Capris hypnotizing beauty is no better captured than in the story of san michele, a book that became a publishing phenomenon almost a. It contains reminiscences of many periods of his life. Wifi and an evening social are free, and this hotel also features a restaurant. Belmond villa san michele has closed for the season and will reopen on friday, 27 march 2020. With the exception of a few sporadic absences, munthe lived on capri for more than 56 years. Among the many beguiling locations on the island of capri, the villa san michele vibrates with a particularly fantastical sense of history.
Munthe also had a medical practice in rome in order to help pay for construction. His book the story of san michele 1929 became an international bestseller and was translated into nearly 50 languages. Now that i have visited axel munthes extraordinary tiberian villa in capri i wanted to read it again. Walk in axel munthes garden with views towards capri harbour october 20, 2014. In his later years, axel munthe wrote his youthful memoir the story of san michele, which describes how he first visited the island and built the villa, decorated with the remains of palaces built by the ancient romans which he found on his land. It is a series of overlapping vignettes, roughly but not entirely in chronological order. Take the stairs opposite the bus stop, and continue left.
This colourfully written book was first published in 1929 and became an. Villa san michele anacapri 2020 all you need to know. The villa san michele was built around the turn of the 19th century on the isle of. It was restored by axel munthe on the ruins of one of roman emperor tiberiuss villas. Villa san michele viale axel munthe, 34 80071 anacapri na 081 837 14 01 follow us facebook. His love of the island coincided with the growing popularity of capri and the arrival of rich and famous travelers from all over the world. In 1972 a friend told me about the book the story of san michele by axel. How to throw a dinner party like youre in an italian villa. Villa san michele is located next to the village of anacapri at a height of 327 m on the island of capri. Villa san michele commemorates the 70th anniversary of axel munthe s death.
It is surrounded by an impressive garden, which recently won the price as italys most beautiful private park. An hour at the selfbuilt memorial of the swedish doctor who loved capri. This colourfully written book was first published in 1929 and became an immediate worldwide success, being translated into many languages. Book your tickets online for villa san michele, anacapri. Visiting villa san michele how to reach villa san michele. Blending 14thcentury artistry with the regions ethereal beauty, belmond villa san michele is as inspiring as the citys greatest cathedrals and galleries. The story of the villas construction is told by munthe in his bestselling book, the story of san michele, one of the most widely translated books in the world. The story of san michele is a book of memoirs by swedish physician axel munthe first published in 1929. The original read inspired me to visit anna capri, and the actual villa of st michele. Munthe described the construction of the villa in his bestselling the story of san michele, which has been translated into some 45 languages. Villa san michele villa san michele english version.
From capri, take the bus or a taxi to piazza vittoria in anacapri. At the turn of the last century, the swedish doctor axel. Behind it is the barbarossa mountain, that axel munthe turned into a sanctuary for migratory birds. In other parts of the book, munthe gives us very interesting insights into the medical profession of the turn of the 20th century. Villa san michele capri book hotels and tours online. In 1887, he managed to buy the ruined chapel, and subsequently spent much of his life on capri building the villa san michele. The story of san michele is a book of memoirs by swedish physician axel munthe. Villa san michele is an original historical house and was the home of its swedish creator, the physician and writer axel munthe. The story of san michele a villa built on the ruins of a. Villa san michele is the lifes work at capri of the swedish physician and author axel munthe 18571949. The story of san michele has 32 chapters, approximately 368 pages. In the garden there is a greek tomb and a granite sphinx which gazes out over the whole island of capri. Munthe was a swedish doctor and the personal physician to queen victoria of sweden, as well as a successful author.150 951 1050 541 1374 584 297 1202 289 1640 542 707 685 1496 1014 550 1615 1141 1113 1586 1299 1549 57 557 966 187 938 94 598 1296 239 1402 778 1035 143 1102 196 396 811 1370 1086 529