|Location:||Eastern coast of Capri island. From the center of the village Capri follow Via Le Botthege to the east, then turn right into Via Matermania. The final part of this road is called Via Arco Naturale, at its end a trail to the arc starts.|
|Classification:||Karst cave. Natural Bridge|
|Accessibility:||not accessible, steep staircases|
|As far as we know this information was accurate when it was published (see years in brackets), but may have changed since then.
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The Arco Naturale (Natural Arc) is an impressive natural bridge which is the remains of a cave. It is located at the southeastern corner of the island, above the steep cliff, and offers a great view to the sea and the Sorrento peninsula.. The strange location and the asymmetric form make this a really romantic spot and it was very popular since the 19th century.
This arch is the last remains of a karst cave, the rest has been eroded. Before the uplift of the island during the late Palaeolithic, the arc was around sea level. The cave was widened by the waves, which als washed away the debris of the collapse. Since it is above sea level there is no more erosion, but wind and rain still weather the limestone. The final destruction is slowed down, but not stopped.