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How to Get to Capri By Ferry

One of the most famous islands in the world, Capri, needs to make your bucket list! If you have the time, put this island in your itinerary.  For those who have yet to make it to the island, navigating Naples will be your biggest obstacle.  There are several groups, guides, and agencies eagerly pushing their services toward this island. The truth is, you can get to the island on your own, with out their help.

Here are things I have observed at the ports, and train stations, in Naples.

  • Many tourist groups.
  • Many “helpful” Italians dragging travelers to their destination.
  • Travelers waiting.
  • Angry travelers.
  • Impatience travelers.
  • Pick pockets hunting travelers.
  • Tour guides frantically trying to find their patrons.

However, here are four steps to get you from Naples to Capri.

Arrive at Napoli Centrale.  Wherever you are coming from you must, or it’s recommend, you end up at Napoli Centrale – the central station.  From there, purchase a train/bus ticket from a tabaccheria in station, and walk directly out the front doors to Piazza Garibaldi. Take the metro (bus and metro tickets are interchangeable) and get off at Mergellina.  Head toward the water, and the port will be to the left.

Find Molo Beverello.  When taking the hydrofoil to Capri, you must embark from porto Molo Beverello.  It is not located outside the central train station. There are several ports in Napoli, but I recommend using porto Molo Beverello to get to Capri fast.

Buy your Ticket.  There are two types of ferries that service Capri – and therefore, two prices. There is a regular ferry and there is a hydrofoil (or fast ferry).  Both types of ferries leave from porto Molo Beverello.

Suggetion:  The ticket lines for the ferries are deceiving.  There are around 30 + ticket windows all with different companies and offers. It’s overwhelming.  To put you at ease, most all the ticket counters sell every ticket for every company.

Observation:  Often, two of the ticket windows’ will have extremely long lines, because the travelers believe their ticket can only be purchased from a specific window. Not always the case. Don’t hesitate to walk in front of the crowds, a few windows down.

Manage your recourses.

  • Cost: The average cost per ticket on a hydrofoil is €20.
  • Timetables: There are several ferries that leave throughout the morning, and evening, but only a few in the afternoon.
  • Money:  The food on the island is expensive. If you are going for the day, or weekend, buy wine, and a picnic lunch a head of time.

Suggestion: bring a great pair of walking/running shoes, and your trunks!

Arrive in Capri.  When the ferry docks in Capri, you have several avenues in which to see the island. All avenues are accessible from the information centers right next to the harbor.

Capri is one of the most beautiful islands in the world. I strongly recommend everyone visit at least once.

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Who Else Wants to Visit and Experience Naples Italy?

If you’re asking: where to travel in Italy? Naples is a must see! The city has been a part of history for centuries. It is one of the few places in europe still dripping with old world elegance. It is a tough place to live. With organized crime, unemployment at staggering heights, it’s a place where people are bred to survive. It has been said that if you can live in Naples, you can live anywhere. Nevertheless, its a beautiful place to visit.

Here is the top 5 thing travlers must see, or do, in Naples.

  1. Castle Nuovo.  The castle sitting on the mediteranian this historic castle is one of two which sits on the bay.
  2. Piazza del Plebiscito.  The piazza is the heart of the downtown Naples. It’s a great place to have a quick sack lunch, and soak up one of the few open spaces in Naples.
  3. Galleria Umberto.  A hidden gem within downtown naples, the Galleria Umberto is elegant and sophistocated. It really shows how grand naples can be. The Galleria has a sister in the heart of Milano, but don’t tell the Neapolitans.
  4. Marechiaro.  This small clifside section of old naples is often forgotten. Back in the 1950s this was the place lovers spend their time. I often joke saying, it is where Sinatra’s spent his time in Naples. A small cultural fact: there are countless songs and idioms dedicated to this cove.
  5. Pizza.  Naples is the birthplace of pizza! Don’t waste your time with pizza in anyother city. The neapolitan pizza is unique flavors, ingrediants, dough and much more, only found in Naples. If you travel an hour north, the pizza is completely different!

All five things can be done by using the metro directly from Piazza Garibaldi – or rather, the train station in Naples. Naples is my favorite city in Italy. The people are real. The streets are alive. The sea is beyond beautiful. Do not miss an opportunity to make a stop in Naples.

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6 Preparations to Successfully Navigate the Intercity

The first time I tried to get from point A to point B in Rome I failed miserably.  The city was so busy and not clear marked – or so I thought – to properly direct me anywhere.  Yesterday I caught up with a friend who just spent the past year traveling the world.  Her trip was very missional in focus and she spent a lot of time helping orphanages, fighting against human trafficking, and working a variety of building projects.  During out conversation, I brought up how much I like Rome, She immediately said “I hated Rome.” I was surprised, especially after seeing a huge chunk of the world.  She said “It was too busy and it took me forever to find things I wanted to see.”

It made me realize that she was right.  I have spent so much time in Rome that I forgot how difficult it is to navigate the intercity.  As I thought about it most of the cities I visited for the first time were a headache to try and “figure out” for the first time.

Here are just a few European cities I had trouble navigating the first time through:

  • Rome
  • Naples
  • Venice
  • Munich
  • London
  • Frankfurt
  • Salzburg
  • Vienna

Most of these cities are fairly straight forward and I realize everyone’s’ struggles are different.  For me traveling came with a learning curve.

Here are 6 intercity preparations I make before traveling to a new city – or an old one.

  1. By reviewing a metro/bus map online before you arrive. Sounds straight forward but know where you need to be and how you are getting there are invaluable.  Just waving down a cab and saying “to this address.” Isn’t going to cut it.
  2. By downloading free Smartphone apps:  Most metropolitan cities have bus, metro, or tram apps available for your Smartphone. I have found a lot of them to be free. They can mean a 20 minutes difference.
  3. By asking locals opinion before you venture out.  Most locals are very proud of their city. And, if the city is visited often by tourists, they will be used to people asking questions.  They can be a great resource to double check information.
  4. By knowing what options you have available.  Not all cities offer all the same amenities; not all people prefer to travel on a train.  By knowing what public transportation is available to you before you arrive will help take the stress off of getting to your destination.
  5. By budgeting accordingly.  Most people do not even think about budgeting for metro or bus tickets; especially, when one only costs €1,50.  Most cities have website that will give you an idea of what tickets will cost and if there are any package deals available.
  6. By allotting the proper amount of time.  This one always gets people.  There are many who underestimate the amount of time it takes to get to any given destination – especially during peak tourist season. You generally know one of two of these people.  I recommend at lease an extra 15 to 20 minutes, depending on where you are headed, per location or sight.  It is always good to see 100% of all the items for that day – verses 80%.

The preparation time you have before a trip will make or break you.  These tips save time and allow for smooth navigation while traveling.

Question of the day:

In your opinion, what is the worst city to try and navigate?

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