|Villa San Michele Garden|
To escape the crowds and to remember why this island has attracted so many famous people for so many years, we went to Axel Munthe's villa and museum, Villa San Michele.
Munthe, a Swedish doctor, who once was the physician to Crown Princess Victoria who later became Queen of Sweden, fell in love with Anacapri when he visited the island from his offices in Rome. This somewhat famous man was one of the first to explore the connection between psychology and the body. Although he gave free treatment to the poor in Rome, wealthy patients paid him far more than he ever billed, so he had ample money to build a showplace.
|View from Villa|
We walked the garden paths that wind up and around several terraces, providing stunning views, for well over an hour. In the end, we knew that Munthe was right.
The jet hydrofoils and ferries leave from the Piccolo ("small" in Italian) Marina, not the Grande Marina. It is a fairly easy downhill walk from Sorrento's Tasso Square if you don't mind a couple hundred, often uneven, steps, but it's a whole lot easier to take the bus (avoiding walking back up the hill and all those steps) to the square.
Round-trip tickets to Capri cost 30 euros. To return from Piccolo Marina to Tasso Square in Sorrento, take the blue bus which costs one euro, payable as you board. You can also take the city bus back to Tasso, but you must buy a ticket in advance from a Tabacchi store.
Villa San Michele costs 6 euros, payable at the museum door.