Caprionline Insider Guides

Recommended insider experiences for the Island of Capri.
Get the best tips, itineraries, and accommodations to discover your Capri!

Villa Jovis
Villa Jovis
Villa Jovis
Villa Jovis
Villa Jovis
Villa Jovis
Villa Jovis
Villa Jovis
Villa Jovis
Villa Jovis
  • 01
  • 02
  • 03
  • 04
  • 05
  • 06
  • 07
  • 08
  • 09
  • 10

Villa Jovis


The most magnificent of all Emperior Tiberius' island residences.

Special offers

Visiting Villa Jovis

  • Getting there: From the Piazzetta, walk the length of Via Longano, continuing along Via Sopramonte and finally Via Tiberio. Otherwise, from the Piazzetta take Via Le Botteghe, Via Fuorlovado, Via Croce, and finally Via Tiberio.. It's an uphill walk and will take about 45 minutes.
  • Duration: It's an uphill walk and will take about 45 minutes.
  • Ticket price: €2; free for European Union citizens under 18. Free entrance in the first Sunday of the month.
  • Hours: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm from November the 1st to March the 31st and 9:00 am - 6:00 pm from April the 1st to October the 31st. Tuesday closed.

The Roman emperor Tiberius was history's first "tourist" who fell in love with the island of Capri, fleeing the chaos of the teeming city of ancient Rome to find peace and serenity here.

During the first century A.D., he commissioned 12 villas to be built on the island, including Villa Jovis. This was his largest and most sumptuous villa, covering around 7,000 square meters and dominating the Mount Tiberius promontory and the slope descending to Cesina. The view from the north side encompasses most of the Gulf of Naples, stretching from the island of Ischia to Campanella Point, while the view from the south overlooks Capri.

The villa's architectural style combines that of Classical villas from the Roman empire with elements of a small fortress. The center of the villa housed a number of cisterns to collect rainwater, a fundamental design element on this island which has no natural springs, which was used both as drinking water and as a reservoir with which to supply the baths, which were divided into the traditional frigidarium, tepidarium and calidarium.

The servants' quarters were located on the west side of the villa, while the emperor and his most trusted counselors, including the astrologist Thrasyllus, lived and worked on the north side of the sprawling residence. The east side was reserved for the throne room.

The ancient lighthouse, used as a signal tower to communicate with the mainland and as an astrological observatory, collapsed following an earthquake just days after the death of Tiberius.

Unfortunately, the ruins of Villa Jovis were neglected for centuries and many finds have been lost. Some objects from the site are collected in Naples' Archaeological Museum, and much of the villa's marble was used to build the church of Santo Stefano. It was only relatively recently in 1932 that the site was taken in hand by researchers and official excavations begun.

A Sidetrip

Just before the entrance to Villa Jovis, the little-known and free Parco Astarita park beckons. Step inside and walk to the final terrace where you can enjoy a gorgeous view...surrounded by Capri's mountain goats, which roam free through the grounds!

We recommend...
As the route to Villa Jovis is quite long, we recommend organizzing your walk with a number of stops along the way, so you can make the most of your time and energy.
Once you have made it to Villa Jovis and toured the site, stop in at the Parco Astarita and take a look at Villa Lysis.

  • Villa Jovis
  • Parco Astarita
  • Villa Lysis


Parco Astarita

  • Hours: 10am - 2pm. Closed Monday.
  • Ticket Price: Free.

Villa Lysis (Villa Fersen)

  • Hours: May-Oct: 10am - 6pm; Nov-Dec: 10am - 4pm. Closed Wednesday.
  • Ticket Price: free.
Bespoke Capri - The Blue Island on a Private Boat Pick

Guided tours

The Blue Island on a Private Boat

Discover Capri on elegant boats discovering grottoes and the island's unknown, that is Bespoke Capri.

By Bespoke Capri

€ 200 € 244 -18% The cost is valid for 2-4 pax

(Terms and conditions)

Have a question? Ask us! (New)

Insider Tips

The Villas of Tiberius

History lover? Take this trip to see the villas built on Capri by Emperor Tiberius.


Lo Sfizio €€

Heaven for the hungry!

Tel. +39 081 8374128

Guided tours

Capri Official Guides

See the island, with an islander

Nesea Cultural Events

Guided Walks and Itineraries around Capri

Bespoke Capri

Bespoke Capri: Discover the Island, Luxuriously

Capri Time Tours

Organized tours for the independent traveler

Kaire Arte Capri

A new way to visit Capri