Capri Historic center of Anacapri
Capri's unexpected Earthly Paradise.
If the Piazzetta of Capri is the unrivalled focus of the island's glamorous social life, filled with elegant pavement cafes where the world's beautiful people habitually come to strike a pose, the pretty historic center of Anacapri is the exact opposite: where even the most famous of visitors can pass blissfully unobserved as they saunter through the town's peaceful piazzas and bougainvillea and geranium festooned lanes.
Buses from Capri and Marina Grande leave passengers at Piazza Vittoria, where a flight of steps leads up to the entrance to the chairlift to Monte Solaro on the right and Viale San Michele, the lane which leads to the Museum of Villa San Michele, to the left. Piazza Vittoria is also where the Via Giuseppe Orlandi commences, a pedestrian road which winds its way right through the historic center of Anacapri.
How to get to Anacapri
Buses to Anacapri depart on a regular basis from Capri and, less frequently, from Marina Grande.
The town's main bus stop is in Piazza Vittoria, a little square surrounded by souvenir shops, restaurants and bars.
As they walk along Via Giuseppe Orlandi, after just a few minutes visitors come across the Casa Rossa, a striking building painted in deep Pompeian red and characterized by an eccentric mélange of architectural styles. Until 1899 the Casa Rossa was the residence of the American colonel, John Clay H.MacKowen, who came to Italy in the immediate aftermath of the American Civil war. MacKowen followed the example of the Swedish physician Axel Munthe: filling his island home with the archeological finds which he collected during his walks along the pathways of Capri.
In the rooms of the Casa Rossa today's visitors can see the permanent exhibition "The Painted Island: pictorial journey in Capri and Anacapri between the 19th and 20th century", featuring works by important artists such as Barret, Carelli, De Montalant, Carabain, Lovatti, Hay, Casciaro, and Vianelli. In addition to a number of impressive land and seascapes, the paintings offer a fascinating record of everyday life on the island of Capri between the 1800's and 1900's. In addition, Casa Rossa houses the incredibly well conserved statues found in the Grotta Azzurra, believed to date back to the time when the Emperor Tiberius elected the famous sea cave as his own personal nymphaeum.
Church of San Michele
Only a few steps after the Casa Rossa, to the right, visitors enter the Piazza San Nicola, home to the Church of San Michele Arcangelo. This baroque construction, built between the 17th and 18th century together with the nearby Theresian complex, is one of the island's most important tourist attractions, thanks to its splendid pavement in majolica, depicting the expulsion of Adam and Eve from Eden. The Church of San Michele Arcangelo was designed by the architect Antonio Domenico Vaccaro. The pavement was realized by the Neapolitan master Leonardo Chiaiese.
Church of Santa Sofia
Back on Via Giuseppe Orlandi, visitors soon come across the Church of Santa Sofia, Anacapri's principal house of worship. Built in the 16th century on the site of the old parish church of Santa Maria di Costantinopoli, the Church of Santa Sofia is characterized by its recently restored barrel vaults and the baroque façade which, in part, hides the bell tower, dating back to the 18th century. The Church of Santa Sofia faces onto a small piazza paved in red brick. The marble benches in the piazza were decorated by the Anacapri-born artist, Sergio Rubino.
Descending the steps on the left hand side of the Piazza, visitors soon find themselves in the "Boffe", one of the oldest districts of Anacapri. This is best place to see the barrel, cross and cloister vaulted edifices constructed by the master builders of Anacapri which so enchanted great architects such as Edwin Cerio and Roberto Pane. On the 13th of June each year, the labyrinth of little lanes and the charming Piazza Boffe is animated by the procession dedicated to Sant'Antonio, patron saint of Anacapri.
Sites of interest
- Marina Piccola
- Marina Grande
- Historic center of Anacapri
- Villa Jovis
- Augustus Gardens - Via Krupp
- Charterhouse of St. Giacomo
- Tour of the island
- Grotta Azzurra
- Mount Solaro
- Villa San Michele
- Towers and Forts
- Punta Carena
- Villa Damecuta
- Beyond the Island of Capri
- Le Arcate
- In the center of Anacapri, the restaurant Le Arcate prepares dishes which...
- Bar Columbus, a typical Capri style bar and restaurant, is located in the...
- Pizzeria Aumm Aumm
- Pizzeria open till the early hours of the morning
- Cocktail - Wines
- In the centre of Anacapri
- L'Oasi Ceramiche
- Hand made ceramics
- Limoncello di Capri
- The famous lemon liqueur
5 Star Hotels
- Caesar Augustus
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Small Boutique Hotels
- Orsa Maggiore
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3 Star Hotels
- Villa Ceselle
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1 Star Hotels
- Stella Maris
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Bed & Breakfast
- Cavalluccio Marino
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- La Giuliva
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