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“A room with a view” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Villa San Michele

Villa San Michele
Viale Axel Munthe 34, 80071 Anacapri, Island of Capri, Italy
+39 - 081 - 8371401
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Ranked #2 of 11 attractions in Anacapri
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums
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Kettering, United Kingdom
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“A room with a view”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

First let us be clear; we did not visit Axel Munthe's house and garden - we only followed the lovely lane that leads to it, then passing beyond its gardens - with their doric pillars and fine foliage, we went on to a belvedere that has the most wonderful view down to the marina and the town of Capri . But without the Villa and the infrastructure that has developed to support it, that view could have been denied to the casual visitor. So much of Capri is owned by rich people who enclose the land and access beyond their doors is denied. Instead The walk to the viewpoint is perhaps the highlight of Anacapri. "Walk along the path to the Villa and look at the view from the end; it will only take you five minutes", said our tour guide. We recommend you should stay half an hour -just watching the wake of boats below, the arrival of the bigger ferries, and the swirling clouds over Sorrento ; the view alone will make your day.

Visited September 2013
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Mishawaka, Indiana
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“A must see garden, house, and realization of one amazing man”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

This is a gorgeous , peaceful, incredible, historical home built on a foundation of ruins perched high up on the cliffs of Anacapri, overlooking the sea on the Marina side of the island. What makes it so unique is that it feels so ancient but is relatively young built in early 20th century that was the realization of a dream of Axle Mundthe - a most amazing doctor who died as recent as 1949, a real renaissance man who came to Capri, loved it and restored and built this amazing property. What, I think, makes this such a special place, is the beauty of the house and garden, and the unique beauty in this man's heart. He loved healing people both medically and psychologically, he loved his dogs, birds, animals, and there is a most unique love story that lasted over 30 yrs with the Crown Princess of Sweden. All along the way, as one tours the garden and house, you are introduced to excerpts of his writings or stories which are in Italian and English. My intention is to get his famous book, the Story of San Michelle. ( or The History of San Michelle). And also a book about his biography. This garden and house is right up there as a "10" with visiting Villa Cimbrone and Villa Rufulo in Ravello. A real highlight.

Visited October 2013
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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“A stunning villa created by a fascinating man”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

Getting there
Buy a Unico Capri ticket in the ticket office in Marina Grande next to hydrofoil ticket offices , (A daily bus ticket costs €8.60 and includes all travel on buses and the funicular) Catch the Anacapri bus (every 25mins or so) from Marina Grande for a 25- minute hair-raising ride up the “Mamma Mia” road (see pic!) to Piazza Vittoria in Anacapri. Follow the majolica signs and turn left at the top of the piazza, a pleasant stroll down pedestrianized Via Capodimonte and then Via Axel Munthe.

The villa
A unique home, combining indoors and outdoors. You are first drawn through the villa itself, where relics of times gone by have been carefully placed against pristine white walls that reflect the beautiful light. Here you can also read about the fascinating life of its creator Axel Munthe through illustrated posters in each room. Munthe was a Swedish psychiatrist, philanthropist, environmentalist and physician to the Swedish royal family who first found the ruins at 18 and used the money he earned as a society doctor in Paris and Rome to build the villa using the Roman remains on the property. "My house must be open to the sun, to the wind, and the voice of the sea, just like a Greek temple, and light, light, light everywhere!"
Then you are led into beautiful, cool, shady gardens with stunning views – almost as good as those from the top of Monte Solaro! Next time I’ll have read the book ("The Story of San Michele" – looks entertaining as well as informative) and will allow time for a coffee at the rooftop terrace cafe.

Tip: Go early or late to avoid the crowds and enjoy the peace of the place to yourself. (Open every day from 9am, in the summer until 6pm, check website, but the café isn’t open on Saturdays). Cost: 7 euros – well worth it, though not sure if children would get so much out of it. An historian’s, gardener’s and photographer’s paradise!

Visited September 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“A must see in Anacapri”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

Amazing foresight by Axle - I would have loved to have been one of his guests! Probably one of the first built for rent/as a holiday home on the island! If anyone saw Judas Kiss then I guess you'll recognise this as Oscar's last home ...... & what a beautiful place to end your days albeit a place full of life's accomplishments.

Visited September 2013
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Seattle, Washington
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“Nice tour”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

The gardens were beautiful and it was nice to tour the home as well. Inexpensive tour and an easy walk from the main piazza. A worthwhile visit!

Visited September 2013
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