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Villa San Michele

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The Story of San Michele
Historic Photo Album
Axel Munthe Today
Munthe’s BBC Program

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Barbarossa the Castle

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Private Events at Villa San Michele
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Cultural events

Cultural events
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”I want my house open to sun and wind and the voice of the sea, like a Greek temple, and light, light, light everywhere!”
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.

Friday July 19, 8 p.m at Villa San Michele

On the panoramic terrace, saxophonist Theo Hillborg and pianist Julia Isaksson
will pay tribute to various composers, ranging from jazz to classical to contemporary genres.

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The Collection

Villa San Michele houses an important art collection. The majority is of Roman, Etruscan or Egyptian origin, many are sculptures. Munthe himself chose them for their beauty as well as their symbolic significance. One of these is the fabled 3200-year-old sphinx.

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Axel Munthe

Axel Munthe built Villa San Michele at the beginning of the 20th century. He was born in the small southern town of Oskarshamn in 1857 and died in the Royal Palace of Stockholm in 1949. In his lifetime, Munthe was one of the most well known Swedes in the world. A successful doctor on the continent, he was nominated the personal physician of Queen Victoria of Sweden. His fictitious autobiography The Story of San Michele (1929) became one of the most important bestsellers of its time.

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Axel Munthe also bought the mountainside which overlooks Villa San Michele. The reason for the purchase was that Munthe wanted to prohibit the netting and trapping of wild birds – an important and lucrative business on Capri at the time.
Like an eagle’s nest, perched at the top is the thousand-year-old castle called Castello Barbarossa. In the spring, ornithologists use it to study migratory birds.

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Every summer, hundreds of visitors come to Villa San Michele to follow our cultural events. Internationally acclaimed musicians and singer from Sweden and Italy entertain the audience from the stage of the open air theatre in the garden, with the sunset over the island of Ischia as a breathtaking backdrop.

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Rent Villa San Michele

Are you planning a romantic wedding, a birthday celebration, a company event? Villa San Michele is a unique and exclusive setting.
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