Monte Solaro

Monte Solaro

Capri has established itself as a luxurious destination filled with yachts, adorned by famous personalities such as Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Kourtney Kardashian, and Hugh Jackman. Its striking rocky coastline stands out against the crystal-clear blue waters. The Blue Grotto, a cave with glowing blue waters, is the most popular attraction. However, the unique lift to the top of Monte Solaro is a hidden gem, often overlooked.

The chairlift starting point is situated in the commune of Anacapri. However, getting there involves enduring a lengthy wait for a packed bus ride up the mountain and into the lively Piazza Vittoria. Or you can grab an open-air taxi for a view-packed ride to Anacapri

Monte Solaro chairlift Capri Italy

When Monte Solaro, Capri chairlift first opened in 1952, it served as an effortless shortcut to the mountaintop. Rita Hayworth even grabbed a seat on this small tram. It was renovated in 1998 and reopened about a year later with updated equipment. For my fellow travelers that deal with acrophobia (fear of heights), this should make you feel a little bit better.

Despite my own fear of heights, I must admit that my chair ride was not as terrifying as I anticipated. While ascending, I spoke with a friend on the phone who kindly tried to calm my nerves, but I found that it was not necessary. The chair’s height was not as intimidating as I imagined, the lift stays pretty close to the ground, and the breathtaking views from the ride alone were worth it. The scenery from the top was even more spectacular.

Monte Solaro Capri Italy

Upon reaching the summit, a breathtaking view awaited. I took a stroll around the circumference of the mountain on a beautiful clear day and was greeted with panoramic views of the entire island of Capri, complete with its three iconic Faraglioni rock formations in the foreground. Additionally, I could see some of Italy’s most famous attractions, such as Naples, Mount Vesuvius, the Amalfi Coast, and Ischia Island, in the distance. The beauty was truly postcard-worthy.

Monte Solaro views of Faraglioni

At the top, you will also find the Canzone del Cielo, an American bar and solarium that has been open since the fifties. The ruins of the Fortino di Bruto which was built in 1806-1808 during the military battles between the French and English can also be seen.

You can choose to hike back down to Anacapri or take the chairlift again.

Helpful Information

Best Time to Visit: Opening dates and times: March – April 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. May – October 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. November – February 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Address:Via Caposcuro, 10 / 80071 Anacapri You will find the station for the chair lift in Via Caposcuro in Anacapri, near Piazza Vittoria. There, you can grab a €9 one-way ticket (or a €12 round-trip ticket) and hop on the 13-minute ride. The chairlift operates year-round. Admission priceRound trip 14 € One way 11 €

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