Traveling From Florence to Capri, involved catching the 6:50 train to Naples, then taking the metro which would drop us off about ½ mile from the ferry and then walking the rest of the way to the ferry.
When we checked out of Hotel Crocini, they provided us with a much appreciated breakfast bag with food for us to eat on the train. I had asked if we could walk to the train station from the hotel and they assured us it was safe to walk. We only saw a few people out at this time of the morning, and the streets were well lite. It was a nice to see the city in the quiet hours of the early morning.
We allowed more time than was needed to reach the station. This gave us an opportunity to eat our breakfast before the train arrived. Not many people around this early, but that changed about ten minutes before the train was scheduled to depart. Our train left Florence at 6:50 a.m. arriving in Naples at 9:55 a.m.
It was a pleasant ride to Naples. After arriving at the Naples train station, we made our way outside. It’s an easy walk to the metro station.
We purchased our tickets and took several escalators to reach the platform to catch the metro.
It was a short ride as we got off at the first stop, Uscita (Universita’) station, and took the steps to the street.
After reaching the street and getting our bearings, we started walking the ½ mile to the ferry. We could have found a taxi, but preferred to walk. It was nice to see a little of Naples as we made our way to the ferry.
As we were getting closer, we saw the Castle Nuovo in the distance and knew the ferry station was across the street from it.
Upon arriving at the ferry dock, we got in line to buy tickets only to be told that the ferry was sold out and I would have buy my tickets from another vendor. Off I went to the next line.
Finally with tickets in hand, we headed for the ferry dock to wait to board.
TIP: The ferry only accepts cash, no credit cards.
Everyone was eager to get on the ferry when they allowed boarding. We grabbed the first two seats we found and waited for the ferry to depart. It was very crowded on board.
It took about 40 minutes to reach Capri. Getting off the boat was not very organized. People were shoving and pushing, dragging their luggage trying to get off first. Eventually we were able to get off the boat and made our way to the harbor. Plenty of taxi’s are waiting to whisk you to your destination, or you can catch the local bus.
We elected to take a taxi but wish we would have taken the bus. I knew from Rick Steve’s book, a taxi to Anacapri would be 20 Euros and 2 Euros for each bag you placed in the trunk. I had a taxi driver who said it was 25 Euros. After going back and forth we got in the car and put the rolled luggage in the trunk. We kept our backpack and duffle bag with us. We have been to Capri before and knew where we were going. I don’t know if this was the norm for this taxi driver or if he just wanted to get back for another fare, but he was driving like a manic up the hill. If you have never been to Capri, the roads are narrow, with lots of twists and curves along the side of the mountain. There is a railing between you and the cliff. (see picture below) We just wanted to get out of the taxi in one piece. We looked at each other and were thinking the same thing, Get Us Out Of This Cab…..
I was watching the meter to see what the fare was and right before we got to the drop off point, the driver hit the button on the meter, and made it go from 19 Euros to 25 Euros. I called him out on it and he was not happy that I caught him. He tried to say it was for the luggage, but I advised only one piece of luggage was in the trunk. He must be able to get away with this with other tourist, so make sure you know your rates, before you get in the car. We argued about it and I ended up paying him 23 Euros. He was so rude, I was not going to let him ruin our vacation. Luckily for us, everyone we met after that man was wonderful. The taxi left us off at the bus stop without telling us what direction to go but J knew exactly how to get to our destination. It was a very pretty walk and only took about five minutes to reach our hotel.
We finally arrived at the Mediterraneo Guest House where we would be spending our next two nights.
After our encounter with the taxi driver, the people at Mediterraneo Guest House could not have been any nicer. This helpful and friendly atmosphere continued through out our stay.