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.
We came by ferry across from Naples to spend the day in Capri. Our first stop was the Villa San Michele. We paid the 8 Euro entry fee and walked around the beautiful gardens on the property. Around... more »
We didn't enter the villa nor pay the 8 Euro entry fee and thanks to our tour guides, we were able to achieve the same views by walking around the villa to the back. more »
Incredible place, definitely a must when you are visiting Capri. Great views, beautiful garden and a perfect spot to take some pictures. more »