Villa San Michele
- Touch the sphynx and make a wish
- Wander the gorgeous Mediterranean garden
- Admire the collection of precious antiques in the villa's museum
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"My home shall be open in order to let in the sun, and the wind, and the voices of the ocean, like a Greek temple, and there shall be light, light everywhere!"
Boasting an incredibly panoramic position on the north-eastern slopes of Anacapri, Villa San Michele was built by the Swedish physician and author, Axel Munthe, towards the end of the 19th century. The site, some 300 meters above sea level, was previously occupied by an ancient Roman villa, the remains of which can still be seen in the gardens.
Munthe constructed Villa San Michele so as to house his impressive collection of classical Roman, Etruscan and Egyptian artefacts, including a head of the Medusa, a marble bust of Emperor Tiberius, and an Egyptian sphinx.
The gardens of the villa, home to a great variety of Mediterranean plants and a charming little mediaeval chapel, which Munthe restored himself, are as beautiful as any of the exhibits inside the museum. From here, a magnificent view of the Bay of Naples can be seen.
The museum is open all year.
What former guests say about Villa San MicheleGo to the top
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Must be a cultural thing
Can't see the attraction. The house is a very nice villa, and we got free tickets via our hotel, but it's basically a museum to an eccentric. He was just a man who wrote a book and had a "close... more »
Don't miss Villa San Michele
The Alex Munthe story is enough to follow at his home on Capri, but the architecture and gardens add to the splendor of the Villa San Michele. The views from the walkways are some the best in all of... more »
Beautiful Gardens & Views
The museum is eh.. we passed quickly through it and spent most of our time walking through the beautiful gardens (smells like heaven!!) and enjoying the views of Capri. If you aren't into gardens... more »
Villa San Michele: LocationBack to the top
Villa San Michele is located just a few meters from Piazza Vittoria, central square of Anacapri, at the end of a characteristic shopping street and enjoying breathtaking cliff edge views over Capri.