Three Perfect Days on Capri

An insider's itinerary for a short break on Capri

Three Perfect Days on Capri
Three Perfect Days on Capri

Three days on Capri—the perfect amount of time for a romantic get-away, a mini-break with friends, or a family retreat. Whether it’s just the two of you or a group of loved ones, Capri island is the perfect Mediterranean destination in Italy.

When you visit Capri, you can take in the breathtaking views such as the magnificent views of the Faraglioni rock formations, enjoy a boat trip to visit a grotta sea cave such as the iconic Blue Grotto, ride the funicular to the top of Monte Solaro, or simply sit back and sip limoncello or a Spritz as you enjoy the sunset over the Amalfi Coast and the Bay of Naples.

With 3 days in Capri you’ll never run out of amazing things to do and see. Michelin-starred restaurants, traditional Caprese cuisine, and endless stunning views: Capri island is truly the perfect Italian destination if you’re planning a holiday in Europe.

Here’s all the information you need to plan 3 days in Capri and around the island:

Before your trip:

Day One - The center of Capri

Start your 3 days in Capri at the most iconic spot in Capri town. After you've dropped your bags at your hotel, you can begin exploring Capri from its vibrant central square, the chic Piazzetta. All the lanes in the historic center of Capri begin in the Piazzetta, so take Via Vittorio Emanuele to the historic Quisisana Hotel, and continue along the famous Via Camerelle, lined with luxury boutiques. Stroll its length and then pick up the picturesque Via Tragara which ends at the scenic overlook facing the Faraglioni sea stacks.

On your way back, take Via Cesina, Via Fuorlovado, and Via le Botteghe, home to independent fashion and home decor boutiques.

It's probably time for an evening cocktail by now, so grab a table in the Piazzetta and watch as the glitterati vacationing on this fashionable island gather for an aperitivo before dinner.

We suggest reserving a table for dinner in advance, especially if you'll be visiting over a weekend between June and September.

The most famous restaurants on Capri:

If you want to sample traditional island cuisine elbow-to-elbow with celebrities: Da Paolino
If you want a chic restaurant near the Piazzetta: Aurora
If you're a true gourmand: Da Mammà
If you want a table with a view as a backdrop to your authentic dishes: Da Giorgio
If you're on a budget: Verginiello
If you're looking for a light snack in an informal atmosphere: Pulalli

You can dance the night away after dinner at one of the many clubs in Capri, including the famed Anema e Core. All the town's nightclubs are located between the Piazzetta and Via Camerelle.

Day Two - Relax or explore?

Today you have the whole day before you, so how would you like to spend it? It's day two of your 3 days in Capri, so you can relax on the beach or discover the sights in Anacapri, the island's second town.

A day at the beach

If your heart's desire is to spend the day on a sun lounger with a cocktail in hand, then simply choose one of the island's beaches and pack your beach bag. It's a good idea to call ahead a day or two in advance to reserve a lounger at one of the private beach clubs, and also to let them know if you are going to arrive a bit late if you've lingered over your morning espresso in the Piazzetta. All the beach clubs on Capri have excellent restaurants.

The beaches on Capri

A day exploring Anacapri

If you prefer to spend the day discovering Capri then head to Anacapri, the highest town on the island.

First stop: take the chairlift to the top of Mount Solaro

From Piazza Vittoria in Anacapri, the chairlift ride to the peak of Mount Solaro takes about 12 minutes, and from there you can enjoy stunning views over the island and surrounding sea. You can walk back down, stopping to visit the Cetrella Hermitage.
Information about Mount Solaro and the chairlift

Second stop: Villa San Michele

Once you've come down from Mount Solaro and are back in Piazza Vittoria, continue straight along Via Capodimonte to Villa San Michele, the house-museum built by the Swedish physician and author Axel Munthe.
Villa San Michele

Third stop: the center of Anacapri

After visiting the museum, continue your walk along Via Giuseppe Orlandi, Anacapri's main pedestrian street. Stop to admire the majolica floor in the Church of San Michele, visit the Casa Rossa, and do some shopping in the artisan shops along the way. Wander through the historic Boffe neighborhood to Piazza Caprile.
A guide to visiting Anacapri

Last stop: relax at the lighthouse

It's time to rest your weary legs at the spectacular Punta Carena lighthouse outside Anacapri. Take the bus from Piazza Caprile or walk the couple of kilometers to the lighthouse.
The Lido del Faro beach club and restaurant is located at the beach just under the lighthouse. There's also a public area with two snack bars selling sandwiches and beverages.

Settle in and enjoy the most beautiful sunset on the island from here.

The Punta Carena lighthouse

Ready for a fantastic dinner? For your second night on Capri, try an authentic meal at a countryside restaurant outside Anacapri. Here are two excellent options:

Both serve traditional cuisine with a beautiful view of the sea and shuttle service to and from the center of Anacapri. If you'd rather dine in the center of town, try La Zagara, under the lemon trees.

Day Three - Capri by boat

On the third morning of your 3 days in Capri, visit the center of Capri and make sure to stop at the Gardens of Augustus and the Charterhouse of San Giacomo.

If you love a picturesque walk, you can set off for Villa Jovis and Villa Lysis or hike along the Pizzolungo trail.

You can't leave the island of Capri without having admired its coastline from the sea! From Marina Grande below the town of Capri you can set off on a boat tour.

Boat tours of the island of Capri

We recommend booking a private gozzo with a skipper for an unforgettable half-day tour!

Renting a boat on Capri: all you need to know for a private boat tour

If you'd like to arrange a picnic on board, stop in at Da Aldo deli in Marina Grande for the most famous Caprese sandwiches (panini capresi) on the island!

End your 3 days in Capri in style by booking a table with a sea view at one of the waterfront restaurants in Marina Grande, famous for their excellent fish and seafood. Try Zodiaco or Lo Smeraldo.

If you'd rather dine in the center of Capri, then book your table with a view at Terrazza Brunella far in advance for a romantic final evening on the island.