70 years ago today, Axel Munthe (1857-1949) died at the Royal Castle of Stockholm, aged 91. Munthe was a Swedish doctor and the personal physician to Queen Victoria of Sweden, as well as a successful author. His book ”The Story of San Michele” (1929) became an international bestseller and was translated into nearly 50 languages.
Axel Munthe had a modern, eclectic personality and enjoyed the company of the best known intellectuals of his time. As a doctor, he took an interest in women’s psychology and was also very engaged in animal rights.
He loved Italy and his enchanting property Villa San Michele at Capri is one of the most visited sights of the island. It is today a museum and a Swedish cultural institute.
For us at Villa San Michele, 2019 will be a year to commemorate Axel Munthe and his legacy. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to find out more!