What’s New in Italy 2024: Capri’s Winding Via Krupp Reopens (December 2023/January 2024)

This article originally appeared in the December 2023/January 2024 issue of Dream of Italy. Read about what else is new in 2024 here!

The carved path of Via Krupp winds down to the blue sea below the Gardens of Augustus on the island of Capri. It’s been closed for nearly a decade due to risk of landslides and falling rocks, but is now open and ready to welcome visitors interested in getting up close and personal with the island’s Marina Piccola.

Hailed as one of the symbols of Capri, Via Krupp was created by German Alfred Friedrich Krupp at the turn of the 20th century as a way to get to the sea to explore his beloved marine biology. Eight hairpin curves zigzag amongst the thick vegetation. It should only take about a quarter of an hour to walk the path, but that time is no doubt lengthened when you factor in the pauses of admiration sure to ensue. Distinctly Mediterranean pines and the bright white walkway against the blue sea beg to be admired. The 4,000-foot walk is worth savoring.

Cultural minister Gennaro Sangiuliano says Via Krupp “is a symbol of Capri: it is a real work of art to be preserved and promoted.” He also calls the pedestrian road “an incomparable naturalistic spectacle, a unique view that must be brought back to everyone’s eyes in the name of beauty. Its reopening is a gift to the world.” Almost 5 million euros were spent to ensure visitors will be safe to enjoy this winding path to the sea.

The Via Krupp is free to visit and remains one of the fastest ways to link the Marina Piccola at sea level to the center of Capri. You can get to the walking path from Capri town from its start at Via Giacomo Matteotti.

—Danielle Abbazia