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Via Krupp connects the area of the Charterhouse and the Gardens of Augustus with Marina Piccola, once linked to the town exclusively by way of Via Mulo.
Commissioned by the German industrialist, Friedrich Alfred Krupp, the pathway was built in the early 1900’s, overcoming a difference in height of approximately 100 meters,
Via Krupp was designed and realized by the engineer Emilio Mayer, who cut through the rock almost to the sea, creating a series of hairpin bends set so close together they appear almost to overlap.
Observing the path from on high or walking along the winding route, one is inevitably struck by such an incredible feat of engineering and artistic genius, made all the more captivating by the typically Mediterranean vegetation which spontaneously grows along the path.
Along Via Krupp there is a small gate marking the way to the Grotta di Fra’Felice, where Krupp built his villa and, a little further on, a steep and crumbling pathway which leads to the Grotta dell’Arsenale, resting four meters above sea level. A favorite nudist spot, the more adventurous enjoy swimming here, despite the almost constant danger of falling rocks.
Via Krupp has been recently repaired and the rock face above the road is now fairly secure, as noted by the wire strung across the cliff. It's extraordinary when you start to dig into things. One fascinating fact upon another creates a wonderful fabric for life's tapestry that makes for wonderful viewing.
Friedrich Alfred Krupp was a German industrialist, owner of the Krupp steel works, who had earned himself the nickname “cannon man”.
It is believed that he was, at the time, the richest man in the whole of Germany.
For a considerable period of time he resided at the Hotel Quisisana. Somewhat surprisingly, he never actually purchased a property for himself on island of Capri.
His presence on the island brought many benefits to Capri, he commissioned the building of the Via Krupp pathway and the Gardens of Augustus. He owned the Grotta di Fra' Felice.
He nurtured a great interest in marine biology and collaborated with the Zoological Department of Naples in the discovery and study of new forms of plankton.
He financed the staging of two major nature expeditions in the waters of Capri and provided two boats for the purpose: the Maya and the Puritan.
Whilst in Capri, Krupp was the protagonist of a homosexuality scandal, which had strong repercussions in Germany.
How amazing that for all his softness and generosity on one side, the industry that funded him was partly responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths.
The trail is easy, despite its spectacular route, and the views exceed your expectations, whether looking towards the Marina Piccola or back to the Faraglioni (pic 3).
We were lucky to arrive very early and our flight back was in the evening so we had 6 full days of sightseeing.
It will take a while to make this page so here's a short impression.
After check in at Hotel Quisisana (very near Roma Termini station):
Churches: S. Maria Maggiore, San Pietro in Vincoli (churches), walk to the Colosseum and visit S. Clemente, the church built on top of another church, built on top of a Roman house.
Piazza del Populo, S. Maria del Populo (church), Via del Corso, Mausoleum of Emperor August, Ara Pacis, the Valentino exhibit, coffee at Caffe Greco, Piazza di Spagna, Trevi fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, S Maria sopra Minerva, Largo Argentina
Visit Ostia Antica, walk around the neighbourhood of the hotel, local shops, supermarket.
Colosseum, Palantine, Forum Romanum, icecream at Giovanno Freddi
Bus to Largo Argentina, walk along Tiber, Tiber island, Porta Portese market, S. Cecilia, walk about Trastevere.
Short is short. Haven't mentioned half the churches in between walks, the lunches and dinners (we tried all the restaurants in the street of our hotel), the icecreams and errrr.... did I mention the walks?