The destination I picked for my main 2017 trip was Capri in Italy. It was easy to decide since I sort of combined it with a work trip too but I was beyond excited to be there with my best friend. To be honest I wasn’t planning on writing a blog post about it, but why not.
We took a flight from Muscat to Rome on Emirates Airlines and spent three days in the city. We then took the train to Naples. From Naples we took a taxi to the marina and a ferry to Capri. It was a long, long trip and it didn’t stop there. We had to take a taxi uphill to the closest point to our hotel.
I know I’m not starting this post very positively but I promise, Capri is beautiful, it is so instagramable, every inch of it is just beautiful. Unreal sky colors merging with the sea, the cutest pebbled streets making the path through all the shops and cafes. I couldn’t wait to start taking pictures.
Although I wasn’t planning this trip around the weather but it was perfect in May! Rome would get a little too hot around mid-day but nothing to complain about really.
Capri was perfect weather throughout the day, if you were going on a hike or hanging around the shops and cafes it was perfect weather. It would get a little chilly in the evening but it was still beautiful.
In Rome we stayed at the Boscolo Exedra Roma, Autograph Collection. Super luxurious hotel with a lobby that smelt off a mix between Tom Ford’s White Patchouli and Chanel Chance. It smelt incredible! The room was spacious for European standard and the bathroom was lovely. It sort of gave me The Ritz vibe. It was walking distant from the major attractions, not too close not too far. And if I remember correctly, 3 minutes’ drive from the train station.
Capri was a totally different story. The hotel was recommended by a friend for its location, and I’m so glad she did, but it was as if we went back in time to 1975. Everything was renovated and clean, don’t get me wrong, but it was still stuck in the 70’s vibe. On the plus side, the rooms were spacious and we had a huge balcony. And the staff were very friendly. It was called Hotel La Palma.
On the way back from Capri, we managed to squeeze in a couple days of shopping in Rome and stayed at a more boutique hotel with incredible interiors and service called The Tribune Hotel.
We went with the intention of getting work done and taking our time exploring what we had time for in three days. We managed to take a tour in the Colosseum which was very cool! It feels like I understand the movie ‘the gladiator’ even better now. It really felt like we went back in time.
Other than that, we spent the rest of the time mooching around shops, and stuffing our face with margheritas!
Since our hotel was at ‘downtown Capri’ we spent the first few days hiking to beautiful spots around the area, sipping on lemonade, exploring the luxurious shopping scene and enjoying our coffees while we chatted away.
We then took one of the coolest taxis I’ve ever been in and drove to ‘old Capri’ also known as ‘Ana Capri’ we had an amazing time at the shops and even took the cable car up to see Caesar Augustus Statue Overlooking Anacapri(which I was under the impression that it would be much bigger than it actually was. But again the scenery was incredible and the ride up there was so calm and serene (a little freaky because we were so high up ha-ha).
I was hoping Capri had beaches and I was under the impression that it did. But it doesn’t. Just incase any of you are thinking of going. There. Are. No. beaches. In. Capri. We were really bummed about it because were not boat people, its jut not our thing, so we could see beautiful oceans from everywhere but no beachy sands to be found.
We did take a day trip to Positano (via ferry) and lay by the beach for as long as we could. But it still ain’t our standard of beachy sands.
Customized Sandals are so popular in Capri, and I was confident I would leave with a new pairs, but I didn’t. I’m not sure why, but nothing really stood or felt like it was worth it.
A few things I’m so happy I bought were a perfume, room scent diffuser and linen shawls. They were so unique and great value for their cost, I’ve been enjoying them lods.
I’ve committed to travelling with comfort, especially to summer destinations, so lots of flowy dresses, sandals, basic makeup collection, a jacket and a pair of jeans just in case. Rome is a city, so anything pretty much goes, Capri is an island where you can go basic or go over the top luxuriously dress up – feel free.
Would I go back to Italy? I definitely will, but maybe not Capri, I’m looking forward to going to the Spanish islands and Mykonos again!
Let me know what kind of questions you have about travelling and if you would like more of these posts, I could share more on my trips.