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Anacapri Street Exploration
Despite the architectural similarities between the towns of Capri and Anacapri, the latter has numerous other characteristics that distinguish it from Capri.
Anacapri is first of all quieter and I seized the opportunity to dig a bit, explore its narrow streets.
Quiet street with minivan
Anacapri's peacefulness felt relaxing, soothing even, after having seen the crowded town of Capri - which attracts most of the visitors arriving to the island.
This town is an average of 150 m higher than the town of Capri. The two being the only localities on the island of Capri.
You can't look down from Anacapri at Capri: Monte Solaro is in between, creating a huge natural barrier between the two sides of the island.
Besides a narrow road on the northern side (Naples Bay side), there is no other road between Capri and Anacapri.
Although there is intense traffic between the two, it seemed to me that Anacapri falls a bit away from the targets of the massive streams of curious (and often noisy) tourists.
Capri's population is of 7,300, while Anacapri has slightly more than 6,200.
The difference isn't too great, but undoubtedly - it is Capri that's the "star" of the island.
Anacapri has less high-end hotels and less shiny restaurants, but there are other sorts of attractions (please see the the Anacapri attractions suggestions).
Street with strange trees
Although a vast area of Anacapri was indeed very quiet, the northern parts in the proximity of the Villa San Michele and the Phoenician Steps, dense crowds of visitors gather.
Northwestern Anacapri was the most crowded part besides Monte Solaro.
The are around Hotel Casa Caprile, between it and the Le Boffe area was almost as quiet as a crypt.
The Le Boffe area is a narrow square-like place surrounded by old white buildings among which strange-shaped trees stretch towards the sky...
Yet another slightly surreal place...
Many of Anacapri's flirtatious streets are so thin, only the very small minivans or motor scooters can cross them.
Barely a few scooters broke the silence every now and then and, only a few people showed on the narrow streets.
Of course: my peak experience was my encounter of a dog with radar ears!
More photos about this experience are listed below - I felt like I couldn't leave a single one of them out, so here they are:
Cute Anacapri architecture
Dog with radar ears
Like a botanical garden
Huge catcuses too... All this reminds me of those "man-eating plants in Kuala Lumpur"
Complicated enough to contemplate
...same "artwork" from ground level
The designer played around with the shapes. How many buildings, how many homes do you see?
Chiesa di Santa Sofia Vescova
The Le Boffe area is one of Anacapri's oldest squares
Walking towards the Chiesa di Santa Sofia Vescova
Square house at the corner
Worn-down a bit...
Looks a bit like in Star Wars. Just a little bit, doesn't it?
The crowded part of Anacapri: souvenir shops, restaurants and huge plants
Anacapri and Capri are visually separated by a huge mountain ridge
Small Italian cars are a "must have" on these narrow streets
Same place, different angle
Luckily for these houses, there is no snow, nor abundant rain on Capri. Therefore the flat tops.
A final moment with a minivan running across...
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