Located in the Tyrrhenian Sea, off the Sorrentine Peninsula, lies the infamous island of Capri. The 11 square km island's first tourists were the Romans, who were attracted by its ravishing scenery. Today, that same scenery attracts thousands of tourists a year and is home to a healthy population of movie stars, fashion designers and other high rollers.
We docked at Marina Piccola (the 'little harbour'), on the south side of Capri. Until the late 19th century, Marina Piccola consisted of a small group of fishermen's houses overlooking two small pebble beaches close to an ancient landing place of Roman origin. Today it boasts many sea-side restaurants specializing in the catch of the day and colourful umbrellas for lounging.
Despite the quietness of the marina, compared to its counterpart on the north side of the island, the water was studded many day trippers like us and biollionaire-owned super yachts, which we later learned cost around €250,000 per week (that's almost $375,000 Canadian). We couldn't help by stare, and play the "If you were rich..." game. We were all a bunch of dreamers. But, also on our own private boat, exploring one of the most beautiful places we had ever been, so we couldn't really complain.
We enjoyed a fresh seafood lunch on the terrace at Torre Saracena, while taking in the fabulous views of the sea and the Faraglioni of Capri. I had the spaghetti with clams, my go-to all week, and it was so good that it was gone before I could document it.
The Faraglioni of Capri (pictured above) are three impressive stacks situated in the sea just opposite the bay of Marina Piccola. Each massive stack with its own name, the Faraglioni are the product of centuries of coastal and atmospheric erosion of the predominantly limestone rock, and a definite sight to see.
After a quick stop to the city centre (it was so hot, so busy and so expensive) and one last dip in the Tyrrhenian Sea, it was back to the boat. As we cruised away from Capri, a feeling of nostalgia came over us - we had been on an absolute high since finding out we were headed to Italy. Spending the day with my family, on the water, in this beautiful country, made me feel like the luckiest girl in the world.
Have you been to Capri? What would you recommend to 'sea' or do?
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