A 1.5km walk from the Villa Jovis, down Via Tiberio and Via Matermània, is the Arco Naturale, a huge rock arch formed by the pounding sea.
The striking flat-roofed red villa on the Punta Massullo promontory is Villa Malaparte, the former holiday home of Tuscan writer Curzio...
Grotta di Matermània
This giant natural cave was used by the Romans as a nymphaeum (shrine to the water nymph). You can still see traces of the mosaic wall...
On the path up to Villa Jovis, this trattoria-cum-pizzeria is ideally placed for a post-sightseeing meal. It's a relaxed, down-to-earth...
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Villa Jovis information
A 45-minute walk east of Capri along Via Tiberio, Villa Jovis was the largest and most sumptuous of the island’s 12 Roman villas and Tiberius’ main Capri residence. A vast pleasure complex, now reduced to ruins, it famously pandered to the emperor’s debauched tastes, and included imperial quarters and extensive bathing areas set in dense gardens and woodland.
The villa's spectacular location posed major headaches for Tiberius’ architects. The main problem was how to collect and store enough water to supply the villa’s baths and 3000-sq-metre gardens. The solution they eventually hit upon was to build a complex canal system to transport rainwater to four giant storage tanks, whose remains you can still see today.
The stairway behind the villa leads to the 330m-high Salto di Tiberio (Tiberius’ Leap), a sheer cliff from where, as the story goes, Tiberius had out-of-favour subjects hurled into the sea. True or not, the stunning views are real enough; if you suffer from vertigo, tread carefully.
A shortish but steep walk from the villa, down Via Tiberio and Via Matermània, is the Arco Naturale – a huge rock arch formed by the pounding sea; you can time this walk to take in lunch at cave restaurant Le Grotelle .