The Seggiovia Chairlift Links Anacapri to Monte Solaro, The Highest Point on Capri:
Our visit to Capri included a trip to the Grotta Azzura, Capri’s famous Blue Grotto known for its brilliant blue water and blue reflection in the cave. But when we arrived at the Marina Grande in Capri, we were told that our much anticipated boat trip to the Blue Grotto had been cancelled that morning because of the choppy sea. In place of the Blue Grotto visit, we were offered a ride on the Seggiovia Anacapri Monte Solaro chairlift which turned out to be an enjoyable experience.
A Ride on the Seggiovia
The Monte Solaro chairlift was built as early as 1952. It went through an overhaul and was re-launched in 1999, so we were quite surprised that we missed this chairlift on our previous Capri trips. The Seggiovia connects Anacapri with Monte Solaro, the highest point on Capri. There are 156 chairs and the ascent time for the 589-metre climb to Monte Solaro is only 13 minutes.
The chairlift station in Anacapri is on Via Caposcuro, near Piazza Vittoria. The chairlift does not stop for boarding passengers or when you’re coming off at the end of your ride, but there is an attendant there to help passengers get into the chair before it scoops you away. For anyone afraid of heights, the chairlift is only a few metres off the ground level during its ascent to the top. A couple of people in our group were initially worried about taking the ride, but once in the chairlift, their fear of height was quickly eased away by the magnificent 360° panoramic views of Capri and the Gulf of Naples. In his video, Tony shows you Capri: Live from the Monte Solaro Chair-lift! As you can see, it’s fun!
At Monte Solaro there is a cafe where visitors can enjoy a drink and the views of Capri, the Faraglioni Rocks, Anacapri, the Gulf of Naples and the Isle of Ischia. Nearby are the ruins of Fortino di Bruto built between 1806 – 1808 during the military campaigns between the French and the English. A statue of Emperor Augustus commemorates the landing on Capri of the first Roman emperor.
Tip: Although it only takes 13 minutes to travel from Monte Solaro down to Anacapri, there could be a queue of people waiting to catch the ride down, especially during peak season. If you have to be back down in Anacapri at a certain time, bear this in mind.
If you’re visiting Capri, the Seggiovia Chairlift ride is enjoyable and highly recommended.
March – October : 9.30 to 17.00
November – February: 10.30 to 15.00