Capri Travel Guide: The Mount Solaro Chair Lift
The Isle of Capri, located off the coast of Naples and Sorrento in central Italy makes for a great day-trip from mainland Italy. While some visitors to the island opt to spend a few nights here, many visitors take the ferry and are here for just a day. If you are a sucker for a great view and are wondering where to go for the best views on the island then head to Anacapri, on the western end of the island, and take the Mount Solaro chair lift to the highest point on Capri.
The Mount Solaro chair lift is located just off of Piazza Vittoria, very close to the bus stop in Anacapri. The ride to the summit takes only 13 minutes and each chair holds just a single rider. The journey to the top of Mount Solaro, while it may look intimidating is actually a very serene ride and you are never more than ten meters or so above the ground.
The chair lift takes you over gardens, private homes, and eventually over the rugged terrain near the top of the peak. The views as you climb higher get more and more impressive, until you find yourself at the top with a 360 degree view of the island and the Bay of Naples. If you happen to get a very clear day you will be able to see Mount Vesuvius, the Amalfi Coast and even the mountains in Calabria.
Map of Capri
The main attraction here is definitely the view so bring your camera and binoculars and relax for a few moments as you take in the incredible scenery. Of particular interest might be the Faraglioni, or the three rocky stacks located just off the southeast coast of Capri. These famous rocks each have their own name; Stella, Mezzo and Scopolo (also known as Fuori) and they range in height from 82 meters up to 109 meters. Formed by the eroding action of the sea and the wind the Faraglioni have been a part of the mythical charm of the island since antiquity.
Scopolo is home to the rare blue-tinted lizard, otherwise known as the lacerta viridens faraglionesis. This is the only place in the world where this lizard can be found.
At the top of Mount Solaro there is a small garden and a café with outside seating in a very picturesque setting, the perfect spot for a quick bite to eat or a cappuccino. There are a few trails up here including the path that will take you back to Anacapri should you decide to explore or to hike down.
Mount Solaro sits at 589 meters or 1932 feet above the sea below so if you decide to hike up or down give yourself at least an hour going down, and certainly more time if going up. Should you decide to hike down you will pass through the Cetralla region, which is the site of a small church called the Santa Maria a Cetralla. The small church and bell tower date back to the sixteenth century and are perched right on the edge of a very impressive cliff above the Marina Piccola.
Marina Piccola is the small beach area located on the south side of the island. It’s a great spot for sun bathing with a view of the Faraglioni and is located right at the base of a very steep and rocky cliff.
Just below and to the east on the island is the namesake town of Capri. Famous for is gardens, summer palaces, and its expensive shopping Capri draws visitors from all over the world. If you have just one day on the island I would suggest heading to Anacapri in the morning, which should include a ride up the Mount Solaro chair lift, followed by an afternoon in Capri. Bus service and taxi’s are available to transport you between the two towns.
Hours and Fees
Hours and Fees
The Mount Solaro chair lift runs daily from 9:30am until 4:45pm. The last ride down the mountain in the afternoon leaves at 5:15pm. You don’t want to miss this otherwise you’ll be hoofing it down the mountain. The cost is 7.50 euro for a one way ride and 10 euro for a round trip ticket.
As the weather at the top of Mount Solaro is likely to be windy, cool, and unpredictable, come prepared with a jacket or wind breaker and remember to wear a good pair of shoes. The round-trip ride on the chair lift takes about 25 minutes and if you spend just 30 to 60 minutes up top you can figure about an hour to an hour and a half of your time for a view that will last a lifetime.
Enjoy your trip to the beautiful Isle of Capri and the stunning views from the top of Mount Solaro, a must do on any visit to Capri.
Ciao for now.
Ride up Mount Solaro
© 2013 Bill De Giulio