A Day in Capri: Taking a Boat Tour and Diving the Blue Waters

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We woke up, had breakfast and went to get ready to catch the train to Sorrento. That day we woke up a little early, since we still needed to get to Sorrento to catch the ferry boat to Capri. Arriving at Sorrento station, we followed the same route as the previous day, going to the lower part of the city. There we went to the ticket office to buy our tickets at 11:45 am, so we needed to arrive in advance and not be late.

How much does the ferry boat to Capri cost?

The ferry boat from Sorrento to Capri costs 40,50€ round trip, 2 ways, and takes about 35 minutes.

By the company LaserCapri, 3 crossings are made daily, at 9:30 a.m., 11:25 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Arriving on Capri

Just before arriving on Capri we could already see what imposing were the mountains of the island, it is fantastic, surreal, wonderful and beautiful! You have no idea how beautiful this place is. For sure I want to go there more often to explore the island more calmly and know the history of that place. As the boat got closer to the island, it grew on top of us and I became more and more in love with that place.

We got off the boat and went for a walk around the island, Ingrid went to the bathroom. We were hungry, after all, we ate breakfast at 8:30 and it was already 12:00, so we went to look for somewhere to eat. We found Ristorante Da Peppino and ordered a good pizza, as always.

From there we went to explore a little the edge of the island, our intention was to spend the day only, not to stay several days there, so we had to be accurate in our choices of activities to do. We were walking around the island and entering the shops. Capri is very famous for good linen garments, with top quality materials, but a little expensive. We also saw several little shops with bells, when we learned that there was an old tradition about those bells that I will tell you below.

The Story of the Bells of Capri

The history behind the bells of Capri, Italy, is intertwined with the island’s cultural heritage and religious traditions. Bells have played a significant role in the lives of the island’s residents, marking important moments, guiding maritime activities, and serving as symbols of community and spirituality.

  1. Religious Significance: Bells have been an integral part of religious life on Capri for centuries. They were used to call the faithful to prayer, announce religious services, and mark significant events in the Christian calendar. The ringing of bells served as a way to connect the community to their faith and create a sense of unity.
  2. Communication and Alerts: In the past, before the advent of modern communication methods, bells were used as a means of communication. Different patterns and sequences of bell ringing conveyed important messages to the residents. For instance, bells could signal the arrival of a ship, warn of impending danger, or announce special announcements.
  3. Maritime Navigation: The ringing of bells from churches and towers provided essential guidance for maritime navigation. The distinct sounds of different bells helped sailors and fishermen determine their location, gauge the weather, and navigate safely around the island’s coast.
  4. Festivals and Celebrations: Bells have always been associated with festivals, celebrations, and public gatherings on Capri. Their joyful peals marked the beginning of festivals, weddings, and other festive occasions. The lively sound of bells ringing across the island added to the atmosphere of merriment and unity during these events.
  5. Protection Against Evil Spirits: In local folklore, bells were believed to have protective powers. It was thought that the sound of bells ringing could ward off evil spirits and negative energies, contributing to the island’s sense of security and well-being.
  6. Symbol of Identity: The bells of Capri have become a symbol of the island’s identity and culture. Their unique tones and rhythms are recognized by locals and visitors alike. The bells serve as a reminder of the island’s rich history, traditions, and the close-knit community that has developed over generations.
  7. Historical Bells: Some of the bells found on Capri have historical significance due to their age and craftsmanship. Many of these bells have been in use for centuries, passed down through generations. Their intricate designs and inscriptions offer a glimpse into the island’s past.
  8. Restoration and Preservation: Over the years, efforts have been made to restore and preserve the historic bells of Capri. This includes maintaining their structural integrity, repairing any damage, and ensuring that they continue to ring out their distinct melodies for future generations.

Today, the bells of Capri continue to ring across the island, connecting the present with the past. Their echoes resonate through the picturesque streets, cliffs, and coastline, reminding residents and visitors of the island’s enduring traditions, cultural heritage, and the timeless beauty that makes Capri a truly remarkable destination.

Saint Michel of Capri

Saint Michael of Capri, also known as San Michele Arcangelo, is a significant figure associated with the island of Capri in Italy. The legend of the Capri bell, with the inscription “nù poc è ciorta” (a pinch of luck), is attributed to Saint Michael. The bell serves as a symbol of luck for its owner. The Chiesa di San Michele, a Baroque church commissioned by Mother Serafina di Dio, founder of the Teresian convent in Capri, is dedicated to Saint Michael. The church, also known as San Michele Arcangelo, is located in Anacapri’s Piazza San Nicola. The monastery of St. Michael in Anacapri holds historical significance, from its foundation by Mother Serafina di Dio to its renovation by Count Papengouth. The legend of the bell and the church highlight the cultural and religious importance of Saint Michael of Capri on the island.

Capri Boat Tour

From the shops we heard about a boat tour around the island of Capri, so we went in search of one of these boat tour companies. There are some vendors offering private boat tour around Capri.

Private Tour

A private boat tour around the island of Capri costs 200€ in a small boat for 4 people. For 5 people it is for 250€. That’s what we seek to know from the vendors on the island. The minimum is 200€ if it is 2 or 3 people.

As we were in 2, we did not want to spend so much for a tour like this, it would be 100€ per person. So we went looking for another company that would do a tour with more people and be cheaper.

Shared Boat Tour

We found  a LaserCapri  ticket office again on the island and went there to ask how much a ticket for a boat tour around the island cost.

An individual ticket on a tour boat with up to 30 people costs 30 euros and the tour lasts on average 1h30. The boat passes through the main points of the island. It passes in front  of the Faraglioni, the  main postcard of Capri, it also passes outside the Grotta Azzurra, one of the most famous grotas of the entire Mediterranean Sea.


A curiosity is that passing by the Faraglioni, a set of rock formation on the south side of the island, there are 3 large rocks that come out of the sea and one of them has the very interesting shape, where we can pass under it. Legend has it that when passing between the arch of the Faraglioni Mezzo (Arco dell’Amore), couples must give a kiss so that the passion is eternalized in love and return there on the island to visit.

Diving break

Soon after the Faraglioni the boat paused so we could dive. It was incredible, the view is breathtaking, unforgettable. We took a break of about 30 minutes. Around there were also several luxury hiates, huge, I wondered how many super rich people there were there in that place, after all, Capri is a place frequented by many people from all over the world, including the riches.

After the diving break, we pass in front of the Spiaggia di Marina Piccola, then the Grova Verde, Punta Ventroso, Faro di Punta Carena, Pino Fort, Mesola Fort and further on to Grotta Azzurra. Then we return to the Marina Grande of Capri.

Then we return to the island and wait for the next boat at 18:30 to Sorrento.

What is most striking about Capri Island?

One of the most striking aspects of Capri, Italy, is its breathtaking natural beauty combined with its rich history and cultural allure. Here are some of the most remarkable features that make Capri stand out:

Scenic Landscapes: Capri is renowned for its stunning landscapes that seamlessly blend lush greenery, rugged cliffs, and crystal-clear blue waters. From the dramatic Faraglioni rock formations rising from the sea to the enchanting Blue Grotto with its iridescent blue waters, the island offers a visual feast of natural wonders.

Azure Blue Waters: The vibrant blue waters surrounding Capri are nothing short of mesmerizing. The shades of blue range from deep sapphire to turquoise, creating a captivating contrast against the white cliffs and lush vegetation. This unique hue of the sea is often described as “Capri Blue.”

Historical Heritage: Capri boasts a rich history that dates back to Roman times. The presence of Roman villas, archaeological ruins, and ancient pathways adds a layer of historical significance to the island. The ruins of Villa Jovis, once the luxurious residence of Emperor Tiberius, exemplify the island’s historical heritage.

Cultural Elegance: The island exudes an air of refined elegance. Its charming piazzas, stylish boutiques, and luxury hotels attract visitors seeking a blend of cultural experiences and upscale living.

Gardens and Flora: Capri’s lush gardens, such as the Gardens of Augustus, showcase a splendid array of Mediterranean flora. The mix of colorful flowers, aromatic plants, and panoramic viewpoints creates a sensory delight.

Artistic Inspiration: Capri’s unparalleled beauty has attracted artists, writers, and musicians for centuries. The island’s allure has inspired the works of renowned figures like Axel Munthe, Pablo Neruda, and Jean-Michel Folon.

Culinary Delights: Capri’s cuisine reflects its coastal location, offering fresh seafood and locally sourced ingredients. The island’s culinary scene includes traditional dishes as well as gourmet options, making it a paradise for food enthusiasts.

Elevated Views: Whether from the heights of Monte Solaro or the winding roads overlooking the sea, Capri offers panoramic views that leave a lasting impression. These vantage points provide breathtaking perspectives of the island’s topography and the surrounding waters.

Tranquil Escapes: Despite its popularity, Capri still offers peaceful corners where visitors can escape the crowds and enjoy moments of serenity. Secluded coves, hidden pathways, and tranquil gardens provide a sense of solitude.

Luxury and Glamour: Capri’s reputation as a glamorous destination is upheld by its luxury accommodations, high-end shopping boutiques, and upscale dining options. The island’s ambiance captures a sense of sophistication and exclusivity.

In essence, what is most striking about Capri is its seamless fusion of natural splendor, historical significance, and contemporary elegance. The island’s allure lies not only in its iconic landmarks but also in its ability to captivate the senses and create unforgettable memories for those fortunate enough to experience its charm.

From Sorrento to Castellammare di Stabia

As the ferry boat ticket contemplated the round trip, it is important that you save to ensure your return, otherwise you will have to buy another return ticket. We arrived in Sorrento, we went to the Sorrento elevator that goes straight to the square, we took the train to Castellammare and as soon as we arrived, we went to the hotel to shower and go out for the night.

We went out at night, ate pizza in the cone, I chose Parmigian and Ingrid, Sicilian. In Castellammare di Stabia there is one of these pizza shops in the cone, it is no longer enough to be in Italy, they all with pizza dough, for me it is great because I love pizza. We ate a pizza in the cone each for 3,50€, very cheap. I leave here a photo and the location for you to also go there to eat.

Then we went to eat a hamburger, we were hungry, after all, the day was very long going to Capri and walking a lot. I chose the pulled pork and Ingrid a traditional one. There we were already satisfied. Returning to the hotel, I strolled into one of those fruit kioques and obviously ordered a slice of watermelon.

Then we went back to the hotel to sleep.

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