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 was a very nice surprise coming here - the home of Alex Munthe, the Swedish Dr, Writer and Architect. It’s a very interesting with artefacts from his home and the story about him is quite... more »
Fabulous villa with a wonderfully interesting history. Very well maintained with some interesting displays and more of a museum in that respect. Gardens and the views are stunning. more »
The size and beauty of the gardens at this place is impressive. Once inside the hussle and bustle of Anacapri disappears. I'd recommend it as a timeout to habe a refreshment and admire something... more »