Villa Jovis, Capri

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Built by emperor Tiberius in 27 CE, Villa Jovis is the largest and most lavish villa on the island, spanning eight terraced levels and covering 0.7 hectares (1.7 acres). Explore the mountaintop ruins and imagine the life of the reclusive emperor. Seek out the cliff where, according to rumor, Tiberius used to have people thrown into the sea. The hike up affords many opportunities to take in views of the bays of Naples and Salerno, as well as the islands of Ischia and Procida. See Villa Jovis and all Capri has to offer by arranging your trip with our Capri tour itinerary maker tool .
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  • The remains of the villa are located in the northeast side of the island on Mount Tiberio overlooking Marina Grande. From the square is about three quarters of an hour walk to make uphill. It is of the first century a.d. and is dedicated to the God Jupiter, but is also known as Villa Tiberio for being the residence of the Roman Emperor Tiberius Julius Caesar Augustus. Not only resided here for eleven years (26-37 ad), but exercised his power by transferring it from Rome. There are eleven other Roman villas, but this is the one that shows the genius of the Romans in building a fortified villa in a small place and inaccessible. Let us not forget that it was built on top of a mountain, not only for the beauty of the landscape, but mostly for reasons of defence and security. At the entrance there is the so-called "salto di Tiberio", a high cliff, from which, according to legend, Tiberio throw under his enemies. The buildings are arranged around large cisterns to collect rainwater which was vital in a place like this. The water was not used only for household and agricultural products, but also for its thermal baths. The villa was completed by Imperial District and servitude and the Specularium (Astronomical Observatory used by Imperial Advisor and astrologer Thrasyllus,).
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  • Nice walk to get there and a pleasant visit with a great view. Visit illustrated by free audio guide that explain, in stages, the history of this wonderful abode
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  • Unfortunately I was still charged 6 euro to visit Villa Jovis - despite much of it being blocked due to filming of the (now shelved) Kevin Spacey film 'Gore' - about the life of Gore Vidal. To get the...  more »
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  • It's an invigorating but beautiful walk getting up to the Villa Jovis, one that not many tourist seem to do, at least in August when we were visiting. There was a lot of the "pleasure palace" still to see and it was fun but also horrifying to imagine what it would have been like at the time. You can mostly walk the grounds freely to explore the ruins and enjoy the fantastic views of the sea.
  • Go early and enjoy the ruins by yourself! We arrived around 9 a.m. and enjoyed a sunny stroll through the ruins workout any other tourists. It's an up close and unique look into the past. I loved the cisterns and was stuck by how big they were. $2 euros per person. Don't expect an interactive display or placards (everything's washed out from the sun). Bring your own audio tour or map for historical context. Trail is well marked. Getting there: it's about a 50 minute uphill walk from Umberto I piazza. Signs mark the way. There's one public restroom about 3/4 of the way up and a couple of cafes if you need water (which you really should just plan to bring from the get go). Highly worth it.
  • A great hike to get to the second highest peak on Capri, then a massive two thousand year old Roman villa to explore plus stunning views over the bay of Naples ...what's better than that? Best to read up on the history of the villa before you go as there is little information once there, there is a 4 EUR entry fee. But I was surprised for a villa "in ruins" there is still quite a lot of big structure remaining to pique your imagination about how awesome it must have looked back in the heyday of the Roman Empire.
  • Great place full of history and greatness! Just a hint, it may be good, in the future to offer some transportaton to the location, those stairs almost exhausted me...
  • The ruins of the villa are not that cool to visit but the view at the top is gorgeous.

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