Capri: Linen & Lemons
On Italy’s most exclusive island, they say that finding a summer mooring is like finding a diamond in the sand. But thanks to forward planning by your captain it will not be your concern! Near to Marina Piccola drop anchor beyond the Faraglioni rocks. From the little tender dock take an old-school taxi with an iconic sunshade to properly explore the island.
Cruise around the island on a typical Gozzo Classico but visit the Blue Grotto again later in privacy. Snorkelling and swimming here is unparalleled, as long as you beat the crowds.
Ashore, don’t forgo the chance to wander around Villa San Michele, Axel Munthe’s fascinating mansion. At the Via Camarelle, it is credit cards at dawn, with international designers, bespoke shoemakers, sunglass ateliers, artisan food shops and linen stores. There are a number of excellent gelaterias, selling mouth-watering ice cream.
Emperor Tiberio notably built 12 mansions on Capri and some of the ruins can still be visited today. First, get your bearings by walking up the steep path to Monte Solare (almost 600m over sea level). Take an espresso at the top and catch the funicular back down.
The island of Capri is a culinary paradise. An aperitif on Piazetta Capri makes for excellent people-watching, but go beyond the guidebook recommendations for incredible views at Ristorante Da Gelsomina and Mamma Giovanna, both in Anacapri.