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Villa San Michele

Learn about the Swedish doctor and writer who turned the site of an ancient Roman villa into his expansive home with terraced gardens and archeological relics from the past 3,000 years.  

Explore Villa San Michele, a late 19th-century cliff-top home full of Roman, Etruscan and Greek artifacts. The villa houses an extensive collection of statues, mosaics and relics from antiquity to the early 20th century. The remarkable items were collected by Swedish doctor and writer Axel Munthe, who settled in Capri in 1887.

The large manor house was designed by Munthe to be open to the sea and sky, like a Greek temple. It was built on the ruins of a 2,000-year-old Roman villa and overlooks the Bay of Naples.

See more than 1,000 objects in marble, stone, terracotta, wood, textiles and metal. The relics cover subjects such as dying and nature, but are not grouped in any thematic way. 

Go on a self-guided tour of the property and its grounds. Many of the villa’s rooms contain dozens of pieces. Admire the white marble Medusa’s head in Munthe’s studio. See the replica of a Roman mosaic on the floor of the dining room. Investigate the doctor’s bedroom with its 15th-century wrought iron bed and marble relief of the Roman god Apollo. 

Step out into the garden with its magnificent views over the Bay of Naples, Sorrento and Mount Vesuvius. Walk along the terraces and look for the Greek tomb, ancient pots and columns among the camellias, azaleas and roses. Have your photo taken next to the black-granite Egyptian sphinx. The garden also contains the remains of the Roman villa. You’ll see the remnants of a small bedroom, called a cubiculum. Study the wall paintings and note the raised section of floor where a bed may have been placed.

During the summer, the garden is the setting for a series of weekly classical music concerts that take place at sunset. For program details and ticket prices check out the villa’s official website.

Situated in Anacapri, the art, history and music of Villa San Michele are a short walk from the town’s main square. The house and its grounds are open daily and admission charges apply.

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Lodging Near Villa San Michele

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Hotel Weber Ambassador

Hotel Weber Ambassador

Via Marina Piccola 118, Capri
of 5, from 636 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Steps from the sea and Marina Piccola, Hotel Weber Ambassador is within a 20-minute walk of Capri's La Piazzetta and Certosa di San Giacomo. Marina Grande and Anacapri are a 10-minute drive away.

Hotel San Michele

Hotel San Michele

Via Giuseppe Orlandi 1 3, Anacapri
of 5, from 118 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Anacapri, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Piazza Vittoria, Casa Rossa, and Chiesa di San Michele. Chiesa di Santa Sofia and Monte Solaro Chairlift are also within 15 minutes.

B&B Viale Axel Munthe

B&B Viale Axel Munthe

Viale Axel Munthe, 1, Anacapri
of 5, from 3 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Anacapri, this bed & breakfast is within a 5-minute walk of Villa San Michele, Monte Solaro Chairlift, and Piazza Vittoria. Casa Rossa and Chiesa di San Michele are also within 10 minutes.

Caesar Augustus, Relais & Chateaux Hotel

Caesar Augustus, Relais & Chateaux Hotel

Via G Orlandi 4, Anacapri
of 5, from 267 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

On a cliff 1,000 feet above the sea, Caesar Augustus, Relais & Chateaux Hotel commands sweeping views of the Bay of Naples, Mt. Vesuvius, the craggy coastline, and the Capri landscape. Villa San Michele is 0.2 km away.

Hotel della Piccola Marina

Hotel della Piccola Marina

Via Mulo 14 -16, Capri
of 5, from 371 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Capri, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Marina Piccola, Museo Cerio, and Chiesa di Santo Stefano. Torre Saracena and Piazza Umberto I are also within 15 minutes.

Capri Palace

Capri Palace

Via Capodimonte, 14, Anacapri
of 5, from 45 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Situated by the sea, this luxury hotel is steps from Monte Solaro Chairlift and Piazza Vittoria. Villa San Michele and Casa Rossa are also within 10 minutes.

Hotel Bellavista

Hotel Bellavista

Via G. Orlandi, 10, Anacapri
of 5, from 32 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Anacapri, this hotel is steps from Piazza Vittoria and Monte Solaro Chairlift. Casa Rossa and Chiesa di San Michele are also within 10 minutes.

Relais Maresca

Relais Maresca

Via Prov. Marina Grande, 284, Capri
of 5, from 467 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located on the island of Capri, this hotel, right on the boardwalk, faces the bay, with Vesuvius and Naples beyond. The pier at Marina Grande and funicular up to Capri Town are both less than a 2-minute walk.