Villa San Michele
Villa San Michele
4.5
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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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Simon B
London, UK36 contributions
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 August 28, 2020
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Paul O
County Monaghan, Ireland2,562 contributions
Situated close the center of Anacapri, the villa and gardens of San Michelle make for a great visit. The house was built was Axel Munthe and there is a lot of history of the man and his life as you take a tour through the house. The outside gardens are lovely and have some great views. There is also a small cafe and giftshop to visit on your way out.
Written September 24, 2021
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ShaoBab
London, UK187 contributions
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 February 1, 2020
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lfthorn
Seattle, WA180 contributions
There are great reviews, but we chose not to go inside the actual villa. Based on some of the reviews from guide books I'd read, was not necessarily worth the price. We were able to walk to the end of the villa and admire the views from that location. It is right in Anacapri, so worth visiting if you're there.
Written September 29, 2021
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BakerBen
Milwaukee, WI8 contributions
If you're in Anacapri, why not? It's a lovely museum (and previously a private villa) which is something to think about. It's self guided with no interaction, which is nice. I think a little informatory leaflet or introduction from the ticket "charger" would have been nice. Maybe it'll be different post Covid? But the signage does tell the story, Overall a good experience and we had a beverage at the onsite cafe which is on a scenic terrace. A nice way to relax.
Written October 17, 2021
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MerseysideTinkerbell
Merseyside, UK4,574 contributions
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 February 6, 2020
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scorker
England11 contributions
When I went to Capri I didn't even know this place existed - we were just walking along and saw the signs for it. Curiosity got the better of us and we went to look around. It only cost 5 euros to enter. The inside is small but pretty and all the signs were in English so it was nice to read up about who built it etc. The best thing is the outside - the gardens are so beautiful and peaceful. But even better is the view over the island to the sea! It's by far the best view from Anacapri! If you have spent the day in Capri and Anacapri I suggest finishing off here and having a sit down overlooking the sea. Beautiful!!!!
Written August 23, 2006
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fallfan54
Tahoe City, CA632 contributions
Couples
While planning a recent trip to Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast, my wife and I decided a trip to Capri was a must. And we read about this Villa and Dr. Axel Munthe. We were staying Sorrento but a high-speed ferry got us there in less than 30min. Since the Villa is in Anacapri, you either take a bus from the Grand Marina, or, like us, ride the funicular up to Capri, then catch a smallish bus from Capri to Anacapri. That bus ride is an experience in itself.

The bus drops you off in a very small piazza in Anacapri. To find the Villa, ask anyone or just walk to the left up some stairs and between shops and ristorantes along a path for a few minutes.

Entrance cost is seven euro. I think it is money well spent. Once we left the entrance, we didn't see any staff or such in the Villa or its gardens. Which is fine. This is a place to stroll, to soak in the beauty of the Villa and its appointments, and to enjoy the solitude. While there, we ran across few other visitors. The walk through the Villa is interesting and there are placards in a number of places that tell Dr. Munthe's story. The Villa is rather simple but also beautiful. It doesn't take much time to pass through the Villa and yet to fully enjoy it.

Once through the Villa, you are treated to the garden. The pathway from the Villa leads to a spot where you have a great view down the Amalfi Coast. You can also look in the direction of Sorrento. It was a wonderful place to pause and enjoy this beautiful scenery.

In the garden are a chapel and what was an aviary.

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit. After being amidst crowds, noise, and bustle, this Villa and its garden were a welcome respite. As you exit the Villa, you will pass through a bookstore. We bought a few postcards as keepsakes. I strongly suggest a visit here.
Written November 2, 2014
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Belgo96
Brisbane, Australia3,612 contributions
Friends
This is in Anacapri, so you will need to make your way up from the Capri main square by bus or taxi (or go directly by taxi from the arrival harbour). If you get dropped off at the main square in Anacapri, it is only an easy 5-6 minute walk to the villa along a footpath, which is signposted.

We didn't know a lot about Axel Munthe before we came here but really appreciated this place because there is so much information around the villa on the life and aims of the Swedish doctor who left this stunning villa to the Swedish State. Whilst he was a doctor/psychiatrist, he was also a humanist, treating the poor without charge. He was also tireless advocate for animal rights, purchasing land to create a sanctuary near his home in Italy, advocating bans on painful traps, and keeping many different pets. There are some lovely photos of him with his dogs in the villa. There are stunning views onto the main harbour of Capri from the terrace near the sphinx in the villa. The gardens are incredibly serene. There are also some Roman and Etruscan artifacts in the villa. Entry was 7 Euro and because it is owned by the Swedish State, it is not available for free entry if you have the Campania Art Card. However, it is worth it to see such a stunning serene place on Capri.
Written September 28, 2014
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dr63
Israel138 contributions
Visited the villa on the basis of a friend's recommendation.
Was not disappointed.
The villa's founder was an incredible, multi-faceted man, and his character is clearly seen throughout the house and grounds.
The gardens are a tranquil joy, and the views are truly magnificent.
All my family, including three young children, thourougly enjoyed every minute.
Well worth the visit.
Written August 2, 2014
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