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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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Why Italo Is The Best Ticket in Town

Today, in Rome, I was finishing some things on my to-do list, and planned on leaving tomorrow for Bologna.  My plan was to  take the bus up north, as research for a future blog post, but as I was investigating the bus timetables, an advertisement caught my eye. The ad featured the new train system called Italo.  The train is the first privately owned, and operated train system in Italy. The train is pioneered, designed, and built by Ferrari.

(Click here to access the Italo site.)

The new service caught my eye and I couldn’t refuse the opportunity to ride. To be completely honest with you I’m writing this blog post while on the train.

Here are the 6 reasons Italo is the best ticket in town, and why you should test drive.

  1. Luxury. The train is nice, very nice.  Every seat is uniquely designed to provide each passenger with amenities unseen by any other train system in Italy. For those passengers who ride in the first class (Prima) food, coffee, and other services are provided.  There is also free wifi, tv, and movies, onboard. Lastly, the train is very clean. The clean factor really does set Italo a part from the Trenitalia’s bullet train the Frecciarossa.
  2. Comfort. Each seat is larger and gives each passenger more room. The train and seats absorb most of the shock from the railway lines. Result: leaving each passenger with a smooth and comfortable ride. Lastly, Italy passengers can enjoy the comfort of the Italo lounge at most, if not all, train stations.
  3. Design. The train has a noteworthy designed.  The same attention to detail expected from Ferrari is reflected in the train. Everything is clean, and is an expression of Italian modern design.
  4. Silence.  The train is very quiet, and smooth. Even at our top speed of 300 kmh (or 186 mph) the “silence factor” is remarkable. Again, noticeably quiteter than the Frecciarossa – Italy’s other fast train.
  5. Convenience.  The ticket purchasing process was the easiest experience I have ever had in Italy.  I bought the tickets online, it took about 7 minutes, and the tickets were emailed to me immediately.   The Italo team is strategically located throughout the train station and surprisingly egger to help. On the platform there are staff members directing people to the location of their train car while answering questions.
  6. Price. The most striking thing about Italo is the price.  The base, or economy, tickets run between €20 – €25 each way.  Business class tickets run about the same as the second class tickets on the Frecciarossa – about €45 each way.  I wrote a blog post on the advantages of the Trenitalia’s Frecciarossa last year. Click here to view the blog post, The Cost of Train Tickets.

The train is a great new way to get around Italy.  It will be there first high speed train system to reach Venice (no more Harry Potter trains). In the back of my mind, I wonder if Italo can keep their service, and amenities fresh with consistency.  Only time will tell. However, I bet it will be the new standard in Italian railway travel.

The call to action, you must take it for a test-drive!

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