Capri is considered one of the most beautiful islands in the world, but unfortunately it presents a number of accessibility issues.
Travelers who use a wheelchair for mobility may find it difficult to to navigate the island both because of the steep, narrow lanes and because of stairs and other architectural barriers which make it difficult to access many buildings.
Getting to Capri with a wheelchair
All public ferries are required by law to be accessible for people with disabilities, and therefore they should be; despite this, accessibility is often limited. Oftentimes the accessibility accommodations aren't elevators or chairlifts but rather the crew, who help people with disabilities embark and disembark by hand. If you're traveling by yourself, it's a good idea to call the ferry company before your travel date to request assistance (which must be provided by law). People with disabilities can travel with their vehicles to the island even during the months of the year when non-resident vehicles are banned, but the vehicle must have the appropriate permit indicating a disability. For more information, contact Capri's "Vigili Urbani" (City Police) at +39 081 8386203.
Once you have disembarked on Capri, you can visit the fishing village of Marina Grande, though the road is a bit rough so it may be difficult to navigate. There are souvenir shops, restaurants, and cafés to stop for a drink, and a beach club where you can relax along the water's edge.
In Marina Grande, there is an accessibility slide for entering and exiting the water. A lovely and accessible place to visit is the marina, where you can use the smooth pier to enjoy the atmosphere amidst the yachts and boats moored there. There are three accessible public bathrooms, but some are not easy to reach.
The funicular is accessible by elevator and chairlift and transports visitors up to the famed Piazzetta in the center of Capri town, which is lined with bustling cafés.
Here you can decide if you want to continue down Via Vittorio Emanuele with a bit of assistance, where there are a number of luxury hotels, designer boutiques, and the island's best gelato at "Da Buonocore".
Once you arrive at the Grand Hotel Quisisana, you can continue on to the Gardens of Augustus, which are unfortunately not accessible due to stairs at the entrance. Via Krupp, the famous lane running down the cliffside between Capri and Marina Piccola, is accessible.
There are a number of traditional kiosks selling gelato and granita nearby, or you can purchase Capri's famous perfumes from the Carthusia factory, and visit the Charterhouse of San Giacomo, a historic monastery. In the center of Capri town you can visit Via Camerelle without assistance and shop at its luxury boutiques. With a bit of assistance (due to an uphill stretch), you can continue on to the Tragara scenic overlook with its view of the Faraglioni. From here, turn back along Via Fuorlovaldo and Via Le Botteghe, stopping at the artisan workshops and perhaps one of the well-known restaurants for a meal.
To reach the upper part of Capri, you will need assistance as the road is steep. There are a number of small restaurants and cafés, historic villas open to the public such as Villa Lysis and Villa Jovis, and quaint traditional island homes along the route. From the Piazzetta, you can also hail a taxi to visit the Bay of Marina Piccola (there are about 30 steps to get to the beach), where there are a number of accessible restaurants for lunch or dinner.
You can travel from Capri town to Anacapri, the second-largest town on the island, by taxi or bus, although not all public buses are equipped with chairlifts. In Anacapri you can explore the center of town without assistance along Via Giuseppe Orlandi, which is lined with cafés, restaurants, and shops. Most are accessible, although there aren't any accessible public restrooms; the only accessible public restroom in Anacapri is in the public park on Via Giuseppe Orlando.
In Anacapri, you can visit the Church of San Michele in Piazza San Nicola, with its famous 18th-century majolica floor representing the Garden of Eden.
Villa San Michele is only partially accessible, due to a number of stairs inside the villa.
Sunset at the lighthouse
The Blue Grotto
The Blue Grotto can be visited only by sea with assistance. You must take a boat transfer to the entry of the Blue Grotto (boats depart from Marina Grande), where you will be transferred to and from one of the small rowboats used to enter the grotto. Skippers are always happy to help you transfer between boats, but you must be able to lie down along the bottom of the boat when passing through the cave mouth.
This is a list of accessible hotels provided by the Federalberghi Italian national hoteliers association:
There are numerous cafés and restaurants in the centers of Capri and Anacapri which are relatively accessible.
The post offices of both Capri and Anacapri are relatively accessible with a bit of assistance.
Capri's Monte Paschi Siena Bank and Banco di Napoli in Anacapri are accessible; other banks are not.
ATM machines on the island are not accessible.
Map of accessible locations in Anacapri (Italian only - updated in 2016)