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What to see in Capri ?

1- The villa San Michele

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A big favorite
A big favorite for this place, a haven of peace that combines the beauty of the views, a fragrant garden in a quiet and hilly on the sea and the exceptional art collection D’Axel Munthe, a Swedish doctor and writer philanthropist, best known for being the author of the Book of San Michel.

Arrived on this island of the Bay of Naples in 1876, Axel Munthe acquired a ruined chapel and an old farm located at 327 meters above sea level to build a villa surrounded by gardens

A place conducive to off-season meditation.
Its extraordinary gardens overlook Capri and offer views to the Sorrentine Peninsula and Vesuvius. In addition, they are adorned with many remains dating back to ancient times.

A small coffee in the garden of the park allows a pleasant stop at the end of the visit.
Do not miss the café / bar on the terrace which offers a nice break for cool drinks and enjoy the calm of the place which offers a magnificent terrace with sea view.

Villa San Michele was built in 1880 around a small chapel dedicated to Saint Michael. By settling in this all white villa, Axel Munthe shared his passion for music, and nature with Queen Victoria of Sweden who often came to stay there.

Viale Axel Munthe, 34, Anacapri.

2- The coastal path of Pizzolungo

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A loop from Piazzetta
Away from the luxury shops and the crowds, the Pizzolungo coastal path is undoubtedly one of the best ways to discover the various facets of the incredible beauty of Capri.

You can walk it in a loop from the Piazzetta of the city Capri: it will take you a little less than 4 km including 1.5 for the trail itself. The direction of the walk is not imposed: let’s go here from its north-east end, coming from via Matermania.

From the Arco Naturale to the Faraglioni via Villa Malaparte
Just before taking the path, the Arco Naturale is a few hundred meters and deserves a quick hook. Then the path is offered to you, going up and down without going to the sea, and taking small steep stairs (be careful think of prednre water in strong heat …).

The path gives access to the cave of Matermania, the visitor is soon overhanging Villa Malaparte, then the famous Faraglioni, crossing paths making some pretty buildings hidden in nature.

The trail ends at the viewpoint of Tragara, where the view is on the southwest coast of the island and the bay of Marina Piccola: it remains only to return to the city by the pretty Via Tragara and its bougainvillea that bloom in late spring.

3- The Monte Solaro

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After Capri, facing the sea, Anacapri, the “Capri from above”, facing the mountain but also balcony on the Gulf, which was the refuge of many writers, Colette, Moravia or Graham Greene. The latter found “a joy and a calm unique in the world”.

The highest point of the island, which is 589 meters high, Monte Solaro is a limestone massif located southwest of the center of Capri.

It is possible to follow the path of the muleteers or take the chairlift from Piazza Vittoria to Anacapri, the ascent of the mount is an unmissable spot, with an exceptional view over a large part of the island and the Gulf of Naples.

Sometimes nicknamed by the inhabitants Acchiapanuvole (literally “cloud catcher”) because of the clouds that form there at dawn under the effect of the condensation of warm air rising from the sea, the Monte Solaro bar island in two, physically separating the city of Capri in the East from that of Anacapri in the West. Its summit is equipped with a belvedere from which opens magnificent views of the Gulf of Naples, leading to the west to Ischia and the east to the Sorrentine peninsula and the neighboring small islands Galli.

By chairlift or on foot?
To access it, two options are available to you from Anacapri.

If you prefer the ease, you can take the chairlift from piazza Vittoria, planning a dozen euros for a round trip. take a one-way ticket for the single-seat chairlift, a rarity, see his feet graze the top of holm oaks or pines of Aleppo, then, from the top of the 589 meters of Monte Solaro, admire a whole section of the Italian coast, from Calabria to the northern islands near Rome, plus the Gulf of Naples … “Tell me if in the world there is something that can be compared to such a spectacle,” exclaimed Alexandre Dumas here.
Finally, even if you prefer to ride a chairlift, it is advisable to go back on foot if you have the time: you can then make a detour through the preserved natural area of ​​Cetrella, with its small church and its magnificent views of the island.
But the more courageous will prefer to climb on foot, without particular difficulty, following the via Monte Solaro which extends into a path: count barely 1 hour to walk the 300 meters of altitude to the summit.
We must then leave the crowd by the discreet path that descends to the blessed valley of Cetrella, carpeted in February with flowers of Crocus imperatus, then gold broom and dozens of rare botanical wonders. At the end of the shady path is the small hermitage of Cetrella, “perched like a swallow’s nest on its limestone rock beaten by the winds,” as the British writer Norman Douglas saw it. The tiny chapel, where the sailors of Capri come to pray the sacred image of Santa Maria, has the distinction of having two naves and four cross vaults all in immaculate curves. A few cells and several terraces offer a bird’s eye view of the Faraglioni shore, the Amalfi Coast and Capri, which the bravest can reach on foot through the Passetiello pass.

4- The Arco Naturale

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A natural wonder
The natural arch offers a sublime natural setting. Located on the east coast of the island, the walk to access the arch is one of the most beautiful on the island.

the Natural Arch on the island of Capri is all that remains of what once was a huge and deep cave. Dating back to the Paleolithic, the ark is 12 meters wide and 18 meters high.

The arco naturale (“natural arc”) of Capri is an arch excavated in the limestone rock of the island, impressive testimony of the geological phenomena at work on this small land surface with tormented relief.

The formation of the natural arco
With its 12 meters wide by 18 high, the arco naturale is overlooking the sea, above an area that the locals call funno (the bottom) and once appreciated for swimming.

The arch was formed in the Paleolithic period, several tens of thousands of years ago: initially at sea level, the rock was dug by the waves, which gradually opened a cave in the limestone wall. Then the uprising of the island would have put an end to this phenomenon, the erosion caused by the wind and the rain then completing to give to the rock the form that we know it today.

How to access the arco naturale
The arco naturale can be reached on foot, either directly via Matermania then via Arco Naturale, or by touring from the south-west via the coastal path via Pizzolungo.

Just before taking the path, the Arco Naturale is a few hundred meters and deserves a quick hook. Then the path is offered to you, going up and down without going to the sea, and taking small steep stairs (be careful with strong heat …).

5- The cave of Matermania

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A Roman Nymphaeum
Located south-east of the island of Capri and accessible by the beautiful coastal path of Pizzolungo, the cave of Matermania was dug in the limestone rock of the island by the infiltration of rainwater. This large cavity, about 30 meters deep by 20 meters wide and 10 meters high, was occupied during antiquity, as evidenced by the remains still visible inside; the Romans had thus arranged it into an aqueduct – that is to say, a place dedicated to nymphs, where a spring flows, which often takes the form of a natural or artificial cave.

Abandoned since, almost all the elements of decoration and furniture were taken during early excavations at the beginning of the 19th century, authorized by the Bourbons of Naples and carried out by the Austrian archaeologist Norbert Hadrawa – who also discovered the famous Villa Jovis of the Emperor Tiberius to the east of the island. Later archaeological campaigns from 1929 gave it its present appearance.

Mitromania, Matromania, Matrimonio, Matermania …
The cave has been known (and still is sometimes) under several names, from the past and traditions. It acquired the nickname Mitromania, probably deformed in Matromania, as a place of worship supposed of the mysterious Mithra, Indo-Persian god acclimated by the Romans, represented on a small bas-relief showing a tauroctonie found in the cave. It also becomes the Cave Matrimonio (literally “marriage” in Italian), the tradition that the newlyweds of the island come to find a refuge propitiatory.

The cave remains above all known as an ancient place dedicated to Cybele, the Phrygian mother goddess of nature, whose statuette was discovered in the cave. The qualifier of Matermania derives from that given to it by the Romans, who made it their Mater Magna (Great Mother).

6- The villa Malaparte

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A little further the visitor is soon overhanging Villa Malaparte. Significant testimony to the architecture of the first half of the 20th century and the rationalist current in Itatie, Villa Malaparte Capri is a magnificent example of environmental insertion.

Discover the villa Malaparte
Villa Malaparte (or sometimes casa Malaparte) is isolated in the wilderness, south-east of the island, not far from the famous and emblematic Faraglioni. Advancing on the promontory of Punta Massulo 32 meters above the waves, villa-malaparte-zoom-945.jpgelle is only accessible by foot down cliffs overlooking it, or boat in calm weather .

The building is characterized by its red color and parallelepipedic structure, reminiscent of its inscription in the rationalist current of Italian architecture from the beginning of the last century. This uniformity is broken only by the pyramidal staircase (reminiscent of the many stairs that line the paths of the island) leading to the roof-solarium, itself marked by the white masonry screen that unfolds there. comma. This austere geometry does not prevent the villa from constituting a magnificent example of environmental integration: following the shape of Punta Massulo, the building blends into the landscape while structuring it.

The Casa Come Me
The Italian writer and journalist Curzio Malaparte (June 9, 1898 – July 19, 1957), known in particular for his novel The Skin (1949) which takes place in Naples during the Second World War, discovered Capri in 1936 and soon acquired the land neighbors of Punta Massulo. The construction of a residence is then allowed him thanks to the friendship which binds him to Galeazzo Ciano, minister of the fascist regime then in power – and incidentally son-in-law of Mussolini -, villa-malaparte-punta-massulo-109.jpg which shares his attachment to the island. Entrusted to local artisans, work began in 1937 and lasted until 1942.

The design of the villa has long been attributed to the architect Aldaberto Libera, a major player in the Italian rationalist movement of the early 20th century, to whom the project was initially entrusted by the writer. Recent studies now tend to see the work of Malaparte himself, technically supported by the painter and graphic designer Uberto Bonetti: following a dispute that led to an end to their collaboration, Libera only served as a surety for obtain permission to build. This version gives new meaning to the nickname of Casa Come Me (“House in my image”) that Malaparte gave to the building.

The villa today
When he died in 1957, Malaparte wanted a foundation to be set up to house the Chinese artists visiting Capri: he who had obtained his Communist Party card on his deathbed (he had been asking for it since 1945) thus bequeathed his villa to the People’s Republic of China. In fact, the villa remained abandoned and was vandalized, until the heirs of the writer recovers after a long procedure. villa-malaparte-crique-110.jpg Following a major and costly restoration campaign started in 1988, the building was entrusted to the Giorgio Ronchi Foundation, which has been organizing architectural and design meetings since then.

7- The Faraglioni di Capri

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Saetta, Stella and Scopolo
Symbols of Capri around the world alongside the famous Piazzetta, the imposing limestone rocks of Faraglioni di Capri stand at sea in the south-east of the island. Their name comes directly from the geological term faraglione – “stack” in French – which means a rock mass detached from the coast by erosion.

The Faraglioni are three in number :
the Faraglione di Terra or Saetta (“Stack of Earth” or “Arrow”), the highest of the three, dominates the land to which it is still attached from the top of its 109 meters;
the Faraglione di Mezzo or Stella (the “Middle Stack” or “Star”) is 81 meters high and has the distinction of being crossed by a natural arch 60 meters long;
the Faraglione di Fuori or Scopolo (the “Stack of Outdoors” or “Promontory”) is the most distant of the coast and reaches 104 meters.
Not far from them, a little further east, emerges from the water another rock: Scoglio del Monacone is the fourth faraglione, unjustly forgotten …

Stella and Scopolo house the only colony in the world of the species Lucertola azzurra, an amazing endemic blue lizard of Capri that has evolved from the more common Mediterranean species Podarcis siculus, after the Faraglioni di Mezzo and di Fuori separated from the firm ground: its blue color, one of the rarest in the animal kingdom, would ensure its discretion, and thus its survival, in its environment between sky and sea.

To admire the Faraglioni, several solutions are available to you.
The easiest way is to enjoy the panorama of Giardini di Augusto, which allows you to contemplate them in the distance. Other lookouts will allow you to see them more closely, especially from those opening along the beautiful coastal path of Pizzolungo. Finally, a tour of the island by boat will allow you to pass in their immediate vicinity, or even to cross the arch of Stella.

8- The Belvedere of Tragara

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Leaving the center of Capri, take Via Tragara at the end left of Via Camarelle (the street of luxury shops).

This picturesque street offers a magnificent walk through the villas gardens and beautiful hotels, to reach within less than 500 meters the viewpoint of Tragara. This one offers a spectacular view of the sea, the rocks, the pines, one dominates a wonderful panoramic view on Marina Piccola on one side and the Faraglioni on the other.

Attention magic view especially at sunset

the hotel Punta Tragara
In addition to this unparalleled view, this is where the hotel Punta Tragara (whose plans were designed by Le Corbusier), a piece of history where Roosevelt and Churchill met in 1945

To the Faraglioni
You can continue the walk to the sea at the foot of the Faraglioni, a beautiful beautiful trail along the southeast coast of the island. Part of the route passes through woods, the unevenness is quite pronounced with many stairs. but be careful you have to go back!

It takes about 2 hours to complete the loop from the center of Capri

9- The gardens of Augustus

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The Gardens of Auguste are one of my favorite places on the island of Capri …

Superbly located at the top of cliffs facing the sea, and a short walk from the central square of the island of Capri, the gardens of Auguste are incredibly beautiful.

A 15 minute walk from Piazza Umberto I, located in front of the Charterhouse, superbly located at the top of cliffs facing the sea, and a short walk from the central square of the island of Capri, the gardens of Augustus are of incredible beauty.

this beautiful park is dedicated to the memory of the famous Roman emperor who exchanged the island of Ischia, yet much larger, for Capri. The gardens of Augustus were created and planted by Friedrich Alfred Krupp, a German industrialist and lover of Capri, in the early 20th century. Structured in a series of flowery terraces, the gardens reflect the rich flora of the island and are crisscrossed with paved paths, lawns and huge fountains decorated with flowers and terraced gardens filled with beautiful geraniums and dahlias.

A beautiful view
From the belvedere of the garden of Augustus, one enjoys a magnificent panorama on the sea, the point of Tragara, the Faraglioni (rock formations detached from the coasts) and the Krupp way

Via Krupp
You can reach Marina Piccola through the winding Via Krupp, a winding and winding path that winds along the cliffs and offers a splendid view of the Marina Piccola and the famous Faragli Rocks.

10- The via Krupp

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The connection between the city of Capri and Marina Piccola
In 1899, the German industrialist Friedrich Alfred Krupp moved to Capri, which he loved so much, staying in a suite of the Quisisana hotel in the center of the main city of the island. Passionate about oceanographic research, he moored his boat to Marina Piccola, not far from there as the crow flies but only accessible by trails.

Krupp then proposes to the mayor to build a road on the lands that it acquires between the Certosa di San Giacomo and Marina Piccola: after examination, the project is declared of public utility and entrusted to the Neapolitan architect Emilio Mäyer. The road is finally inaugurated in 1902.

Krupp, to whom the name given to the road pays homage, did not take advantage of it for a long time: mixed with the local political life of the island, he was quickly the subject of a scandal, accused of pederasty for organizing orgies in the cave of Fra Felice, near the road and laid out on the ground. These accusations, whose foundation remains uncertain, forced him to leave Capri and Italy. But the scandal continued to Germany, where he was found dead on November 22, 1902 in his Villa Hügel, officially an attack of apoplexy even if the thesis of a suicide is likely.

The vicissitudes of via Krupp
The via Krupp is located in a beautiful site, descending in laces from the Giardini di Augusto (Gardens of Augustus) to then reach Marina Piccola on the cliffs.

Its 1.3 kilometer-long route offers magnificent views of the island’s southern façade, including the famous Faraglioni.

The site that makes the beauty of the road makes it at the same time particularly dangerous, the limestone cliffs overhanging it being prone to frequent landslides. Thus, the road had to be closed in 1976 after a landslide that seriously damaged it, and only reopened in 2008 after a construction campaign which cost some 7 million euros. But new landslides soon forced to ban access again: currently, via Krupp, closed to the public, can only admire at a distance, for example from the gazebo of Giardini di Augusto.

Other version
The most famous, recently reopened. To descend from his perched villa in Capri to the Sirens Rocks of Marina Piccola, the Kaiser cannons maker, Friedrich Albert Krupp, had a pedestrian road cut in tight laces on the side of a steep cliff. It is a real pleasure to take it to dive gently, admiring the large yachts at anchor, to the most famous bathing establishments on the south coast: the Canzone del Mare, an anthill of stars, in Marina Piccola, and Da Luigi or La Fontelina, at the foot of the Faraglioni, these famous pyramid rocks where even the lizards have taken the azure color of the sea.

Accused of pederasty orgies, Krupp was declared undesirable and committed suicide shortly thereafter. Ultimate contempt, in front of the superb Gardens of Augustus that he had arranged and gave to the city, a plot accommodates a monument made of three small white obelisks engraved with the effigy of Lenin, while it did not come that twice visit the revolutionary school founded by Gorky and Alexander Bogdanov in exile … Capri is nonetheless highly rated among Italian capitalists, following Gianni Agnelli. Their helicopters land almost in the ruins of an old palace of Tiberius, Damecuta. Diego della Valle, from Tod’s, and Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, from Ferrari, regularly arrive there, who have their villas there and concocted the birth of Italo, the first European private TGV, serving, of course, Naples.

11- La Migliera

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The path of Migliera is a very beautiful walk, easy, rather short and uncrowded, which leaves from Anacapri, crosses local cultures, vineyards, trees, beautiful gardens, to end at Belvedere del Tuono, one of the most beautiful views of the island of Capri.

It is from the foot of Monte Solaro, on the right of Piazza Vittoria, that we take this flat path, passing Via Caposcuro, and then Via Migliera. After the cemetery is the church of S. Maria di Costantinopoli, the oldest parish of Anacapri, rebuilt in the seventeenth century.

The story
This road probably existed in Roman times. Nearby, there are remains of imperial construction, pieces of mosaics and colored plasters.

The path continues through vineyards, vegetable gardens, lemon pergolas, century-old oaks and elegant houses with beautiful gardens.

The Philosophical Park
Shortly before the end of the path, we pass in front of a Philosophical Park. Ceramics, artists of Capri, carry maxims and philosophical phrases to invite moments of reflection.

The belvedere
Not far, we join the belvedere where the show opens is striking. It is a rocky gorge that plunges into the sea, from which emerges Punta Carena with its lighthouse. The only occupants are myriads of seagulls, but also peregrine falcons, which nest on these wild rocks.

Going up the path to the left of the belvedere, after a madonna, you reach another point of view on Punta Ventroso and the Faraglioni in the background. Continuing to climb the path or can reach the summit of Monte Solaro. But beware, this trail is quite difficult.

12- The Blue Cave

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The incredible Blue Grotto of Capri
The incredible Blue Grotto of Capri is a sea cave located on the northwest coast of the island of Capri in southern Italy, which is famous for its brilliant blue waters, as if coming from another world. The fluorescent glow comes from a large underwater opening located under the entrance of the cave used by the boats to visit it, which illuminates the water of the cave from below, like neon lights in a swimming pool. Known since Roman times, the intense and brilliant blue reflections of the cave have fascinated visitors so far.

The Blue Grotto is 60 meters long and 25 meters wide. 150 meters separate the surface of the water in the grotto with a sandy bottom. The light in the cave comes from two sources: one is a small hole in the wall of the cave, precisely at the waterline, which is one and a half meters in diameter, and used as the gateway of the cave. The second light source is a larger submerged hole, which is located directly below the entrance opening, and is responsible for most of the lighting.

The Azzura grotta was a nymphaeum in Roman antiquity
The cave was known by the Romans, as evidenced by the ancient statues that were found in the cave. It is believed that the cave was the personal swimming pool of Emperor Tiberius, when he installed the capital of the Roman Empire on the island in 27 AD. At the time of Tiberius, the cave was decorated with several statues of Roman gods that were discovered in the cave and it is thought that there could be more resting in the depths. The cave was known to locals as Gradola, after the name of the pier near Gradola, but the place was avoided because the people thought that the cave was occupied by witches and monsters.

The Blue Grotto was largely forgotten until its rediscovery in 1826, by the Polish poet August Kopisch and his Swiss friend, the artist Ernest Fries. Kopisch was very impressed by the beauty of the cave and described it in his book Entdeckung der blauen Grotte auf der Insel Capri (Discovery of the Blue Grotto on the island of Capri).

The emblem of the island of Capri
Since then, Grotta Azzurra has become the emblem of the island of Capri attracting tourists from all over the world. Two years later, the German poet Wilhelm Waiblinger wrote a hymn to his glory as a tribute to the era of Romanticism and the “return of man to nature”. She then inspired Hans Christian Andersen’s novel The Improvizer in 1835, a 19th century bestseller that sparked an endless stream of tourists to Capri.

How to go

The Blue Grotto can be reached by boat from Marina Grande, or by bus from Anacapri, or by walking on the well signposted path. Any access to the cave is impossible on windy days or when there are waves. But the best way to discover it is to go swimming after 17h when the boats have deserted the place, guaranteed magic (at your own risk however because it is bathing is officially prohibited).

13- The villa Jovis

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Villa Jovis was the summer residence of Emperor Tiberius, whom he had built on the summit of Mount Tiberio, in the north-east of the island. Since then, the emperor even ruled the empire from 26 to 37 AD.

This is the most important Roman testimony on the island of Capri. Tiberius would have owned 12 villas on the island. Villa Jovis is perhaps not the largest, but it is the best preserved, despite the looting of the past. There are remains in the church of San Stefano Capri and objects in the archaeological museum of Naples.

The archaeological site is accessed from the center by a long (one hour) long walk through lush gardens of oleander, lemon, bougainvillea and palm trees. We go through the church of St. Michael (San Michele), and we walk along the park Villa Astarita, before arriving at the beautiful Villa Lysis. Plan for good shoes and water as most of the trip is in full sun and / or sheltered from the wind.

The ruins
The vast complex, built on several levels and extending over approximately 7000 m², only visible a large exedra, a water lily, some baths. The building also had a fortress function. The torre del faro are the remains of a lighthouse for transmitting messages.

To solve the drinking water supply, four large cisterns were built under the foundations of the villa. They fed in particular the baths of the villa.

On the west side of the villa was the Servant Quarter, and to the north were the apartments of the Emperor and his associates. The eastern side was occupied by the throne room. To the south were the baths.

The villa has probably covered a larger area, with woods, gardens and ponds.

The Emperor Tiberius stayed here during the last ten years of his reign; archaeological excavations have uncovered the dwellings of the servants, the cisterns feeding the baths and the imperial apartments with their loggia overlooking the sea.

An exceptional view
From the vast ruins there is a view of the Sorrentine Peninsula, Ischia and the Gulf of Naples, at a height of 330 meters, at the top of the cliff called the Tiberius jump. From the esplanade (one builds a church), panorama on the whole island. In the back, the Tiberius jump: the emperor used, it is said, to precipitate his victims.

Do not miss the small natural park on the right shortly before entering the villa. It offers magnificent views of the sea and the sea and its coves bathed in azure dream water!

14- The Villa Lysis

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Villa Lysis or Villa Fersen, built in 1904 is a unique and enchanting place. It stands isolated, not far from the ruins of Villa Jovis. It is closely linked to the life and tastes of its creator, Jacques d’Adelswärd Fersen, a retired Parisian count on the island of Capri in voluntary exile to escape a series of scandals related to his homosexuality in his country of origin . Fersen wanted to create a residence in an uncrowded area, in a romantic place on a rock steep on the sea, with arches and domed roofs, illustrating its classic taste. It is here, far from the gossip and scandal of the Parisian society that the count found enough intimacy to shelter his relationship with Roman lover, Nino Cesarini. Fersen

Architecture and its influences
Originally called “The Gloriette” but later, it took the name of Villa Lysis in tribute to Liside, disciple of Socrates and mentioned in one of the dialogues of Plato.

The sources of inspiration of Villa Lysis are particularly heterogeneous: it opens on the ground floor with a pronaos resting on four columns and preceded by a grand staircase, imitating a classical temple. Elements of classical architecture emerge through the exedra and the entrance pronaos. The gilding of the salon is reminiscent of Klimt, Olbrich and the “Viennese secession”, and the decorative details of the ramp of the great Art Nouveau staircase.

In the villa, now owned by the municipality of Capri, intertwining and harmonizing elements from modern European architectural culture and classical European architectural culture, in a fascinating context rich in symbolic reminders.

The Villa, in itself, retains the traces of its history that can be imagined through the photos that are exhibited in the main living room. The bathroom of the 1st, the big smoker in the basement, the 7 rooms … unfortunately without furniture.

Still beautiful views
The setting is already exceptional with a view overlooking the port of Capri and the entire Bay of Naples.

The park is beautiful and worth a stroll.

Villa Lysis has become a gathering place for artists, intellectuals, poets and writers who visited Capri in the 1900s.

On the way back home compulsory lunch at Lo Sfizio (fresh pasta, meat and fish, steaming pizzas coming out of the wood oven etc. ..