Capri
Overview

Imagine this: You wake up to the sound of rolling waves lapping the surrounding Mediterranean cliffs. Warm Spring sunlight spills through the windows of your balcony like white wine (minus the hangover). As you open your eyes, you catch a glimpse of the Faraglioni Rocks jutting out from the turquoise water. Ahhhh—Grazie, Capri! Your day is spent wandering cobblestone paths, gobbling fresh figs, diving through clear waters aside the island grottos, and sampling limoncello concoctions as sweet and sour as your shopping addiction. Not an addict, you say? Correction: not yet. The ever-luxurious Italian getaway, Capri epitomizes authenticity and glamour, frequented by fashion icons past and present. Emilio Pucci opened his first boutique on the island in the early 1950’s, whose sensual, free-flowing designs in vibrant colors continue to be Capresi classics to this day. Jackie Kennedy explored the island’s shores and shops throughout her life, donned in oversized shades, authentic island sandals and—of course—the Capri pant, almost always in white, handmade at La Parisienne on the Piazzetta. It’s no wonder the Ferragamo family picked Capri as the spot for their vacation home (which is really more like a private palace).

Whether your vibe is more social or serene, Capri has something to offer. Make your splash at the Piazzetta, the famous tiny square at the heart of Capri, and center of shopping and nightlife. The bars, though few, are always brimming while side streets hum to the beat of celeb-laden night clubs, making the town a prime spot to see and (ahem—more importantly), be seen. If you’re looking to escape the crowds, take a walk (or a cab… gotta preserve that pedicure) up the island hills to the more secluded town of Anacapri. Known to some as “the Capri of yesteryear,” Anacapri is the peaceful alternative for an authentic capresi experience, removed from the bustling nightlife and home to some of the best craftsmen shops. Be sure to dress up your feet for island excursions in a hand- crafted Capri sandal—extra points if they’re bejeweled.

Whichever town lures you in, beautiful surf and terrain remain at your fingertips. Winding walks along the cliffs make for breathtaking views of Mediterranean sunsets, perfect for you to capture that enviable #nofilter shot. Or perhaps you’d prefer darkening your tan from the deck of a sailboat to give your new flirty Calypso bikini that extra pop. What better way to show off your Pucci kaftan then to let it blow in the Mediterranean sea breeze? Add in a serenade from your Italian skipper for good measure. So toss away your worries, toss on your favorite vacation glam, and succumb to the seduction of Italy’s most coveted island paradise. 

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Indulge

Indulge

DINING

Warning: to all of those on a low-cal diet, prepare to put your willpower to the test. The most popular restaurant on the island, Aurora, is renowned for classic Naples cuisine with a unique twist, offering specialty dishes like the “water pizza,” or pizza all’acqua, a 100 year old recipe created by the Aurora chefs. An island cuisine favorite, Villa Verde lies immersed in secret gardens just off the historic Piazzetta. Although seafood is a specialty here, def don’t ignore their countryside pizzas (c’mon, you’re still in Italy after all). Dining under the fragrant lemon trees and enchanting atmosphere of Da Paolino, you’re sure to feel straight out of an Italian rom-com, especially in a spot that’s known to lure the famous elite, like Tom Cruise, Mimi Rogers, and Jessica Simpson. For food with a view, check out Il Geranio where you can spoil your palate with spectacular Neapolitan flavors on the panoramic candlelit terrace overlooking the Faraglioni rocks and Gardens of Augustus (be sure to reserve in advance for a real deal experience).  Or, enjoy a gourmet meal at Da Mammà in bright, beachy, and sleek atmosphere whose turquoise tones of sky and sea could rival your newest island jewels (not really, those are some nice looking stones). For those venturing further to the blissful Anacapri, Da Gelsomina is the hotspot for local culinary tradition, with classic menu offerings like the legendary “ravioli Capresi” served under a shaded terrace.

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NIGHTLIFE

But let’s be real, no Italian vacay stops at dinner. Keep the night going (and the booze flowing) at Bye Bye Baby, Capri’s new dance bar, or Anema e Core Taverna, the acclaimed cabaret bar baiting high-society celebs (Jay and Queen Bey were spotted there in 2013). For a more mellow evening (but no less elite), sip on smooth champagne at the elegant drinking lounge Quisi Bar, located at the Hotel Quisisana with a nighttime view of Via Camerelle, Capri’s most fashionable street (you can plot your purchases for the next day). For more late-night lounging at people watching, stop by Al Piccolo Bar along Piazza Umberto.

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Explore

Explore

Hire a skipper to sail you across the mellow waves, and slide off the deck into the waters of the legendary Blue Grotto, particularly in the late afternoon after the tourist boats have cleared. Boating not your thing? Enjoy a day at the beautiful La Fontelina Beach Club, bathing blissfully in the warm sun on one of the club’s white linen mattresses. Or, for an up close beach view of the Faraglioni (or perhaps some sunning local men), try the Marina Piccola beach club. If you’ve caught too many rays and your bronze is turning to burnt, take a trip to Anacapri for a luxurious spa day at the famed Hotel Capri Palace Medical Spa, offering their world renowned unique “leg school” treatment (must be an Italian secret). While you’re up on the mountain, test your culinary ability with a casual three-course cooking lesson through “Ciao Laura” in the home of a Capri native—vino included.  For more exploration, take a walking tour of Capri Village with boutiques and bars galore. Virtually all roads will lead you to the famous Piazzetta, which, while brimming with tourism, truly marks the heart of the island. 

SHOP

Where to Shop

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With a fatally extensive array of designers and authentic craftsmen, it’s no wonder the fashion-frenzied flock to Capri. The main shopping streets branching off la Piazzetta, like Via Vittorio Emanuele and Via Camerelle, are laden with big names like Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Gucci, Ferragamo, Prada, and, of course, Emilio Pucci. Don’t forget to pay a visit to Amina Rubinacci’s store, the local queen of cashmere. We recommend dropping the guys off at Russo Uomo while you do your damage. If you’re seeking something more Capri-distinctive, don’t miss the bright island prints at La Parisienne, selling clothing, bags, and shoes designed by Capri-local Livio De Simone. Here, you can even snag copies of the original capri pants, á la Jackie Kennedy. Mariorita in Anacapri brings mega brands and local craftsmen together, known best for selling Capritouch products, the Capri fashion label, which are made on site and even tailor fit for true divas (no shame). Still, no Capresi outfit is complete without the perfect pair of sandals to compliment your pedicured toes. Da Costanzo is the famous expert sandal maker, who has designed sturdy, stylish soles for the likes of Grace Kelly and Sophia Loren A true fashionistas trip to Capri is not complete without stopping Blu your one stop for the chicest Italian and non-Italian finds (trust us go here first before your euros run out) . Better yet, drop a few hints and direct your guy to Piazza Umberto, the location of La Perla Gioielli, the oldest and most prestigious jewelry shop on Capri, and you just may have some beautiful new precious stones to complete your evening ensemble.

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