Perched on the cliffs, the lush gardens of Augustus (Giardini di Augusto) offer mesmerizing views of the small bay of Marina Piccola and the expansive Faraglioni Stacks offshore. These exquisite botanical gardens were designed by Friedrich August Krupp in the early 20th century and are a tribute to Capri's native flora with flower-lined walkways, lawns, and monumental fountains. It has terraced gardens filled with geraniums and dahlias. Perhaps the most impressive feature of the park is its striking location just above Via Krupp, a paved serpentine footpath that meanders down the cliffs to the water's edge. The path was blocked because of rockfalls, but the view of the zigzag path from the top is unforgettable.
The Gardens of Augustus are one of the most popular attractions on the island of Capri and a highlight of any tour, day trip or shore excursion to the island of Rome, Naples or Sorrento. Most boat trips or day cruises to the island include on-shore recreation to explore attractions such as the gardens and the Charterhouse of San Giacomo, as well as sailing around Capri's shoreline and a break to visit the Blue Grotto.
The Gardens of Augustus are located next to the Charterhouse of San Giacomo in the center of the city of Capri. From the main Piazzetta square, follow Via Vittorio Emanuele to Via Federico Serena, then take Via Matteotti to the garden entrance. When to get there, the gardens are beautiful when there are few visitors. So, visit them either in the early morning or in the late afternoon.
The wonderful Via Krupp the gardens of Augustus overlook one of the most remarkable masterpieces of engineering on the island of Capri: the paved footpath that follows a series of hairpin bends that lead steeply down the mountainside from the gardens to the sea level. The German steel magnate Friedrich Alfred Krupp commissioned him at the beginning of the 20th century with the development of his underlying private yacht. This scenic route has been closed in recent years due to rock falls.
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