Giardini di Augusto / Gardens of Augustus

Giardini di Augusto / Gardens of Augustus

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The History of the Gardens of Augustus

The botanical gardens hold a fascinating history that can be traced back to the early 1900s. These gardens were established by a prominent German industrialist named Friedrich Alfred Krupp. Krupp had a path constructed down to the shore below, and during his summer visits to the island, he would often moor his yacht here. After Krupp died in 1902, the gardens were generously donated to Capri.

Originally named the Krupp Gardens (more on Krupp’s “scandal” here), these stunning gardens were later renamed the Gardens of Augustus in 1918. This decision was made in honor of the Roman Emperor Augustus, who had once enjoyed the breathtaking views from this very location. Today, the Gardens of Augustus is a popular tourist attraction, drawing visitors from all over the world who marvel at the stunning landscapes and learn about the rich history of this beautiful area.

Krupp’s name remained here, however, on the Via Krupp, which is the road that dangerously zigs and zags its way down to the water’s edge and the Marina Piccola. This road is not always open because of falling rocks so check before you go.

The Gardens

Located atop the picturesque island of Capri, lies a breathtaking garden of unparalleled beauty- the Gardens of Augustus. It is recognized for its exceptional natural splendor and stunning panoramic vistas.

When visiting the Isle of Capri, it’s essential to make a stop at the Gardens of Augustus. These gardens are conveniently located near the center of Capri and offer stunning flora and breathtaking views of the island’s landscapes.

The gardens are not vast, but the dazzling colors from the dahlias and geraniums surrounding the fountain and sculptures add to their charm. The Faraglioni view is undoubtedly the highlight, which appears to be just a stone’s throw away. It’s evident why Friedrich Krupp chose this spot for his residence and gardens, given the stunning views.

At this spot, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the southern side of Capri spanning 180 degrees. On the left, you will see the majestic Faraglioni, while on the right, you can take in Marina Piccola and the cliffs that ascend to the top of Mount Solaro, the island’s highest peak. Just below you, the winding and awe-inspiring Via Krupp is a sight to behold and well worth the visit.

The Gardens of Augustus, located just a 10-minute walk away from the center of Capri, offer visitors the flexibility to spend as much or as little time as they desire. You can take your time and unwind in a shaded area with a book while enjoying the breathtaking view of the Faraglioni for hours. Alternatively, you can explore the gardens and admire the stunning scenery for an hour before moving on. No matter what you choose, you will be in one of the most picturesque and magnificent locations on the island.

Helpful Information

Best Time to Visit: Opening dates and times:9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. from April to October 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from November to March Address: Via Matteotti, 2, 80076 Capri NA, Italy Admission price EUR 1.5 – free for children under 12. If you combine the ticket with a visit to the Charterhouse of St. Giacomo then the price is EUR 5 The best time to visit is early morning or late afternoon when the gardens are less crowded.

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