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Villa San Michele, Anacapri

34 Viale Axel Munthe
Anacapri , Capri
Italy 80071
Tel: 39 081 837 1401's insider take:

Second only to the Blue Grotto among Capri visitor attractions, this Arcadian refuge on the slopes of Monte Solaro, five minutes' walk from Piazza Vittoria in Anacapri, was built in 1895 by Swedish doctor Axel Munthe. In his time, Munthe was a literary superstar—his book The Story of San Michele, written in English and first published in 1929, was the Under the Tuscan Sun of its day. When Munthe bought the place in 1887, all that stood here was a ruined chapel, built on the site of one of Tiberius's 12 caprese villas. The doctor set about turning the romantic ruin into a villa and garden studded with an eclectic mishmash of classical, Egyptian, and Moorish references. Not to everyone's taste, but it's undoubtedly picturesque, and the views are stunning.—Lee Marshall

Open daily 9 am until an hour before sunset.

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