Via Monte Solaro 30, Anacapri, 80071, Italy
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Take a Chair Lift up Monte Solaro on Isle of Capri
Monte Solaro is the highest point on the Isle of Capri. I took a chair lift up to the top where there is a nice park area and wonderful views of the sea and island for 360 degrees. The chair lift is a very interesting ride going over backyards of people who live on the slopes as well as fields filled with wildflowers. You can also hike up here. The chair lift went over the trail in one place. There were some birds in the trees up here on the mountains such as Blackbird, Stonechat, Pied Flycatcher, an unidentified warbler, Italian Sparrow, Pheasant, and lots of Herring Gulls.
The Isle of Capri
The Isle of Capri is a mountainous island that rises out of the waters of the Gulf of Naples, just off the Sorrentine Peninsula and south of Naples. The highest point on the four-square-mile (ten-square-kilometer) island is 1,932-foot (589-meter) Monte Solaro.
The Isle of Capri has drawn visitors since ancient Roman times, when the emperors used the island as a summer retreat. Augustus Caesar built his Sea Palace on the island, and Emperor Tiberius built a series of villas, the most noteworthy being the Villa Jovis, one of the best-preserved Roman villas in Italy.
There are two towns on the island. The largest is Capri, with a population of about 7,200. Anacapri is a small village that is high on the slopes of Monte Solaro, and is popular with visitors from the mainland for its spectacular views over the Gulf of Naples and the nearby Italian coast.
The island attracts many visitors from the mainland. The only way to reach the island is by ferries or hydrofoils that arrive at the Marina Grande from Naples, Sorrento, Positano, or Almalfi. Capri town his high above the sea, so visitors have to take a funicular from the marina to the town. The main attractions on the island include the Blue Grotto and the Faraglioni Rocks. Many visitors just enjoy the scenery and the charming towns set amid the steep hills.
Sightseeing on The Isle of Capri
Villa S. Michele and Monte Solaro are separate tips but we also went down from Anacapri to Capri and took a walking tour there. We saw the famous Grand Hotel which once was a TB hospital. Our guide told us that it costs 500 euros per night. We also saw a monastery from the 1380's, where perfume was made. Capri is still famous for making perfume and there are a lot of perfume shops here. The monastery is now a school. We also visited Augustus Gardens and a beautiful viewpoint near there. That's where I took the photo of the rocks islands. Here also is the Croup path built in 1902 with steps coming all the way up the cliffs. I also had to sample a lemon freeze made right there from squeezed lemons, orange ice and sugar. This area is known for lemons and we saw a lot growing in backyards all through this area.
Take a boat trip to the Isle of Capri
We visited the Isle on a day trip from Positano on the Amalfi Coast. We joined a small group on a local boat to take us there, and its a very pleasant way to spend the day.
The i Faraglioni is the famous rock that baots go thru on the way in to the Isle, the Isle itself is spectacular with plenty of walks and places to explore.
We walked to the Grotto of Matermania on the east side of Capri. We also went to Anacapri and up the chairlft to Monte Solaro to get great views. Swam in the Grott Verde which as amazing clear and very blue waters.
The whole place is great, lots of good eating and drinking choices.
Makes a great day trip but looks good enought to stay for a few days if you had the time.
Faraglioni - Capri
Faraglioni, a name it will take you a couple of days to remember, a name you'll ultimately never forget. They stand prominently on the "other side" of the island. The other side, that is, of the town of Capri.
To best view them there are a number of vantage points, not least of which is from the water itself.
From the land Punta Cannone and Monte Solaro offer sweeping vistas while the Garden of Augustus is the most popular viewing platform.
The get up close and personal you need to walk the Via Matromania. The term Faraglioni is descriptive of a geological formation where high, sheer cliffs have been eroded by nature to the point where sections now remain isolated from the mainland. They can be formed either of limestone (Capri's) or be of volcanic origin and their isolation may have resulted from tectonic movement or progressive massing of lava. The characteristic feature is always the strong action of the sea that shapes the rock into bare, jagged prominences.
The three on Capri are named Stella, Scopolo (the one furthest out) and Faraglione di mezzo (stack in the middle) and they are home to a variety of animals. Large gulls use the scars of erosion to hold their nests. The third faraglioni's reef is inhabited by a blue lizard which is now a rare, protected species.
There is a fourth faraglione, standing by itself in front of the Port (blink and you'll miss it!) of Tragara, which is called the Monacone. It is named after the sea lion that lived there until the last century.
View from Monte Solaro
View from atop Monte, Solaro
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Address: Via Monte Solaro 30, Anacapri, 80071, Italy