Villa Marina Capri is the 5-star Boutique Hotel where luxury means nature, culture, and freedom. The inspiration comes from the early 20th century Capri, a literary, artistic, courageous, hedonistic Capri, undiscovered and unique in its manifestations. From the passion of that period was born the desire to dedicate each room to a character that characterised the island of the time.
The rooms, the furnishings, the gardens, the gastronomy, the well-being are all elements of a story that wants to narrate a tale of Hospitality, Culture, Amazement, Harmony and Enchantment.
Marina Grande is the gateway to Capri, a crossroads of cultures, a destination for the jet set, a beloved land by intellectuals and artists, a place of the heart for millions of visitors who walk along the streets every year.
ACTIVITIES in CAPRI, ITALY
Capri is most often associated with glitz and glamour, home to elegant designer boutiques and surrounded by luxurious yachts moored just offshore. But there is another side of the island, with a slower pace and calmer atmosphere, that offers the possibility of discovering the island from a more laidback, authentic point of view. For hiking enthusiasts or fans of history and art—or simply those looking for a quiet spot to spend a holiday relaxing—Anacapri and the surrounding countryside is ideal.
The town of Anacapri, in particular, is a sleepy, timeless that spot sits on the highest point of the island, thus its name. The municipality is set on the slopes of Mount Solaro, the peak of which offers spectacular views across the island and can be reached on foot via a moderately challenging hiking trail or simply with the chairlift (not recommended for those who suffer from fear of heights!)
There are a number of walking and hiking trails for every skill level that set off from Anacapri, in including the path to the Migliera Scenic Overlook and the Trail of the Forts.
From Piazza Vittoria in Anacapri, the chairlift ride to the peak of Mount Solaro takes about 12 minutes, and from there you can enjoy sweeping views over the island and surrounding sea. You can walk back down, stopping to visit the Cetrella Hermitage.
Fasten the safety bar, let your feet dangle in the thin air, and enjoy the ride up from Piazza Vittoria in Anacapri to the top of Mount Solaro at 589 meters above sea level. At the top, you can take in the view over the historic center of Capri, the Faraglioni sea stacks, and Mount Tiberius all the way to Punta Campanella and the Sorrento Peninsula.
The ride lasts 12 minutes and all the seats are for a single passenger. There is staff at the top and bottom to help you climb on and off.
The lift plant
The chairlift links Anacapri to the top of Monte Solaro and is a small jewel that has almost seventy years of history. On the wooden seats of the chairlift, travelers from all over the world reach Monte Solaro through a breathtaking ascent of about thirteen minutes where the slow pace of the climb makes you feel cradled and suspended between sky and sea. An unforgettable experience.
Once you’ve come down from Mount Solaro and are back in Piazza Vittoria, continue straight along Via Capodimonte to Villa San Michele, the house-museum built by the Swedish physician and author Axel Munthe.
Villa San Michele
After visiting the museum, continue your walk along Via Giuseppe Orlandi, Anacapri’s main pedestrian street. Stop to admire the majolica floor in the Church of San Michele, visit the Casa Rossa, and do some shopping in the artisan shops along the way. Wander through the historic Boffe neighborhood to Piazza Caprile.
It’s time to rest your weary legs at the spectacular Punta Carena lighthouse outside Anacapri. Take the bus from Piazza Caprile or walk the couple of kilometers to the lighthouse.
At the beach under the lighthouse, there is the Lido del Faro beach club and restaurant, and a public area with two snack bars selling sandwiches and beverages.
Located in one of the most beautiful corners of the island of Capri in the panoramic countryside of Anacapri and just steps from the Migliera scenic overlook, Da Gelsomina has been a favorite amongst locals and holidaymakers for decades.
Winning ingredients-Featured in numerous international restaurant guides, Da Gelsomina is famous for its traditional island dishes, authentic homemade wine, and magnificent views out over the Bay of Naples. You can have lunch or dinner under the pergola with the quiet countryside stretching in all directions, and sample the local specialties like “rabbit alla cacciatora”, “pollo al mattone”, “ravioli capresi”, and “spaghetti alla chiummenzana”, tossed with fresh tomatoes.
Marina Piccola is located on the southern coast of Italy’s island of Capri, the warmest, sunniest, and least windy stretch of coastline on the island. This spot is much quieter than Marina Grande, where both the commercial port and marina are located. Before and after your sail, you can relax on the beach or have lunch in one of the waterfront restaurants nearby.
This tour gives customers the opportunity to admire the beauties of the island with the opportunity to enter the caves (Blue Grotto) and stop to take a dip in the most beautiful areas of the island of Capri.
Board a traditional wooden “gozzo” boat. Set off from the Marina Grande port to skirt the coastline, stopping to snap photos of highlights like the Faraglioni, Natural Arch, and Punta Carena lighthouse. Visit the famous Blue Grotto, drop anchor for a dip in the crystalline bays, and relax on board with a glass of Prosecco.
From there head to the Bay of Nerano and enjoying a delicious lunch by the sea where you will and taste traditional mouthwatering dishes from the Amalfi Coast.
After you’ve dropped your bags at your hotel, you can begin exploring Capri town from its vibrant central square, the chic Piazzetta. All the lanes in the historic center of Capri begin in La Piazzetta, so take Via Vittorio Emanuele to the historic Quisisana Hotel, and continue along the famous Via Camerelle, lined with luxury boutiques.
Stroll its length and then pick up the picturesque Via Tragara which ends at the scenic overlook facing the Faraglioni sea stacks.
On your way back, take Via Cesina, Via Fuorlovado, and Via le Botteghe, this latter home of independent fashion and home decor boutiques.
It’s probably time for an evening cocktail by now, so grab a table in the Piazzetta and watch as the glitterati vacationing on this fashionable island gather for an aperitivo before dinner.
Capri is more than just fashion boutiques, gourmet restaurants, and luxury hotels…the town and surrounding area are also full of panoramic hikes and overlooks. A number of trails set off from the center of Capri and taking a hike or walk is a great way to spend some time admiring the natural beauty of the island and soaking in views over the coastline and Bay of Naples.
Experience this more peaceful side of Capri with the easy walk to the Belvedere di Tragara (Tragara scenic overlook), with the Faraglioni so close that it seems like you could reach out and touch them. More adventurous visitors can take on the Pizzolungo trail that begins in the Piazzetta and ends at the dramatic Natural Arch.
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The exclusive Gin Club & American Bar is the perfect place to unwind and relax while sipping a refreshing long drink or a cocktail, after an exciting day in Capri or by the peaceful hotel’s two swimming pools.
Their extensive cocktail list boasts over 150 different types of Gin and an incredible number of tonics. Let Daniele and his staff guide you…
There’s no better place to admire the dusk over Capri Town and drink a classy Negroni or long drink accompanied by mouth-watering canapes.
What a perfect start to the evening before heading off to or Mammà for a one-of-a-kind culinary experience.
With this quote, chef Gennaro Esposito perfectly articulates his philosophy in the kitchen:
“If my cooking were an emotion, it would be altruism: my dishes are flavored with my desire to pass on a sense of joy and excitement to whomever tastes them. I put my soul into my cooking, just like Mammà would.”
It was with this philosophy that this star chef opened Mammà, a restaurant specializing in Neapolitan cuisine just steps from the Piazzetta along the lane toward Santa Teresa at the former site of the storied Ristorante Gemma, where visiting intellectuals would gather in the 1930’s. This is one of the most beautiful spots on the island, with a sweeping terrace over the Bay of Naples.
Chef Esposito’s philosophy was a winning one, as he was awarded a Michelin star in 2015, just two years after inaugurating his Mammà.
La Fontelina Beach Club Capri
“If there’s a sea in Paradise, it will be exactly like the sea caressing Fontelina’s beach…”
How would you spend the perfect day on the island of Capri? Swimming beneath the Faraglioni, soaking up the summer sun on a comfy beach lounger, eating freshly caught pezzogna in the shade of a pretty pergola, drinking a glass of sangria whilst the sun begins to set…
There’s a place in Capri where you can do all this: the Fontelina beach club.
Sitting atop the curvaceous cliffs of Italy’s Amalfi Coast, Casa Angelina offers a sublime slice of modern minimalism on the Mediterranean, with an emphasis on barefoot luxury and top-level gastronomy.
Our 42-room hotel serves as a sanctuary, bearing a fresh, white-washed aesthetic that accentuates every space, from the azure sea and sky outside to the contemporary artworks on display inside.
Our Relaxing Rooms deliver seafront views and are ideal for recharging. Each comes with its own balcony furnished with two sunbeds and a table so you can enjoy the views of picturesque Positano and the surrounding cliff-lined coastline while sipping a cooling cocktail.
ACTIVITIES in PRAIANO, POSITANO, AMALFI COAST, ITALY
Positano is a picturesque village on the coast of Amalfi. It’s a well-known steep-sloped holiday destination with a pebbled beachfront and Moorish-style architecture. Admire the 13th-century Byzantine icon of the Virgin Mary, the Church of Saint Mary of the Assumption. Explore the narrow streets lined up with cafes and boutiques, lots of ceramic shops, handmade shoes, and sandals along with galleries featuring the work of local artists.
The chef Fiore or the Restaurant Le Bontà del Capo organizes a guided tour of his lemon garden, followed by a demonstration how to make the lemon liqueur, a tasting and finally a lunch on the panoramic terrace of the restaurant.
You arrive at the Restaurant La Bontà del Capo and you are welcomed by the chef Fiore. He will accompany you in the garden of about 60/70 steps, where he will explain in English the story of this magnificent yellow fruit. You will get the fruits with him, you will go to the restaurant, where you will attend a practical demonstration in the preparation of the famous liquor.
Chef Fiore will prepare you a nice appetizer followed by an apple of carpaccio of octopus with citrus fruits of the coast, then a duvet of ricotta ravioli and lemon and ravioli of clam fish, then a second of baked fish with lemon potatoes then a dessert of choice between lemon delicacy or lemon sorbet, made in the lemon itself and finally the magic limoncello prepared previously. The lunch includes home wine and water.
The main section of the hike is (4 miles) between the small villages of Bomerano (in Agerola) and Nocelle (above Positano).
There are beautiful views of the sea and coastal towns below along the way. Both these villages are above the sea, so there isn’t a huge change of elevation between them. These towns are connected to the trail by steep staircases of over 1500 steps. You can avoid these sections.
After enjoy a spectacular lunch in a local “trattoria” with a sea view on Positano after hiking through the natural beauty of the Amalfi Coast with your licensed English-speaking guide.
You will hike from Agerola’s Piazza Paolo Capasso (Bomerano) to Positano and walk between sky and sea overlooking the amazing landscape of the Amalfi coast, Capri Island and Sorrento Peninsula.
A member of the Ragosta Hotels Collection, the Hotel Raito is a luxury five-star hotel on the Amalfi Coast, a short distance from Vietri sul Mare and easy to reach from popular tourist sites and places of historical and archaeological interest, such as Amalfi, Positano, Pompeii and Herculaneum.
Set in an evocative atmosphere and surrounded by vineyards and by the typical gardens of the Amalfi Coast, the Hotel Raito is a perfect symbiosis of the nature and beauty of the landscape and the modern, elegant contemporary design of the interiors. Suspended between the blue sea and the distinctive green citrus groves of the Amalfi Coast, Hotel Raito is a secluded world of rare serenity, far from the noise and chaos of the city.
ACTIVITIES on your way to SALERNO, ITALY
From your accommodation in Positano you will leave drive the famous winding road, the Amalfi Drive. With breathtaking views of the beautiful stretch of coastline on the Mediterranean you will have the opportunity to stop in a number of places like the towns of Amalfi, Furore, Positano, Conca Dei Marini where the famous Grotta dello Smeraldo (The Emerald Grotto) can be found. Stop and take a small row t boat ride to admire the dazzling emerald cave with its stalactites, stalagmites and submersed nativity scene.
Amalfi – The main town of the Amalfi Coast lies at the mouth of a deep ravine, at the foot of Monte Cerreto surrounded by dramatic cliffs and coastal scenery. where you can take a relaxing walk in the main Square Pizza Duomo and visit the beautiful cathedral of St Andrew, Museo della Carta (Museum of handmade paper), the ancient dockyards, or simply try a delicious gelato and admire the view of the waterfront.
Continuing our drive to Ravello, we will pass through the Dragon Torrent Valley, named after a famous legend that here lived a terrifying dragon who breathed fire from his nostrils.
Ravello – located in the hills above Amalfi with its unique breath taking view of the Amalfi coast, an ancient medieval town known all over the world for its history, its excellent monuments, its magical landscapes and its patrician habitations. Enchanting land, as it was described by the most illustrious travellers of time that elected it Country of Spirit, Only visiting Ravello can you live intense moments of true magical amazement!
There are many beautiful gardens and Villas to visit, in particular Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone.
No stop in Amalfi coast is complete without a traditional homemade pasta lunch!
Salerno is an authentic local’s town. It’s tough to find a postcard (but limoncello abounds!). But here are just a few of the things you can see instead:
One of the best-preserved historical centers on the peninsula, characterized by medieval, winding streets. (Sorrento technically has a “centro storico,” but we’re not sure you’d know that’s what it was unless you were told!).
A castle, Castello di Arechi, dating back to the 6th century.
A number of museums, including the Museo Diocesano, with works of art including everything from medieval illuminated manuscripts to 17th-century paintings by Caravaggio’s followers; the Pinacoteca Regionale with paintings by artists like Andrea Sabatini (who worked with Raphael in the Vatican).
ACTIVITIES in SALERNO, ITALY
Explore the spectacular Amalfi Coast by private boat on a 6-hour excursion from Salerno. Travel in a luxury speedboat and spend the day visiting quiet bays, pretty grottos, and gorgeous hillside villages. See the Amalfi Coast and sights from the sea and stop to swim in scenic spots.
Salerno is a fascinating medieval city! Meet the native and top rated tour guide and start your journey back to the to roman and medieval period. You will see the most important rest of Longobardorum and Normans who dominated Salerno: the Cathedral, Santa Sofia complex, San Benedetto church, San Pietro complex, Norman Castle and Palazzo Fruscione. You will walk along the main street and square of Salerno, so you will breath everyday life and tradition of the city.
At the heart of the Oasi di Porto natural park just outside Rome, you can experience a relaxing, genuine journey through time among the aromatic rose gardens and under the shade of centuries-old trees.
Close your eyes and picture yourself in a magical place where the energy of the classical elements come together, instilling you with a natural sense of inner harmony and recreating an emotional connection with the world around you.
A journey that begins with a beautiful historical estate featuring accommodation and continues along a wellness path surrounded by the luscious nature of Oasi di Porto.
Treat yourself to a carefree, charming and regenerative stay in our luxurious QC Termeroma resort, with exclusive rituals and fully immersive relaxation.
ACTIVITIES on your way to FIUMICINO, ROME, ITALY
In 79 AD, waves of volcanic runoff and ash coated one of the Rome’s most active and splendid cities. The speed and magnitude of the event left the city frozen in time, preserved as it was.
Today, excavations of the ancient metropolis have revealed some of the most significant insights into Roman civilization, providing outstanding insight into the art, customs, trades and everyday Roman life.
Walking the city reveals a wealth of architectural styles – since Pompeii didn’t segregate its neighborhoods based on income, apartments are next to lavish villas. The city’s best-preserved home is the House of the Vetti, where visitors can admire the richly frescoed entertainment rooms, and the central courtyard, where a pool is surrounded by a formal garden.
The city enjoyed an abundance of water, with an aqueduct-fed reservoir supplying public fountains, and even a street-cleaning system.
Perhaps best known for its infamous eruption on August 24, 79 AD, which destroyed Pompeii and Herculaneum, this dormant volcano is now a national park – layering a unique natural environment over a shroud of history.
The fateful eruption left a large crater that has fluctuated in size with each subsequent eruption. Since 1995, the volcano has been a national park, requiring visitors to walk 15-20 minutes up to the crater’s rim.
At the top, visitors can walk around the crater to appreciate the contrasting views of Vesuvius’ moon-like landscape, and stunning views of the Bay of Naples.
Check into your hotel to relax for the night, and return home the next morning.