There are two main centers on Capri, Capri town and Anacapri. Capri town or Capri is better known, a bit more picturesque and much more trafficked. It is full of upscale shops, cafes and restaurants. On the other hand, Anacapri (the prefix Ana in Greek, translated loosely, means an elevated place), is 300 meters higher than Capri. To get there you ride a bus or taxi up a hair raising narrow road full of switchbacks. If you are afraid of heights close your eyes or don’t go there. In any case, its worth the trip as is a good place to explore the upper island and avoid the crowds at the lower elevations.
We spent three nights in a Bed and Breakfast just above Anacapri. In addition to Monte Solaro (the highest point on Capri) , we visited Villa San Michelle, a nineteenth-century Neo Classical Mediterranean Villa built and dwelt in by Axel Munte, a Swedish nineteenth-century physician, psychiatrist, philanthropist, naturalist and writer. Wow!! what a wonderfully preserved villa with all the original furnishings. We wandered through the spacious rooms and then made our way to the beautiful and peaceful gardens. The whole place was built on the top of a precipice overlooking the Marina Grande (the main embarkation point of the island) and the ever present blue sea. The views amazed and mesmerized us.
I climbed Monte Solaro several times during our stay just above Anacapri. On the way down from my first assent I got off the trail on to some rugged rocks and upon my return to our B & B, I noticed my cell phone was missing. Yikes! it was a loaner from a friend back in the States. I guessed I must have dropped descending over rough and rocky terrain. The next morning the owner’s wife lent me her cell phone in hope that I might hear it ring when I neared it. So up I went not expecting any positive outcome. To my great surprise someone answered the phone on my first try. Expecting a native, I tried Italian. No luck with that. The lady on the other end spoke very fluent English. As it turned out, she was a Norwegian psychologist attending a conference on Capri. As the Italians say “Che cullo”- what luck. I was saved from buying a new cell phone. After profusely thanking this kind and alert lady and with the cell phone firmly buttoned in one of the pockets of my shorts, I continued up to the top of the mountain.
More on Capri later