Situated in a luxurious period villa in a marvelous location with wide views of the old town and the sea, this spacious home with large terrace is the perfect destination for a romantic holiday or a great family experience.
This magnificent three-bedroom home is located on the piano nobile of the historical Villa Mezzomonte in Capri, mentioned in several publications about the island’s stately homes. It is within ten minutes reach from the world-famous Piazzetta and sports a more-than-180-degree view of the sea and of the old town from the al fresco dining terrace.
The villa and the property are bursting with period features, including the majestic double marble staircase leading up to the first floor, to the giant star chandeliers hanging from the 6-meter-high vaulted ceilings, and the iconic stained-glass arch window, which casts an ethereal emerald hue into the immense entrance hall.
From the bustle of the cafes in the Piazzetta, through the busy artisan workshops and little archways of Via Le Botteghe (so narrow that you will brush shoulders with the people coming from the opposite direction), you make your way up an oleander-shaded path to La Croce (The Crossroads), one the main nodes of the old mule tracks of the island, and obligatory walk-through for the archaeological site of Emperor Tiberius’s Villa Jovis and for the Arco Naturale (Natural Arch).
Right beyond the stone wall to your left with overhanging lemon branches, you can see a towering yellow villa framed by white eaves You’ll probably spot some tourists taking pictures through the ornate wrought iron gate. Reach the entrance across the citrus and cactus garden, and step into the cool entrance hall, with original ceramic tiles, period wrought-iron chandeliers and a gigantic marble staircase which takes you up to the first floor.
Step through the hallway into the spacious 33sqm (360 sqft) reception, with hand-painted ceramic-tiled floors throughout, a gigantic nautical star-shaped glass-and-iron chandelier hanging from the six-meter-high cross-vaulted ceiling, and an impressive wrought-iron-balustrade staircase leading up to the secluded mezzanine floor. A collection of original furniture from the time the house was converted in the early 70s is complemented by a selection of newer pieces and refined decorations, including ornamental maiolica masks from the artisan town of Vietri Sul Mare and designer pieces such as the Arco lamp by Achille Castiglioni. The reception is the perfect place to relax during the hottest hours of the day and to enjoy a perfectly-cooked meal of one of the many delicacies of the island. It also has access to the private terrace though high French doors.
The terrace is the true jewel of the home: spacious enough for a large party to comfortably dine al fresco in the gentle breeze that favours this spot, this area features extensive views of the sea, of the old town, of the Monte Solaro and the Monte di Tuoro. With the wrought-iron balustrades and period globe-shaped lamps, it is perfect to lie in the sun on a reclinable chair or to enjoy a chilled local white wine before dinner while peeking at the multimillion-dollar yachts and twinkling cruise-liners which regularly parade off the coast of Marina Piccola. The terrace also overlooks the villa’s citrus garden and picnic area.
From the reception’s polished-stone staircase you access the master bedroom, which is separated from the reception below by the means of sliding glass doors and curtains. This bedroom features a king-size bed, original caprese five-door built-in wardrobe with lots of storage, comfortable bedside tables, a small couch and a large mirror. It also leads to the ensuite full bathroom with vanity mirror, glass cabinets, shower-over-bath, sink with mixer tap, bidet and toilet. The window overlooks the pretty XI century S.Michele Church, with a garden which is carefully manicured by the local community and definitely worth a short visit. If you’d like to attend, they also hold singing Sunday services.
The master bedroom also gives access to a small utility room which hosts some more storage space and a new washing machine.
The south-facing bedroom on the main floor has also access to the terrace, and features two twin beds, bedside tables, a double built-in wardrobe, a large wooden chest of drawers, a full-sized mirror, high vaulted ceilings and a smaller version of the star-shaped chandelier that adorns the reception room.
The adjacent east-facing bedroom also has two twin beds, which can be joined to form an additional double bed. It also features high ceilings with a maiolica chandelier, a large hand-made wooden wardrobe, bedside tables, a wide window sill, and additional shelving. The large window also looks over the gardens of the S.Michele Church.
Between the two twin bedrooms is the family bathroom, which is fully tiled and equipped with sink with mixer tap, shower-over-bath, vanity mirror with cabinet, toilet, bidet, and extractor fan.
The kitchen comes with large fridge, gas cooker, electric oven and dishwasher. The furniture is original from the 70s conversion and is in perfect conditions. You will find a wide range of cookware and tableware at your disposal.
You will have exclusive use of the property, although some space might be reserved for our personal effects. You will also have access to the villa's communal citrus garden and picnic area.
From mid April till mid October, we offer our guests the chance to gain access to the exclusive panoramic swimming pool of a nearby hotel for an additional fee.
Interaction with Guests
We will be in touch with you from the moment of your booking and throughout your reservation by phone, by email, and in person when possible. When we are not on the island ourselves, our housekeeper will meet you at the flat at your arrival to give you the keys to collect them at your departure. She will be able to show you around the flat and demonstrate how to lock and unlock doors and windows. As she doesn't speak English, please refer to us directly for any question or doubt that you might have.
You are most welcome to ask for advice about activities, restaurants, shopping, or everyday life on the island.
Villa Mezzomonte is located at La Croce (The Crossroads) on the small rise of Monte S. Michele, from which it takes its name. La Croce is a quiet residential area less than five minutes walk from the old town, very popular for wealthy holiday-home owners which favour the peace and discretion of their hillside retreats to the bustle of the hotels of the old town.
Do not worry though: just outside the villa you will find a small al-fresco cafe' and ice cream parlour, a traditional butcher, and a small but well-stocked grocery store.
If you walk past the villa towards the Monte Tiberio or the Monte di Matermania, you will reach some of the most iconic spots of the island, including the archaeological site of Emperor Tiberius’s Villa Jovis (with amazing views on the Amalfi coast), the natural wonder the Arco Naturale, the picturesque cliff-hung path Pizzolungo, and the pine forest of the Piana delle Noci.
At the foot of Monte S.Michele lies Capri old town. The centre is absolutely bursting with restaurants, cafes, artisan shops, gelaterie (ice cream parlours), and everything else you might need, all within walking distance from the villa. Although many of the traditional shops have been replaced by luxury brands that cater to the wealthy visitors, in the smaller streets of Via Le Botteghe you can still find original greengrocers, fishmongers, artisan bakers (don’t forget to visit Sfizi di Capri!), and gourmet food shops. On the other hand, on the main thoroughfare (Via Camerelle), you will find the flagship stores of the most famous Italian luxury brands, such as Prada, Versace, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, just to name a few.
The Piazzetta is the beating heart of the island. Its cafes are world famous and their creamy frozen coffee even more rightly so. There is where everyone meets on their way back from the beach or after dark to catch up with friends, make plans for the evening and watch the best half of the world walk by with impeccable style.
From the Piazzetta the town unwinds in various directions towards a wide choice of restaurants specialising in seaside delicacies and traditional local cuisine, including the famous ‘ravioli capresi’, the typical ‘insalata caprese’ with tomato, buffalo mozzarella and basil, and seafood ‘scialatielli’ (a type of fresh pasta sometimes flavoured with squid ink).
There are many choices for the night life, including traditional live-music taverns such as ‘Anema e Core’ e ‘Il Guarracino’, and modern clubs such as ‘Number One’, ‘Number Two’, ‘Celeste’, ‘Panta Rei’, and more, all practicing a fierce selection and requiring a smart attire.
As the old town was originally built raised from the sea for protection from pirate attacks, the harbour and the beaches can be reached in ten minutes by open-top taxi, bus, cable car, and on foot. The beaches nearest to the villa are the exclusive 'Luigi ai Faraglioni' and 'La Fontelina', about 800m away.
Other attractions within walking distance from the villa are the Tragara Belvedere, which looks over the whole of Marina Piccola and the Faraglioni, the S.Giacomo Charterhouse, the Giardini di Augusto, and Via Krupp, an engineering masterpiece that connects the Giardini di Augusto to Marina Piccola winding its way along the steepest of cliffs with incredible views from above.
During your stay you absolutely mustn't miss a trip to the Grotta Azzurra (the Blue Grotto), a seawater cave famous for its viridian reflexes which is accessible by tiny rowing boats stirred by expert Capri sailors, and to the Faro (the Lighthouse), which is a seaside spot on the western side of the island, where you can enjoy the longest-lasting sunset in Capri.
The island can be reached by ferry from Naples (about 45') or Sorrento (about 20').
Once at the harbour you can reach the Piazzetta by taxi, bus, or by the famous red cable-car. From there you'll have to proceed on foot for about 500 meters through the old town to reach Villa Mezzomonte.
Bear in mind that roads in Capri are quite uneven, so at least one pair of sensible shoes is a must until you have assessed the situation. We recommend to get a thin rubber patch applied under the soles of open and women's shoes by a local cobbler. That'll save you a few slips!
Other Things to Note
Capri is virtually crime-free, although if you decide to explore or if you have small children, please bear in mind that many parts of the island have been preserved how they were one hundred years ago, also in terms of safety measures, so low banisters and steep steps are quite frequent around the island.
Please note that only groups of 5 or more will have access to the East-facing bedroom.
In winter time you can have heating in the house with an extra charge for the consumption of the diesel.
Although all care has been taken to ensure that TV services are provided, being a small island, disruption might occur outside of our control.
- Ironing equipment
- Washing machine