Capri Island Overview

Capri Island Day Hike

Narrow Streets of Capri

Piazzetta and City of Capri

Blue Grotto

Gardens of Augustus

Monte Solaro

The Stacks (I Faraglioni) 

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Day Hike the Island of Capri

Half Day Itinerary

Note: You should be in decent physical condition to undertake this half-day walk.

Leave the city of Capri by walking south on Via Camerelle in the direction of i Faraglioni. (These notable rock formations, pictured on the right, are called The Stacks in most English language guide books covering Capri.)

Via Camerelle will turn into Via Taraga as you make your way out onto the promontory known as Taraga Point. The paved road (on Capri roads are little more than footpaths) will give way to a well constructed walking trail.

Some of the best views of i Faraglioni can be had from the vantage points afforded those who make the extra effort to hike the eastern trails of the island.

After the itinerary takes you past i Faraglioni, you will continue on the trail in a north-east direction towards the Arco Naturale (Or Natural Arch, pictured below).

A stunning picture of the Stacks (i Faraglioni) of Capri, Italy.
The famous Natural Arch(Arco Naturale) of Capri, Italy.

The Natural arch is stunning. In the picture on the left you can see how the morning sunlight gives the crystal clear waters the distinctive Caprese (meaning "of Capri") turquoise color. The color of the waters surrounding the island is one of the most memorable things about Capri. This itinerary will give you a chance to see the crystalline waters of Capri from a different vantage point.


After the Arco Naturale you will backtrack to Via Matermania. The narrow, unpaved footpath will become a paved Caprese road.

Follow Via Matermania until the road intersects with Via Tiberio and take a right.  After a bit of a walk you will find a caffe'/snack bar on the left. This is a lovely place to stop and recharge before continuing on to Villa di Giove (a.k.a. Villa Jovis, Palazzo di Tiberio, or The house Tiberius Built). A break will make this itinerary more relaxing and more enjoyable.

After you pass the snack bar and the road turns into a trail, you will come across Chiesa di S. Michele Arcangelo (Picture on the right). As seen on the sign below and to the right, the church was used from the 14th century through the 16th century.  Through the years the church was known by different names.

Picture of the exterior of Chiesa di San Michele Arcangelo,  Capri, Italy.
Once past the little church, continue your climb as the path makes its way to Villa Giove (Pictured below). Villa Jovis, one of Capri's oldest structures was built by emperor Tiberius of Rome in the first century AD. 

Tiberius selected this location for its commanding view of the surrounding country-side and sea. The villa was constructed on the highest point on the eastern side of the island of Capri.

Do stay alert on this hike. You may encounter wild beasts, such as the savage goats pictured in the lower left. You will want to keep a safe distance between yourself and these viciously docile creatures that make their home on the island.

To complete the itinerary, return to the city of Capri by Via Tiberio (Backtrack the way you came - without returning to i Faraglioni... go straight when via Tiberio intersects Via Materamnia.)

Wall Tile outside of Chiesa di San Michele Arcangelo,  Capri, Italy.
Capri, Italy. Villa di Giove, also known as Villa Jovis, or Villa Tiberio, Roman Ruins. Docile Goats of Capri freely roam the island

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