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.
Before going to visit this charming villa it is recommended to read the book of Axel Munthe: "The Story of San Michele", published in the year 1929. It is an interesting story of the live in Villa... more »
This villa was there on the mountain. It was made well and of course for a wealthy family. The view from the villa was beautiful. Not too much history was told about this place by our guide though. more »
This was included in our tour package and we debated about actually viewing the Villa but are so glad we did. The views from the upper look out are amazing and the gardens were beautiful and... more »