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Anacapri's Attractions

August 22, 2015

The town of Anacapri is found hidden behind the massive Monte Solaro - less visitors to Capri wander to the other side. I stayed there...
It's not less interesting than the town of Capri, but it's slightly different...

Capri's second town was my where I set my base at Hotel Casa Caprile.

Anacapri is quieter, but not less interesting - considering the cablechair access to Monte Solaro.

Some of the island's best places are found here in and around Anacapri. It would be a shame to miss out on this part of the island.

Anacapri view

View of Anacapri

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Monte Solaro

No way should you leave out the experience of seeing Capri's exhilarating panorama from the top of Monte Solaro.

In order to get to the top, you'd either thave to take the cablechair from Anacapri or, climb on a trail (preferably from Anacapri).

It's best you check my full article about Monte Solaro.

Monte Solaro, Capri

The best place for seeing Capri's panorama is Monte Solaro - accessible from Anacapri

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Chiesa di San Michele Archangelo

Located on the Piazza San Nicola, it's a baroque church built between 1698 and 1719.

What's special about it is its floor covered with painted tiles. The paintwork depicts Adam's and Eve's expulsion from the Garden of Eden.

Visitor's aren't allowed to step on the tile-covered floor. You can walk around, along the walls, stepping on specially-created wooden platforms.

The San Michele church, Capri

The Chiesa di San Michele Archangelo baroque church from interior

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Decoration inside the San Michele church

Look so nice, you'd want to eat it

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The San Michele church cupola

Under the cupola

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Chiesa di San Michele Archangelo: painted tile floor

Adam and Eve

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The painted tile floor inside the Chiesa di San Michele Archangelo

No dinosaurs

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Chiesa di Santa Sofia Vescova

Another Baroque church.
This one's older, built in 1510. It has a beautiful restored facade and the square in front of it is spacious enough to allow photography without a wide angle lens.

The beautiful facade doesn't seem to pass with the roof section. Serious restoration work is needed. But I like the interesting shape of the cupola.

Chiesa di Santa Sofia Vescova, Capri

The Chiesa di Santa Sofia Vescova from the front

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Wicked looking church top

Wicked look

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Casa Rossa

Casa Rossa inner yard, Capri

In the Casa Rossa's yard

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The Casa Rosa is a red building constructed between 1876-1899 by an American colonel – J. C. MacKowen.

It stands out from the other buildings due to its deep Pompeian red colour and fortress-like shape.

It's no typical Capri building, but bears a mix of motifs, decorations. It's essentially an artistical creation with lots of weird elements.

It's an odd combination of motifs and decorative elements originating from Italian architecture (similar to many of Capri's other buildings), others are of Moorish and Greek origin and there's a little Art Nouveau too.

The Casa Rossa is an art museum today.

Entry fee is 3 EUR - which I paid and loved the experience. It had that "out of the ordinary" feel.

The building itself is more of an attraction than the items exposed inside.

No doubt, it's definitely worth seeing. I loved the playful architecture of the Casa Rossa.

The roof can also be accessed.
The views around are nice and it's not too high - you can see much of the town from a roof top height instead of taking a bird's eye view. For the latter, go to Monte Solaro's top.

Casa Rossa Moorish motif

Moorish arch, Arabic writing

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The Casa Rosa has a strong "hispanic accent" - architecturally speaking. Plus: the Moorish elements made me think of Andalucía...

You can notice, the building has a fortress-like feel. The turret part again, seems to be of Hispanic inspiration.

On the building's wall you can also find carvings of Greek words.

As said - it's an art museum: paintings and statues can be found inside - including ancient Roman stone statues from Emperor Tiberius' period.

The ancient human-shaped statues were found in the Blue Grotto (Grotta Azzurra) seriously eroded by the sea water and various life forms living in there.

There is a permanent painting exhibition entitled "The Painted Island: A Pictorial Journey to Capri and Anacapri Between the 19th and 20th Century".

I myself loved the building a lot. It was more of an attraction than what's exposed inside.

The rooms are rather small and there are windows with coloured glass. Of course, as the sunlight shines through, rainbow-like rays are projected onto the walls and the ground.

And the rainbow light together with the light interior colours (mostly white) feels refreshing.

Casa Rossa on Capri, Italy

Like a red fortress

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The yard of Casa Rossa

"Chunks of art"

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Casa Rossa design shapes

Might as well be Art Nouveau - the style of art was pretty much alive in the 1890's

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Face on Casa Rossa

Why the morbid zombie face?

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The roof of the Casa Rossa

On the roof

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Anacapri view from Casa Rossa

It must be awesome living on Capri

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Casa Rossa roof design

...like firing holes... these are rather like a fence, protecting you from falling down

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Grotta Azurra/The Blue Grotto

The famous blue cave - a sea cave where the water underneath seems to glow in blue colour (because of the external sunlight, of course).

To see it, you should go to the Marina Grande to take a boat tour.

The Blue Grotto sometimes gets filled with water and won't be suitable for navigating in it.

Villa San Michele

It's a luxurious, specious villa constructed at the spot where once an ancient Roman imperial villa used to be.

Swedish psychiatrist, Axel Munthe built the Villa San Michele and lived there between 1896-1910.

This panoramic views of the town of Capri and Monte Tiberio are gorgeous from up there... there are some pieces of art exposed and the villa also has a garden.

I didn't visit this place, but I wanted to put it on this list, because it is part of Anacapri's main attractions.

The best reason to go there would be to see the views. But you can also enjoy the views (for free) from outside, if you get close to the Phoenician Steps.

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