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Monte Solaro, Anacapri

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Monte Solaro is a mountain on the island of Capri in Campania, Italy. With an elevation of 589 m, its peak is the highest point of Capri.'It contains the "Fortino di Bruto", a blockhouse which was used in battles between Britain and France in the early 19th century. It is characterised by its "sheer dolomitic slopes" which form an "unsurpassable partition" between the eastern and western sides of the island. Marina Grande lies at the foot of the mountain. It became popular with painters due to its "romantic situation, affording extensive and beautiful views to the NW of the Tyrrhenian sea, the gulf of Naples". Up the mount there is a statue of Emperor Augustus who first landed on Capri.Geology and TopographyMonte Solaro is formed from the same limestone that the island is also composed of.Flora and FaunaFloraThe area around Monte Solaro is inhabited by over 900 species of vegetation. At higher altitudes, one might find acanthus, arbutus, heather, juniper, broom, ilex, lentisk, litosperma, myrtle and smilace. At lower altitudes, one might find laurels, rock-roses, strawberry trees, Daphne shrubs, Pistacia lentiscus (Mastic), myrtles, narcissus, orchids, and pines and the Lithodora Rosmarinifolia.FaunaThe mountain is also visited by many species of birds, including peregrine falcons.HikingThe summit is accessible by walking without too much difficulty by either the passetiello or a path that starts from Axel Munthe. Both routes are suitable for walkers in decent physical condition. Notable sites include the Eremo di Santa Maria a Cetrella for its architecture, and the remains of the Fortino di Bruto, a military fort built during the Napoleonic Wars.
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A less expensive alternative to Capri's expensive resorts, Anacapri offers a peaceful setting for a long vacation away from the tourist crowds. The quieter and less explored of the two towns on the island, Anacapri boasts several small hotels with private balconies offering sweeping harbor views. Stay near the compact town center to explore its narrow streets lined with shops and cafes. Surrounded by olive groves and flower gardens, the town's B&Bs offer simple but comfortable rooms, only minutes away from Capri's famous nightlife.
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  • The chair lift if 11€ roundtrip to the topi. They sell one way tickets, no idea why, I could not find another way down. The chair lifts are singles and take about 10+ minutes to get to the top. It was...  more »
  • To get to the summit you'll need to use the Monte Solaro Chairlift. You'll see wonderful views on the way up and the views at the top are absolutely spectacular. One at the summit there are toilets an...  more »
  • When in Anacapri look for the chair lift to the top of the island. It is a little scary getting on and off the chair lift as it never stops and you have to be ready to move. Once you get going the vie...  more »