We spent this day exploring the island of Capri. There are two towns on the island, Capri Town and Anacapri, with the former being the more famous and glitzier town. We opted to stay in the latter for a quieter and more authentic experience. Also, the budget.
The first order of business was to visit the famous Grotta Azzurra (Blue Grotto). We know it's super touristy, but you absolutely have to do it if you're here. To our great surprise, half the fun was waiting in line and taking in all the wonderful chaos outside the grotto. Everyone's in a great mood, the handsome boatmen are yelling at each other in Italian, and it's just plain fun.
After a quick two minutes inside the grotto, we took the bus back up to Anacapri to walk around the adorable town. We took a much needed gelato break and then toured The Chiesa di San Michele Arcangelo, a small church dating back to 1719. Its beautiful mosaic floors depict Adam and Eve being forced out of the Garden of Eden by an angel while all the animals looked on.
We then headed for the entry to the funicular and met this colorful local on the way.
Our next adventure really put the "fun" in funicular. At 11 euros each for a round trip, it was a tremendous value. As is the European way, safety precautions are... relaxed. The only thing holding you in your individual basket seat is a flimsy bar that does not latch or lock. The opportunity to slip out adds to the excitement. The ride was fun and the views from the top spectacular. We spent some time guessing which yacht was occupied by Leonardo DiCaprio, and which by Jay-Z and Beyoncé.
We collected our bags and caught a ferry back to Sorrento, where we lucked into a night at the very cute Hotel Mignon. The original hotel we reserved made a booking error and they found a room for us at this nicer, more centrally located hotel. We just loved it and would highly recommend it!
We wandered around the town and had a very fun and delicious dinner at Inn Bufalito, where everything on the menu somehow originates from the buffalo.