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.
This is definitely worth a visit. Very interesting story about the life of the Swedish owner, and very beautiful villa, with great views over the mainland. more »
Villa San Michele is a short stroll from the centre of Anacapri, there is a small entrance fee of €8 And in return you are rewarded with a historic house to explore along with numerous pieces of art... more »
Villa San Michele is a must see on Capri. The story of Axel Munth - the former owner - is really touching. The garden is overwhelming. And the views are breathtaking! more »