Reasons to stay in Anacapri

If you are considering a visit to the island of Capri, you may have heard that Capri is the best place to stay on the island.  This may be true if you want to experience Italian nightlife, shop in trendy boutiques or spend the day on crowded beaches.  If you are searching for a quieter, more tranquil vacation where you can get a taste of local life on the Italian island, you would do well to choose a hotel in Anacapri.

Anacapri is located at the foot of Monte Solaro in the highest section of the island of Capri.  It is a quieter, less crowded area where you can enjoy the natural beauty of the island and get a taste of what life is like for the seven thousand or so inhabitants that call Anacapri home.  There are several advantages for staying in Anacapri over staying in Capri.

One advantage of staying in Anacapri is the price.  The hotels and restaurants are less expensive in Anacapri when compared to Capri.  This may be due to the fact that Capri is a popular tourist destination with many trendy shops and restaurants.  If you prefer hiking through the beautiful countryside to shopping for the latest fashion, you will be happier staying in Anacapri and you will save money at the same time.  The pace of life is much more relaxed in Anacapri, which allows you to rest, unwind and rejuvenate.  However, if you want to experience a more exciting nightlife, Capri is just three kilometers from Capri (about a 10 minutes bus ride).

Another advantage of staying in Anacapri is that three of the most visited tourist attractions are located in Anacapri: Monte Solaro, Villa San Michele and The Grotta Azzurra.  Monte Solaro is the highest point on the island and offers stunning views of the island, the Bay of Naples and the mountains of Calabria.  The chairlift to the top of Monte Solaro is located at Piazza Vittoria in Anacapri. Villa San Michele was built by Axel Munthe, a Swedish physician, based on a series of sketches found at the ruins of an ancient Chapel.  The home and garden are magnificent and contain many ancient artifacts found on the island.  The most visited attraction is The Grotto Azzurra.  As you are rowed through the cave in a small wooden boat, you will be amazed at brilliant blue water shimmering inside the cave.  To reach the cave, you can catch a bus in Anacapri or walk the 3.5 kilometers while enjoying the beauty of the island.

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