A Fashion Insider's Favourite Spots in Capri, Italy
The founder of luxury footwear brand Aquazzura, Edgardo Osorio, tells of the perfect day on his favourite island getaway
I love to discover new holiday spots, but every summer I find myself back in Capri. It’s my favourite place, because the island is where I was inspired to create my brand. When I was there in 2011 I thought about a brand that represents what Capri is—the Italian dolce vita with a modern twist. There is something about the energy of the place—the light, the food and the people always make me want to go back.
One of my favourite hotels in all of Italy is JK Place Capri. With its stucco walls and Mediterranean white and blue interiors, you feel like you’re visiting a close friend’s beautiful villa. My ideal day would start with breakfast on the hotel’s terrace looking out over the Gulf of Naples, followed by a little boat trip to Fontelina Beach Club on the other side of the island, passing by the grottoes.
I would spend most of the day there, tanning and reading. They serve a wonderful seafood menu and make the best spaghetti vongole I’ve ever tasted. I’d take a nap after lunch and stay at the beach club until 6pm, then hike up to town for gelato and a little aperitivo. I’d have dinner at one of my favourite restaurants, such as the pizzeria Aurora or under the lemon trees at Da Paolino. I usually have a late-night drink, either at La Piazzetta or the terrace of the Quisisana Hotel, and that’s it—I’d go to bed and start all over again in the morning! I like to shop at Grey Flannel, which is a multibrand store. It carries the best labels, including Aquazzura, of course. I also like to go to Carthusia I Profumi di Capri for essences that are unique to the island. When I’m in the mood to see a spectacular sunset, I go to the northwestern part of the island, to the Il Riccio Beach Club. Built on the side of the mountain, it offers such a great view of the Gulf of Naples and is next to the famous Grotta Azzurra, or Blue Grotto, a cave where the water is an electric blue.
I like to walk around and discover new things. I am always fascinated by the Villa San Michele. Built around the turn of the 20th century, it is stunning, with gardens offering panoramic views of Capri. Some days I walk along Via Krupp and end the day at Taverna Anema e Core, where I can dance all night to live Italian music with my friends.
Edgardo Osorio is the founder of luxury footwear brand Aquazzura.
This article was originally published in the May 2016 issue of Hong Kong Tatler.