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.
We went up to Anacapri as we were on a day trip from Sorrento so were aware of time a lot. We had done a boat tour of the island in the morning upon our arrival which was fantastic. Then we got a... more »
End October 2019: I was told by my taxi driver on the way up to Anacapri [as my bus took off without me] this was an unusual season and it was longer than expected. A pricey trip E20, though it... more »
This is the best spot on the whole island. The story of the house and the various fragments Alex built into the structure (dreamt up/misappropriated?) are interesting, but the view from the pergola... more »