Villa San Michele Anacapri
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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.
Such a lovely place to walk through, it was like a sky garden and a museum and a house all combined in one. Beautiful architecture, fascinating man Axel Munthe, and great views looking back to Capri more »
This house was built by Munthe. He was a solitary man that had a love for animals and Capri. The house is beatific with an interesting design. There are historic pieces of art and artifacts from... more »
I did not find the villa itself very interesting. Gardens are nice. Best thing for me was the villa's Cafe. That was one of the best moment of the day - sitting down with a good coffee and soak in... more »