TRAVELOGUE: Sailing to Capri, Italy

Location: Capri, Italy

CIAO!

So after staying in Positano for three days,  Russell and I decided to take the family to the the neighboring island of Capri. There are plentiful of ferries that you can catch from Grand Marina Beach, but for us, we decided to charter a private boat. Of course, having a boat for ourselves gave us the flexibility on planning our own destination. Also, just the day before,  Preston got so car sick on the way to Sorrento and because of this  I wanted to make sure that we could stop and leave at anytime when we wanted to. And so we carried on saying arrivederci to beautiful Positano for now. 

One of the good things about our hotel was that it had its own beach which meant we could take the funicolare (cable car) to the beach, catch our ride from there and therefore avoiding a trip to town. The funicolare was something Preston had never been on and so he looked seriously down getting a glimpse of the  Arrienzo beach along the way. The funicolare stopped midway and  unbeknownst to us, there was actually an elevator that could have taken us down,  but we ended up walking countless, winding, steep steps to the dock. We were all so happy when we spotted our boat because at that point all our legs were shaking and fatigued!

After meeting our captain, we all boarded a fairly nice size boat, perfect in my opinion for a family with a history of car and sea sickness. Small boats to me rocking and swaying slowly just made that worst.  

We left shortly after breakfast, and seeing Positano blanketed with morning fog was so beautiful. With calm waters and salt in the air, our captain suggested to head to Li Galli, a nearby island. Along the way, we saw a cute church on top of the hill and mother natures' finest rock formation shaped as a man.

After skirting around the island, we all thought that it was a perfect place to drop anchor. The sun had beaten on us and the kids were ready to take a dip, well Russell and Angelle were. There were tons of fish Preston called needle fish and those made him reluctant to swim initially but followed suit shortly after.  And for me, well,  it was the perfect place to pop open a  chilled bottle of Prosecco!

LA DOLCE VITA ! This life couldn't have been sweeter,  surrounded by so much beauty and of course to be accompanied by my family!

So we swam and dove in the mediterranean sea and lost tracked of time. Gurgling bellies reminded us though it was time to go.

The kids never wanted to get out of the water. The water was so refreshing but we had to. We had planned on having lunch in Capri. So, all onboard, we headed to the three grottos the Amalfi is known for,  the white, green and blue grottos. The white grotto was mostly a limestone formation and unfortunately we couldn't get in to the green grotto due to the size of the boat we were in. And so we sailed towards the blue grotto, the most popular of the three, but first passing through the Faraglioni rock formations that jutted from the sea, the island's signature rocks. 

Once we reach the blue grotto, we had to transfer to to small rowboat because the opening of the cave was less than a meter high. It cost 13 euros per person and Preston was free or any children under five I believe. Once onboard the wooden rowboat we had to duck down passing through the opening of the grotto.  Inside this natural cavern, the boat bobbed in the dark, suspended on the water so blue that it seemed dream-like. Some skippers sang traditional Neopolitan folk songs that echoed off the walls, but unfortunately ours didn't. The whole ride took only about five minutes, but still, in my opinion, floating in the Grotta Azzurra should be on any travelers list. 

We approached Marina Grande, the main port of Capri. The last time I visited this coastal town was nearly twenty years ago. Felt a bit sentimental at this point. I remembered coming here at least once a month when I lived in Naples. Although two decades had past, the same beautiful scenery welcomed us and retained its unspoiled charm with sun-bleached peeling stucco and verdant vegetation.

The port sweltered with tourists as usual and rather than taking the funicolare to the town square, we a caught a taxi instead. A short ride up the winding road and we were at townsquare.

So, we roamed in Capri's tiny, car-free cobblestoned streets in search of manggia (food). Brilliantly colored bougainvillea welcomed us along the way, as well as lush gardens and vineyards. We found the restaurant our skipper recommended and soon satisfied our bellies with the best southern Italian food. Afterwards, we walked around the beautiful island. Capri is known for luxury hotels, signature boutiques, secret beaches, hidden gardens and perfumeries and the famed lemon liqueur called limoncello. 

Our last stop before sailing back. Getting a beautiful view of the Faraglioni rock formations.

Couldn't leave without sampling some gelato.

Back to Positano just in time to catch the sunset.  La dolce vita! Arrivederci!

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