Night location: Capri
The forecast for today was never good so while we lived in hope, we were not surprised to wake up to some very heavy rain. While it was unsurprising we were still very disappointed as our main reason for returning to Capri was so that we could swim at Marina Piccola. Such was our determination that we even braved the rain and caught a bus down, only to find that the normally pristinely smooth water was crashing in on the rocks, so we bailed and caught the same bus back up to Capri.
Capri in the rain is not fun as not only are there stacks of paddle pop tourismos, but there are also hundreds of umbrellas competing down the small lane ways. Due to the slippery conditions Amber and David did not go down through the main town of Capri with the others and instead went up to Ana Capri where it is more flat. After some shopping, the rain cleared so we headed out to the Faro to have lunch and we hoped for a swim. Unfortunately the waves were worse here and due to the proximity of large rocks it was deemed unsafe. We enjoyed lunch overlooking the water and then raced up the stairs to catch the bus back.
Gareth is competing in the New York Marathon in five weeks today so was in desperate need of a training run. It was suggested by Gemma that the run to Tiberius' Villa would be a very suitable run for some hill training. The plan was that Gareth would run up and come back to wherever Mum and Gemma had reached as they set a much slower pace, and occasionally had to use 'low gear' and take photo stops. On the first occasion that Gareth returned from the top he looked crest fallen and informed us that the villa was closed. He said that there was a decent view as the rain had cleared away the haze, and so we decided to proceed on while he did another lap. On the second time he returned he looked jovial and informed us that there was a way to break in and so he took off once more to investigate exactly how. As we came up the final pinch we could see Gareth's Fluoro shirt and proud face as he stood behind the closed sign on the other side of a locked gate. It turns out that if you take a few stairs down, in true Italian style, the fence stops and after climbing back up on the other side of the fence, and clearing a small wall, you're in! The view from the top was spectacular as the top of Ana Capri was shrouded in cloud and the sea shone like a silver mirror.
Tonight we return to another favourite, Aurora, where we first spied our fabulous Venetian glasses.