What To Do In Capri | A Vintage Boat Ride Around The Island With The De Martino Family

One of the “must do” activities on the island of Capri is to take a boat out on the crystal blue Mediterranean waters. There are many options offered to visitors with varying companies but, one of the most special experiences is with the De Martino family from the famed Da Paolino empire.

The restaurant is known for it’s incredible food and atmosphere, which they deliver to visitors out on the open sea. Natives of Capri for generations, the family knows every face, rock and angle of the island and its surrounding waters. The patriarch of the family owns a beautiful wooden boat from the 1960s – an incredibly well-build piece of history which is fashionable, elegant and appropriate for a fabulous day on the water.

In true Da Paolino and De Martino style, the family organizes a custom itinerary for visitors. You can depart Marina Grande whenever you’d like and they will take you out for a day of relaxation in the sun. A trip to the Blue Grotto? No problem. Do you want to circle the famed Faraglioni rocks and snap a few pictures? You’ve got it. There’s really nothing they can’t offer.

The comfortable boat can hold more than 10 people – which doesn’t include a second boat, also available to visitors if groups are larger. Your trip will include a beautiful picnic lunch with a menu that might be composed of: Caprese salad, bread with homemade capers, seafood, fresh fruit, wine and, of course, homemade limoncello. It’s a true treat.

The reason we love this experience is because it’s intimate and the De Martino family is incredibly knowledgeable about your surroundings, letting you in on little island secrets. There’s no cookie-cutter tour here. This experience is as authentic as you can get on the island.