Where to visit in Anacapri

On the slopes of Mount Solaro on the island of Capri you will find the picturesque town known as Anacapri. The second largest settlement on the island, with its popular bigger brother, Capri, being the main destination for island visitors. However, what this means is that Anacapri displays a charm that you simply won’t find in Capri. The quiet streets, ambient hiking trails and budget-friendly amenities allow for an exceptional time on this island.

The Blue Grotto

The very best place to visit nearby Anacapri is undoubtedly the Blue Grotto. This magnificent sea cave is home to sights unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. The bright Italian sun shines through a small entrance in the cave, illuminating the entire cavern in a brilliant azure light. This phenomenon gave name to the cave, known locally as ‘Grotto Azzurra”. In a small rowboat, you will have the chance to enter through this small doorway and enjoy the beauty of this cave from the inside. This truly is one of the highlights of visiting the island, and whether you’re staying in the town of Capri or Anacapri, this should undoubtedly be at the top of your list.

Villa San Michele

Another one of the popular attractions in Anacapri is the Villa San Michele. Built in 1885 by Swedish physician, Axel Munthe, to be his dream home in this idyllic location, it has since been turned into a museum for tourists to visit. This majestic villa showcases several different levels along a beautiful rocky cliff. In fact, short of slugging away at some arduous trails, this villa offers one of the very best views of the Bay of Naples from Capri due to its multi-tiered structure. While the views of both the villa and the surroundings are incredible, most people visit this museum to view the numerous ancient artifacts stored here. These are all fragments of a time gone by, be they from ancient Roman paving, marble and columns, or remnants of sarcophagi from Egypt, they truly show Munthe’s love for world travel. There is even a Greek tomb in the garden, featuring a granite sphinx which gazes out across the island.

Though it may be small, you will find that you can immerse yourself in the local culture quite easily in Anacapri. The reason for this is that they are far less geared for mass tourism like the town of Capri, resulting in the development of more personal relationships with the locals even during a short stay. If you want to visit the island but don’t look forward to the bustling crowds of Capri, then there is no better place for you to visit than Anacapri.

Visit the Anacapri on our 2 Day Pompeii, Sorrento and Capri Tour.