How to Explore Monte Solaro

Monte Solaro offers some of the most exquisite views across the island of Capri and beyond. The mountain juts 589 metres above sea level and boasts the highest vantage point on the island. From the peak, you can see the Bay of Naples, the Amalfi Coast, and the mountains of Calabria in the distance.

If you’re exploring Capri, Monte Solaro is a must-do if you want to witness the beauty of the island and dig deep into its natural history.

How to Get to Monte Solaro

The quickest, easiest, and most fun way to get to Monte Solaro is by the 12-minute chairlift ride that takes you right to the top of the mountain. You can get the chairlift from the Piazza Vittoria in Anacapri.

On the journey, you’ll be able to check out the stunning views as they grow more dramatic the higher you get.

Alternatively, you can get to the summit of Monte Solaro by foot. The walk can take anywhere from between an hour and an hour and a half depending on your fitness levels and how leisurely you want to make it.

Things to Do on Monte Solaro

Once you’re at the top of Monte Solaro, there are plenty of things for you to do, whether you’re looking to marvel at the beautiful array of plant species or dig deep into the fascinating history of the island.

Flower lovers should keep an eye out for the rich collection of plants, including orchids, heather, juniper, and narcissus.

Elsewhere, you can discover some of Capri’s history at the remains of Fortino di Bruto which is located right near the chairlift. It was originally a military fort built by the British, and it dates back to the beginning of the 1800s.

Next, you can check out Santa Maria Cetrella. This 15th-century hermitage and church perches on the mountainside and can be reached by a winding path that meanders through a wooded copse of pine and chestnut trees. At the site, you can visit the chapel, see the bell tower, and take a tour of the cells that once housed Dominican and Franciscan friars. You can also witness the church’s famous painting of the Virgin Mary, which is thought to have been an icon for sailors in times gone by.

Once you’ve seen the church, you can kick back and relax in the small garden that looks out over the Faraglioni rocks.

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