Where is the top? – Capri
Our mission for the second day was to tackle the island of Capri. We started early in the morning on the shuttle bus from our hotel to Sorrento, then booked it on food to the dock to catch the ferry to Capri (pronounced Ca-pri’ by Americans, and Ca’-pri by Italians).
Capri is an island off of Italy near Sorrento. Apparently it’s where rich people live. I don’t think we saw any of them though. We saw a lot of tourists.
The first thing we did when we made it onto the island of Capri was get back off again. We bought tickets for a little motor boat (about 10 people on it) and worked our way around the island. It was a gorgeous day, and a beautiful ride.
Our real purpose in taking a lovely ride around the island was to see the Blue Grotto. Check out the entrance – it’s super tiny! They actually have to close the entrance if there are two many waves or if the tide is too high. As it was, we still had to climb off our motor boat in groups of 2 or 3 and get into a row boat to be rowed into the grotto. At the entrance, we all had to lay flat so our heads didn’t stick out about the top of the row boat. Right at the edge, the rower lays down too, and uses chains to pull us into the grotto.
The Blue Grotto is called the Blue Grotto because of the way the sunlight reflects in and makes a gorgeous blue color. Most of our pictures didn’t turn out at all, but it’s really neat in there. To add to the atmosphere, our rower burst out into an operatic ‘O Sole Mio’, and the acoustics inside the little cave were amazing.
Capri has two towns on it: Capri and Anacapri. I wasn’t actually that impressed with either of them. Apparently they’re interesting if you like high end shopping. I don’t know, I hardly even looked. There were adventures to be had!
We stocked up on gelato, and hopped a chair lift to the top of Capri Island.
It was a gorgeous view from the top, and an excellent end to a great day. Right up until Billy realized that in order to get home we had to hike down to Anacapri, take a bus to Capri, take a different bus to the harbor, take a ferry to Sorrento, take a bus to our hotel, and then drive 3 hours to get back to Rome . . .