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Visiting the Gardens of Augustus on the Isle of Capri

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View of the Faraglioni from the Gardens

View of the Faraglioni from the Gardens

Located just outside of Capri with its glitzy shops and fancy hotels are the beautiful Gardens of Augustus. If you need a break from the frenzied crowds of Capri, the gardens make for a great retreat into a more relaxing and serene world.

In actuality, any trip to the Isle of Capri should include a visit to the Gardens of Augustus. They are just a short walk from the center of Capri and in addition to the beautiful flora of the gardens, some of the most scenic panoramas on the island can be seen from here.

The Augustus Gardens

The Augustus Gardens

The Augustus Gardens

History of the Gardens

The history of the botanical gardens goes back to the early 20th century when German industrialist, Friedrich Alfred Krupp, established the gardens and had a path built down to the shore below. Krupp often moored his yacht here during his summer visits to the island. The gardens were donated to Capri following Krupps death in 1902. Initially known as the Krupp Gardens, the name was changed in 1918 when they were renamed the Gardens of Augustus.

Krupps name has been retained here on the Via Krupp, which is the road that zigs and zags its way down to the water’s edge and the Marina Piccola. On the day that we visited the gardens, the pathway was closed due to the danger of falling rocks, but the road with its winding hairpins turns is considered to be a work of art and an engineering feat.

Via Krupp

The Gardens themselves are not overly extensive, but the array of colors from the dahlias and geraniums frame the fountain and statues in the garden with brilliant colors. The main attraction is certainly the view of the Faraglioni, which seems to be within an arm’s reach from here. With such beautiful views, it’s no wonder Friedrich Krupp decided on this location for his home and gardens.

From this vantage point, one has a 180-degree view of the southern side of Capri. To the left is the imposing Faraglioni while to the right is Marina Piccola and the sheer cliffs that lead up to the summit of Mount Solaro, the highest point on the island. Down below is the incredible winding Via Krupp, which itself is worth the price of admission.

What a View!

Faraglioni

Faraglioni

View of the Via Krupp toward Marina Picolla

View of the Via Krupp toward Marina Picolla

A visit to the Gardens of Augustus can take as long or as short a time as you desire. It is only about a ten-minute walk from the center of Capri and how much time you spend here is totally up to you. One can sit and relax in a shady spot with a good book and a view of the Faraglioni for hours. Or you can spend an hour walking the gardens and taking in the amazing views and move on. Either way, you have found yourself to one of the most beautiful and scenic spots on the island.

The Gardens of Augustus

The Gardens of Augustus

Hours and Fees

The Gardens of Augustus are open daily from 9 am until one hour before sunset. They are open from Easter through November and there is a nominal fee of one euro to enter the gardens.

Be sure to bring your binoculars and camera as you will want to get some photos of this incredibly beautiful area of Capri. At times the Via Krupp does open to the public, so if you are lucky enough to be here when it is open you may want to consider a walk down the path to the Marina Piccola below. If you don’t want to walk back up the hill you can take the bus or a taxi back to Capri.

The Gardens of Augustus

The Gardens of Augustus

Whether you are staying on the Isle of Capri for an extended period of time or just visiting for the day, be sure to find your way to the Gardens of Augustus. The beautiful setting and amazing views are therapy for the soul.

Ciao for now.

© 2013 Bill De Giulio

Comments

Paul Levy from United Kingdom on January 10, 2018:

Those rock formations are INCREDIBLE!

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on April 05, 2014:

Hi Jen. Yep, pretty much the cheapest thing to do on Capri :) It's really a beautiful spot, great views of the Faraglioni.

Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend.

Jennifer Arnett from California on April 05, 2014:

Lovely pictures of the Via Krupp. What a deal! 1 Euro for all of that.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on November 19, 2013:

Thank you Prithima. I hope you get there soon. It's worth the effort. Thanks for stopping by, have a great week.

Prithima Sharma from Delhi, India on November 19, 2013:

Superb, want to be there once in a life. Really like the photographs.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on November 18, 2013:

Hi Crafty. Thank you. Capri is just a beautiful island with great views and scenery. Wish I were still there. Have a great week.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on November 18, 2013:

Thanks Glimmer Twin. It was a beautiful area with amazing views. Wish I were still there, but alas it's back to work. Thank you for the share. Have a great week.

CraftytotheCore on November 18, 2013:

Awesome Hub! I feel like I'm there enjoying the amazing view. Beautiful photos.

Claudia Mitchell on November 18, 2013:

Wow - this is absolutely beautiful. The Via Krupp looks incredible as do all of the other photos. Shared around.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on November 17, 2013:

Hi CMHypno. It took us two visits to Capri to get to the gardens. It's such a beautiful place that really no matter where you go on the island you are surrounded by wonderful views. Thanks for the visit, glad you enjoyed Capri.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on November 17, 2013:

Hi Linda, It was a beautiful area to visit. The gardens and especially the views were stunning. Thanks so much for the share. Have a great weekend.

CMHypno from Other Side of the Sun on November 16, 2013:

I haven't been to Capri for many years, but I still remember how beautiful it is. I didn't visit the Gardens of Augustus, so thanks for the great information

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on November 15, 2013:

The photos are beautiful, Bill (as always). The Faraglioni and the Via Krupp are very impressive. The road looks fascinating, but I'm not sure how I would feel traveling down it! It looks a bit scary. The views are fantastic, though. I'll share this hub.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on November 15, 2013:

Thanks FA. It was another great trip and Capri was amazing. Thanks so much for the vote, share, pin, etc. Have a great weekend.

FlourishAnyway from USA on November 15, 2013:

Beautiful photos and well written hub with helpful information for anyone planning a trip to Italy. I can just imagine that road --yikes. It must have been exciting and visually stunning. Voted up +++ and pinning, sharing.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on November 15, 2013:

Hi Joelle. It was a beautiful place to visit. Today that road is only used for walking, you can't drive down it. However, the island of Capri has many hairy turns and cliffs so just getting around on Capri can be dizzying. There are a number of places that sell ceramic tiles in Capri, I'm not sure if they are made there, I'll have to check. Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend.

Bill De Giulio (author) from Massachusetts on November 15, 2013:

Thanks Bill. Just trying to capture all of the places to visited. Many more to come. Have a great weekend.

kidscrafts from Ottawa, Canada on November 14, 2013:

Spectacular pictures, Bill! The Gardens of Augustus are indeed a place to visit! Was it dizzying to drive down the winding road with those sharp turns? I love the introduction of the Gardens of Augustus with those tiles; it adds a nice touch! Do they produce tiles on that island?

Thank you for sharing another beautiful travelling hub... to not say awesome! Each time I read one of those, I want to pack my bags and leave :-)

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 14, 2013:

I like how you have narrowed your focus, Bill. Excellent job; stunning photos. Well done my friend.

blessings to you and yours, and have a great weekend.

bill