Capri Augustus Gardens - Via Krupp
Panoramic gardens and an incredible feat of engineering.
If you've only got a couple of hours to visit the island of Capri and want to take that classic shot of the sea and the Faraglioni before you leave, head to the Gardens of Augustus.
Close to the center and only steps away from the Charterhouse of San Giacomo, the Gardens of Augustus are comprised of a series of panoramic flower decked terraces overlooking the Faraglioni on the one side and the Bay of Marina Piccola and Via Krupp on the other.
Our insider tip
From Easter until early November, entrance to the Gardens of Augustus costs 1 euro. You can get similarly spectacular views for free by climbing up the steps opposite the entrance to the gardens to reach a small terrace guarded over by statues of lions and a monument to Lenin, another famous habitué of the island. From here you can enjoy fabulous views of Marina Piccola. To see the Faraglioni, walk a couple of meters down Via Krupp.
It was the early 20th century German industrialist Friedrich Alfred Krupp who commissioned the engineer Emilio Mayer to design and build a pathway which would link Marina Piccola, where he habitually moored his yacht each summer, with the area surrounding the Charterhouse of San Giacomo and the Gardens of Augustus - close to his suite at the Hotel Quisisana.
So as to overcome a difference in height of approximately 100 meters, the engineer cut a series of hair pin bends into the rock, set so close together that they appear almost to overlap.
Make your way down by foot to reach Marina Piccola and, if you don't fancy the uphill return, travel back to the center by bus!
How to get to the Gardens of Augustus and Via Krupp
It's easy! From the Piazzetta of Capri all you have to do is take Via Vittorio Emanuele, followed by Via
Federico Serena and Via Matteotti.