We set the alarm for 6a.m. in order to catch the early ferry from Sorrento Port, and make the 30 minute crossing to the Island of Capri. There we transferred to a smaller motor launch and as the early clouds dispersed, we set off under clear blue skies on an azure sea. We paused to view fantastic geological formations around the coast, and to gaze at unimaginably expensive villas, belonging to the rich and famous, perched on the clifftops.
Our cruise around the island completed, minibuses took us up the winding narrow road to Anacapri, with ever widening views across the bay of Naples to Vesuvius. From there it was the single seated chair lift, suspended over rocks where wild orchids grow, which carried us all the way to the top of Monte Solaro. More view gazing at the top, across Capri and along the distant Amalfi coast. Vesuvius and Naples and the islands of Ischia and Procida clearly visible in the other direction. After a quick cappuccino it was the quiet beauty of the return chair lift to the town to find lunch.
We caught the minibus to descend the hill to Capri town, where we wandered the narrow streets among the beautiful hotels and designer shops. Traffic free it may be, but it was still congested – with huge numbers of tourists. We had designer priced Cokes sitting in the piazza, and watched the world go by. A day of natural beauty and designer glamour.