The connection between the city of Capri and Marina Piccola
In 1899, the German industrialist Friedrich Alfred Krupp moved to Capri, which he loved so much, staying in a suite of the Quisisana hotel in the center of the main city of the island. Passionate about oceanographic research, he moored his boat to Marina Piccola, not far from there as the crow flies but only accessible by trails.
Krupp then proposes to the mayor to build a road on the lands that it acquires between the Certosa di San Giacomo and Marina Piccola: after examination, the project is declared of public utility and entrusted to the Neapolitan architect Emilio Mäyer. The road is finally inaugurated in 1902.
Krupp, to whom the name given to the road pays homage, did not take advantage of it for a long time: mixed with the local political life of the island, he was quickly the subject of a scandal, accused of pederasty for organizing orgies in the cave of Fra Felice, near the road and laid out on the ground. These accusations, whose foundation remains uncertain, forced him to leave Capri and Italy. But the scandal continued to Germany, where he was found dead on November 22, 1902 in his Villa Hügel, officially an attack of apoplexy even if the thesis of a suicide is likely.
The vicissitudes of via Krupp
The via Krupp is located in a beautiful site, descending in laces from the Giardini di Augusto (Gardens of Augustus) to then reach Marina Piccola on the cliffs.
Its 1.3 kilometer-long route offers magnificent views of the island’s southern façade, including the famous Faraglioni.
The site that makes the beauty of the road makes it at the same time particularly dangerous, the limestone cliffs overhanging it being prone to frequent landslides. Thus, the road had to be closed in 1976 after a landslide that seriously damaged it, and only reopened in 2008 after a construction campaign which cost some 7 million euros. But new landslides soon forced to ban access again: currently, via Krupp, closed to the public, can only admire at a distance, for example from the gazebo of Giardini di Augusto.
The most famous, recently reopened. To descend from his perched villa in Capri to the Sirens Rocks of Marina Piccola, the Kaiser cannons maker, Friedrich Albert Krupp, had a pedestrian road cut in tight laces on the side of a steep cliff. It is a real pleasure to take it to dive gently, admiring the large yachts at anchor, to the most famous bathing establishments on the south coast: the Canzone del Mare, an anthill of stars, in Marina Piccola, and Da Luigi or La Fontelina, at the foot of the Faraglioni, these famous pyramid rocks where even the lizards have taken the azure color of the sea.
Accused of pederasty orgies, Krupp was declared undesirable and committed suicide shortly thereafter. Ultimate contempt, in front of the superb Gardens of Augustus that he had arranged and gave to the city, a plot accommodates a monument made of three small white obelisks engraved with the effigy of Lenin, while it did not come that twice visit the revolutionary school founded by Gorky and Alexander Bogdanov in exile … Capri is nonetheless highly rated among Italian capitalists, following Gianni Agnelli. Their helicopters land almost in the ruins of an old palace of Tiberius, Damecuta. Diego della Valle, from Tod’s, and Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, from Ferrari, regularly arrive there, who have their villas there and concocted the birth of Italo, the first European private TGV, serving, of course, Naples.