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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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  • I was very skeptical about the chance to climb to the top of Monte Solaro, given my fear of emptiness, dismissive and lover of belvedere decided to climb. It was absolutely worth it. The service maybe is a bit pricey, but the efficiency is definitely guaranteed. As you climb slowly you will enjoy a breathtaking landscape! Shame not you take some pictures! Recommended
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  • From the top of this mountain you can see a wonderful view of the Tyrrhenian Sea and the cliffs of the island of Capri. This Summit is accessed by means of a rotating system of ski lift, located in Anacapri. While it goes up or down, you can make excellent photographs of the village of Anacapri, and crops on the slope of the Hill. An unforgettable experience.
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  • Wow - we weren't sure what to expect with the chair lift to the top. We live in Colorado and have taken plenty of chair lifts to the top of mountains, but this was such a different viewpoint at the to...  more »