"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.
Don't miss Villa San Michele. Interesting history,Seeing this Villa was one of the high lights of my trip. The stairs at one time was the only way to get down to Capri. The Villa was beautiful... more »
Unusual and quirky house built by a victorian ahead of his time - a scientist, humanitarian and an ecologist. A cafe with a terrace view in a lovely shaded garden. more »
The vila of a victorian Swedish doctor who did a lot for the people. Excellently located reflecting his collections, with superb views. A well invested hour. With shop & tranquil snack bar more »
Villa San Michele is located just a few meters from Piazza Vittoria, central square of Anacapri, at the end of a characteristic shopping street and enjoying breathtaking cliff edge views over Capri.