Capri Travel Guide: The Mount Solaro Chair Lift

Updated on December 10, 2017
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Mount Solaro
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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.

Mount Solaro Chair lift
Mount Solaro Chair lift | Source

Map of Capri

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The Faraglioni

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.

The Faraglioni
The Faraglioni | Source
Closer look at the Faraglioni
Closer look at the Faraglioni | Source

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.

The View of Capri
The View of Capri | Source

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

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Questions & Answers

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        Bill De Giulio 7 months ago from Massachusetts

        The view is amazing. I Highly recommend it. Enjoy.

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        aussiegirlfromusa 7 months ago

        Going in October and this looks like something we'll do!

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        Bill De Giulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts

        Hi Lisa. Thank you. Capri is so scenic and the views are incredible. We've been fortunate to have visited twice and I would go back in a heartbeat. Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend.

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        Lisa VanVorst 2 years ago from New Jersey

        So beautiful, how I would love to go. Thank you for sharing your trip with us.

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        Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

        Hi Mary. Thank you. I actually learned about the blue tinted lizard a few years ago when we took a boat ride around the island. Our skipper for the day clued us in as he took us right in between the Faraglioni. As always, thank you.

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        Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

        Thanks Glimmer. A few members of our were also skeptical. But once they got going on it they were fine. It really was more fun than scary, and the views from the top more than made up for any anxiety :)

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        Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

        I had to vote all but funny. Bill your photography makes me want to book a flight! I love the way you include the details and other interesting little tidbits like telling us about the blue tinted lizard.

        Another gem in your traveling crown!

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        Claudia Mitchell 4 years ago

        Man, does this look lovely although my knees are getting noodly just looking at that chair lift. I would do it, it would just take someone to coax me a little bit. Another beautiful hub!

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        Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

        Thanks Joelle. Great idea. Have a great weekend also.

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        kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

        I went on your Youtube channel and you could add a link toward your hub in your description underneath the video. It would bring more traffic toward your hub hopefully :-) If you don't want the long url the you have at the top of your hub, you could use to shorten it.

        Have a great weekend :-)

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        Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

        Hi Suzie. Welcome back. We loved Capri, it's just so picturesque. The ride up Mount Solaro was something I had wanted to do for a while so it was great to finally get there.

        Thanks so much for the votes, share, etc. Great to see you back. Hope all is well.

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        Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

        Hi Linda. Thank you, glad you enjoyed the trip. The chair lift wasn't bad. A few members of our group were a little leery but decided to go and had no problems. The view at the top was definitely worth the ride.

        Yes, we visited Athens and a few of the Greek Islands so I have many hubs to write in the weeks ahead. Thanks for the great support, have a great day.

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        Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

        Hi Bill,

        Oh my friend you are back, I have taken a sabbatical temporarily here but am back! I loved this hub of Capri which we visited too and the views as you say are stunning!! I look forward to catching up with you and all my friends! Your work is exceptional, truly and you are a joy to read!

        Up, shared and all the good things possible!!

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        Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

        This was a very enjoyable read, Bill. Your hub has shown me yet another place in Italy that I'd love to see! Thanks for including the videos. I'm sometimes uncomfortable with heights, but based on your first video I think I could handle the chair lift.

        I was so happy to read that you went to Greece during your holiday. That's one country I'd like to visit even more than Italy. I'm very much looking forward to your future hubs!

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        Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

        Hi FA. I really do feel fortunate and blessed to have been able to travel as I have. My father always said go now while you're young (relatively speaking) so you can get around because it's all up and down. Of course he was right, between the hills, mountains, steps, etc. you are always either going up or down.

        Many thanks for the vote, pin, etc. I'm so glad that your bucket list is growing :)

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        Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

        Hi Joelle. Thank You. We really enjoyed the views from the top of Mount Solaro, very impressive. You are right, and I have thought about that, needing two camera's, one for photos and one for video. I am trying to take more video these days so that I don't have to rely on YouTube.

        Start planning that return trip. Have a great day.

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        kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

        Oops....I meant two cameras....

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        FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

        What a beautiful description with absolutely gorgeous images. How fortunate you are to go to Italy and other wonderful places and then write about them. I look forward to reading your hubs. My bucket list is plenty full because of them. Voted up and pinning.

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        kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

        Another great hub, Bill! I can't wait to go back to Italy and visit some of the places you suggest! Thank you for your pictures and video at the top of Mount Solaro as well! You almost need to cameras.... one to take the ride to the top (or down) in video and the other one for just pictures :-)

        Thanks for sharing with us another nice corner of Italy!

        Have a wonderful day!

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        Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

        Thank you Bill. Just back from 2 weeks in Italy, Greece and Turkey so I have a lot of hubs ahead of me in the coming months. Should keep me busy for a few months. Have a great week.

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        Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

        Detailed and excellent as always, Bill. The day you decide to take this to full-time will be a happy day for many travelers. :) Well done my friend and great pictures.


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