Villa San Michele

Villa San Michele, Anacapri: Hours, Address, Villa San Michele Reviews: 4.5/5

Villa San Michele
4.5
Historic Sites • History Museums
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Villa San Michele is the life’s work at Capri of the Swedish physician and author Axel Munthe (1857–1949). It is surrounded by an impressive garden, which recently won the price as Italy’s most beautiful private park. Behind it is the Barbarossa mountain, that Axel Munthe turned into a sanctuary for migratory birds. Axel Munthe recounts the story of his life and the creation of the villa in The Story of San Michele (1929). It became one of the first international bestsellers in modern time. The tale that then captivated countless readers all over the world, lives on in Villa San Michele, in its rooms and garden and in the Egyptian sphinx, that silently watches the sea from its balustrade.
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Ana L
Navan, Ireland2,682 contributions
Number 1 site in Anacapri
Sep 2020
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.
Written 16 October 2020
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Simon B
London, UK36 contributions
Great piece of history
Aug 2020 • Solo
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 and interesting artefacts. There are detailed descriptions in both Italian and English accompanied with photographs and anecdotes of the writer Axel Munthe.

There is a designated route through the house that leads you out into to the impressive gardens, again filled with statues and many of the plants are labelled.

Stand out views across Capri and it’s harbour reward you as you venture to the rear of the estate - best to come after a short climb of some steps to the small chapel which is protected by two Sphinx overlooking the sea.

A further building houses details of the birds, butterflies, lizards and other wildlife native to Capri.

Great experience - there’s also a small cafe which I didn’t visit.

You can then easily walk down the Phoenician steps (about 1000 steps) down to Marina Grande to enjoy more picturesque views which in the afternoon is shaded from the sun.
Written 28 August 2020
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marstrob
Riehen, Switzerland30 contributions
What a beautiful garden!
Jul 2020 • Family
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!
Written 25 July 2020
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Zoltan Kardos
Budapest, Hungary2 contributions
Lovely atmosphere
Oct 2019 • Family
Loved every minute of our visit there although we had little time. A good hour or two would be ideal.
Written 4 April 2020
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ValjoR
Sofia, Bulgaria2 contributions
A beautiful place to visit
Oct 2019
We visited this place twice - in May and October. We had lovely time both times. The place is worth seeing - the location, the view, the garden, the villa - everything brings joy to the senses. I have read Alex Munthe book : "The Legend of Saint Michele" and was very keen on seeing this place - it was worth doing it. Highly recommend it.
Written 25 February 2020
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MerseysideTinkerbell
Merseyside, UK3,591 contributions
Wish we had had time to go around inside. But views from here are fantastic
Jun 2019
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 bus to anacapri and had a wander and had a quick pizza for lunch. We found this place a little late so didnt have enough time to go around inside or the gardens properly which was a shame. But you can go for a walk along the path to the end and the views are magnificient of Capri. Just wish we had known about it before going to Capri and could of planned our time better. Or better still have a few days on Capri, as it is a beautiful island with lots to see and do.
Written 6 February 2020
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Swell Traveller
Melbourne, Australia3,764 contributions
Unexpectedly magnificent Villa and great views
Oct 2019
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 beats walking up a very steep hill, but the buses were way cheaper E2 one way. He also told me to visit the villa, as many people just walk around the border of it and don't go in...I wouldn't be disappointed. He was right.

There is a large banner hanging on the side so you cannot miss the entrance. Entry is E8 [preference of credit card payments here] and you can take photos without flash and also footage. No photos in the shop.

Tip: before you actually buy your ticket and go into the villa, walk around the path outside so you can look up and see the sphinxes from another angle, plus there are sublime views on the corner and great photography spots.

Once inside you enter via the dining room and kitchen then on to the study and small waiting rooms which led out to a long path adorned with mosaics, sculptures, vines and pillars. Stunning to look at. There is plenty to read about the owner, a famous doctor and author There is quite a vast collection of artefacts and books here covering the 2 levels.

The exterior gardens include the history of the olive tree here, history of the owner, 2 sphinxes, a church and a small cafe. The viewpoints from the corner sphinx is just breathtaking. I highly recommend a quick stop at the Casa Oliv Caffe just for the views to say the least. [See separate review]. The toilets are also nearby.

Staff are really friendly and speak many languages. Definitely worth an hour visit.
Written 4 February 2020
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ShaoBab
London, UK153 contributions
Serenity and perfect views
Feb 2020 • Couples
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 and the two sphinxes is just breathtaking. Definitely worth the entrance fee and there’s really good espresso in their cafe.
Written 1 February 2020
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Karin Ovadia
Kiryat Shmona, Israel57 contributions
See Capri on a minimum budget and better than with a guide
Dec 2019 • Friends
If you really want to feel that you’ve seen the island I recommend (and this is not for the faint of heart or physically handicapped) walking - almost a climb - from the Marina up to Capri. The route is clearly marked. There a tour around to see the views. Then catch a bus to Annacapri - 2 euros. The ride is an experience in and of itself! Once you reach Annacapri the famous villa is a very short walk from the piazza. Amazing views and obviously any number of shops on the way. But the prize goes to those who have the heart to continue on the path that passes the villa, circles on and leads to steps leading all the way down to the Marina again. A gorgeous day if the weather is right!
Written 27 December 2019
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Gabriel H
Bellaire, TX6,984 contributions
Great location, gorgeous views, charming museum and history
Oct 2019
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 souvenir shops, you will find your way to Villa San Michele, currently a museum, but originally the home of Axel Munthe, a Swedish expat, physician, psychiatrist, polyglot, writer and philanthropist who arguably did more than anyone else in modern times to put Capri on the map. The museum houses the extensive collection of the archaeological and anthropological treasures collected buy Dr. Munthe, as well as numerous decorative items (sculptures, paintings, ceramics, etc.). It is also the site of the Chapel of St. Michelle and lovely gardens that surround the buildings. The view from the Villa's terraces is spectacular: most of Marina Grande, the beach below, and the Sorrento peninsula across the strait, as well as mount Vesuvius and Naples at a distance.
Written 6 December 2019
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