Saturday, June 24th, 2017

Capri Adventure: Ascending Monte Solaro


Capri is a mountainous island in Italy’s southern Campania region, just off the coast of Naples.  It’s also one of my favorite places in the world.

Capri is divided into two halves: the posh, ritzy Capri, and the village-like, lesser-visited Anacapri.

Staying in Anacapri — at the fantastic Bussola di Hermes — gave us the chance to see more of Anacapri, which plenty of tourists just skip entirely in favor of the beaches and boutiques.

Monte Solaro, the highest point on the island, is one of Anacapri’s star attractions.  For just a few Euros, you can take a chairlift to the top of the mountain.

Then for twelve minutes, you soar through the air, gliding by incredible gardens like this one.  I love how the chairs are built for one — it gives you a chance to take everything in.

And then you get to the top, where you have a 360-degree view of one of the most beautiful islands in the Mediterranean.

I was so struck by the beauty of Capri — I remember feeling as if I were in the middle of a Greek myth.  It was so quiet on top of the mountain because everyone was just as spellbound as I was.  I would have gladly stayed on top of Monte Solaro for days, living on nothing but tomatoes and fresh mozzarella.

Look how happy we are!  The seven of us bonded that weekend, and I think that being in a beautiful setting had much to do with that.

Here’s a video I found on YouTube of the chairlift.  If you pause at 1:12, you can see the amazing garden!

If ever you find yourself in Capri, be sure to visit the best of Anacapri, especially Monte Solaro.  You won’t regret it!

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3 Responses to “Capri Adventure: Ascending Monte Solaro”
  1. Deidre says:

    Capri is by far my most favorite place in the world too! I never knew about the chairlift so thanks for that – whenever I make it back (sigh). One of my favorite adventures when I was there (after renting a boat to take us all the way around the island), was venturing to Faro to watch the sunset…it was perfect. I definitely understand what you mean about it being so quiet because everyone is just awestruck at how amazingly beautiful everything is. Thanks for the tip! (and a new place to stay in Anacapri)
    .-= Deidre´s last blog ..That’s What He Said… =-.

    • Kate says:

      Hi, Deidre!

      Thanks for sharing. I LOVE Faro as well! I didn’t get to see the sunset there, but I did spend the afternoon after Monte Solaro swimming there. It was perfect — huge, crashing waves and warm water! I have been missing Capri SO much lately!

  2. Gennaro says:

    Hi Deidre
    I’m following you by my G+ and I’m from Naples. I think that your post is very nice and useful. Capri is wonderful.
    I’d want to say something. Many people who visits Naples’ island don’t vist Naples maybe because they think that Naples is dangerous.
    Well, I wrote a post called where to sleep safely in Naples. Maybe il will be useful too.
    Thanks for the sharing and good work
    Gennaro Grasso

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