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Villa San Michele
Villa San Michele
Villa San Michele
Villa San Michele
Villa San Michele
Villa San Michele
Villa San Michele
Villa San Michele
Villa San Michele
Villa San Michele
Villa San Michele
Villa San Michele
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Villa San Michele

Mappa

The marvelous museum in Axel Munthe's dream home in Anacapri.

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"My home shall be open for the sun and the wind and the voices of the sea - like a Greek temple - and light, light, light everywhere!" This is how Axel Munthe described Villa San Michele, his beloved home on the island of Capri.
The Swedish physician chose the most scenic spot on Capri to build his villa, northwest of Anacapri and 327 meters above sea level on the spot where there was once an Imperial Roman villa and a Medieval chapel dedicated to Saint Michael.

Munthe dedicated much of his life to the construction of the villa and surrounding gardens. At the time, the countryside around Capri was strewn with the remains of Roman villas, pieces of marble columns and statuary buried just underneath the top layer of soil. The islanders who worked the land called these finds Tiberius' things and began giving them to the transplanted physician, who added them to his collection of Roman, Etruscan, and Egyptian artifacts accrued during his frequent travels.

Included among the more important works visitors can view at Villa San Michele are the head of Medusa and the marble bust of the Emperor Tiberius which once adorned the temple dedicated to Venus and Rome, sacred Medieval art, Tuscan furnishings from the 1700s, Roman frescoes and statues, a marble table decorated with Cosmatesque mosaics, a Sicilian lamp in wrought iron, and an Egyptian sphinx, which has become the symbol of Axel Munthe's residence and is placed in one of the most panoramic spots in all of Villa San Michele.

Legend holds that if you rest your left hand on the sphinx and make a wish while looking out over the sea of Capri, your wish will come true.

The surrounding gardens are lush with Mediterranean flora, including camelias, hydrangeas, beautiful rose bushes, and pine and cyprus trees. This is encircled by a white, trellis-covered colonnade, characteristic of the island's villas. From the garden, the view over the Gulf of Naples is unforgettable. Today, Villa San Michele is a museum open to the public and in the summer season hosts a music festival, the Concerti al Tramonto.

The story of the villa's construction is told by Munthe in his best-selling book, "The Story of San Michele", one of the most widely translated books in the world.

Visiting Villa San Michele

  • 'How to Reach Villa San Michele: From Capri, take the bus or a taxi to Piazza Vittoria in Anacapri. Take the stairs opposite the bus stop, and continue left.
  • Ticket price: Euro 7
  • Hours: open every day from 9:00 a.m. to one hour before sunset
  • Official website: www.villasanmichele.eu
  • Email: administration@sanmichele.org
  • Phone: +39 081 8371401 - +39 081 8373279 (Fax)
Nesea Cultural Events - The Heart of Anacapri: Tour of the Historic Center Pick

Guided tours

The Heart of Anacapri: Tour of the Historic Center

Our guide will accompany you on a private walking tour of the monuments and neighborhoods of Anacapri's historic center, including Villa San Michele, built by Swedish physician and writer Axel Munthe and the Church of S. Michele Arcangelo, famous for its majolica floor.

By Nesea Cultural Events

from € 180

(Terms and conditions)

Melania, Roberta e Giusy

(Socie)

Nesea Cultural Events - Discover Anacapri - Full Day Tour Pick

Guided tours

Discover Anacapri - Full Day Tour

A tour of the artistic masterpieces and breathtaking landscapes of Anacapri. Our local guide will take you through the picturesque lanes and artisan boutiques of the town center, and show you the hidden gems of Anacapri, including Villa San Michele, the Church of S. Michele, and Mount Solaro.

By Nesea Cultural Events

from € 280

(Terms and conditions)

Melania, Roberta e Giusy

(Socie)

La Giuliva - Craft Beers, Evo Oil & Cosmetics di Capri for you!

Bed & Breakfast

Craft Beers, Evo Oil & Cosmetics di Capri for you!

Book a room at our B&B La Giuliva and you will get at your arrival the "Brunetti-Card", which allows you to get a discount of 10% on typical products produced by Brunetti Capri company: craft beers, extra-virgin olive oil, and natural cosmetics.

By La Giuliva

10% discount only for take away

Valid from 1 May 2016 to 31 December 2016

(Terms and conditions)

Fabrizio Brunetti

(Owner)

Book the hotel and claim the coupon

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Insider Tips

The Museums on Capri

Villa San Michele,The Casa Rossa, Centro Caprense, The Charterhouse of San Giacomo.

Camilla

(ItalyTraveller Copywriter&Editor)

Capri Day Trip - A One Day Itinerary

A day devoted to Capri's highlights

Restaurants

Columbus €€

Before you take the lift - pop into Bar Columbus!

Tel. +39 081 8371441

Le Arcate €€

Under the arches

Tel. +39 081 8373588

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Kaire Arte Capri

A new way to visit Capri

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See the island, with an islander

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Nesea Cultural Events

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