The Prettiest Hike to the Natural Arch in Capri, Italy Most of the walking around Capri is past the beautiful wares of the designer boutiques from the likes of Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada and Louis Vuitton. But on our most recent trip to Capri, Italy, we found a much prettier walk. One far away from the luxury hotels and well-heeled travelers to a part of the island where we barely passed another soul. It felt like such a hidden gem that it has taken me a year to actually share the details of what I think is one of the prettiest hikes in the world. If you are spending one day in Capri, I would encourage you to squeeze this in. There are two directions to take this loop, but unless you like climbing UP hundreds of stairs, I’d recommend you follow it in the same direction we did, starting out at the Natural Arch. Starting off from our hotel at Casa Morgano we headed to the piazzetta, and took Via le Botteghe to Via Croce, following signs for Arco Naturale. From Via Croce you will walk through a quiet residential area and stay right onto Via Matermania. From there it is easy to follow the signs and the path past a small restaurant and up some stairs to the Natural Arch. The views here are just spectacular. The overlook seems so close to the arch you feel like you can reach out and touch it. As you peer down at the aquamarine water crashing on the rocks below, you start to feel dizzy from the height. The only drawback to being so close to the arch is that you can’t fit it in to the camera frame to capture it in a way that provides the same impact as seeing it in real life. From the arch, you should next descend the 200 stairs to the Grotto di Matermania. Before our hike I had read a bit about the Grotto di Matermania, and understood that it was a cave where ancient rituals had been performed to the goddess Cibele. Yet somehow when we arrived at our destination, passing only one other hiker along the path, we felt as if we had stumbled upon a secret cave that surely must contain a secret treasure. The cave has clearly been used for something special once upon a day and we had fun exploring like junior archeologists inspired by Indiana Jones. From there we continued along the Pizzolungo path, climbing slightly to take in the amazing views of the coastline and the famous Faraglioni rocks. When we approached the overlook at the Farglioni rocks, the path became more crowded with people walking up from Via Tragara to see the rocks. It was also higher, with steep drop offs, sending Glenn’s fear of heights into overdrive (hence the selfie with just me and Hannah). From here, it was an easy stroll back down Via Tragara to our hotel at Casa Morgana. If you get a chance to visit Capri, I’d highly recommend you take this hike to the Natural Arch. If you do, head out in the morning before it gets too hot and expect it to take about two hours. Bring along water for the walk and wear comfortable shoes for walking up and down stairs and over dirt paths. If you have more time to spend, check out my recommendations on where to eat in Capri and shop, and hiring a boat to tour Capri by water. What do you think is the prettiest hike? PIN THIS FOR LATER Find this useful? Share it!PinShareTweetFlipboardWhatsAppEmail Written by We3Travel and was last updated on September 4, 2019. Read more about Destinations, Europe, Family Trips, Italy Related Posts How to Avoid Looking Like a Tourist in Rome (Advice from a Local) Family-Friendly Restaurants in Rome: Where to Eat in Rome with Kids Where to Eat in Capri, Italy 10 Comments on “The Prettiest Hike to the Natural Arch in Capri, Italy” Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name * Email * This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Thanks for your post. You’ve convinced me to take a hike 🙂 How long does the hike take? Our ferry gets in around 3:30 but I want to make sure we have enough time to get from the marina to the arch before sunset. Reply Not long! To get there from town is probably 30 minutes tops and if you loop along the coast, I would give an hour total, maybe 1.5. Reply We just got finished walking DOWN those 300 steps and just wanted to leave a Reply with a big thank you for recommending that direction. People heading in the other direction were not having a great time with those steps :). Thanks! Reply So glad it could help! We are headed back there next summer and I can’t wait to do it again. Reply Beautiful pictures. Looks like a place I would love to visit. Reply Thank you, we have been to Capri twice and it is breathtaking! Reply Gorgeous! I haven’t been to the Amalfi Coast, but photos of it never cease to amaze me. Reply Thank you! It is so beautiful! Reply This was probably my biggest regret when I traveled to Italy – not making the trek out to Capri Island. This looks like a constantly breathtaking hike, especially when there aren’t too many crowds around. Reply It was amazing and we ran into very few people, they were all shopping in town Reply Get your free Family Vacation Planning Kit Sign up for our newsletter and receive a Family Vacation Planning Kit! We3Travel.com will use the information you provide on this form to send you newsletters. You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the link in the footer of any email you receive from us, or by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. By clicking below, you agree that we may process your information in accordance with these terms.