Tag: capri


Posted by – 15/05/2008

Capri is one of the most famous islands in Europe. It’s said that many important and well-known people used to spend time in Capri. I’ve been told that most of the other rather unimportant people (like ourselves ;-)) just goes there in the morning and return in the evening, either from Sorrento or from Naples. I, instead, wanted to spend one night in Capri, and now I understand why people just go there for a quick visit… We got there taking a train from Rome to Naples (station Mergellina… that’s very important, for the port is just about 400 meters from the train station) and then a high-speed boat (slower boats can be taken from another port in Naples) to Capri.

First, let me put this straight: Capri is beautiful. It just is. The blue grotto, the most famous wanna-see touristic point in the island, really worth it. But if you’re planning to spend time on the island, make that longer than one night. That’s because everything takes more time than expected. And, take a good look at Google Maps before going… try to stay close to the harbor… everything else is too far!

Our hotel was a beautiful one, in Anacapri (Capri has two towns: Capri and Anacapri), but it was placed in the bottom of a long stair. That’s something that worth mentioning: they call every “path” via something, that includes roads, streets, stairs and paths. So beware or you’ll end up like us: dragging your luggage up and down stairs. Trust Google Maps!

The picture is from the Blue Grotto. It’s such a beautiful place! The water glows blue for the sun reflects the rock underneath the edges of the grotto. You can get there by bus (there’s one that departs from Bar Gruta Azzura) and after more stairs, you pay for the boat and the “trip” lasts for about 2 minutes, inside the grotto, with your boatman singing some italian song (Oh Sole Mio is the most frequent). Pay the man for the singing if you like it.

Everything in the island is reached by bus or on foot. We tried to reach a spot where it’s suppose to see the most beautiful sunset, but we’re tired before getting there, and the sun was covered anyway… After 30 minutes of walking up the hill, we gave up, and got back.

The restaurants are pretty expensive, but the people are really friendly. Everybody, except the people from our hotel, who told us to leave early in the morning for some group were coming… Too bad. If it were not for the blue grotto…

Capri has many other interesting thing to do, but, as I said, everything takes time… so if you plan to go there, either reserve more time (and maybe you’ll get the full attention from your hotel staff) or go for the quick trip with a predefined and managed tour.

Rome: days 0 and 1 (partial)

Posted by – 07/05/2008

I know I promised I would write, but I’ve been so tired when I get back to the hotel, that logging in and getting inspiration to write about the day is not as easy as I first imagined. So, let’s summarize what I have so far (I still have to work in the pictures, so I’ll update this article later with’em):

Day 0: (May 4th)

So, the first day (or day 0 as I call it), was the most uneventful. That’s because we spent it in plane and train, getting to Rome. We arrived at Termini Station about 18:30 local time, and went straight to the Hotel, which is nearby. We were so tired that we just had dinner in a restaurant near the hotel and went straight to bed.

Day 1: (May 5th)

We decided to visit Rome the first two days and then the Vatican in the third. That’ s so because the Pope was soppose to give a public audience on Wednesdays, so we thought that being all the way here, having the possibility to see the Pope, and not doing so was kind of a waste.

I was told to try to get a Roma Pass as soon as I get to Rome, and I tried. At the station, people were not very helpful and this day we spent some money taking taxis for we haven’t got the 3-day public transport pass that comes with “Roma Pass pack”. So here is three warnings for people coming to Termini: (1) the “Roma Pass” cannot be bought at the Tabacco stores they have at the station (but apparently everything else can); (2) when you ask for the “Roma Pass” and somebody answer something like “Binary 24”, they’re refering to the southwest “wing” of the Station – they have a “Roma Pass – Tourist Information” booth there, near the Post Office – and that is where you can get a “Roma Pass”; (3) Don’t trust the signs pointing to “Information”, they’re circular and point to nothing (that’s it, just like a badly designed infinite loop).

Today we visited Piazza di Spagna, Fontana di Trevi, the Pantheon, and Piazza Navona. First lesson we learned: being in the historical center is to walk a lot…. I mean A LOT!. The Pantheon and Fontana di Trevi were the most exciting things to visit, but by the time we ended the day, our feet were hurting so bad!

At Fontana di Trevi you’ll find people selling roses. Please! Don’t buy any. They’re a waste of money (they’ll be dead by the end of the day). I am a romantic guy and said nothing when Brenda bought some… but really, don’t.

As I am writing this at some Internet spot near the hotel while Brenda is shopping at the station, now that Brenda came back, I’ll just go to the hotel with her, for tomorrow we’ll have our trip to Capri (and we still need to pack). I’ll insert the missing picture of Fontana di Trevi in this post, finish writing about day 1, and tell about days 2 and 3 ASAP. Ciao.