"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.
The place is nice, but Capri Island has many other beautiful gardens and places that do not require payment. Considering the price of entry, recommended only for Axel Munthe fans and the book he... more »
As a profesional interior designer, it was such a great experience for me, We travelled Capri and found the Villa San Michele, with fenciful arts and marbles, with mesmerizing not the Gulf of... more »
This is the place where Axel Munthe stayed, during his Capri period, and it's really one of the most exciting place I ever seen. restored in a terrific way by the Swedish governement, the Villa... more »