Certosa di San Giacomo

#11 in Best Things To Do in Capri
Certosa di San Giacomo
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Via Certosa 80076

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Churches/Religious Sites, Historic Homes/Mansions, Museums, Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
3.8scorecard
  • 4.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

One of the oldest buildings on Capri, the Certosa di San Giacomo (or Charterhouse of St. Giacomo) was built in the late 14th century. The old monastery now houses exhibition spaces with artwork, a school and a library, but the cloisters and architecture from its historical past are still well-preserved. Visitors will enjoy the painted ceilings, marble columns and lush greenery at this monastery, and they will appreciate its convenient location in the heart of Capri's main town.

Recent visitors called this attraction tranquil, and said that they loved that it was an escape from the crowds found elsewhere on the island.

To access this historical site from the main town of Capri, walk south for about five minutes on a few signed paths. Entrance tickets normally cost 6 euros (about $6.75), but you can buy a discounted ticket that gives you access to both the Certosa and the nearby Gardens of Augustus for 3 euros (around $3.25). In addition, you can visit for free on the first Sunday of each month. The Certosa di San Giacomo is open Tuesday through Sunday from June to December. The hours between June and October are from 10 a.m. to either 5, 6 or 7 p.m. In November and December, it is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

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The tallest mountain on Capri is also a top attraction on the island. From the top, you can see most of Capri's major towns and points of interest; however, you can also see the Bay of Naples and the distant Amalfi Coast. Past reviewers said a trip up to the top does not disappoint, with some calling it the experience of a lifetime. Plus, a chairlift from Anacapri will take you from the town to the summit in only 12 minutes. In your rides up and down, you'll pass quaint farms, local vegetation and pristine neighborhoods. If you'd prefer the challenge of climbing the mountain yourself, you can take the trail from Anacapri, which takes between an hour and 90 minutes.

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