Gardens of Augustus – Isle of Capri

FROM The man in the front seat / July 24, 2013

The Isle of Capri is the home of several beautiful sights, but without a doubt a must see on the island are the Gardens of Augustus. The gardens are laid out in a series of terraces, overlooking the sea, where the rich local fauna is added to with geraniums, dahlias and brooms. From the gardens you get spectacular views of the Faraglioni Rocks, Marina Piccola and Mount Solaro.

German industrialist Friedrich Krupp came to the island in the late 19th century often staying for months at a time at the hotel Quisisana. Krupp financed the construction of the gardens and up until 1918 they were known as the” Krupp Gardens” when they were renamed “the Gardens of Augustus”, the name they have today.

In 1908, Vladimir Lenin visited Capri, staying at the house of Russian writer Maxim Gorky which fronts onto the park. In 1968 the Soviet Embassy in Italy commissioned the building of a monument which was created by Giacomo Manzu to mark the event. It now stands in the gardens in front of Gorky’s house.

Gardens of Augustus – Isle of Capri
Augustus Gardens.
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