Villa San Michele Anacapri
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After the Grotta Azzurra, the Museum-House of Villa San Michele is Anacapri's most visited tourist attraction. The villa dates back to the late 19th century, when the Swedish physician, writer and recreational archaeologist, Axel Munthe, adjudicated the site, previously occupied by an ancient roman construction, the perfect place where to build a house in which to display his collection of relics and classical artefacts.
Whilst admiring the many fascinating exhibits on display in the museum, visitors are likely to linger longest before the head of the Medusa, the bust of Emperor Tiberius and the magnificent Egyptian sphinx.
Villa San Michele's beautiful Mediterranean gardens are an integral part of the Museum. This is where both the remains of the ancient Roman villa and the little Medieval Chapel, this latter restored by Munthe in person, can be seen. From its position on the north-eastern slopes of Anacapri, some 327 meters above sea level, Villa San Michele boasts a privileged view point, gazing out across the entire Bay of Naples.
Villa San Michele is open year round.
Views of the Phoenician Steps, Il Faraglione, the Sea , Sorrento Peninsula, Mount Vesuvius and the Gardens abound here...words can not express the beauty .....one must see for oneself!!!!! more »
Almost didn't go, but are so glad that we did. The history is very interesting, the house is quirky and fun, and the views from the gardens are outstanding. more »
This is a great place to visit with an interesting back story and great views. I have to admit I had never heard of Axel Munthe so was very interested to see the exhibition and read about his life... more »