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Villa San Michele
Villa San Michele
Villa San Michele
Villa San Michele
Villa San Michele
Villa San Michele
Villa San Michele
Villa San Michele
Villa San Michele
Villa San Michele
Villa San Michele
Villa San Michele
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Villa San Michele

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The marvelous museum in Axel Munthe's dream home in Anacapri.

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Villa San Michele in Anacapri was the dream home of the Swedish physician, Axel Munthe.
Munthe first came to Capri in 1885. He built his villa on the ruins of an ancient Chapel dedicated to San Michele, following a series of sketches made on a wall.

''My house must be open to the sun, to the wind, and the voice of the sea, just like a Greek temple, and light, light, light everywhere!".
Axel Munthe

The result was a building articulated on various levels: the study is on the first floor, the loggia crosses pergolas and columns to reach a circular viewpoint which looks out across the Bay of Naples. In Villa San Michele a number of ancient artifacts are displayed - objects found by Munthe in Capri, Anacapri and elsewhere, some of which donated by friends. There are fragments of sarcophaguses, busts, Roman paving, marble and columns can be seen. In the garden there is a Greek tomb and a granite Sphinx which gazes out over the whole Island of Capri.

Munthe described the construction of the villa in his bestselling "The Story of San Michele", which has been translated into some 45 languages

With the exception of a few sporadic absences, Munthe lived on Capri for more than 56 years. His love of the island coincided with the growing popularity of Capri and the arrival of rich and famous travelers from all over the world. Today his villa is, together with the Grotta Azzurra, the most visited place on the whole of Capri.
Munthe shared his love of music, animals, and nature with the Swedish queen, Victoria, who spent long periods of her life on Capri for health reasons. Axel Munthe's concern for the birds on the island, which were shot in disastrous numbers, led him to acquire the rights to the Barbarossa Mountain in order to create a sanctuary for migrating birds.

Villa San Michele Museum - useful information
Getting there: take the bus from Anacapri then follow the signs
Ticket price: Euro 7
Hours: open every day from 9:00 a.m. to one hour before sunset
Official website: www.villasanmichele.eu
Email: administration@sanmichele.org
Phone: +39 081 8371401 - +39 081 8373279 (Fax)

Nesea Cultural Events - Discover Anacapri - Full Day Tour Pick

Guided tours

Discover Anacapri - Full Day Tour

A tour of the artistic masterpieces and breathtaking landscapes of Anacapri. Our local guide will take you through the picturesque lanes and artisan boutiques of the town center, and show you the hidden gems of Anacapri, including Villa San Michele, the Church of S. Michele, and Mount Solaro.

By Nesea Cultural Events

from € 280

(Terms and conditions)

Melania, Roberta e Giusy

(Socie)

Nesea Cultural Events - The Heart of Anacapri: Tour of the Historic Center Pick

Guided tours

The Heart of Anacapri: Tour of the Historic Center

Our guide will accompany you on a private walking tour of the monuments and neighborhoods of Anacapri's historic center, including Villa San Michele, built by Swedish physician and writer Axel Munthe and the Church of S. Michele Arcangelo, famous for its majolica floor.

By Nesea Cultural Events

from € 180

(Terms and conditions)

Melania, Roberta e Giusy

(Socie)

La Giuliva - Craft Beers, Evo Oil & Cosmetics di Capri for you!

Bed & Breakfast

Craft Beers, Evo Oil & Cosmetics di Capri for you!

Book a room at our B&B La Giuliva and you will get at your arrival the "Brunetti-Card", which allows you to get a discount of 10% on typical products produced by Brunetti Capri company: craft beers, extra-virgin olive oil, and natural cosmetics.

By La Giuliva

10% discount only for take away

Valid from 1 May 2016 to 31 December 2016

(Terms and conditions)

Fabrizio Brunetti

(Owner)

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