Regally poised on a cliff 300 mt above the sea, Hotel Caesar Augustus carries on a tradition of extravagance that once made Italy’s Isle of Capri a playground for Roman emperors. At this stunning property, you might stay in a suite named after its spectacular views of Mount Vesuvius or the Egyptian king who lived in it for a year. Guest rooms are equally enticing, with their private balconies gazing across the Bay of Naples. From the marvelous infinity pool to the celebration of regional flavors at Lucullo Terrace, each detail is a seductive celebration of good living. It’s a five-minute walk from Anacapri’s town center, where shops sell local pottery, made-to-measure sandals, and Capri’s limoncello liqueur, using the island’s lemons. The bird’s eye views include the breathtaking scenery of Mount Vesuvius, Sorrento, Ischia, and unique views of the island of Capri, celebrated in the works of the famous novelist Axel Munthe, whose Villa San Michele is nearby.
Made up of 55 stunning rooms, each with private balcony or terrace, this is an outstanding boutique hotel that is a perfect base for exploring the mystical island of Capri, taking a day trip to the Amalfi coast, or simply relaxing and enjoying the inspirational surroundings. The rooms are characterised by pleasant Capri ambience and have spacious bathrooms which feature marble shelves, natural olive oil amenities and a vanity mirror. Junior suites boast a Jacuzzi bathtub, and all rooms have free WiFi and LCD TV’s with satellite channels. Family rooms can be created by combining a deluxe room with a junior suite. All perfect-scoring rooms have down duvets, linen sheets, marble bathrooms with double sinks, and private balconies, but for a sense of grandeur, get one of the five specialty suites, the Caesar has arches, columns, and a bust of Augustus himself. The Suite Farouk bears the name of the Egyptian King who, fifty years ago, booked the hotel’s most luxurious Suite for an entire year. However the Suites of the Hotel Caeser Augustus boast breathtaking views of Capri and are both extremely spacious and elegantly furnished.
For those eager to sample the island’s highly praised cuisine, Caesar Augustus’ poolside “Terrazza di Lucullo” restaurant, is the perfect choice. The Restaurant La Terrazza di Lucullo serves traditional cuisine from Capri and Naples with a wide selection of local produce. In the evening, under the starlit sky, the luxury hotel’s dining room is transformed into an extremely elegant candlelit paradise, ensuring diners a truly memorable experience. Enjoy a relaxing drink at the bar overlooking the Bay of Naples, make a selection from the hotel’s well stocked wine cellar, order any of a range of tempting snacks from room service, or stroll in their lovely fragrant gardens filled with the flowers which have inspired the delicate perfumes dedicated to Capri.
The Caesar Augustus also boasts a bi-level infinity pool with beautiful ocean vistas that seems to drop into the sea. The Wellness area offers exclusive personal attention to guests, providing relaxing massages and soothing turkish baths. The fitness centre is completely unique, imagine being immersed in nature as you work out, the gym at Caesar Augustus has taken fitness to a new dimension.
There are so many fascinating places to visit on and around the island of Capri, the hotel can arrange excursions to places such as Villa Jovis, the most outstanding of all Tiberian villas, and the Blue grotto, a stunning sea cave. There are also some lovely walks around the area with beautiful views. The Caesar Augustus is located on the slopes of Mount Solaro, the highest part of Capri. Anacapri is a world away from the celebrity-packed Capri because it has conserved all of its simple, Mediterranean charm. Even in the height of summer, peace reigns supreme over the town, the lanes of which are lined with old fashioned artisan shops, tiny restaurants and cute little cottages. And yet, should you wish to experience the glitz and glamour of downtown Capri, they can take you there. They are about 5 minutes away from the famous Piazzetta.
Classic Garden View
Ideal for the single traveller who enjoys their comfort or a young couple keen to experience the thrill of staying in one of Italy’s most desirable 5 star properties, Caesar Augustus’ tastefully furnished classic garden view room faces on to the hotel’s beautifully maintained grounds. The size of these rooms are about 18 sqm, they are located on the first floor of main building and they have a marble bathroom with tub and shower.
Deluxe Sea View
Elegant furnishings, a collection of carefully-chosen artworks, a full range of luxury amenities and, most importantly, the scent, sound and sight of the sea caressing the coast of Capri: Caesar Augustus’ Deluxe sea view rooms have all the ingredients for a truly unforgettable holiday. The size of these rooms are about 28 sqm, they are located on the first and second floor of main building and they have a terrace or balcony and a marble bathroom with tub and shower.
Deluxe Sea View Cliff-Side
Book one of Caesar Augustus’ individually-appointed Deluxe sea view cliff-side rooms and make your dream holiday on the island of Capri come true. Looking out over the entire sweep of the Bay of Naples, these romantic cliff edge rooms provide the ultimate in panoramic pleasure. The size of these rooms are about 28 sqm, they are located on the first and second floor of main building and they have a terrace or balcony and a marble bathroom with tub and shower.
Junior Suite Garden View
Individually-decorated in sophisticated Mediterranean style, these spacious suites feature a large living area, a walk-in wardrobe and a terrace overlooking the hotel’s fragrant gardens and Mount Solaro, the highest point of the island. From a number of terraces, tantalizing glimpses of the sea surrounding Capri can be seen. Walk through the door of your junior suite and you’ll be welcomed by the delicate scent of the orange and lemon trees from the island garden onto which it faces. The perfect place for some peaceful pampering, the marble bathroom in your junior suite is fitted with a large tub, powerful shower and an exclusive range of natural body care products made with olive oil. The size of these rooms are about 38 sqm, they are located on the first and second floor of main building and they have a terrace.
Junior Suite Sea View
Tailor-made for relaxation and romance, Caesar Augustus’ individually-appointed Junior suites with sea view have exquisitely decorated bed and living areas and either a generously sized terrace or garden from where to enjoy glorious views of the Bay of Naples and the neighboring islands of Ischia and Procida. Take a seat on your private sea view terrace, a glass of fine wine in hand, and get ready to experience the unique sight of the sun setting over the islands of Ischia and Procida. Caesar Augustus’ Junior suites with sea view are located in the main building or in the “Villa California”. Suites in Villa California feature either a large terrace or a garden where guests can soak up the sun. The size of these rooms are about 35 sqm, they are located on main building or on Villa California and they have a balcony and a marble bathroom with tub and/or shower.
Junior Suite Sea View Cliff-Side
A marriage made in heaven starts with a honeymoon in one of Caesar Augustus’ unbelievably panoramic cliff-side junior suites. In addition to luxurious interiors and top notch amenities, these individually-decorated junior suites, situated right on the cliff edge, almost directly above the sea, boast the most spectacular views of the Bay of Naples you’ll ever see. No matter how many reviews you’ve read or how many photos you’ve seen, nothing can quite prepare you for the jaw-dropping beauty of the Bay of Naples visible from Caesar Augustus’ cliff-side rooms and suites. Tantamount to an in-room spa, these generously sized marble bathrooms come complete with luxurious bathrobes and an exclusive range of courtesy products made with olive oil. Most bathrooms have twin wash basins and a Jacuzzi tub. The size of these rooms are about 35 sqm, they are located on main building and they have a terrace and a marble bathroom with tub and/or shower.
Named after the Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna Romanova, second daughter of Tsar Nicholas II, this suite is comprised of two connecting sea view rooms. Suite Tatiana faces west towards the islands of Ischia and Procida. Each evening, the terrace is the best seat in the house to watch nature’s show: the spectacular sunset over the sea surrounding Capri. Prince Bulhak of Russia, one of the villa’s first owners, was especially fond of this room. The only suite with two communicating bedrooms, Suite Tatiania is the perfect choice for those travelling with teenagers. The size of this suite is 80 sqm, it is located on Villa Califorinia and it has a terrace and 2 bathrooms with jacuzzi.
Vesuvio Master Suite
The Vesuvio Suite is an exclusive space boasting breathtaking views of Mount Vesuvius and the whole of the Bay of Naples. This open space apartment features a queen bed and a wonderfully palatial and panoramic bathroom with Jacuzzi bath and shower system, opening out onto a cliff edge terrace. The bathroom contains marble surfaces with double washbasin, natural olive oil personal care products, a vanity mirror, and hairdryer. Additional amenities in the suite include complimentary minibar, free Wi-Fi, and TV with satellite channels. This stunning suite is perched directly above the sea on the edge of a 300 meter-high cliff. The light of Capri pours into this open plan suite from dawn until dusk; flooding in through three massive glass doors, all of which open on to the suite’s spectacular sea view terrace. The size of this suite is 45 sqm, it is located on the cliff and it has a terrace and 1 bathroom with jacuzzi.
Tiberio Master Suite
If it’s romance with a view you’re after, you’ll love the Tiberio suite, which features a fabulous four-poster bed from where you can enjoy the most amazing views of Capri, Mount Vesuvius, the Bay of Naples. And if you think the view from the bed is amazing, wait ’til you see the one from the bathroom! Fitted with marble surfaces, a vanity mirror, hairdryer and olive oil bodycare products, this suite’s bathroom features a Jacuzzi tub positioned so as to afford bathers the most unforgettable sea views. From the private terrace, yet more gorgeous views of the sea surrounding Capri can be seen. The suite’s double aspect makes it even more panoramic. Walk out onto the sweeping sea view terrace and it’s easy to see why the Roman emperor chose Capri as his second home. For a taste of heaven, take a bath in your Jacuzzi with views of Capri and the Amalfi Coast. The size of this suite is 47 sqm, it is located on the cliff and it has a terrace and 1 bathroom with jacuzzi.
Farouk Master Suite
Sixty years ago, King Farouk of Egypt would reserve this luxurious suite in the Hotel Caesar Augustus all year round. Today, this charming open space suite is still decorated with its original antique furniture. The main bathroom has a wonderful sea view and a large walk in Jacuzzi. The second bathroom has been fitted with a walk in shower. Featuring a Queen size bed, free Wi-Fi, Led TV with satellite channels and a docking station, the suite boasts magnificent 180 degree views and a panoramic colonnaded terrace from where to best enjoy them. Sleep in the suite where Farouk of Egypt used to rest his royal head. The king never failed to spend a week or two (or more) at Hotel Caesar Augustus each year. The suite opens out onto a terrace complete with Doric columns and a spectacular 180 degree view of the sea. In the bathrooms you’ll find an exclusive selection of body care products made with the finest Italian olive oil. In one of the bathrooms there’s a Jacuzzi, positioned so as to afford the most panoramic of bathing experiences. The size of this suite is 50 sqm, it is located on the second floor and it has a terrace and 2 bathrooms with jacuzzi and shower.
Caesar Master Suite
Characterized by graceful arches and classical columns, this sumptuous open space suite has been designed to reproduce the architectural style of Ancient Rome. A night zone with inviting king size bed, an elegant living space furnished with comfortable sofas and armchairs, and two marble bathrooms, one of which with wonderful sea view: this suite is fit for an emperor. Whilst relaxing on the suite’s terrace or in their private garden, guests can enjoy a 180 degree view of the sea surrounding Capri. From the garden, guests are granted direct access to Caesar Augustus’ infinity pool. It’s easy to unwind and relax when you’ve got a whole 85 sqm at your disposal, including a large sitting area, walk-in wardrobe, and terrace. Wake up and dive in! The hotel’s unbelievably beautiful infinity pool lies within steps of the Caesar Master Suite. Can you think of a better place in which to wash away your worries than a luxurious Jacuzzi, facing the sea and the Amalfi Coast?
Capri Master Suite
This unique suite occupies the entire top floor of the hotel. With more than 80sqm of light-filled living and sleeping space and 180sqm of sun-soaked terrace and roof garden, this penthouse boasts the best views in the whole of Capri. A special elevator code key whisks you directly to your suite. The marble fireplace which takes pride of place in the light-filled living room, dates back to the 18th century and the French rule of Naples. The French Fleur de Lis motif on the fireplace testifies to both the past and future: two hundred years after it was used to decorate the fireplace. There are stunning views from every window of every room, but the most breathtaking are those waiting to be seen from the terrace. Abundant in Mediterranean flowers and olive trees, the terrace features a large wooden deck, furnished with stylish sofas, tables and chairs and perfect for hosting small private parties. Interiors feature a harmonious combination of original antique furniture and custom-designed contemporary pieces. The 180 sqm terrace is furnished with a gazebo, table, chairs, and sun loungers. The large wooden deck, decorated with sofas and tables, provides the perfect outdoor venue in which to host an intimate private party for family and friends. A super king size bed guarantees the sweetest of sleeps, whilst the vast marble bathroom with oversize bathtub, separate rainshower and double vanities ensures both an invigorating start and a relaxing conclusion to your day. Fresh island flowers, aromatic herbs from the garden, and a selection of natural olive oil-based bodycare products are the kind of little touches which will make you feel even more special. The size of this suite is 85 sqm, it is located on top floor and it has a terrace and a marble bathroom with tub and shower.
Beneath the panoramic infinity pool, surrounded by the green of the island’s lemon groves and vineyards and the blue of the Mediterranean Sea, they have created what is, quite possibly, the most beautiful wellness area in the world. A wellness facility with gym corner, steam bath and a relaxation area in which to enjoy the treatments for body and face created for you by Maison Orlane Paris. The small outdoor fitness corner with tread mill, exercise bike and free weights, it is ideal to work out whilst enjoying wonderful views of the sea. The steam bath is the only one in the world to have a view of the sea surrounding Capri. A great anti-stress treatment, steam baths have been shown to significantly improve the circulation, whilst cleansing and toning the skin. It is better follow your session in the steam bath with a relaxing massage or body treatment and enjoy a little professional pampering, in the hands of expert massage therapists.
Ideal for swimming and sunbathing and with breathtaking views of the bay, the vanishing pool occupies much of the lower terrace.
To reach Caesar Augustus, you’ll need to make your way up the only paved road that connects Capri with Anacapri. Look out of the window: after a series of hair-raising bends, at a certain stage, you’ll be greeted by a magnificent view of the Sorrentine peninsula and the Bay of Naples and, perched on the corner of a cliff edge terrace, an Ancient Roman statue. It’s at this stage of the journey that taxis habitually pull over to let passengers out to take a photo. You won’t need to ask your driver to stop. Because you’ve arrived. The terrace with the statue belongs to Hotel Caesar Augustus. There’s not another hotel in the world with a terrace quite as spectacular this one and, just think, you’ll be able to enjoy it for the duration of your stay.
The kitchen garden, in the grounds of the hotel, is where the aromatic herbs and organic vegetables used in their chef’s delicious dishes are grown. Something of a rarity on Capri, a rocky island characterized by impervious cliffs and with little if any land available for agriculture, Caesar Augustus’ kitchen garden guarantees a supply of fantastically fresh ingredients, throughout the opening season. A peaceful and panoramic patch of paradise, abundant in basil, rosemary and lemongrass, the kitchen garden is one of Anacapri’s sweetest-smelling secrets.
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The history of Caesar Augustus:
Russia’s Prince Emmanuel Bulhak, one of the first owners of the villa and the man responsible for transforming the cliff edge property into a center of art and culture, had the statue placed on the corner of the terrace over a century ago. First recorded mention of the Caesar Augustus dates back to the second half of the 19th century: a number of period photos testify to the existence of a certain Villa Bitter, owned by a wealthy German gentleman. In the years that followed, the villa was transformed into an inn offering refreshment to the men building the road between Capri and Anacapri, and to all those walking up the Phoenician Steps which, until the road was completed in 1878, represented the only connection between Anacapri and the rest of the island.
At the start of the 20th century, foreseeing troubled times for the nobility in his home country, Russia’s Prince Emmanuel Bulhak, decided to move to Anacapri. A wise move indeed, considering how many of his titled friends ended up as dishwashers in Paris following the October revolution. In Anacapri, Bulhak purchased Villa Bitter and transformed it into a center for art and culture. Bulhak was the man responsible for placing the statue of Caesar on the terrace. Simple question is why the statue is of Caesar Augustus and not Tiberius who, according to the most accredited historical accounts, was the Emperor of Capri. Well, it transpires that Bulhak was something of an expert in ancient history and supported the theory that it was Augustus, and not his stepson, who made Capri famous.
The statue is a 19th century copy of the Augustus of Prima Porta, found in Villa Livia in Rome. The Prince decided to place it on the far corner of the terrace, with the hand pointing towards Villa Jovis, the magnificent residence built by Augustus’ stepson Tiberius, on the opposite side of the island. Towards the end of the fascist period, sensing the winds of war once more, Bulhak decided to move to England and to sell the villa to the Signorini family. In the immediate post war years, in the late 1940’s, the Signorini family transformed the villa into a hotel. Managed by Paolo Signorini, the property soon evolved into an award-winning 5 star hotel, consistently ranked amongst the best luxury resorts in the world.
The mission of Paolo Signorini:
“For us, hospitality is much more than simply providing a beautiful room for our guests to sleep in. Our mission is to offer each client an unforgettable experience unlike anything they will experience in any other hotel they stay in: the Caesar Augustus Experience”
When to go:
The climate of Capri is Mediterranean, which makes this Island city a year-round destination. It should be noted that Capri pretty much closes down in October. The off season last till March- the onset of spring. Spring (April-May) and early autumn (September) is the best time to pay Capri a visit as the climate is favourable and the Island is less crowded. Summers in Capri are from June-August, this is peak tourist season when the number of tourists visiting this city reaches 10.000 people a day. This, in turn, leads to increase in prices and jam-packed hotels, attractions and beaches.
La Terrazza di Lucullo
Suspended between the sea and sky, a terrace, a table for two and a view of the Bay of Naples, Mount Vesuvius and the Sorrentine Peninsula you’ll never forget. From the vegetables grown in the kitchen garden to the fish delivered direct to the hotel by the island’s fishermen each morning, only the freshest of locally-sourced ingredients are used to create Caesar Augustus’ highly acclaimed regional cuisine. Then there are Capri‘s wonderfully succulent lemons, the pasta made in nearby Gragnano, and homemade bread, freshly baked each morning. They adopted the philosophy of cooking using only the products of the land, long before the term “zero kilometer cuisine” was invented. Simplicity, quality and passion are the secrets of their chef Eduardo Vuolo’s success. Vuolo, whose creative interpretation of traditional island dishes has left many a gastronomic critic speechless, heads a team of young Italian cooks all of whom, after working worldwide, have returned to their home region of Campania.
Whatever the time of day, take a seat on one of the terrace’s inviting sofas and relax with a good book, a glass of fine wine or a few morsels of Mediterranean sushi. The atmosphere is even more magical in the evening, when the sound of piano music fills the air and the sky is painted with the colors of the setting sun.
Despite the passage of time and the arrival of tourism, the little town of Anacapri has managed to conserve all of its typical Mediterranean charm. Stroll through the historic center and you might easily come across artisans at work, gaggles of children playing in the piazzettas and groups of eldery islanders sat outside their cottages, chatting or snoozing in the sun. You won’t find stores selling the latest in designer fashions, but you’ll have no problem finding a seamstress capable of making you a beautiful, made-to-measure shirt. You won’t spend the night in a club packed with models and movie stars, but you’ll be able to share a bottle of wine with the local fishermen, on the beach beneath the lighthouse. You won’t come across glitzy restaurants invaded by popstars and paparazzi, but you’ll be able to enjoy the authentic flavors of the island’s cuisine. And, if you fancy a glamorous night out on the town, Capri‘s legendary Piazzetta is only a 10 minute taxi ride away.
Visit Villa Axel Munthe – Hotel Caesar Augustus is located within steps of the museum-house built by the Swedish physician and author Axel Munthe in the late 19th century. Munthe chose the site for its spectacular view, the same view which can be seen from the hotel’s terraces.
Explore the Grotta Azzurra – Not everybody knows that you can reach Capri‘s Grotta Azzurra on foot (or by bus). From the center of Anacapri, the road leads all the way down to the sea and the jetty located next to the entrance of the famous blue grotto. From there, you can climb aboard one of the little rowing boats and sail inside the cave.
Discover Monte Solaro – The chairlift to the top of Monte Solaro, the highest point of the island of Capri, lies within easy walking distance of the hotel. It takes just 12 minutes to reach the top of the mountain, where you’ll find a bar and viewing terraces.
The Phoenician Steps – The hotel lies within meters of the Phoenician Steps: 900 steps carved out of the rocks by the Ancient Greeks and which, until the early 20th century, were the only way to reach Anacapri from Marina Grande.
Reach the Punta Carena Lighthouse – On the westernmost tip of the island, Capri‘s “faro” is one of the tallest lighthouses in Italy (second only to Genova’s “lanterna”). The beach beneath the lighthouse provides an idyllic spot from where to admire the sun setting over the sea.
In the latter half of the 19th century the Island of Capri became one of the most sought after destinations among young travelers participating in the Grand Tour and for European artists searching for the ideal place in which to paint, compose poetry or simply relax and wait for the inspiration to wash over them like the sea and the warm Mediterranean breeze. It was in this period that the Hotel Pagano was opened, the island’s first hotel. The establishment’s meticulously conserved guest books provide a unique glimpse of just how many famous artists and aristocrats graced its rooms with their presence.
Capri’s fame, as both peaceful Mediterranean retreat and fashionable meeting place, continued to grow during the 1900’s and it seemed everybody, from philosophers to princess, wanted to spend at least a week, if not months, experiencing the dramatically beautiful land and seascapes and the hospitality of the islanders. Many of these visitors decided to stay for the entire year on the Island of Capri, some even taking up permanent residence here. During your stay at Caesar Augustus, a villa suspended between the sea and sky surrounding Capri, you should plan a tour to discover all the corners conquered by international artists.
Camille Du Locle
Highly acclaimed librettist, theater director, and director of the prestigious Opera Comique di Parigi from 1870 to 1874, the French-born Camille Du Locle was one of the very first prominent figures to visit Capri. Famous for having written, with Joseph Francois Méry, the libretto for the Don Carlos opera and for having brought Aida to the attention of Giuseppe Verdi, in 1876 Du Locle decided to move to Capri and construct his Villa Certosella, a luxurious hotel situated along the picturesque Via Tragara path. The islanders fondly referred to him as u’francesiello, a clear reference to the Frenchman’s distinctly short stature. Camille Du Locle died in Capri in 1903 and was buried in the island’s non-catholic cemetery.
Karl Willhelm Diefenbach
The painter Karl Wilheim Diefenbach, born in Hadmar on February 21st 1851, came to Capri in the early 20th century in an attempt to escape frequent vicious attacks on him by the press. On the Island of Capri, Diefenbach was inspired by the dramatically beautiful scenery, the soaring cliffs and enchanting panoramas, which he skillfully reproduced in works which he exhibited in his studio close to Capri’s Piazzetta.
Friedrich Alfred Krupp
The name Friedrich Alfred Krupp, the German steel magnate once known as the Munitions king; is synonymous with the Island of Capri. The wealthy industrialist’s passion for marine biology brought him to Capri where he resided for months in a suite of the Grand Hotel Quisisana. The land which he had purchased for a future construction bordered the Charterhouse of San Giacomo and, shortly after the Second World War this was transformed into the Gardens of Augustus, a public park with beautiful views of the Faraglioni and the bay of Marina Piccola. During the early 1900’s, Krupp personally collaborated with the Naples Zoological Station, as marine biologist, exploring the seas around Capri aboard his boat, Puritain. Krupp was responsible for Via Krupp, the panoramic coastal path which zigzags its way down the cliffs, from the Gardens of Augustus all the way to Marina Piccola. Designed by the talented engineer, Emilio Mayer, the island’s director of public works at the time, the road opened in 1902. In the same year, following accusations of homosexuality (still a crime at the time), Friedrich Alfred Krupp was expelled from Italy, only to die soon after in his home in Essen. Officially Krupp died for reasons of ill health, although, many hypothesized suicide as the real cause of his sudden death.
Physician, writer and true cosmopolitan, Axel Munthe discovered the Island of Capri when he was still a young man, during a journey to Italy undertaken for health reasons. It was then that he decided that one day he would live here. Over the years, the Swedish doctor came to Capri whenever his various professional activities allowed. On the site of a small, derelict, chapel in Anacapri, he built Villa San Michele, a splendid house overlooking the Bay of Naples. Here Axel Munthe conserved the various antiquities and fossils which he had found on the island. When the city of Naples fell victim to an epidemic of cholera, Axel Munthe volunteered to assist the population, just as in 1908 he had traveled to Messina to help the survivors of the earthquake which had devastated the Sicilian city. As a physician, Munthe was highly valued by members of Swedish Royal Family, and in particular by Prince Eugen, with whom he became friends. During the last years of his life, when he was all but blinded by a serious eye disease, Munthe wrote The History of San Michele in which he described the construction of his house in Anacapri. Villa San Michele and its gardens now belong to the Swedish state and represent one of the island of Capri’s most important tourist attractions.
Pablo Neruda was not only a great name in International literature but also had a number of important political and diplomatic roles. Linked to the Chilean communist party and elected a senator in 1945, Pablo Neruda publicly accused the president Gabriel Gonzalez Videla of committing abuses on the population. Videla ordered Neruda’s arrest, forcing him into a long period of exile. In 1953, the same year in which he was awarded the Stalin Award, the Chilean poet arrived in Capri where he was Edwin Cerio’s guest in the splendid Casa di Arturo, a villa situated on the Via Tragara, overlooking the bay of Marina Piccola. During his time on the island he published his The Captain’s Verses, a collection of love poems. In 1971 Pablo Neruda received the Nobel Prize for literature.
An important British novelist and playwright, and for a period even a secret agent for the MI6 in Siera Leone, Graham Greene achieved success in various literary genre. Extremely interested in both religious themes and international politics, he began writing from an early age and became a wealthy man thanks to bestselling novels such as The Quiet American, Brighton Rock, The Heart of the Matter and Our Man in Havana. Graham Greene loved traveling and discovering places which would stimulate his writing. In the 1940’s he found inspiration on the Island of Capri where he lived in Edwin Cerio’s Villa Il Rosaio in Anacapri.
The lively pedestrian road which winds its way through the historic center of Anacapri is named after Giuseppe Orlandi, the provincial councilor who, in the second half of the 19th century (in 1877) actively promoted the construction of the carriageway connecting Marina Grande with Anacapri. The road, vital for the development of the island, was realized by Emilio Mayer, the engineer responsible for the Via Krupp, who had reputation for his ability to overcome the difficulties created by the island’s often impervious terrain. Via Giuseppe Orlandi leads to a number of Anacapri’s most important monuments, such as the Casa Rossa and the Church of San Michele.