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Exploring the Town of Capri: The Best Attractions
The town of Capri is the busiest on the entire island of Capri.
This is where most high-end shops and hotels are found, this is where almost everyone arrives in.
Exploring Capri thoroughly, I came up with a list of top attractions to see.
These are the top attractions of Capri - the town. Not Capri - the island.
Seeing all of these is surely doable in a single day. A day trip would suffice. However, I'd recommend you to stay a few days on the island and also visit Anacapri.
Exhilarating view of Capri
The Clocktower - Torre Dell'Orologio is one you just can't miss out on, as it's clearly visible from so many parts of central Capri.
The beautiful old tower has a brownish-dark grey colour and it's a self-standing clock tower that's also a bell tower. And, this tower and the Archbishop's Palace are today used as the Town Hall.
The clock tower near the Piazetta
The tower stands at the Piazza Umberto I or, better known as the Piazetta.
This is Capri's most frequented hotspot and I'll get into that lower on this page...
It's a rarity in the entire Italy
What you cannot see on my photos here is that a small tunnel runs underneath the clock tower. It's like an arch under the tower.
It's actually a gateway down to the Marina Grande - this is a good shortcut if you need to get down to the port fast.
If you observe the clock tower, it has two clocks on opposing sides.
And, smaller bells are found at the top section.
Chiesa di Santo Stefano
The white church consecrated in 1723 used to be a cathedral, but has been "downgraded" to "only" a church.
It has the shapes of Capri's cute rounded architectural motifs.
Even during high season with crowds flooding the Piazetta, almost a handful of people entered it. In hot weather it can be a good place for cooling yourself down.
The white church
Piazza Umberto I (Piazetta)
It's the main square of Capri - found on higher ground - this is where the clock tower and the Chiesa di Santo Stefano are found.
It is quite often very hard to get through the abundance of restaurants' chairs and tables. It's one of the most expensive places to eat on the island.
Most of the Piazetta's space is consumed by restaurants
The Terrace Near the Piazetta
From here, you can admire the breathtaking views looking in Naples' direction.
The Marina Grande will be just in front of you, below.
The views are great sideways as well.
This terrace is one of the best viewpoints on Capri. But there are several other terraces elsewhere on the island as well.
Looking towards Monte Solaro from the terrace
Capri's funicular or Funicolar in Italian, is the cableway that connects the Marina Grande and the Piazetta.
It was built in 1907 and constitutes a main attraction, but the ride aboard it only lasts a 3 minutes.
A one-way funicular ride costs 1.80 EUR (but that's subject to change), better make sure you check Capri.com for more information.
The funicular runs the bridge seen in the background
The sea cliffs of Capri are on the same side as the Marina Piccola and you'll have to walk a little more to reach them.
The crowds don't walk this far from the centre. I've found this strange. The Faraglioni aren't far, but a little energy is required and the mainstream tourists never put that extra energy into going just a bit further.
I had the Faraglioni all for myself. For long minutes. It was a serene place with seagulls circling in the air around the sharp cliffs.
This is one of Capri's most beautiful natural hotspots.
You can also see the Faraglioni from Monte Solaro.
The rocks from closer
It's essentially Capri's main port area. This is where the big ships arrive in.
The Marina Grande is scenic with colourful boats anchored, the cliffs on one side and the buildings along the shore.
This places is ideal eating and drinking, but expect high prices. The entire Capri is very expensive.
You might want to see more Marina Grande photos and ruminations...
Capri's Marina Grande
It's a small port on the opposite side of Capri (not the one facing Naples, but the one facing the open Mediterranean Sea) - it's found behind abrupt sea cliffs.
The Marina Piccola is shadier, as it's down below, behind more abrupt cliffs.
Some private boats prefer to approach the island from this side.
The shady small marina
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