From Sorrento, you can either take a ferry (30-40 minute ride) or a hydrofoil (20 minute ride). We took the hydrofoil.
People that are very prone to seasickness may be better off with the slower-moving ferry, but the hydrofoil didn’t bother me at all (the seasickness didn’t come until one ill-advised boat ride later). Once you arrive on the isle, you can either take a bus, taxi or the funiculare up to the main area of Capri.
My whole life, boating and being on or near the water has been one of my favorite activities. The only time I ever got seasick was when I went on a cruise to the Bahamas a week after a hurricane, so the waters were abnormally rough. At any rate, while setting off on this cruise around Capri, I really didn’t think I had anything to worry about, especially with my trusty Reliefband (mentioned in my last post). I think we all know where this is going, right?
We then took the public bus up to the Piazza in Capri, where I headed straight to a bench and just sat there for about an hour trying not to throw up on my shoes. While I was recuperating, everyone else did some shopping. There are tons of stores, from little souvenir shops to very upscale boutiques.
A suggestion to my fit and adventurous readers – you can actually get to Anacapri from Marina Grande by climbing the Phoenician Steps. Constructed by the Ancient Greeks between the 7th and 6th centuries B.C. (but fully restored in 1998), this staircase is composed of 921 steps and offers absolutely gorgeous views along the way. Had I been feeling better, I definitely would have climbed them (hahahahaha….NOT).
Yet as soon as you enter the nave of the church, you will see an amazing, hand-painted ceramic tiled floor. The floor, created by Leonardo Chiaiese in 1761, depicts the biblical story of Adam and Eve being kicked out of the Garden of Eden.
It is beautifully preserved because they do not allow anyone to walk on it. Instead, there is a small wooden walkway that allows you to walk all the way around it, admiring the details of the tiles and peeking into the side altars around the church.
For a great view of the scene as a whole, climb the spiral staircase to the organ loft.
Then it was time for us to get back down to Marina Grande and get on the hydrofoil back to Sorrento.
Have any of you been to Capri? Hopefully if you have, your experience involved less nausea than mine!