The Island of Capri is located in the Gulf of Naples, just a few miles from Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast. The island is 10 square kilometers large and is divided into two municipalities: Capri and Anacapri. The center of Capri develops around the Piazzetta, about 150 meters above the sea level. Anacapri is located higher up, at 275 meters above the sea level.
Directly on the sea you will find two places: Marina Grande (where the Port is located) and Marina Piccola (on the opposite side of the Port, where the Faraglioni are located).
To get from the Port of Marina Grande to the center of Capri the most convenient and fastest way is the funicular: the ticket office is on the right hand side of the hydrofoils' arrival pier. Instead, to get from Marina Grande directly to Anacapri, you have to take the bus from the port.
Once disembarked at the Port of Marina Grande, take the funicular and arrive directly to the famous Piazzetta of Capri, also known as the "living room of the world": the center of local social life.
From here you will be spoiled for choice: you can go down to Corso Vittorio Emanuele and continue to Via Camerelle to enjoy some shopping or simply look at the windows of the biggest luxury brands in the world. For the more curious you can visit the Centro Caprese Ignazio Cerio (just behind the Piazzetta) to get information on the ancient history of Capri. On foot you can take a pleasant walk through the characteristic medieval district of Sant'Anna and then arrive at the Certosa of San Giacomo, the medieval jewel of Capri.
The former Cathedral of Santo Stefano is the main Church of the Municipality of Capri and it is located right at the top of the stairs of the famous Piazzetta of Capri. It is enclosed by houses all around but immediately striking for the stucco decorations and the wonderful contrast that the structure creates with the sky.
One of the most important aesthetic features of the Church of Santo Stefano concerns the vaulted domes of the lateral chapels that enhance the baroque style of the Church. In addition some sections of the floor were made with marble recovered from the digs of Villa Jovis, one of the 12 villas built by Emperor Tiberius in Capri.
Inside the former Cathedral of Santo Stefano is the statue of San Costanzo, protector of the island of Capri.
The Certosa of San Giacomo is the oldest historical building on the island of Capri. It was built in 1371 by Count Giacomo Arcucci's desire on a land donated by Queen Giovanna I d'Angiò.
You can access the Certosa via an avenue, at the end of which there is an entrance with a fortified tower. Next to the tower is the porch of the Church. Since 1975 this monastery has housed the museum dedicated to the German painter Karl Diefenbach.
Surrounded by breathtaking nature, villas and luxury hotels, it seems like a place suspended in time. Currently you can visit different areas of the Certosa: the first and certainly the most important, is the large cloister or the central part of the Certosa that was once dedicated to seclusion. Here in fact there were the twelve cells of the monks. From the large cloister one can enter the small cloister and finally the house of the spiritual guide. The rooms are spacious and welcoming, but above all they leave a unique view of the Faraglioni of Capri.
Another "must" stop on Capri is definitely the Gardens of Augustus, from which the Faraglioni can be admired from afar. The Gardens of Augustus consist of a series of flowery terraces overlooking on one side the Faraglioni, on the other side the Bay of Marina Piccola and the hairpins of Via Krupp.
In the early 1900s the German industrialist Friedrich Alfred Krupp used to spend his summer holidays in Capri. Krupp, who was fond of marine biology, docked with his yacht at Marina Piccola, but found it inconvenient to reach his suite at the Quisisana.
For this reason he commissioned the engineer Emilio Mayer to build a road that from Marina Piccola climbed up to the Certosa of San Giacomo and the Gardens of Augustus. The engineer cut the rock to life and, overcoming a drop of about 100 meters, built one of the most spectacular roads in the world: a series of hairpins so tight as to seem overlapping.
Unfortunately, Via Krupp is currently closed due to the danger of falling rocks and it is therefore possible to admire it only from the top of the Gardens of Augustus.
All you have to do is disembark at Marina Grande or walk through the alleys of the historic center to observe colourful, low, high houses with barrel vaults, embraced by bougainvillea. By looking and photographing those buildings, you can understand that each one of them is different, each one of them is special, because they tell a unique story: that is the story of its owner. In Capri there is a private home that more than any other reflects the personality of its owner: Villa Malaparte, by Curzio Malaparte.
Villa Malaparte dominates the Bay of Matermania with its Pompeian red walls and enjoys a dreamlike view: to the south-east you can see the Sorrento Peninsula while to the south you can admire the Faraglioni of Capri and the Scoglio del Monacone.
Its parallelepiped shape is surprising and integrates perfectly with the surrounding area. On the outside, the structure is connected to the sea with stairs that also connect the house to the roof-solarium, where the writer loved to spend his days. The walls are characterized by four large frameless windows that open onto fabulous views. Wonderful is the fireplace with the crystal bottom that lets you glimpse the sea when the flames burn.
Unfortunately it is not possible to visit Villa Malaparte, but it can only be admired from a distance. To see it, you have to take the Pizzolungo walk and immediately after passing the Grotta of Matermania you will find it in front of you, right on the promontory of Capo Masullo, surrounded by pine trees.
At the end of Via Camerelle, when the glamour and worldliness of high fashion boutiques end, a steep but short climb begins in the nature that leads to Via Tragara, which ends with a suggestive terrace lookout on the Faraglioni. From this splendid terrace you can also admire the typical Caprese houses climbing on the slopes, Mount Solaro and the bay of Marina Piccola.
From the Belvedere of Tragara you can get to the Pizzolungo promenade, which leads to the Natural Arch, from the small road that runs along the terrace on the right. Pizzolungo is a particularly evocative path, pleasant in summer and spectacular in winter. The mountain is covered by a thick and spontaneous vegetation and provides the illusion of being away from the world and out of time, when the absolute protagonists of the island of Capri were the rocks and the sea.
The path abounds with panoramic viewpoints and continues pleasantly up to meet a narrow and steep staircase that leads to the Grotto of Matermania, also known as Grotta del Matrimonio or Matromania. From the findings that took place inside, it is not clear to which divinity the cave was dedicated in ancient times, even if the sacred destination of the place is certain. After leaving the cave you have to climb about 200 steps to get to the top where, along a small road on the right, you get to the Natural Arch. The Natural Arch, an amazing paleolithic sculpture, is what remains of a deep and very high cavity, which originally was underground and, after a landslide, became discovered. It has the features of a natural bridge between two pillars of rock and its semicircular split frames a fabulous panorama…