Villa Jovis - Preserved Roman Villa of Tiberius
Villa Jovis (Villa of Jupiter) is a Roman place on Capri built by Emperor Tiberius who ruled from there between AD 27 and AD 37. It is the largest of the twelve Tiberian villas on Capri mentioned by Tacitus. While the remaining structure and levels only hint toward the original grandeur, recent reconstructions have the villa to be a remarkable testament to first-century Roman architecture.
Villa Jovis is situated in the very northeast of the island atop Monte Tiberio; its 334 m elevation makes it the second-highest peak of Capri, after Monte Solaro (589 m elevation) Anacapri.
The north wing of the building contained the living quarters, while the south wing saw administrative use. The east wing was meant for receptions, whereas the west wing featured an open-walled hall which offered a scenic view towards Anacapri.
Access to the complex is only possible on foot, and involves an uphill walk of about two kilometers. Travelers with accessibility concerns should take note of this and those making the assent should be sure to bring water for those stops along the way.
Overall, Villa Jovis is a unique offering amidst the lure of Capri. More travelers than not however, have set aside time for a relatively brief visit to the islands well known and revered destinations, such as the Blue Grotto (Grotta Azzurra).
Whether or not Villa Jovis or those other Roman Imperial ruins of Capri receive your utmost attention, a decision should ultimately depend on your informed planning and interests. The back-packer who has already witnessed Roman ruins at other locations in Italy, may not ultimately find Villa Jovis to be that enriching of an experience and may therefore decide to explore other options on first visit.
You may plan on allocating about two hours for arrival and visitation of Villa Jovis.
Travel Tip: Entrance to the ruins is nominal, less than 3 Euro in 2007. Restroom facilities are available near the entrance to the ruin and park complex.
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The main reason why everyone visits this island, but it is something to experience. We were nearly stuck inside the cave as the swell was rising and our boat just made it out in time with everyone lying absolutely flat on their baks in the boat.
We visited the island in the month of May. There were many tourists though its not peak season. We were one of them queing and waiting for the next bus back to the Marina grande ;) So avoiding the hustles, we decided to get a taxi with another couple taking part with the fare(10 Euro each). It was more convenient then. Not bad!
A pleasant itenary.....
Catch the next pull to the highest point of the island, a 1932 ft. Mt Solaro. The station is located at Anacapri, the western part of Capri Island. Enjoy the panoramic views of the Gulf of Naples, Sorrentine Peninsula to the Isle of Ischias.
View of Capri Town and Gulf of Salerno
This photo is another taken from the top of Mt. Solaro. This view is to the east, showing the island, with Capri Town, and the mainland near Sorrento behind it.
You can also hike down to Anacapri from this mountain. It takes less than an hour.
See my previous tip on how to get to the top of Mt. Solaro (Capri's highest point).
This is a zoom in on the centre of the town of Anacapri from Mt. Solaro. The view from Mt. Solaro I would rate as the number one thing to see and do on Capri. But then, I love sweeping views...
Chairlift to Mount Solaro
In one day, if you go early enough, you can easily see Capri Town, then take a bus to Anacapri, and take the chairlift from Anacapri to the top of Mt. Solaro for a fantastic view, and then take a bus (or hike) down to the Blue Grotto.
The chairlift takes you in about 12 minutes to the top of Mt. Solaro (589 metres above sea level) for a fantastic panorama of the Bay of Naples, the island of Capri, and the Gulf of Salerno. Here is a view of the "suburbs" of Anacapri from Mt. Solaro.
The chairlift was around 6.50 Euros (return), and was not included in the price of the transit daypass.
Capri - cliffs
Wherever you go on the island of Capri, you see cliffs. I got to this cliff in a 15 minute walk along a laneway leading out to the northeast from Capri Town. This was a stunning sight - looking straight down into the clear blue sparkling water of the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Capri Town - more laneways
Here's a laneway in the heart of the town. The buildings are whitewashed, and these laneways spread out from the centre like a spider web. They mostly have dead-ends. Some however will take you to fantastic cliffs.
Port of Capri
This is the port of Capri, where your boat will land. Most people head straight for the funicular to take them up to the town of Capri. But then they get told they have to get their ticket elsewhere.
So you can get ahead of almost everyone by going to the right from where you land (facing the port, with your back to the sea), and you will find the line for tickets for the funicular. Best is to get a day pass if you'll be going all around the island for the day - this will allow you to get on the buses and funicular all day long for the one price. Then head to the funicular up to Capri Town.
Exploring the laneways of Capri Town
A great thing to do is explore the narrow laneways of Capri Town. They are often overflowing with bougainevillia and other flowers, and often give great views of cliffs and the sea. And you don't see so many tourists doing this - they all seem to stick to the centre of Capri Town.
Way to Capri
To go to Capri from the Marina Grande, you have the option to take a bus or a funiculair to climb up the hill. But there is another way to do it : by foot! There is a pedestrian steps-street starting from behind the funicular (there is an indication showing the way) and then it is all the way up in the middle of the nice houses and gardens! A bit exhausting but really nice!
Limoncello di Capri
"Limoncello di Capri" - a place where u can find a lovely and original product of lemond... from liqour to chocolate... and lots more...its a simple natural product with no artificial flavouring or also colouring.. its all NATURAL... grandma secret's recipe indeed
Docking site of most of the ferries, Marina Grande has a few small restaurants and shops. From here you can take the funiculaire up to the town of Capri, catch a bus, rent a scooter or grab a cab. We took the cab option as we had a lot of luggage with us, but used the funiculaire after that. The taxi ride was quite hair raising as the roads are narrow and the people drive crazy.
There are many caves in and around the isle of Capri, but the most famous cave is the La Grotta Azzurra alias The Blue Grotto. Discovered in 1826 by a German writer (August Kopisch), the Blue Grotto continues to stun visitors with its unique beauty. The wonder of the cave is the sunlight beaming through an underwater cavity... and shining through the water like a laser beam causing the blue reflection illuminating the cave. You can get to the Blue Grotto by using any of the boats leaving from Marina Grande. The Grotto can't be visited during poor weather.
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