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Arco Naturale, Capri

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This huge natural limestone arch is all that is left of a wave- and wind-eroded cave. Steps descend to the Grotta Matromania, a cave believed to have been sacred to the Roman nature goddess Cybele. Follow the path, which passes close by the curious cliff-perched Casa Malaparte, a modernist villa that belonged to Italian writer and adventurer Curzio Malaparte, and featured in Jean-Luc Godard's 1963 movie Le Mépris, starring Brigitte Bardot. Next come the three seagirt rock stacks of I Faraglioni, which can be admired from close quarters if you take a path that heads down to the left and ends up at a couple of beach bars. The main path takes you up to the Belvedere di Tragara panoramic viewpoint, and from there it's an easy stroll back to the Piazzetta. It's an oxygenating up-and-down walk, with hundreds of steps to negotiate, but at least the whole route is paved and can easily be done in sneakers.—Lee Marshall

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