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Via Tiberio 80073


Hiking, Historic Homes/Mansions, Parks and Gardens Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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  • 3.5Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

One of the best historical sites to visit on the island, Villa Jovis is an archeological ruin from the Roman period. It was built by the Roman emperor Tiberius, who commissioned 12 villas on Capri in the hopes of creating a palace of peace and relaxation away from the chaos of Rome. Villa Jovis is the most luxurious of the 12 villas, as the remnants of brilliant Roman architectural, plumbing and planning skills are on full display as you explore the ruins. Plus, you'll enjoy stunning views toward the Gulf of Naples from multiple photogenic vantage points.

Recent visitors enjoyed the panoramic views from the top of the villa, but they did mention that it is a 45-minute walk uphill from the Piazzetta in Capri. Others were disappointed in the lack of historical information or signage around the site.

Travelers starting from the center of can walk the lengths of Via Longano, Via Sopramonte and Via Tiberio (there should be adequate signage) to get to the villa. Unfortunately, public buses and taxis will not take you to Villa Jovis. Once you arrive, you'll have to pay 6 euros (around $6.75) to walk around the ancient Roman ruins. Tours of the site and surrounding attractions (including Villa Lysis) are also available through third-party operators such as Nesea Capri Tour. Villa Jovis is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the summer months, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. during October and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in November and December. The site closes from January to March for the winter, and it also is closed on every Tuesday for maintenance.

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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.

The chairlift to the top is open year round, and a ticket costs 11 euros (around $12.35), or 8 euros (about $9) if you want to walk down. Between March and October, the lift is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. If you visit between November and February, you can ride up between 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. To access this attraction, just take the bus to Anacapri. There are restrooms and small eateries at the top of Mount Solaro, but there are also plenty of facilities at the base.

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