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“A must see garden, house, and realization of one amazing man”
Review of Villa San Michele

Villa San Michele
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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.

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Reviewed October 3, 2013

Although we were not familiar with Axel Munte before our visit to his house, my husband and I are now fascinated by him and have started reading his books! The house and gardens are absolutely beautiful, well maintained and the information provided re. Munte is excellent. Well worth a visit, even if you are not familiar with him, to get an insight into the time, and to Munte's very interesting prospective of life and issues still relevant today.

Thank Tracey-at-JU
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Reviewed October 3, 2013

This is a nice little museums with nice gardens, but not for that price. There are nice views from the gardens, but you have them everywhere else.

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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!

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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.

Thank HeatherGB_12
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