This morning, a sudden snowfall turned the whole island of Capri white. Villa San Michele and its marvellous garden look beautiful covered with snow. A guest managed to make a “snowlady”, before it melted away. See images!
Villa San Michele on Capri in Italy is a magical place quite out of the ordinary. Some people call the villa with its garden a paradise on earth, others regard it as the pearl of the island, a place where for a moment you can step out of this world.
Axel Munthe’s former home is undoubtedly unique and a living example of a dream that came true.
The soul needs more space than the body
is a saying cleverly coined and possibly also earnestly believed in by Axel Munthe. Was he perhaps like Icarus, when from the heights of Capri’s steep cliffs he stretched out for more
I want my house open to sun and wind and the voice of the sea, like a Greek temple, and light, light, light everywhere!!
A long and winding road leads to the door of a house high up among the clouds. A peculiar collection of treasures awaits you there: two thousand year-old sculptures, replicas of ancient masterpieces of art, Roman tombstones mixed with 18th-century furniture – everything arranged in a fanciful way in rooms and loggias where the sunlight plays on the polychromatic marble floors. Above all you will find a romantic garden with cypresses, myrtle and exotic flowers, filled with birdsong and sweet scents. In the remotest corner by the chapel the sfinx awaits you. Day after day it keeps perfectly still on the balustrade, watching the world spinning round. The breathtaking view from this enchanted spot creates the feeling that time has ceased to exist.
”The chapel, the garden, the house, the mountain with its castle, all shall be yours, if you are willing to pay the price!”
Welcome, travellers from all corners of the world!
Director of the Villa San Michele
Villa San Michele is the ideal venue for various types of events and arrangements. We have hosted everything from weddings to conferences. You are most welcome to contact us to discuss your needs, prerequisites and wishes.
Café Casa Oliv was opened in 2011 after having been renovated from being Josef Oliv’s home into a popular café with a wonderful view. The renovation was made possible by financial support from The Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation and Gärsnäs AB.
OPENING HOURS: April–October, every day 9.30 a.m. 6 p.m.
MENU: Download the menu here (PDF)
Every Thursday from April to the end of September, the San Michele Foundation organises guided tours to Monte Barbarossa. During the hour-long walk participants can discover more about typical Mediterranean plant life, hear about the history of Castello Barbarossa, and find out about current research into migratory birds. Read more!