Capri today. It is a beautiful, sunny, hot day. We spoke to hotel reception and they reserved the first ferry crossing for us @ 10:15 a.m. With an overnight bag in tow, we headed down to Spiaggia Grande and purchased our ferry tickets, at Lucibelllo.
The staff at Lucibello were great. They offered to hold our luggage, while we grabbed breakfast and waited for the ferry to arrive.
To pass the time we grabbed a light breakfast, at Buca de Bacco. It’s right on the beach and close to the ferry embarkation. The food was good, but the coffee at Buca de Bacco was incredible; possibly the best coffee we’ve ever had…..sorry Tim’s.
Enroute to Capri. The crossing was scenic and picturesque, as it hugged the coast line before veering out into open seas to Capri. After a short 25 minutes, we arrived. Being the summer, it was very busy, but oddly organized.
We grabbed a taxi, to take us to our hotel. All the taxis are convertible and they were a great way to see the sights, as we drove up the narrow roads from the port.
Since you to walk to Hotel Della Piccola Marina from the road, our driver stopped at the stairs that take you there. Despite the stairs, it is an easy walk. It is actually more of a flat, declining grade than stairs and may be steep for some. However, we took our time and had no problems.
The hotel was wonderful. We were lucky that our room was ready and we were able to check in right away.
Our room was 406. An end room with a nice, semi private terrace at the front door that was furnished with two loungers and a bistro table and chairs. The terrance offered a nice view of the mountain and water.
Our room was outfitted with a king size bed and decent amount of storage. The washroom was tiled from floor to ceiling in an attractive mosaic and was equipped with a shower/tub combination, deep sink, lots of counter space and a bidet.
We wasted no time in getting to the pool, something that Hotel Conca D’Oro doesn’t have and that we truly missed having.
The pool was not heated, but was very refreshing. The clientele were a mix of mature and young professional couples. The setting was quiet and relaxing with great views of the surrounding mountains.
For lunch we each ordered a salad at the pool side bar. A light lunch, but very flavourful. The pool bar was nice. Well stocked, good menu of light fare and table seating if you didn’t want to eat in your lounger.
After lunch we took in more sun and pool and ordered a bottle of prosecco to enjoy.
For the evening, we took in the sights in and around the Palazzo. We were told that the evening is much quieter, once most of the tourists and tours have left the island. This is true, but the streets were far from deserted.
As we were making our way into the Palazzo, we stopped at a little shop specializing in limoncello. The lady was very inviting and offered us a sample of the various types of limoncello they offer for sale. We were sold on the traditional limoncello and purchased a 1L bottle to enjoy at home with friends and reminisce of our time in Italia.
On a recommendation from a friend, we took in the sights from the patio of Grand Hotel Quisisana. A great perch for people watching. Very posh. We each had a drink and were offered a complimentary selection of anti pasti. There was so much, that we actually didn’t have much of an appetite after eating it. However, out of obligation and I suppose habit, we sought out a place to have dinner.
After some back and forth, we settled on a a local pizzeria. Nothing fancy. We each had a glass of house white, bruschetta, a pizza and chicken dish. Not the best meal, but all the ingredients were fresh. The service was quick, which was good as we were starting to wind down for the evening.
After dinner, we returned to the hotel and retired for the evening. There isn’t much nightlife here, as far as we saw, but that was just fine with us.