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Capri Travel Guide: Visiting The Gardens of Augustus

Updated on March 12, 2017
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Traveling has always been one of my passions. It exposes us to new cultures, experiences, and makes the world a better, more tolerant place.

View of the Faraglioni from the Gardens

View of the Faraglioni from the Gardens
View of the Faraglioni from the Gardens | Source

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 | Source

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 Via Krupp
The Via Krupp | Source

What a View!

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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 seem 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 are 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.

Faraglioni is an Italian word that means stacks. The three faraglioni located off of Capri are the most famous in Italy and each one has a name; Stella, Mezzo, and Scopolo (also known as Fuori).

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.

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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.

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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.

View of the Via Krupp toward Marina Picolla
View of the Via Krupp toward Marina Picolla | Source

Gardens of Augustus

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Map of Capri

A markerGiardini di Augusto -
Giardini di Augusto, Via Matteotti, 80073 Capri Naples, Italy
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A markerGiardino di Augusto -
Giardini di Augusto, Via Matteotti, 80073 Capri Naples, Italy
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B markerThe Faraglioni, Capri -
I Faraglioni, Italy
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C markerMarina Piccola, Capri -
80073 Marina Piccola Naples, Italy
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D markerVia Krupp, Capri -
Via Krupp, 80073 Capri Naples, Italy
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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      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.

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      Jennifer Arnett 3 years ago from California

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

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

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

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      Prithima Sharma 4 years ago from Delhi, India

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

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

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

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      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.

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

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

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

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

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      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.

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      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.

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      CMHypno 4 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      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

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      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.

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

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

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      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.

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      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.

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

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

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      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 :-)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      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