Experiencing Capri from upon the sea is nothing if not alluring, something I’ve now had the chance to learn for myself. In October, my boyfriend and I had the pleasure of a private boat tour from a wild-haired Italian sailor named Gianni who loves being on the water and knows every detail of the island’s history. I’m guessing that he would be out there on his boat even if he didn’t have customers.
From the padded sundeck of Gianni’s traditional wooden boat called a gozzo we set sail with glasses of wine in hand. We sailed in awe past towering limestone cliffs, rugged steps that plunge into the sea, Roman ruins, half a dozen small caves and of course the magnificent green and blue grottoes in which the waters sparkled like vibrant gemstones.
From our sailboat perspective the island was nearly empty—it could have been another era entirely. I felt as though we were artists or writers from the mid 1900’s in search of inspiration from the famed Isle of Capri. One particular spot (Marina Piccola, the little harbor) captured my heart and we were dropped off for a brief exploration. It is here which I decided to call home for the rest of my Italy trip in a beach cottage rental with views of the famous Faraglioni rocks.
If you find yourself planning a trip to Capri look up Gianni’s Boat Tours who will tailor a boat tour to your interests, schedule, and of course your spontaneity. There is no doubt this far surpasses the large tourist-packed boats taking people around Capri every hour, so take advantage of it. As always, thank you for reading.