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“Spectacular setting, fascinating history”
Review of Villa Jovis

Villa Jovis
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4-Day Small Group Tour: Rome to Amalfi Coast
Ranked #8 of 52 things to do in Capri
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Owner description: Perched on the top of Mount Tiberio, at more than 1,200 feet above sea level, are the ruins of Capri's largest and most lavish Roman villa.
Sydney, Australia
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318 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 200 helpful votes
“Spectacular setting, fascinating history”
Reviewed August 10, 2013

Villa Jovis is about 2km east of Capri town, at the end of an easy-to-follow pathway through residential areas - about half an hour walk. Be warned, the opening hours are much shorter than many guidebooks (including the current Lonely Planet) show: it opens at around 10:00 and closes early afternoon (and not one hour before sunset). About halfway along the path, at what looks like a bus stop, there's a small notice listing the current times - it's worth paying attention to this!

We saw the notice (although it would be easy to miss), chose to continue anyway, and arrived as the site had just closed. Fortunately, the very friendly guardian let us in anyway, but we had a bit of a rushed visit as a result.

The site and setting is spectacular, and the views are stunning. The villa, which was Tiberius' home around AD27, is now only a ruin of course, and much of the "nice" stuff has been taken away. The marble flooring, for example, was taken for use in the church in Capri town. Still, there's enough there to get a good feel for how the powerful lived back then, and to what extent they managed to overcome the drawbacks of a difficult site to built an enormous villa complex.

The entrance fee is 2 euros, and you're free to walk around, essentially following a marked route. There are no facilities (toilets, food...) at the site as far as we saw.

I'd say this is a must-see if you're visiting Capri.

Visited July 2013
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Laguna Beach
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Beautiful and peaceful”
Reviewed August 5, 2013

Villa Jovis is a beautiful spot at the eastern end of Capri that - for some reason - conveys the sense of history better than many other location. The villa of Tiberius and seat of Rome for many years, you can walk through the remainder of the structure and in doing so get a great sense of what once was there. The walk to Villa Jovis does take about 45 minutes from the piazza near the funicular but the road is NOT steep, the walk is NOT strenuous (I am 69) and you get a great sense of the peace and quiet of the more rural part of Capri...a great and welcome contrast to the Rodeo Drive atmosphere closer to the piazza... Do walk around the villa and towards the Faralioni...This is really a must see for anyone with a few days in Capri...

Visited July 2013
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Great views, interesting history”
Reviewed August 5, 2013

Amazing views from one of the highest points - well worth the walk up and a stop at Lo Sfizio on the way down.

Visited July 2013
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New York, United States
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25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Stunning views”
Reviewed July 21, 2013

It is a nice but strenuous 45 minute walk to these ruins. They are interesting because of their history, but you should probably find out about them before you go because there's not much information when you're there.

Visited July 2013
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Jackson, Mississippi
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed July 18, 2013

It is so hard to imagine what this grand villa of the emperor Tiberius must have been like with all of it's grandeur. Walking around the ruins is a little chilling. Looking over the cliffs, where he supposedly tossed many people, you wonder what kind of man he was? The views are incredible from his villa.

Visited June 2013
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