The Prettiest Hike to the Natural Arch in Capri, Italy 3.8K SharesPin3.8KShare54TweetFlipMost 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. 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 hiring a boat to tour Capri by water. What do you think is the prettiest hike? PIN THIS FOR LATER 3.8K SharesPin3.8KShare54TweetFlip Written by We3Travel and was last updated on October 17, 2016. Read more about Europe, Family Trips, Destinations, Italy Travel Tips Related Posts Exploring Capri Italy by Private Boat Music, Gardens, and Spectacular Views: What to do in Ravello Italy 10 Rome Apps To Download Before you Go Comments are closed. 10 Comments on “The Prettiest Hike to the Natural Arch in Capri, Italy” 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. It was amazing and we ran into very few people, they were all shopping in town Gorgeous! I haven’t been to the Amalfi Coast, but photos of it never cease to amaze me. Thank you! It is so beautiful! Beautiful pictures. Looks like a place I would love to visit. Thank you, we have been to Capri twice and it is breathtaking! 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! So glad it could help! We are headed back there next summer and I can’t wait to do it again. 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. 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.