What to see in Capri
A landscape of wild beauty sculpted by the wind, the sea and the genius of man, this is the island of Capri. Divided into two municipalities:
Capri, the hub of nightlife and unbridled luxury.
Anacapri, the part that appears to have remained the most characteristic, full of typical shops, paths and landscapes of indescribable beauty.
Both have many points of interest to visit and panoramic views to take your breath away.
Piazza Umberto I
Piazza Umberto I, known simply as the "Piazzetta" and also defined as the "living room of the world", represents the center of Capri's social life. In the Greek age the square was perched along the defensive walls, then destroyed in Roman times. At the end of the fourteenth century, under Count Giacomo Arcucci, Capri underwent an urban upheaval, which led to a new strengthening of the defensive system; only starting from the 16th century did the square take on its characteristic quadrangular shape, albeit still used for defense exercises against the raids of Saracen pirates. In the 18th century, the open space became the seat of the Capri market, and therefore a place of exchange and communication. The interventions of the late nineteenth century will definitively change the face of the square, which will become an important tourist destination. Today the Piazzetta, which has become to all intents and purposes the center of social life, hosts four renowned cafés.
Gardens of Augustus
The Gardens of Augustus consist of a series of flowered terraces overlooking the Faraglioni of Capri on one side, and the Bay of Marina Piccola and the hairpin bends of Via Krupp on the other. Around the Certosa Valley, Monte Tuoro, Monte Tiberio and Monte San Michele and the typical Capri houses with vaulted ceilings.
Via Krupp, a path with sharp bends that descends to the sea and which allows travelers to admire breathtaking views: it is one of the most famous roads on the island, which connects its historic center with the seaside area of Marina Piccola. It is no coincidence that the stroke made the great intellectuals, writers and poets of the 1900s fall in love: Jean-Paul Sartre, Thomas Mann, Pablo Neruda.
Emperor Tiberius was someone who knew how to enjoy life, he fled the noisy and chaotic Rome and came here to Capri to devote himself to contemplative idleness.
In Capri Tiberio had 12 villas, but the main one was Villa Jovis, built in the first century. AD on the extreme eastern promontory of the island. Spread over an area of about 7,000 square meters, it dominates the entire promontory of Monte Tiberio and the basin that descends towards Cesina. The view that can be enjoyed from the north side embraces a large part of the Gulf of Naples, ranging from the island of Ischia to Punta Campanella, while the south side overlooks the center of Capri.
Charterhouse of San Giacomo
The Certosa di San Giacomo is the oldest historical building on the island of Capri, it was in fact built in 1371 at the behest of Count Giacomo Arcucci on land donated by Queen Giovanna I of Anjou.
The Certosa di Capri is accessed via an avenue at the end of which is the entrance with a fortified tower. Next to the tower there is the portico of the Church. The Certosa is structured in three blocks of buildings: one unrelated to the life of the convent with the pharmacy and the church for women; one for the lay brothers and for external guests with annexed granaries, stables and laboratories where the monks worked; the last block for cloistered life with the cells around the Great Cloister and the other rooms around the Small Cloister.