"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:
May/September: from 9 am to 6 pm.
April and October: from 9 am to 5 pm.
March: from 9 am to 4.30 pm.
January, February, November and December: from 9 am to 3.30 pm.
Opening times and prices may change. Please check them at info-points in Marina Grande or in Piazzetta.
An extremely popular venue with cruise ship passengers and day trippers, it's very busy. We were there at the end of October and it was busy enough, I would hate to see it in the height of... more »
The walk to the villa was as interesting and naturally beautiful as the villa was interesting. All of Capri was so relaxing and clean as opposed to the pollution in Sorrento. more »
The best view of the bay of Naples is seen from this villa. It is easy to see why this was once the seat of the Emperor of the Roman Empire. The gardens are simply magical and will always be a... more »