Coming to Capri seems to be on everyones bucket list of travel destinations. It was definitely on mine. But when I finally got there, I was quickly overwhelmed by the tsunami of humanity that swelled along the Marina Grande. You could hardly see 3 feet in front of you through the backpacks and selfie sticks. Some good friends at Travel Proper told me of one of the many beautiful hikes to do on the island that would get us away from the crowds and allow you that sense of peace and beauty you were envisioning during your planning.
The hike up to Villa Jovis will give you exactly this.
Villa Jovis was the island residence of Emperor Tiberious and was built in the first century B.C. It's located 1,100 feet up on Capri's most eastern tip of the island and was ideal for the privacy and security he was apparently needing. It's now an archaeological ruin the best spot for gorgeous views of the Sorrentine Peninsula and The Bay of Naples.
Quickly leave the marina and jump on the funicular if you are there between April and December. It closes for maintenance from January to March. Otherwise you will be taking a mini van up to center of Capri Town.
Again, you will be among many more backpacks and selfie sticks as you stroll around the Piazzetta. But now the beautiful views are beginning to come into view and you start to realize that indeed, it was a good idea to come here.
Getting there gives you an opportunity to walk through a winding maze of narrow streets with views into the charming courtyards and gardens of its residents.
From the Piazzetta, walk the length of Via Longano, continuing along Via Sopramonte and finally Via Tiberio. It's an uphill walk about 1.25 miles and with take about 46-60 minutes.
There are signs leading to your destination so if you get lost (which will still be fun) its because you had your head down.
Villa Jovis in the distance.
You will most likely find yourself stopping quite a bit to gaze through rusty iron gates into beautiful courtyards. I found myself having to play catch up with the rest of my group because of all the courtyard snooping I was doing.
Make sure you have some Euros on hand. You will have to pay to walk around the ruins. If you're lucky, the person taking your money will give you a brief history lesson.
Views towards Sorrento and Bay of Naples.
Statue of Madonna which is visible on your approach to Capri from the water.