Italy 2007 travel blog

Augustus Gardens at Capri (no picnics allowed)

View from Augustus Gardens

Tiberius' Villa (Villa Jovis)

Looking into the Villa

From inside the Villa

Ivy at Mt. Solaris (above Anacapri)

Anacapri from above & top of the chairlift

On Friday I went down to Capri (the lower town on the island) to look around. Crowds of tourists on the shopping streets. I went to the Augustus Garden & picnicked. There is a windy road from there down to the other port, but it was closed because of danger of falling rock.

So I walked up to the Villa Jovis, which is quite a hike uphill from town. It is a Roman villa built by Emperor Tiberius, who has a reputation for being very depraved but my Capri guidebook defends him: "We should not forget however, that many of the anecdotes, which refer to the successor of Augustus (Tiberius), whether they are true or not, are, the result of stories told by narrators who were clearly biased and definitely hostile towards Tiberius."

The path up there goes by some amazing private villas; Sophia Loren has a place up there. Vehicles can't get up to the Villa so very few tourists. At times, I was the only one around the ruins which was a bit eerie.

The next day I took a chairlift up from Anacapri to Mt. Solaris, the highest point on the island. There was a fog over the top of the mountain when I got there, then it cleared & there were spectacular views of the whole island.

After 5 days on Capri, I was relaxed & had my courage for travelling restored. I reached that ultimate state of serenity -- boredom -- so was glad to move on to Florence yesterday.

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