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My Escapes Italy Naples, Islands, Pizza and Camorra! Capri Capri - the "Gem Island" Monte Solaro

Monte Solaro

August 22, 2015

Never leave a trip to Monte Solaro's peak when you're on Capri.
And, one of the best time to do this is in the late afternoon, before the sun sets. The colours are hypnotizing...

It's 589 m (1,932 ft) high and it's the highest point of the isle of Capri.

As you will approach Capri's Marina Grande (port area) by boat from Naples, Monte Tiberio will show up on left hand's side and Monte Solaro on the right.

Monte Solaro, Capri

Monte Solaro seen from the town of Capri

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Monte Solaro has characteristic dolomitic slopes. Some of its sides are abrupt, but there are milder inclinations with trails as well.

I took the cablechair - it cost 7 EUR one way or 10 EUR two ways. Not cheap fun, but definitely worth the financial sacrifice.

Thrilling views of Capri

Thrilling view from Monte Solaro towards the town of Capri and the Faraglioni (sea cliffs)

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It was a memorable cable chair ride: you get to fly above beautiful gardens of elegant houses, you will hear the sounds of the birds around you...

Just hurry: the chairlift operates between 9 AM to 5:30 PM (March-October period). I was barely able to catch the ride down. (Alternatively, you can choose the trail).

In the November-February period, the chairlift operates between 10:30 AM and 3:00 PM.

Ischia from Capri

Flowers and the island of Ischia "floating" in the distance...

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The trip with the chairlift to Monte Solaro takes 12 minutes. It's long enough to be able to enjoy the nuances and tiny details of the view...

My camera wasn't the best for the fantastic views - trust me, the sights were a lot more beautiful with a lot nicer colours than you can see on my photos.

Anacapri chairlift

Chairlifting above houses and green gardens

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The surreal trip aboard up started in Anacapri - this is where you have to be to be able to embark on the chairlift journey.

The chairlift station isn't far from the bus station.

Look: shortly after departing, I passed by a long line of chairlifts carrying elderly Japanese tourists with weird outfits - of course, they were constantly photographing!

Chairlift to Monte Solaro

Elderly Japanese tourists flying by...

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The horizon towards the islands of Ischia and Procida showed up in surreal colours...

It felt like I was a participant in a Salvador Dalí or Vladimir Kush painting...

Of course, my photos don't even come close to the real sight.

Blue Ischia from Capri

The island of Ischia "hovering" above the Mediterranean Sea

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The bottom of the sky appeared pale pink with various nuances playing together as it met the light blue-coloured Mediterranean Sea.

Ischia and Procida were flat blue - just of a slightly darker nuance than the sea's colour.

And the islands seemed to "hover": white shades were between them and the sea - creating the appearance that the islands were separated from the water.

Anacapri like dwarfs' town

Down there it feels like a dwarfs' town

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My photos don't reflect the vivid colours I was able to enjoy in reality.

The fine nuances of pink and light blue were all smooth. No sharp lights, no sharp red colours, but smooth nuances played the prelude of the sunset...

Among all of my travel experience - to the day of publishing this article, this was the must stunning sky I've ever seen.

Trees and buildings of Anacapri

Those trees are huge!

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After arriving to the top, I looked down on one side to see an almost half crater-like formation on the side of Monte Solaro, where seagulls were circling above the azure blue water.

The sounds and the sights were mesmerizing.

Monte Solaro's side

Birds were swirling around the crater-like walls of the cliff...

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One or probably more restaurants were at the top, but I'm not the kind to sit down to eat or drink - I'd rather contemplate the sights for as many minutes as possible...

From Monte Solaro's top you can look in almost any direction, the views will be stunning and very different from the other views.

Capri: the sky and the sea

The sky melting with the sea

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There is no single alluring view from Capri's top, there are multiple and they're all mesmerizing.

One of the first photos that I've seen of Capri was the one with this tree - I was in my teens back then. Little did I know then that one day I will be standing right there... enjoying this sight - as if I had taken a leap into the photo...

Iconic view of Capri

And iconic view of Capri

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With a nuanced, even humorous approach to travel, an obsession for art and design, Escape Hunter prefers to travel slowly, in order to learn and "soak up" the local atmosphere...


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