Anacapri

One of the most breathtaking bus rides anywhere follows the tortuous road from Capri Town 3 km (2 miles) up a dramatic escarpment to Anacapri. At 902 feet over the bay, Anacapri is the island's only other town and leading settlement on the island's peaks, poetically referred to as the Monte Sirene (Siren Heights). Crowds are thickest around the square, which is the starting point of the chairlift to the top of Monte Solaro and close to Villa San Michele, the main magnet up here for tour groups. Allow plenty of time when traveling to or from Anacapri, as space on the local buses is usually at a premium. Alternatively, the athletically inclined can hike from close to Marina Grande up to Anacapri by taking the 921 steps of the Scala Fenicia (the Phoenician Stairway, more likely to have been built by the Greeks than the Phoenicians) to Villa San Michele. Needless to say, most people will want to tackle the Scala Fenica going down, not up. As a fitting finale to a visit to Anacapri, take the convenient bus down the hill to the water's edge and the fabled Grotta Azzurra.

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