After all our walking yesterday today we had a bit more of a relaxed pace – my pedometer still registered more than 10,000 steps but we were not quite as rushed as we enjoyed the Island of Capri. We left the hotel with our local guide at 9am in a minibus to go to the pier where we caught a ferry across the Punta Campanella, the small strait separating Capri from Sorrento. The ferry ride is about 30 minutes long and quite enjoyable.
When we arrived we found out that the waves were too high for us to go to the Blue Grotto and instead we would be doing an hour long boat ride around part of the island. In the end that was a better choice for our group as some would not have wanted to try and make the transfer from boat to dinghy to try and enter the grotto which has a very small opening.
We enjoyed a marvelous trip aboard our little boat and saw the choral cave, the green cave and and another small spot where the same color blue is visible in the water as at the grotto, you just don’t go inside. All in all it was a lovely portion of the morning.
Then we went up the funicular – to the top of the town where we admired the breathtaking views and enjoyed lunch together in a lovely restaurant. Part of the restaurant is built around a tree that is now more than 300 years old. After lunch we walked back to the main square and decided that because it was very hot and no one wanted to shop in the very expensive designer shops that we would go back down the funicular and wander around the port.
Some folks decided to people watch as they enjoyed gelato or a drink, while others roamed through the many gift shops. Jill and Davilyn and I went to the beach, which was really a large collection of rocks with very little sand to be found, and put our feet in the water. The water was warm but the rocks were hard on the feet.
We caught the ferry back around 4:15 and came back to the hotel around 5. Since the pool didn’t close till 6, some of us went to the pool for a swim. The water was cool and refreshing. Our hotel is set in lush gardens and the pool is down by the bay with beautiful views over the water.
Dinner was at 7:30 and then it was time to call it a night.
Again poor internet so so pictures.