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.
As you ascend to the top of the mountain on the West side of Capri, you reach Anacapri, one of the two major towns on the island. Wading through the sea of tourists, and passing through a number of... more »
Considering that is was previously part of roman emperor's residence (one of many on the island) all historical materials were used very thoughtfully. Very nice villa, with lovely garden and 3200... more »
Villa San Michele is only a short walk from the Monte Solaro chairlift. Whilst the villa is lovely, it is the garden which is the real star in my opinion and should not be missed! more »