Capri and Como. Say either word aloud, and people tend to get a wistful look in their eyes. These two dreamy destinations are associated with style and celebrity: Jackie O in Capri, wearing her slim cigarette pants and oversized sunglasses; George Clooney tooling around Como with his debonair grin and, now, Amal on his arm.
My husband and I, neither particularly stylish nor celebrities, went, anyway, to see what all the fuss is about.
Capri is approached by boat, typically the hydrofoil from Naples, depositing you at the Marina Grande, the island’s crowded and colorful port. The real magic, however, happens a short taxi (a convertible) ride away at JK Capri, a pretty white building set against the stunningly blue Bay of Naples. On arrival, you’re greeted with a warm welcome from Gabriella, Stefano, Anna…any one of the friendly hotel staff whom you’ll come to know on a first-name basis. The service at JK Capri is superb; the decor is cool, crisp, and stylish. It’s homey, like staying with your own well-to-do Italian relatives (and don’t we all wish we had them?). No wonder JK Capri was recently ranked by Travel and Leisure as the third best hotel in Italy.
For fun, there are many shops (Antonio for sandals), restaurants (Aurora), and beach clubs (Il Riccio) in both Capri and neighboring AnaCapri. But the highlight of any trip to this part of Italy would have to be a day on your own private boat, circling the island, going in and out of grottoes, pulling up to a chic beach “shack” for lunch.
Our boat day was both fun and functional as Luigi navigated leisurely across the bay, ending at the port of Amalfi. From there, we bid him a fond farewell and spent a few days at wonderful Palazzo Avino, the pretty stucco pink lady who rules over charming Ravello.
Then, it was onto *Lake Como by way of Milan to experience the one, the only…Grand Hotel Tremezzo, one of Caroline’s favorite hotels (and she’s seen a bunch). With cheerful orange awning and velvet furnishings in vibrant shades, Grand Hotel Tremezzo is a luxurious jewel box and a real treasure trove of delights in terms of service, setting, and amenities. It’s tempting to spend all your time in the luxurious spa or poolside, gazing out at the Alps in the distance, but don’t miss a day on the boat. There are villages – Bellagio is especially nice – and villas to explore, and yes, one in particular, the Villa Clooney, to pass by. And if the man-about-town happens to be home, you can wave and say, Ciao, Georgio, because – pinch yourself! – you’re on Lake Como.
*Note: Visiting Capri and Lake Como in one trip would ideally require at least two weeks as they are on opposite ends of the country, and we don’t recommend moving around too much.
~Brenda, April 2018
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