Distant from the bustle of the more popular sites on the Island of Capri, Villa Venere is strategically positioned on the street that leads from Anacapri to the renowned Blue Grotto. Guests can enjoy breathtaking views of the Island of Ischia and the Mediterranean Sea. Venere was built by a German aristocrat and dedicated to his wife, a descendant of the Italian Royal Family.
Nearest Airport: Naples Capodichino
Nearest serviced town: 4 min
Nearest major city: Capri 18 min
Driving time estimated by Google Maps
An intriguing island in the Bay of Naples, Capri has been coveted since Caesar Augustus purchased it in 29 B.C.. Capri's steep walled harbors are filled with an impressive array of yachts, and fantastic beaches abound. There's always a flurry of activity in Capri's main square, La Piazzetta. Elegant shopping awaits along Via Camerelle, where boutiques are built right into the original Roman walls. Have a cappuccino with a cornetto at Tiberio caffé, or a Campari aperitif at the bar of the Quisisana Hotel. Take a stroll on Via Krupp, one of the world's most beautiful pathways that corkscrews down to the beaches below. Or rent a Riva (an Italian motorboat) or one of the typical Caprese boats (gozzi) and head to the Faraglioni, the iconic monolithic rocks rising from the sea, or indulge in an excursion to the Blue Grotto (better during off hours). Visit Mount Solaro, the highest peak on the island (589 meters above sea level), which is 12 minutes by chairlift from Piazza Vittoria or about 1 hour on foot.
If you want to glimpse at Capri in all its natural glory, Mount Solaro is an absolute must. Seemingly untouched by time, this peaceful corner offers refuge from the crowds of jostling tourists. Considering that Capri is a mere four miles in length, it is rich with historical sites. Tour the Villa San Michele in Anacapri, a museum with splendid mosaic floors and filled with Roman artifacts. Most spectacular of all are the Gardens of Caesar Augustus. Be sure to walk along ancient footpaths above the sea - one can't help but be swept up by the soul of Capri.
WHERE TO EAT
JKitchen at the hotel JKPlace in Capri – Sophisticated elegant restaurant with fantastic Mediterranean food, great views from the panoramic terrace, and chic atmosphere.
Via Provinciale 225, Marina Grande – Capri – +39 081 838 4001
Il Riccio – Michelin starred restaurant in Anacapri. We suggest trying pasta with seafood and the Mediterranean crudo.
Via Gradola 4, Anacapri - +39 081 837 1380
Trattoria Il Solitario – When you want to escape the crowd of Capri, head to Anacapri where you can find this lovely and informal venue with great local food.
Via G. Orlandi 96, Anacapri - +39 081 837 1382
Le Grottelle – With a balcony overlooking the Arco Naturale, this is the place to enjoy the view, while sampling simple island's cuisine: zucchini scapece style, Capri ravioli stuffed with ricotta cheese, fried fish and pastiera, the typical local dessert.
Via Arco Naturale 3, Capri - +39 081 837 5719
La Fontelina – Choose this spot if you want to be in the fanciest beach club on the island to enjoy people-watching, and great food.
Via Faraglioni, Capri - +39 081 837 0845
WHERE TO SHOP
Limoncello – no look further! Buy it at Limoncello di Capri.
Via Roma 85, Capri - +39 081 837 3059
Hand-made sandals – For your pair of beautifully handcrafted sandals head to the concept store Mariorita, in front of Capri Palace.
Via Capodimonte 2, Anacapri - +39 081 837 3659
Perfumes - Carthusia, the original perfumes of Capri.
Via Camerelle 10, Capri - +39 081 837 0019
Jewelry - Grazia & Marica Vozza, unique caprese creations using, among other materials, semiprecious stones and Fresh Water baroque pearls. The work of these two artisan twin sisters is gaining international favor among the fashionistas.
Via Fuorlovado 38, Capri - +39 081 837 4010