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Isolated Capri

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A November 1999 trip to Capri by travel2000

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Quote: Isolated Capri-the winter visit lets you touch and feel this beautiful island, without being pushed and shoved by millions of other visitors.

Isolated Capri

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Riding the cable car up to the top of the hill at Anacapri, the wind in your face and Capri at your feet. What a feeling.

Quick Tips:

Capri is beautiful, but not during peak season with the mad crowds. My favourite visit is in the winter. November...when the sun is still out but you have Capri all to yourself.

Best Way To Get Around:

After you get off the ferry, you take the funicular up the hill into Capri town. To get to Anacapri, I took the public bus. It loops around the hills and climbs way up, so if you are afraid of heights, line up early so you can sit. Or else, standing room may be all you have left.

Tragara Walk

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This is a wonderful walk to the plateau called the Belvedere (a stratigic point for a cannon back in the 1800's). You stroll (Via Madre Serafina and Castello) past the gates of various mansions and hotels, many of which have intricate iron works. Don't miss the vegatation and cacti, in vibrant greens. From the plateau, a beautiful view of the Faraglioni rocks await you down below.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 2, 2000

Anacapri Chair-lifts

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The chair-lift station is behind the piazza, a few steps up. The bus stops at the piazza. These are like ski-lifts, but only for one person. There is only a bar (doesn't even lock) that holds you down, but I got on as well as other family members including a young nephew who sat on the lap of my husband. You are not that high off the ground so it's not unsafe. The ride lasts about 15 minutes, but seems longer because you spend the whole time gasping at the scenery. You go up the hill and onto the other side, so you get a view all the way down to the sea. It was a clear day with blue skies in Hovember and it was beautiful. At the top of the hill (Mt. Solaro), there are terraces for you to look out. Mak...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 2, 2000

Essential Information

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Before you go, be sure to check out this excellent website on the island: http://www.capri-island.com/en/home.html. Not only does it give detailed information, it also supplies PDF files of Capri maps you can print out as well as a full archive of beautiful photos. Click on the Guided Tour for a virtual tour around the island. It's also great for armchair travellers in the middle of a snowy winter!

Carthusia & Lemons

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During the summer, you watch the tourists line up for boutiques like Prada and Louis Vuitton, but don't follow suit! Instead, head for Carthusia, profumi di Capri. You can't find it anywhere else (although they do have mail order!). Their perfumes and soaps (and more) are made from lemon and flowers from Capri island. I love the scent Mediterraneo, an eau de toilette made with lemons. Also love the little soaps that smell like fresh lemons. In addition, don't miss the limoncello liquer-pile these goods back instead of the boring name brands.

November in Capri

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Though it's a great time to be there as the weather is perfect and there are no crowds, you do miss out on a few things. For example, the Blue Grotto is sometimes not open if the weather gets bad. There were many restaurants not opened and we had to eat pizza at the only cafe opened in the Piazetta. But for me, it was a better experience than the crowds in warmer weather. This past September was a mob scene. Crowds to get on the ferry, to get on the boats, to go anywhere.