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. You can get similarly spectacular views for free by climbing up the steps opposite the entrance to the gardens to the small terrace guarded by lion statues and a monument to Lenin, a 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.
In the early 20th century, German industrialist Friedrich Alfred Krupp 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.
To scale the roughly 100 meter drop, the engineer cut a series of hairpin bends into the rock, set so close together that they appear almost to overlap. (Important Update: This switchback pathway is currently closed due to a danger of falling rocks.) Make your way down by foot to reach Marina Piccola and, if you don't fancy the return hike uphill, 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, simply take Via Vittorio Emanuele to Via Federico Serena and then Via Matteotti.