy a scenic chairlift to Mount Solaro. Take a moment to admire the Villa S. Michele (Axel Munthe) and the Church of Saint Michele. You may also make an optional visit to the famed Blue Grotto, whose enchanted cavern attracts tourist from all over the world. In the afternoon, arrive at the main square of Capri, Piazza Umberto. Admire its beautiful white church then stop to watch the world drift by at one of the several open air cafes before winding through some of the medieval looking alleyways and arcades that surround the square. Browse through handcraft shops, and wander around the beautiful Gardens of Augustus.

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From Capri: 5-Hour Best of Tour with Blue Grotto

9. From Capri: 5-Hour Best of Tour with Blue Grotto

This 5-hour tour takes you on a discovery of the island of Capri. After being collected at Pier 23, head to the Blue Grotto by bus and go inside by rowing boat. Marvel at this a natural sea cave in the side of the mountain, 65 meters long and 28 meters wide more or less. Later, visit the village of Anacapri, located 1,800 feet above sea level. Here, you can take a chairlift to Monte Solaro or spend your time exploring Villa San Michele and the Axel Munthe Gardens. Afterward, you can enjoy lunch in a typical local restaurant at your own expense. Drive to the main town of Capri, where you can admire the amazing views out over the gulf. In the village, see the famous little buildings of La Piazzetta, the Gardens of Augustus. Here, you can see the famous Faraglioni, the distinctive rocks. End your tour by taking the funicular (cable car) ride for the return to Marina Grande.

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Capri by Boat from Massa Lubrense

10. Capri by Boat from Massa Lubrense

After your free pick up service from the port of Marina della Lobra, you will set-off from the island of Capri, following the coast of Massa Lubrense, witnessing along the way the signature waterfall of Mariciano, the bay of Mitigliano and Punta Campanella. Once you arrive in Capri, you will get to tour the island, seeing such landmarks as the White Grotto, the Green Grotto, the Faraglioni and much more. You will stop at Marina Piccola for a relaxing bath before arriving at the Blue Grotto. Whilst here, there will be the possibility of stopping to visit the museum on board the signature rowing boats. Get to stop at the port for 4-hours of free time on the island where you can freely visit Capri and Anacapri. Once the tour is finished you'll be returned to Massa Lubrense and back to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Monte Solaro

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 587 reviews

Everything went smoothly. There was not a lot of free time, which was the right amount in my opinion, as I see no way to do something productive in the island outside of the attractions, which were included. The guide also informed us what was recommendable during the free time so that was very convenient. Villa San Michelle is a must visit for everyone who read the Munthe's book and a mustn't visit for those who didn't. The guide Serena was very warm person and gave not too much and not too little information about the historical significance of the island. That I also liked. Not too much unnecessary precision about the dates just the general understanding which historically known people liked the island and why. I'd say that this Tour is suitable for those who are not to keen on having a lot of free time in the middle of tours to mindlessly wander around. P.S. take the boat trip for additional 19 Eur around the island. Serena will inform you how to take it.

It is definitely worth traveling with World Tours, because everything is organized perfectly, and the information about the ongoing activity was timely and very detailed. Most importantly, if you’re with a group, you don’t have to wait at the entrances to places of interest, nor look for the right transportation - everything is organized and done for you. You see the center of Capri and Anacapri, visiting three levels of the island. You can also choose to separate and see the Blue Grotto, or stay on the free beach, or just take a walk because you also have some free time. Our tour-leader Mariangela is really very experienced and is able not only to show and tell, but also to be a great time-manager. Not only did you see beautiful views and enjoy your lunch time, but you also able to shop for gifts.

Omg!! Serena was an amazing human being!!! That woman was so friendly, fun and informative!! She made this trip so worth while!! My husband and I was blown away by how much she knew about Italian history!! She brought out my inner child when she told us about the Greek mythology of Italy! When we travel back to Italy we want Serena!! That lady deserves a raise! Wonderful experience!!!

We are lucky to have a nice weather and luckier to have a very approachable and friendly tour guide MariAngela. Thanks for making our trip to the island of Capri a pleasant and unforgettable one.

Everything good except too long waiting time for the bus to Anacapri