Monday, June 11, 2012

From Place To Space: Capri


Here is a recipe from paradise: Put a rock in the crystalline Mediterranean, set a little town with colourful houses atop, add zesty lemons, and stir it gently. The result is called Capri. A true delight. A dainty Italian island that makes you yearn for more. 

Once you've decided to appease your appetite for this lush island, you will need to hop on a ferry and approach this rocky beauty from the sea. Quickly you will behold its edgy shape, the vivid port and a line of colourful houses climbing the hillside. Most tourists discover the 'three levels' of Capri. The port and its surrounding coastline with little beaches, many restaurants, the inevitable souvenir shops and - in summer time - a little open market. The second level can be reached by foot (good way to stay fit and get tanned), by bus or - the preferred way - by a cablecar that is worth every cent. Not only will you get up to the center of Capri Town, but you will also be rewarded with spectacular views of the Mediterranean. Once there, you are in Capri proper. 

The little town is a real gem. Capri is incredibly clean (which you will appreciate even more if you just came from Naples - see my report here) and the density of luxurious restaurants, hotels and boutiques is dizzily high. Hold on to your wallet, glue your credit cards and try, just try to resist. Pick one of the beautiful restaurants with a breathtaking panorama of the sea and the gulf of Naples to enjoy every bite and every sip double, triple and quadruple. 

The third level is Anacapri, the village atop of the rocky mountain. Take a bus from Capri Town and be brave. Cling to the seat in front of you and try to smile while the little, shaky bus is driving in super speed up the winding street to Anacapri. Try to enjoy, the view is really, really amazing (though take some tissue to dab your sweaty forehead). Anacapri is a sort of antipode to Capri Town. Quiet, tucked away, residential. You can easily get lost in the narrow little alleys. Look out for old churches, cute details on the houses (lots of adorable ceramics and tiles) and enjoy a somewhat cheaper coffee up here before you head down into the Italian version of Beverly Hills. 

Oh, but above all, enjoy. Just enjoy!

Photography by Igor Josifovic; Capri cushion by Jonathan Adler; Capri candle by Anthropologie; Capri vintage poster via Found In Mom's Basement.


25 comments :

  1. One day, one day. This round up has me salivating for some Italian travel (oh, and food, obviously!!)

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  2. Ok Igor I'm YEARNING to be in Capri!!!!!!

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  3. Pozdrav Igore i hvala na lepom komentaru :)
    Ja sam se potpuno zaljubila u tvoj blog, evo listam ga vec satima..
    Jedva cekam nove avanture na blogu..
    Pozdrav :)

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  4. We LOVED Capri when we went - was super hot and busy that day - and overcast oddly but we had a great time visiting all the levels of the island. We spent a good hour on the rocky beach by the boats as well because there were tons of locals chilling out enjoying the water. Super fond memories of our day there two summers ago. God I love Italy!
    xo Meagan

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  5. I didn't like Capri when I visited. Not at all. I LOVED it! *LOVED* it! Hold on to my wallet and glue my credit cards? Didn't work for me at all! It's a seductive little gem for sure. Thanks for fronting the bill and taking us along, Igor! ;)

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  6. Capri has been on my wish list for a while, and your post has made me want to go there so badly. Great photos, and I love your description of the bus ride!

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  7. Igore,

    Moram ponovo da ti kažem da bi trebalo da skupiš sve ove tvoje "izveštaje" :) i objaviš ih kao male happy putopise! Imaš divan stil pisanja, čovek prosto oseti svaku boju, miris i ukus čitajući tvoje redove. Puno pozdrava iz vrele domovine :)
    P.S. Nisam sigurna da bih preživela tu ludu vožnju u raspadnutom autobusu :)

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    1. Hvala ti puno Bojana!! Pa mozda se i desi nekog dana da sve to skupim i objavim u nekoj drugoj vrsti. Videcemo. A sta se voznje s raspadnutim busom tice, nije nista strasnije od onih voznji po ruralnoj Srbiji hahaha.

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  8. I went in March when I was 16 (I can't believe it's been 10 years). It was amazing. The funny thing was that the locals were wrapped in coats and scarves while we were dressed in shorts and t-shirts, amazed by the warm weather (there was still a lot of snow in Canada). We enjoyed a very cold swim in the Mediterranean......while they looked at us as if we were crazy! Good times.

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  9. Gestern in Hamburg, heute auf Capri. Das pure Leben ;) Es ist immer wieder ein Genuss hier vorbeizuschauen. Deine Reisefotos (auch die Hamburgfotos ;)) sind sehr schön!! Lieben Gruß Susanne

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  10. ooh so lovely!! i really want to visit!

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  11. Looks like a perfect place to visit.
    The bench is stunning, love the views of the marina.

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  12. Capri looks amazing! Your from-place-to-space-posts do not help on my wanderlust, but I do appreciate them :D

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  13. CAAAAAAAPRIIIII! Such a happy place to hang around - love it!

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  14. Capri is truly stunning but so are all your 'place to space' posts. You describe it well and it's so true about the bus up:) Happy 50th post my friend!

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    1. That's post no. 200, Tina:-)) Thank you!

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  15. I want to take the bus to Anacapri!! A steep ride is always exciting :)

    Thanks for another lovely Place to Space - I really love your image layouts in this post. Nice work :)

    Xx.

    ps. maybe Tina meant 50th Place to Space post...??? BUt if this is your 200th post in total, then tat's something worth celebrating Igor. Congrats, keep on blogging!

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  16. Oh Igor, your life is a farytale :)!

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  17. You are inspiring travel, gorgeous!!

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  18. been there. fell in love with the island. großartig. ein trip nach capri und dann an die amalfiküste muss jeder mal im leben gemacht haben!!

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  19. Wow - I need to experience those 3 levels.

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  20. gorgeous photos and loved your writing! I wish we could've seen more of capri - but that'll have to be for next time :)

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  21. Igor, you're killing me! It's like you are writing about all the places on my travel-to list!

    Capri has been on that list since forever as I wasn't able to make it there the last time I visited Italy. We have been thinking about Corsica next year and I even made a suggestion to take a "little" detour and visit Capri by ferry as well. Hubby just looked at me and rolled his eyes, haha. Well, if I don't make that suggestion then nothing will happen, right? ;-)

    PS. It was wonderful to see that white coast of England approaching, even though it was raining. I love being out at sea and the kids loved the ferry ride too.

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  22. Hallo Igor,
    erstmal muß ich dir sagen,daß ich absolut begeistert bin von deinem Blog. Congratulations! Ich bin ein absoluter Capri- Fan! Ich liebe deine Fotos, und bekomme sofort Heimweh! Danke!!

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