Monte Solaro

A chairlift ride (or stiff hike) to stupendous views on Capri's highest peak

Monte Solaro Seggovia (chairlift)
Via Caposcuro 10, Anacapri (of Piazza della Vittoria)
tel. +39-081-837-1428
www.seggioviamontesolaro.it
Mar–Oct daily 9:30am–5:30pm
Nov–Feb daily 10:30am–3pm
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The view from atop Monte Solaro, Capri. The statue is Emperor Augustus. (Photo © 2009, Pilise Gábor.)
The view from atop Monte Solaro, Capri. The statue is Emperor Augustus. (Photo © 2009, Pilise Gábor.)
At 1945 feet, Monte Solaro is Capri's highest point, sporting a romantically ruined little 1806 British castle (built medieval-style) that offers dreamy island vistas and a panorama of coastal Italy that on clear days stretches as far as Calabria to the south and north almost to Rome.

The ski lift–like seggovia up takes 12 minutes, an enjoyable experience of dangling your feet just above the rooftops and kitchen gardens of Anacapri, followed by olive groves and little vineyards, which eventually give way to the macchia scrubland along the higher slopes. Keep your camera ready (just don't drop it).

The seggovia (chairlift) up Monte Solaro from Anacapri, Capri. (Photo © 2009, Pilise Gábor)
The seggovia (chairlift) up Monte Solaro from Anacapri, Capri. (Photo © 2009, Pilise Gábor)
The steep walk takes an an hour (the walk down, through the Valley of Santa Maria a Cetrella, is a pleasantly scenic workout).

Since the cost of a round-trip ticket (€9) is only a bit more than a one-way ticket (€7), you can easily forgo the walk and ride the chairlift both ways if you'd like.

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