The island of Capri is such a feast for the senses with breathtaking views, amazing resorts and mouthwatering cuisine.  In addition to spectacular nightlife (see last week’s blog, Capri, Take One), here are some of my all-time favorite highlights!

STAY

La Scalinatella  Memories didn’t disappoint.   This is simply the best hotel in Capri and may be my favorite in all of Europe.  Returning here is like returning home.  No large overdone lobby, just a smile from the man at the discreet front desk.  Most rooms are large (some with two bathrooms!), with sweeping views of the Med off huge terraces, cool tile floors, and linen sheets.  Each room is special and unique with delicate wall sconces and intricate gold (iron) headboards.  Ours had swirls of gold with the hotel’s signature HS monogram, while a friend’s had tiny bows everywhere!

Hotel Minerva  New on the scene, the Hotel Minerva is pretty chic.  The rooms are smallish with excellent (but small) bathrooms and small balconies with a sea view.  I loved the pool scene set on a manicured grassy lawn with a tiny bar for casual dining on caprese and rose.

DO

Take the long steps down to Da Luigi or La Fontinela for swimming in the sea and sunning on the rocks.

Rent a private boat to take you to the green grotto and swim through the caves! Yes, the blue grotto is more famous and a private boat is more money, but one swim through those emerald waters and you will thank me.

Walking in Capri is a workout with a view.  Be sure to walk along the path that winds you past hotels, homes and gardens, and past Malaparte where Bridgette Bardot famously shot that famous movie by that famous director.

Take the funicular up from the ferry and save yourself 40 euro while taking in the view, but be sure to catch one of Capri’s famous open top cabs to take you to dinner.

Smile for the camera and have your photo taken by the Island paparazzi.  They follow you everywhere with a dozen flashes at once and make you feel like Jackie O. has returned from the great beyond.

EAT

Da Paolino aka The Lemon Tree is a Capri tradition where you dine outside under the lemon trees.  Have the HUGE appetizer buffet covering caprese three different ways, jamon iberico, shrimp salad, and just about anything you can conjure.  Homemade lemon pasta is a must, and I went nuts for the dessert buffet.  You’ll find a giant bowl of the tiniest strawberries that smell like perfume on your tongue.

We had our favorite meal in town at Villa Verde, also a Capri favorite.  We dined outside on burrata and mozzarella that came tied in a giant knot and served surrounded by cut tomatoes.  I could have eaten an entire pizza margherita by myself.  So good.  The fried squash blossoms melt in your mouth and will have you back again soon.

I could eat lunch at Da Luigi everyday and I do.  A sea setting sandwiched between those famous Capri cliffs. . . what could be more breathtaking?  For me it’s the cheese ravioli with fresh tomatoes.  Digest your food and stay to take a dip in the Med, or just take coffee and marvel at the congestion of super yachts anchored off shore.

Gelato!  There are a few spots for gelato and at least one is open at 3 a.m. with no less than a mob of people waiting for their stracciatella. . .