1.000 mq di superficie internaAmpio soggiorno e veranda 160 mqPiscina e solarium vista Faraglioni
Where history becomes wonder
With a Greek temple, a Roman Villa di Delizia and a medieval castle in its lineage, Villa Castiglione has evolved into the splendid contemporary residence it is today. Precious few residences in the world can claim such a storied past: a place where history, nature and beauty come together to offer an experience of Capri like no other.
A BUEN RETIRO WHERE HISTORY AND NATURE MEET
Always eager to find signs of the divine in nature, the Greeks were the first to consecrate this spectacular cliff with a temple. In Roman times, it was Emperor Tiberius who sought to make this incomparable panorama his own with one of his twelve legendary residences. A noble family in the tenth century then chose this spot to begin construction on a fortified castle – the origin story of the square towers that still adorn the villa. And today, Villa Castiglione is reborn once more as an exclusive retreat for the privileged few.
THE FAVORITE RESIDENCE OF TIBERIUS
In the ups and downs of history, many were drawn to the unparalleled views from Monte Castiglione perched above the sheer sea cliffs – those beguiled both by its beauty and by its strategic relevance. We owe its beauty to the legendary villa built here by Tiberius, which comprised a temple – built, they believe, on top of an earlier Greek temple – as well as baths, porticos and a nymphaeum housed in the Grotta del Castiglione, itself a popular gathering place as far back to the Neolithic Era. Fragments of sculpture, frescoed plaster and a priceless patch of mosaic have all been found here and are now preserved for posterity in Naples’ Museo di Capodimonte.
A CASTLE WITH ONE THOUSAND YEARS OF HISTORY
It was, however, its strategic location that brought medieval lords to this spot in the 10th century, where they constructed a fortified castle out of local limestone. Originally located within the village of Capri, the castle was designed to provide shelter for villagers during the Saracen raids and was later enlarged during the Angevin era. It was eventually abandoned to the elements and didn’t become a private residence until the 1950s. In 2018, the Manfredi Fine Hotels Collection purchased the property and embarked on a sensitive yet inventive restoration, transforming the villa into a jewel of hospitality tailor-made for the luxury traveler of today.