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Capri is also beautiful walks

The “victims” of the tour operators, summoned to visit Capri at a running pace in a day are far from suspecting that Capri also offers sumptuous walks and hikes where, even in summer, you do not cross many people …

So trust us and discover as we have done these walks selected for you who will take you to discover the Capri that we love: the small paths in the middle of fragrant gardens, the impressive coast with its coves and panoramas at every turn , the Monte Solaro and the hills of Anacapri, the path of the forts and villas, the archaeological remains and the natural curiosities like the Faraglioni or the Azzurro Cave.

Our selection of the most beautiful
hiking in Capri

1-Trail dei fortini

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  • Sentier dei fortiniThose who have an image of Capri as the iconic place of the jet set would be surprised to find themselves “alone in the world” among this dream coastal path. Via dei Fortini is a path that crosses the western coast of the island of Capri through four forts (fortini). It crosses very beautiful sites of the coast, cliffs, promontories and small creeks, connecting the Blue Grotto (Grotta azzurra) to the lighthouse of Carena point (faro della punta carena). It takes about 3 hours to complete it.The path is marked with points of red paint. The forts were built between the ninth and fifteenth century to monitor the coast regularly attacked by pirates (including bristles Corsair).Leaving from the Blue Grotto, the path goes below the Imperial Villa of Damecuta, Punta dell’Arcera, to then reach the Fort of Orrico, on Punta del Miglio. A French landing took place here on October 4, 1808, taking by surprise the English who occupied the island. The semi-circular fort is 20 meters in diameter with walls 2 meters thick. It housed two guns.From Fort Orrico, you can see the circular stone structure of Fortino di Mesola, well integrated in the rocky landscape, on the promontory Campietello. It overlooks Cala del Rio, the cove that follows that of Cala del Lupinaro. The path leading to it is partly wooded. This is the most important of the forts. There were also two cannons there.After the Mesola fort, the path continues along the wildest part of the route to the entrance of Cala di Mezzo which leads to a stone staircase. We arrive at the fortino di Pino overlooking the Cala di Tombosiello. The continuous path passing through the fortino dell canone.A steep climb then leads to the Punta Carena, dominated by the lighthouse and from which you can admire the sunset that colors the purple red coast.The trail of the forts – Information:
    https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fortini_di_Capri
    http://www.comunedianacapri.it/pagina72_i-fortini.html

2- The Migliera Trail

The path of Migliera is a very beautiful walk, easy, rather short and uncrowded, which leaves from Anacapri, crosses local cultures, vineyards, trees, beautiful gardens, to end at Belvedere del Tuono, one of the most beautiful views of the island of Capri.

It is from the foot of Monte Solaro, on the right of Piazza Vittoria, that we take this flat path, passing Via Caposcuro, and then Via Migliera. After the cemetery is the church of S. Maria di Costantinopoli, the oldest parish of Anacapri, rebuilt in the seventeenth century.

This road probably existed in Roman times. Nearby, there are remains of imperial construction, pieces of mosaics and colored plasters.

The path continues through vineyards, vegetable gardens, lemon pergolas, century-old oaks and elegant houses with beautiful gardens.

Shortly before the end of the path, we pass in front of a Philosophical Park. Ceramics, artists of Capri, carry maxims and philosophical phrases to invite moments of reflection.

Not far, we join the belvedere where the show opens is striking. It is a rocky gorge that plunges into the sea, from which emerges Punta Carena with its lighthouse. The only occupants are myriads of seagulls, but also peregrine falcons, which nest on these wild rocks.

Going up the path to the left of the belvedere, after a madonna, you reach another point of view on Punta Ventroso and the Faraglioni in the background. Continuing to climb the path or can reach the summit of Monte Solaro. But beware, this trail is quite difficult.

http://www.naples-napoli.org/sentier-de-la-migliera/

3- The Monte Solaro

Mount Solaro is the highest peak of the island of Capri with its 589 meters. It enjoys spectacular views of the island, the Gulf of Naples and Salerno, the Amalfi Coast and the island of Ischia. We can also observe the great variety of flora that grows on its slopes.

There are many ways to reach the summit. From Anacapri, you can take the chairlift (11 € return, 8 € one way). You can also walk from the city of Capri, taking the path called passetiello, or from Anacapri, nearer, by the path from viale Axel Munthe (allow about 1h30 to go up) .

When you reach the summit, you can also visit the Eremo di Santa Maria a Cetrella church in the area. On the north-east slope of the mountain are the ruins of Castello Barbarossa Castle, which has become an ornithological station.

How to reach Monte Solaro
By chairlift from Anacapri, Piazza Vittoria. Duration: 12 minutes. 11 € return, 8 € one way, free up to 7 years.
From March to October: 9:30 – 17:30
From November to February: 10:30 – 15:00
On foot from Anacapri, starting from Viale Axel Munthe. Duration: approximately 1h30.
On foot, from Anacapri, passing by the Migliera. First portion plait, then difficult climb (see Path of the Migliera)
On foot from Capri, by the path named passetiello. From Due Golfi, at the end of Via Roma in Capri.
Cetrella
The area of ​​Cetrella, near the summit of Monte Solaro, is 480 meters above sea level. In the fifteenth century was built the hermitage of Santa Maria in Cetrella, overlooking a cliff overlooking the Marina Piccola.

Founded by the Carthusians, this secluded spot surrounded by vineyards is full of poetry. Its name comes from the aromatic herb “erba cetra” (lemon balm). Mount Solaro has a large botanical variety.

In this place of spiritual retreat, there resided hermits, belonging to the orders of the Franciscans and the Dominicans. The sailors of Anacapri sometimes came to venerate an image of St. Mary before leaving on a dangerous expedition.

4- Gardens of Auguste and Via Krupp

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It is from these gardens of Auguste (Giardini di Augusto in Italian, formerly designated as gardens of Krupp) that one enjoys one of the most beautiful views of Capri, with the Faraglioni in the background.

Built at the initiative of the German industrialist Alfred Krupp in the early twentieth century, these gardens consist of several flower terraces, overlooking the Monte Solaro, the Faraglioni on one side, and the other on the Marina Piccola and the tortuous Via Krupp built on the side of a cliff. Nearby is the Charterhouse of St. James (Certosa di San Giacomo).

Krupp wanted to build a villa, which he finally did not realize.

The Via Krupp came from a request from the industrialist to the engineer Emilio Mayer to build a road leading from his gardens of Augustus to Marina Piccola where he docked with his yacht. In order to reach his hotel Quisisana more quickly.

The rock was thus cut on a vertical drop of almost 100 meters, building a spectacular road with its very tight hairpin bends.

Useful information
Entry to the gardens (Easter to early November): € 1, open from 9am to 7:30 pm

Join the gardens of Augustus and Via Krupp: easily accessible from the piazzetta of Capri, following Via Vittorio Emanuele, Via Federico Serena, and Via Matteotti.

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5- Tragara Trail – Pizzolungo – Arco Naturale

The Tragara – Pizzolungo – Arco Naturale trail can be crossed in part or in full by making a loop (in one direction or the other), starting for example from the center of Capri.

It is a good opportunity to discover the beauties of the island, just a few steps from the center of the city of Capri.

Trail trail Tragara – Pizzolungo – Arco Naturale
Take Via Tragara at the end left of Via Camarelle (the street of luxury shops). This picturesque street passes the gardens of villas and beautiful hotels, to reach within less than 500 meters the belvedere of Tragara. This one offers a spectacular view of the Marina Piccola on one side and the Faraglioni on the other.

Continuing Via Tragara along the coast to the east we join the path of Pizzolungo. The path dominates the Faraglioni and goes north, passing near Punta Masullo where the astonishing Villa Malaparte is built.

The path further joins a staircase that leads to the Cave of Matermania (which in antiquity was dedicated to Mithra). Continuing, the path enters the lands and joins a junction that leads to the Arco Naturale on the right (Via Arco Naturale). We can do this hook to see this curious rock formation in the form of an arc of a height of 20 meters approximately. From here, the view takes you to the Sorrentine Peninsula.

Returning on our steps, we join the main path, then the Via Matermania which leads to the center of Capri.

http://www.naples-napoli.org/sentier-tragara-pizzolungo-arco-naturale/

6- Monte Tiberio and the Phoenician Staircase

The Phoenician Staircase (Capri fenicia in Italian) from Capri is an ancient, long, steep stone staircase that connects the port of Marina Grande with the town of Anacapri. Despite its name, it was built by Greek settlers in the 7th and 6th centuries BC.

It is currently 921 steps, for a length of 1.7 km. As it is very steep in places and the steps being high, it is not easy to get down. By taking your time, it takes almost an hour to climb.

This path was long, until the opening of a road in 1877, the only way to access Anacapri, starting near the port of Marina Grande (400 meters from the port, near San Costanza). Not only to mount goods, it was necessary for the inhabitants of Anacapri to get water from Marina Grande, where is the only source of the island, the source of Truglio.

An important restoration of the Phoenician staircase took place in 1998.
The staircase arrives near the Villa San Michele in Anacapri, a very visited site of the island. Halfway we pass a chapel dedicated to St. Anthony of Padua, the patron saint of Anacapri. Roman remains have been found here.

During the ascent, we can see engravings of crosses in the rock. They date from the 17th century, when the bishops of Capri had them engraved to protect the place, to invoke the divine protection against the fall of the rocks.

The end of the staircase is marked by the chapel of St. Michael (San Michele) and the door of the Differenza, delimiting the border between Capri and Anacapri.

More information : https://www.naples-napoli.org/escalier-phenicien/