After one day of waking around Rome in the August heat we were ready to leave the city behind and travel south to the beautiful Campania region. Our B&B didn’t serve breakfast; instead we received two vouchers to a local cafe, where we could ask for a continental breakfast of a croissant, coffee and juice. Our train to Naples wasn’t leaving until around mid day so we had plenty of time for a long breakfast and a visit to a local supermarket to get some food for the journey. We were planning to go exploring Naples but again we were defeated by the heat. We wanted to be on Capri as soon as possible and even go for a quick evening swim. Little did we know that things weren’t going to go as smoothly as we wanted. We arrived in Naples at around 3PM and asked 2 different people what was the best way to get to the harbour. Confident that we received trustworthy instructions, we boarded the underground train and left at the station, which we were told, was very close to the harbour. We took 3 elevators up and it turned out we were at a tiny metro station somewhere in the middle of Naples. A lady selling tickets and she said we were about 3-4km from the harbour. We weren’t in a mood to go exploring with our luggage (especially after a work colleague, who’s Italian, told me that I should be careful as everyone is a foreigner in Naples, even other Italians). We took the metro back to the station and got a taxi, which was an experience in itself.
Being a taxi driver in Naples should be classified as an extreme sport - the amount of horn blowing and overtaking that was going on made for a very entertaining, if a little scary, drive to the city harbour. Then it turned out the driver dropped us off at the wrong ferry terminal and we had to get a bus to the right one.
Marina Grande, a local public beach, just outside the bus stops. I couldn't wait to go for a swim, water looked so refreshing.
A view from Mamma Mia road over Marina Grande and Capri
Finally in our guest house, B&B La Guardia
Our room was simple but comfortable. No air conditioning but certainly a bargain room rates for Capri.
Sunset as seen from our terrace. It was a perfect ending to a long and tiring day. I was happy we were finally by the sea, with its breeze and those views. I couldn't wait to see more of Capri in the following days.