Friday, March 28, 2014

Isle of Capri, Italy

Buongiorno. This past September we enjoyed an Insight Tour of Italy called, The Best of Italy. Travel along with me today to the Isle of Capri, Italy.
The sea was choppy and the smaller boat that would tour the Blue Grotto was cancelled.We took the larger ferry across and only toured the town of Capri. Capri has been a resort town since the Roman emperors Augustus and Tiberius.
It had stopped raining when we arrived and was very pretty. Capri is pronounced KAH-pree, not kah-PREE like the song or the pants. I had read this in Rick Steves Italy guide book and our local Italian tour guide confirmed this.
Our excitement escalated as we rode the funicular to the town of Capri and began to see the beautiful views.
 I took many shots of the famous Faraglioni Rocks but the lighting was not good at the time.
 This garden was amazing.


 Flowers were everywhere and they were beautiful.
Our guide told us this hotel was very expensive. Here is a link to see the beautiful rooms and views.
 Enjoying a gelato. When I got home someone told me their guide told them you should eat a different flavor each day! I would have enjoyed it at the time but I am still trying to shed those extra pounds I did not want to add.
 Our lunch was delicious, but expensive. We were told that the prices are high because everything is brought in by boats.


 Quintessential Italian men.
 People watching is one of the pleasures we enjoyed while drinking an espresso.
It was a little windy that day but the views were spectacular.

 One of the surprises for us was a perfume factory on the island.
 The scents were heavenly.
 Also lovely to smell were the huge lemons  available everywhere.

I can't imagine more tourists on the island than the day we were there! It was crowded.

Since, we didn't get to view the Blue Grotto which is a major attraction, I am sharing a link to view a gorgeous YouTube video of the Isle of Capri and the Blue Grotto, on the other side.

Other posts of Italy: Rome
                                   Assisi
                                   Venice and the Magic of Serenissima

Future posts will cover Amalfi Coast, Positana, Sorrento and Pompeii as well as Pisa.

Buonasera, (Good Evening) Bonnie

Linking to: Oh, the Places I Have Been.


20 comments:

  1. Oh what a visual treat you have blessed me with. Capri is on my bucket list.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

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  2. Oh, you make me want to go! We loved Italy and it is on our list of must-do-agains! Beautiful photos and memories, Bonnie. blessings ~ tanna

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  3. Thank you for such a lovely little taste of KAHpree Bonnie! Yes, it would be lovely to taste a different flavor of gelato every day! Lucky you for getting to go on this trip!
    Jenna

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  4. Lovely tour, walking around the point is so nice and not crowded at all and that perfume factory is an institution on the island custom made scents amazing! btw the first shot is Venice :)

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  5. I went to Capri in September as well. It was my favorite part of the trip that I did. Absolutely beautiful and way more expensive than the other nearby towns. Did you get some of the local perfume. I have the Mediterranean Carthusian perfume that smells like lemon and green tea. It is amazing!

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    1. We were lucky enough to go to Italy on holiday last year and went to Capri, personally I don't feel that you missed anything by not seeing the blue grotto, we were in there for literally about 2 minutes. You can see some pics on my blog - October last year in the archives - of the grotto if you want to see what it looked like. It is lovely to see your pictures and to remember our journey there, it has bought back some lovely memories for me - especially all of those knobbly lemons!! xx

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  6. That looked like a great vacation! I loved the picture with all of the lavender bundles hanging up. I bet it did smell wonderful.

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  7. Bonnie, our family vacation this year is to Italy. I was already anxiously anticipating the trip, and now I just can hardly wait! Great photos. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Wow, Bonnie....what a magnificent trip!!!! This surpasses all my thoughts about what the Isle of Capri might look like! I can almost smell and taste and just FEEL everything through your beautiful photos!!! Those lemons (the ones with the "Do Not Touch" sign) are as big as some grapefruits I've seen!!!

    $1000 a night for a hotel room? No, thanks! I'm happy with Holiday Inn Express for just $119, thank you very much! :-)

    I'll never get to Italy because I'm afraid of flying and of leaving America, but it sure is wonderful to live vicariously through the bravery of others! Thanks for sharing!!!

    P.S. - You could stand to add a few extra pounds. You should have gone for it with the gelato!!!

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  9. Hi Bonnie! How beautiful Capri is and your snaps are just beautiful. I've been blessed to go to Italy a few times - 3 times to Rome, Florence, Orvietto and then we took a cruise out of Venice last year! I love Italy and would go again in a heartbeat.
    Thank you so much for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia;)

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  10. Capri is so beautiful, what a wonderful trip. You can afford to eat more gelato because you look very slim to me. The pizza is amazing.

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  11. Bonnie, this has me absolutely
    LONGING to go back to Italy! I've
    only been to Rome and the countryside
    near Rome, but your pictures took
    me back to that time. I'd love to
    see more of the country, including
    lovely Capri. Thank you for sharing
    your wonderful experience!

    xo Suzanne

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  12. We didn't get to go there when we went to Italy, but your pictures make me feel like I have been. Yes, I agree with gelato every day, besides you are walking, walking, walking! What lovely shots you got and the lighting seems to have been great. I love the way the Italian men look, so elegant! How fun for you.

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  13. Hi Bonnie,

    Please forgive my delay in re-visiting and commenting on your post. I saw it a few weeks ago and intended to comment then, but life got really hectic in the land of the new puppy. :)

    This post is just wonderful!! I love the picture of you and your hubby -- in fact, there are so many things to love about this post. First of all, I'm glad you told us the correct pronunciation of Capri -- I never knew that. And second, what a beautiful island! I love the brilliant pink flowers, and the bench with the mosaic tile back is amazing. What a terrific place to visit!! I love seeing all the citrus fruits and the bunches of dried lavender at the perfume factory. Gelato -- Yummm!! I've never had it in Italy, but we've found a delicious brand in our local grocery store, and it is definitely addictive. :)

    I felt like I was right there on the island with you, Bonnie; your pictures are so good. I had no idea this was such a beautiful place -- another destination for my bucket list. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful week!

    Warm Hugs,

    Denise

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  14. Again, this was a place I visited many years ago when I was much younger. We did go inside the Blue Grotto and the boat rower told us in perfect English that it was customary to tip him ;) I also loved Sorrento--it was full fo beautiful gardens and wonderful food!

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  15. gorgeous gorgeous. amalfi coast is on my list!

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  17. What gorgeous photos! I visited Capri in 1995 and have been wanting to go back ever since! We were able to tour the Blue Grotto and thought it was so funny when our boat guide ended with the comment, "You tip me now." Thanks for sharing your lovely trip with us. It's always so exciting to see the beautiful places you visit!
    Shelley

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  18. Bonnie, we visited Capri in 2010, the weather was clear and gorgeous. Your pics are very similar to mine! Did you taste the lemoncello? I would love to go back, Butch bough a beautiful pair of shoes in Capri! Thanks for the memories!

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