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villa Jovis

FioreVL198Of the twelve imperial residences on Capri, mentioned by Tacitus, Villa Jovis is the bigger.

Tiberio walked from here the fate of the Empire 27-37 AD Situated away from the town and overlooking the sea here is Villa Jovis, which is attributed with certainty to the emperor Tiberius. Unfortunately the splendor and grandeur that is detected by planimetric drawings is little left: the remains are recognizable only those tanks. The other rooms are almost entirely destroyed, as during the various excavations that have occurred from 1734 to 1860, have been removed all the furnishings, the decorative material and marbles and until 1932 the villa has been in a state of neglect and decay. Thanks to the excavations undertaken from 1932 to 1937 by the archaeologist Amedeo Maiuri is possible today to admire the architectural features of the villa and rethink Tiberius in his private apartment looked out on the scene of the Gulf of Naples.


Villa JovisSome historical fragments related to the personality of the Emperor Tiberius present as a very introverted person and of few words. It seems that he spent whole days in the deepest solitude, giving up even in the presence of the imperial escort and indulging in solitary walks along the viewpoint of his villa overlooking the two gulfs of Naples and Salerno.
According to some information not yet confirmed, it seems that Tiberius, also due to advanced age, suffering from existential crises and who had a hysterical character that led him to behave in a completely abnormal. Other historians report that he suffered from tuberculosis, perhaps because of his exile in Capri. For others, the exile to Capri had political reasons, as reported by Suetonius.

In the summer he moved on the coast, between the buildings now known as "Bagni di Tiberio" or "Palazzo a Mare". In his maritime quarter, the Emperor loved to swim. The architects who designed his villa to make your stay comfortable emperor, found themselves facing a big problem, which is the water supply. The water, if abounded in the low hills of the island, was scarce in the upper levels. A few years before the emperor left the imperial capital, with a very daring project, they ordered the construction of two or more tanks of huge capacity placed in the foundations of the villa itself. By collecting rainwater in cisterns of the villa, it was made possible the provision of clean water and drinking water in the following centuries up to the present historical center.


From here we can admire the "JUMP TIBERIO".
It takes its name from a legend that Tiberius was thrown overboard convicts.


Clemens Krause, Villa Iovis, Electa Napoli, 2005,
Luigi Veronese, Villa Jovis a Capri: lo scavo e il restauro negli anni del regime. In Confronti,Vol. 0, 2012.

Additional Info

  • how to get: From Piazza Umberto I take or via Sopramonte or via the shops and continue going upwards on the Cross, then continue by Tiberius and take a right onto Viale A. Maiuri. Villa Jovis is located in very strategic position, on Mount Tiberio, the western cape of the island, 334 meters above sea level. From its location sublime can be seen the island of Ischia, the Bay of Naples, the Sorrento peninsula and then the Gulf of Salerno to the lands of Cilento
  • address: viale A. Maiuri | CAPRI
  • phone: +39 081 837 45 47
  • entrance: payment: 1 euro
  • opening time: from 10.00 to 14.00
  • shutting: Winter

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