The island of Capri offers you the gift of her incomparable beauty
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Hotel Al Mulino is the closest hotel to Villa Damecuta, one of the twelve residences built by the Roman Emperor Tiberius on the island, to the pine wood which surrounds it, and to the medieval tower situated above the Grotta Azzurra.
From here, the sunsets are stunning, in every season of the year.
By way of a series of steps, visitors reach the area of Orrico, from here one of the most beautiful of the islands walks begins: the Sentiero dei Fortini. Tracing the rocky coastline, amidst the intense perfumes and colours of the Mediterranean scrub, the pathway leads all the way to the lighthouse or Faro of Punta Carena.
Hotel Al Mulino is also the closest hotel on the island to the Grotta Azzurra, celebrated nymphaeum of Emperor Tiberius, which still enchants visitors with its magnificent blue waters.
From the Mulino, a beautiful panoramic walk leads to the center of Anacapri, along the narrow streets of Traversa La Vigna, Via La Vigna, lined with charming little white cottages, to the picturesque piazza Boffe.
Those not wishing to walk, can take a bus from the stop situated just 150meters from the hotel, either to the center of Anacapri or the Grotta Azzurra. In the historic center of Anacapri are the Church of Santa Sofia, and the Church of San Michele, this latter is famous for its 18th century majolica pavement depicting the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the earthly paradise. Just a few meters from here lies the Casa Rossa, one time residence of the American Colonel J.C. MacKowen. This building, named after its Pompeian red façade, contains a permanent exhibition of 19th century Neapolitan paintings and a number of Roman statues which were found in the Grotta Azzurra.
Throughout the historic center and on the way to Villa S.Michele, home of the Swedish physician and archaeologist Axel Munthe and now museum, visitors can purchase gift items and souvenirs which are sold in the little shops of Anacapri.
From the historic center, a chairlift takes visitors to the summit of Monte Solaro, the highest point of the island, from which there are views of the whole of Capri, the gulf of Naples, Sorrento and Amalfi Coast.
The valley of Cetrella, together with its little 17th century church, can be reached by foot from the top of Monte Solaro, or from Viale Axel Munthe, via an old mule track. For nature lovers and particularly keen walkers, Cetrella can also be reached from Capri via the scenic Passetiello path.
Another stunning viewpoint, overlooking both the Faro of Punta Carena and the Faraglioni is that of the Migliera. Nearby is the Philosophical Park, founded by Prof.Gunnar Adler Karlsson and his wife, Marianne.
The Grotta Azzurra, with the beach of Gradola, and the Faro of Punta Carena, the second most important lighthouse in Italy, are popular destinations for those wishing to sunbathe or take a dip in the clear blue waters which lap the shores of Capri.
From Anacapri, visitors can reach Capri or the beaches of Palazzo a Mare and Marina Grande via the Phoenician steps, a flight of some 800 steps carved in to the rock face, which once formed the only communication between the two towns on the island.
In Capri, the first place we come to is the famous Piazzetta, and shortly after the exclusive Via Camerelle, followed by the historic Via Le Botteghe and Via Longano which lead both to Villa Jovis, principal residence of the Emperor Tiberius, and the Natural Arch.
Near the arch, a steep series of steps leads to the prehistoric Grotta di Matermania. From here a coastal path, known as the Pizzolungo, passes close to the Villa Malaparte and on to the legendary Faraglioni rocks.
One of the most romantic walks, especially when taken on a moonlit evening, is that which leads from the center of Capri to the viewpoint, the Belvedere di Tragara. From here there is a spectacular view of the Faraglioni.
Just a few meters from the Piazzetta, the Gardens of Augustus look out over the Bay of Marina Piccola and the
The 15th century Charterhouse of St Giacomo lies no more than a two minute walk from the gardens. Next to the church there is a hall containing paintings by the Romanesque painter, Diefenbach.
Opposite the ex Cathedral of S.StefanoIgnazio Cerio Museum, which houses more than 20.000 archaeological findings from Capri and various parts of the world.
These are just some of the islands best known sites of interest, but Capri is much more still, including a seemingly infinite number of hidden corners and extraordinary, often unexpected, panoramas.
Dulcis in fundo is an itinerary on which visitors explore Capris dramatically beautiful coastline, punctuated by a succession of secluded bays and mysterious sea caves: the tour around the island by boat, is also an opportunity to take a swim in otherwise inaccessible waters.