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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  • We visited Villa Jovis in early August. For me it was a dream having been reading about Roman history since the age of 5. If you've read Suetonius or have studied the early empire under Augustus/Tiber...  more »
  • The walk is fairly taxing and all uphill (some parts less of a gradient than others) but it's totally worth it. The ruins are really interesting and there are some fantastic views. Definitely recommen...  more »
  • It is amazing to note, once again, as our cultural heritage suffer degradation. Villa Jovis is a place steeped in history, charm and beauty. To get there you have to walk much and uphill but worth it. Too bad that once we had to extend the courtesy of the only keeper to have a glass of water. Not a brochure, not an explanation. No nothing. Other peoples didn't even dream the riches of our country. Shame!
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  • 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.
  • The hike up is beautiful. Be sure to bring a lunch or snacks for when you reach the top. Perfect views of the island, surrounding bright blue waters, and the main land. There is a small cafe just before the entrance to Villa Jovis. Prices might be a bit steep but the freshly pressed juice was awesome (order a mixture of lemon and orange).
  • The hike up there was nice, but the place itself was a bit overrated. The only and most beautiful things are the views. So, if it is not a very clear day, I would not get in. The place is not well taken care of, contains some dirty parts, explanations of the different things you see do not exist at all so you end up walking between stones, going up and down the stairs without really knowing what was that. The church on top was closed too. At the top, you can see nice views (if there is clear sky), but you can have the same ones in other places of the island and you will save some money (although tickets are only 4eur). Instead I would recommend taking the path leaving towards Villa Lysis, starting on the left right before the entrance (well indicated) and this will allow you to see even better views than from the top. Villa Lysis I would strongly recommend visiting it.
  • Be prepared for a good 20-30 walk (at least), but the amazing views of the Mediterranean makes it all worth it.
  • Fantastic view over the mediterranean from 336 m high. Here the emperor Tiberius loved the last 10 years of his life while Seianus ran the state affairs. According to Suetonius, Tiberius, very suspicious, had people murdered by throwing them from the cliffs here. He is said to have children perform sexual acts before him. Historians nowadays read Suetonius with criticism.

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