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“Retains furnishings from Axel Munthe”
Review of Villa San Michele

Villa San Michele
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US$63.34*
and up
Semi-Guided Capri Island Tour Including Lunch
Ranked #3 of 15 things to do in Anacapri
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 20 June 2018

If you are in Capri on a day trip, this villa is well worth putting on your list of things to see. You must take the bus to Anacapri and walk about a half mile to the villa. The architecture and the furniture are rustic. What makes this place special are the gardens and the views. However, the interior furniture and art work are a fascinating view into the life of its owner Axel Munthe.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Thomas L
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Reviewed 18 June 2018 via mobile

On our first morning staying in Anacapri we visited Villa San Michele. A lovely villa in beautiful gardens. We were there quite early and it wasn’t at all crowded. The views from some of the terraces were just amazing. We walked around in an hour or so. There is a small cafe where you can have drinks or lunch but we didn’t try it. A must visit on Capri.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank emeldr
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Reviewed 17 June 2018

The eight euros paid at entrance worth the price? At first you walk through several rooms, even the kitchen, his study and few other rooms. You can describe this walk as “unremarkable.” There are, though, house treasures, paintings and artifacts that makes you feel that Axel Munthe still lives there.

There is one room dedicated in telling his story. Come prepared to read. As a doctor and psychiatrist from Sweden, he came to love Capri at the end of the 1800’s. He purchased the villa and remolded the entire place.

Axel loved animals. He had dogs, birds and even a pet baboon. A sanctuary on the island he developed still exists.

With his Capri experiences, he published a book in 1929, “The Story of San Michele.” The work became quite popular and eventually translated into 45 languages. Understanding his history, helped to view why this villa is so famous.

He had a number of famous guests. One of who was the famous American author Henry James who wrote that Villa San Michele is “a creation of the most fantastic beauty…”

The villa does sit 327 meters—about a 1000 feet—above sea level. The village of Capri can be seen as well as the Bay of Naples and Vesuvius. You can actually see these views without walking into the villa by continuing the trail around the villa.

There is a picturesque garden inside. A rather inviting Café is on an upper floor with gorgeous views too. My wife did have to wait for a bathroom as there was a line.

Today, the Villa is operated by a Swedish foundation. Your monies paid helps to preserve the villa and the stories behind these walls.

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Date of experience: May 2018
4  Thank Marty B
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Reviewed 10 June 2018

Villa San Michelle is a beautiful and surprisingly large building at the end of the shopping thoroughfare that starts at the chair lift entrance. I'd say you're probably unlikely to happen upon it - its a little set back from everything to just 'fall' in there. You could spend a good couple of hours there exploring the buildings many rooms and exhibits, the extensive gardens, the incredible views over Capri town and out to the Bay of Naples, Sorrento coast and Ischia. There's also lovely café where you could spend another hour chilling out with views out to Ischia for company - a must do if you're in Anacapri along with the wonderful chair lift.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank marlpit7
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Reviewed 1 June 2018 via mobile

We took a bus to AnaCapri from the city square of Capri from our Bed & Breakfast,
Casa Raiola ( beautiful)
Cost for the bus is $2E each way. Follow the signs to the Villa San Michele.The area below the Villa owned and donated to the city by Dr Axel Munthe is free. To access the Villa itself, entry is through the museum and is $8E each. It is worth it! The views are AMAZING!
Dr Munthe dedicated his life to helping people, animals, birds and preservation of the beauty of Capri. His collection of antiquities (some found while building his home) are impressive. The actual home was built on top of one of the 7 villas built by the Emperors of Rome, and has been declared a bird sanctuary for migrating birds.
Walking around the Villa offers beautiful views.. but the breathing taking beauty lies within the grounds of stunning gardens, impeccably maintained ,the antiquities and the impressive life of Dr Munthe.
The cafe inside is reasonable, friendly service, excellent sandwiches/food and a great place to relax & enjoy the incredible view of Villa San Michele.
Don’t miss the Villa itself!

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank amybdent
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