Located on the island of Capri, San Michele is the work of Axel Munthe, a Swedish writer and doctor, who built the villa at the end of the 19th century.
Born into a family of chemists in Sweden in 1857, Munthe studied medicine in France, then worked as a doctor in Paris for a few years. It was in 1884 that he went to Italy, to help the victims of the cholera epidemic. He is considered a profoundly modern doctor, who emphasized the importance of psychology and willpower to help patients recover.
“The high arcades of the great loggia quickly rose from the ground, one by one the hundred white columns of the pergola rose up into the sky. »
Munthe’s collection of furniture and sculpture has been carefully preserved inside the house. The dining room is decorated with Renaissance style furniture from Bologna and a mosaic from Pompeii.
Located on the heights of the island, the gardens of the villa offer a breathtaking view of the city of Capri and its port, as well as of Mount Vesuvius.
The gardens are full of Mediterranean plants. Amongst the plants, a sphinx, dating from ancient Egypt, is perched on the hill overlooking the sea.