Capri has always been a preferred destination for travelers arriving in Italy, and the history of the journey has its roots in the eighteenth centur, when reaching the island was really a challenge for the brave.
With the discovery, or rather rediscovery, of the Blue Grotto on April 18, 1826 (thanks to the German painter August Kopisch and his friend Ernst Fries, accompanied by the Capri fisherman Angelo Ferraro), the island became a must-see destination for any trip to the South. It was, above all, a choice for intellectuals, artists, poets, revolutionaries, businessmen and souls who decided to start their second life among the limestone cliffs.
Many came to Capri for a short stay, others fell in love and decided to make the island their home of literature, still others chose to live in Capri for eternity: in fact, the island has a garden of memory, a non-Catholic cemetery where the souls of those who decided to stay forever are resting, gazing at the sea and Vesuvius, and listening to the rustle of the island's winds.
There are many dwellings of myth but we suggest three that are not to be missed on your trip to Capri:
-Villa Malaparte was baptized by its creator, the writer Curzio Malaparte, as “Casa come me” (House like me). In 1936, Malaparte, visiting his friend Axel Munthe, became enthusiastic about the blue island. He decided to buy the land on Punta Massullo for twelve thousand lire and began the project of the villa with Adalberto Libera: their association gave birth to one of the masterpieces of modern architecture, a marvelous example of integration between rationalist modernity and natural environment. The Villa is now privately owned and it is not possible to visit. However, along the walk of Pizzolungo, which leads from the Arco Naturale to the Belvedere di Tragara, it can be admired in all its majesty. See more information on the Tour Pizzolungo Path
-Villa Lysis the dwelling "consecrated to pain and love”, awaits you on Monte Tiberio. It was commissioned by the French writer and dandy Jacques d'Adelswärd Fersen, who had it built during his voluntary exile in Capri in 1905 to escape the scandals that had struck him in Paris. Its terraces overlooking the sea, its Viennese Secession style decorations, its classical columns, its spacious interior hall, its Chinese room and roof-terrace all tell of the extravagant life of the Count, and his years on the island that was his eternal refuge. The Villa is owned by the town and can be visited every day, except Wednesdays. We suggest our tour of the Tiberio area villas to travel in time from the Roman period with Villa Jovis to the twentieth century with Villa Lysis, breathing the atmosphere of the real Capri among gardens and perfumes unique in all the world!!! Discover Villa Lysis.
-Villa San Michele in Anacapri, "open to the sun and the wind and the voices of the sea - like a Greek temple - and light, light, light everywhere!", was the home of the Swedish doctor and writer Axel Munthe. Built on the ruins of an old chapel dedicated to St. Michael, it belongs today to the Axel Munthe Foundation and is a museum. Archaeological finds from Capri, Anacapri and elsewhere, some recovered by the writer, some donated by friends, are preserved in the Villa. Do not miss the loggia of the statues that leads to the beautiful garden, from whose terraces the view,lost in infinity, embraces the north side of Capri, the Sorrento Peninsula and the Gulf of Naples. You can visit Villa San Michele with our tour The heart of Anacapri: tour of the Historic Center.