What is the Difference between Capri and Anacapri?

The island of Capri boasts not one, but two, beautiful towns. There is time to see both, but if you want to know the difference between Capri and Anacapri keep reading…

The small island of Capri is the hidden jewel of Italy. Nestled in the Bay of Naples, the Island is well known for its relaxing atmosphere and natural beauty. Here you will find not just one, but two beautiful towns: named Capri and Anacapri. Both towns are widely different, so it’s good to get to know a bit about each one before setting off around the island. This guide is here to help you, so you can decide which one is for you! This is especially useful if you want to know where on the island to stay.

Capri:

Background

As it shares the same name as the island it sits on, not many people realise that ‘Capri’ can also mean Capri Town. A municipality in the metropolitan city of Naples, the town of Capri comprises of the centre and east part of the island. Probably the busier town of the two, Carpri is situated on a verdant little plateau high above the sea. Marina Grande is the island’s port, which is connected to the town by funicular (cable transit), bus and taxi. It is also possible to walk from the port, but as it’s uphill the whole way, this can be a bit of a slog. You might also want to save your walking energy for when you explore the town which is largely pedestrianised, with only one access road for the bus station and taxi rank. If you’re staying on Capri your accommodation will most likely organise luggage transport to and from the port on little golf buggies. These are perfect for making their way around the town’s narrow little lines and winding between the traditional whitewashed buildings. As these lanes get crowded, it’s helpful to keep in mind that Italians walk on the right!

What you can do at Capri

As I said before, Capri is the busier town in comparison to its neighbour. Home to large crowds, shops, bars, tourist attractions and Roman ruins Capri is the perfect place for day-trippers and those who like a little luxury in their life. With expensive shops, five-star hotels and fine restaurants its no surprise that this part of the island attracts many celebrities and wealthy individuals looking for a chic place to unwind. Don’t worry if you haven’t walked the red carpet yourself recently, Capri is open to all. Enjoy the hustle and bustle of city life, along with stunning views of the rugged cliffside and the Faraglioni rocks out at sea. As well as cosmopolitan sights, Capri is home to ancient Roman ruins. History buffs will flock to these Roman ruins, like Villa Jovis, one of the 12 villas built on the island by Emperor Tiberius. Stroll through to see the skeletons of the thermal baths, servant quarters, and function rooms left over. If you need to stop for a bite to eat there is no better place than Piazza Umberto I – also known as the “pizzetta” (little pizza). The heart of Capri’s social scene, this small yet charming square, lined with cafes and restaurants, is the perfect place to fill your belly as you people watch. And if you’ve still got the energy as the night goes on, Capri has plenty of nightlife that goes on late into the night.

Anacapri:

Background

Anacapri is a commune on the island of Capri situated towards the west side. The ancient Greek prefix ana- means “up” or “above”, signifying that Anacapri is located at a higher elevation point on the island than Capri. High above sea level, Anacapri has a more tranquil feel to it that contrasts to its busy sister town. There are gorgeous views all around the island, but the view from Anacapri’s Monte Solaro is especially breathtaking. It’s the highest point on the island, with striking 360-degree views of the surrounding Tyrrhenian Sea, Naples and the port below. Anacapri also has some amazing walking trails, with the Via del Migliara path dating back to Roman times. Walk in the footsteps of Roman emperors as you wind past gorgeous vineyards and idyllic orchards. This is definitely the place to take a moment and be at one with the island. Enjoy Anacapri’s verdant landscape and lovely gardens at Villa San Michele, considered one of the finest gardens in Italy! Hopefully, by now you’re starting to gain an understanding of the differences between the two towns, but if you’re still lost, check out our outline of things to do in Anacapri to help your decision.

What you can do at Anacapri

Anacapri is located on the slopes of Mount Solaro, sitting at a higher elevation compared to the Capri town. It is a small cliff town consisting of about 7,000 residents and is perfect blissed-outbreaks with your partner or posse away from the crowds. There are still shops and restaurants lining the streets, but they decrease in price and style compared to the town Capri. The famous Blue grotto is much closer to Anacapri and is well worth the journey. Its enchanting world of glowing blue waters is by far one of the most famous natural attractions in southern Italy. As well, that there is the Scala Fenicia, Phoenician Steps which start right from the Visa Marina Grande and intersect up the road reaching some of the town’s best attractions as you climb. If you want your troubles to melt away as you discover the local Italian life amongst the stunning scenery, Anacapri is for you.

The Verdict:

Which town you choose for your next trip completely depends on whether you’re looking for a relaxing break amongst the stunning scenery or a more upbeat adventure. Anacapri is perfect for an escape from reality where you can spend the day lying at the beach and meeting the locals. Capri is the place to go if you are interested in a day of adventure, with shopping, sightseeing, food, and history all bursting in all directions. The dreamy destination of Capri Island is well worth the stopover, providing the perfect trip for any kind of traveller.