This amazing Villa, built during the second half of the 18th century on the remains of an Anglo-English fort, was initially inhabited by an infamous Hungarian painter, who built the property on top of the ruins of a Roman Palace. Subsequently, the property was bought by a famous French painter who hosted many renowned musicians and composers in his home. According to legend, the composer Bizet, while vacationing here, remained so inspired by the sounds of the sea that he composed one of his most famous pieces of work, the Opera Carmen. The property then passed to a famous foreign Countess, Mona Strader Bismarck, in the mid 20th century. (Click the link to learn more about the story of Countess Mona Strader Bismarck)
This property, situated waterfront on the Island of Capri, stands out for its unique history, location, and internal decor. Villa Tiziana lays directly seaside, right above the shore line, immersed in a vast area of gardens and terraces. The property is built above the former Villa Palatium or The Palace by the Sea, of Roman Emperor Caesar Augustus. Some of the original Villa’s remains can still be seen in parts of the property.
From the property’s terrace, one’s eyes are immediately drawn to the superb view out onto the Sorrento Peninsula, Mount Vesuvius and the Bay of Naples. The entire plain of Capri, with the port of Marina Grande, Villa Lysis, and the townhouses of this notorious village can be seen from the gardens. On the opposite side of the property, the view expands towards the hillside of Monte Solaro and the bright white Phoenician style stairs of Villa San Michele, just where Anacapri village begins.
The Villa is easily reached on foot along a 150 meter long path. The entrance to the Villa leads, on one side, directly into an immaculate, private garden. To the left lies the main entrance leading into a majestic hall. To the right lies a broad, English garden with paved walkways decorated with natural stone and stone sculptures. The garden scenery changes according to the season and the area abounds with pine, oak, and palm trees, magnolia, camellia and flower beds, a lemon groove and large terracotta pots planted with flowers. The garden also boasts great external lighting and an audio system. A second level of the garden reveals a lovely vegetable garden offering Villa guests the best of the seasons’ fresh vegetables, matured naturally under the Mediterranean sun: tomatoes, eggplants, courgettes, fresh herbs, basil and hot peppers to name just a few.
A lovely area in the garden is the large, marble paved terrace facing the sea and offering the best views out onto the Bay of Naples. The terrace is furnished with cast-iron tables, lounge chairs, and benches where guests can enjoy the relaxing sounds of the sea below and listen with pleasure to the boats returning along the waterfront from the Blue Grotto. Here one can truly admire the wonders of nature while enjoying its peace and quiet. A large round table with chairs and a second, rectangular table with chairs, as well as several smaller tables with chairs and benches make up super comfortable garden seating areas and more than enough space for outdoor dining for the largest of groups. An easy, panoramic and comfortable pedestrian path of about 150 steps leads from the garden down to the sea, passing through a pleasant, shaded wooded area filled with olive trees and Mediterranean herbs. The path leads to a private sundeck, platform and boat dock. The area is furnished with lounge chairs, umbrellas and beach towels and cold drinks and snacks can be stocked in the refrigerator and kitchenette located at sea level. Staff can serve lunch here as well.
The Villa Tiziana complex consists of two connecting buildings, extending over two floors. The first area, referred to as The Landlords Residence blends naturally into the Saloni al Mare or Lounges on the Sea, consisting of large, common areas where all the Villa’s guests can unite. Wide lounges with marble floors, vaulted ceilings, antique crystal lamps, important pieces of antique furniture and renowned works of art reflect the owner’s sophisticated taste as a true art lover and expert.
On the ground floor the elegant entrance door welcomes guests into an impressive and magnificent hall paved with a black and white marble floor and lined with decorative mosaics. Antique mirrors with crystal wall lamps create a striking contrast between modern and antique, as seen throughout the entire property. Upon walking through the hall, one enters into the living area furnished with marble tables. Sofas and various nooks for reading and relaxation, all arranged around the large fireplace, allow you to appreciate important pieces of history and art such as the one-of-a-kind mosaics hanging on the walls depicting the era of Roman Pompei. A corridor with a glass-door opening on to the left side, towards a terrace area behind the Villa, takes you to the lemon grove from where you can enjoy a view out onto the hillside. The left side of the corridor leads to the bedroom and kitchen areas.
One of the most pleasant areas of the Villa is the large, circular shaped, elegant library. Here, you truly feel like you are immersed in a special atmosphere which encapsulates the Villa’s history. The warm colours of the entire area is a contrast against the black marble floor. The library boasts a relaxation area comfortably furnished with sofas, benches with cushions, couches and a marble topped table. A great selection of books are at guests’ disposal and the oriental carpet reflects the colours which characterize the library. The ambient is furnished with built-in marble columns, antique mirrors, and a large marble fireplace that completes its aristocratic style and creates a space dedicated to reading. The room also boasts several balcony areas which open out onto the back of the Villa.
Five steps down from the main level is a corridor which leads to five of the nine double bedrooms. These five double bedrooms all enjoy important antiques and display pieces, such as large, Chinese porcelain vases, fragments of antique Roman statues and mosaic decor set into the marble floor and antique mirrors. Some of the bedrooms boast wrought-iron, baldachin beds and important paintings of modern art and all enjoy the comfort of en-suite, hand tiled bathrooms with, towel dryers, hair dryers and either a shower box or bathtub.
Located four steps up from the main corridor, the first bedroom is a double with baldachin bed and terracotta tile floor. The room is furnished with two wooden benches, a wardrobe and a writing desk with chair. En-suite bathroom with white tiles and shower box.
French bed with hand painted wall décor by a well known Italian artist, tiled floor and built-in wardrobe. En-suite bathroom with white tiles and bathtub.
Access from the bedroom through a set of French doors out onto a small courtyard. Baldachin wrought-iron double bed, terracotta tile floors and a wardrobe. En-suite bathroom with an open shower.
Access from the bedroom through French doors out onto a small courtyard. Iron double bed, tile floors and wardrobe. En-suite bathroom with shower box.
Access from the bedroom through a French door out onto a small courtyard. Baldachin wrought-iron double bed and wardrobe. Small en-suite bathroom with shower.
The end of the corridor brings you to the left, to a natural, stone wall, once part of an authentic Anglo-French fort. On the left side lies a sliding glass door leading out onto a courtyard with potted greenery and six white columns. Three steps up lies the service area with the laundry. The end of the corridor, to the right, leads to the main dining room. To enter the dining room means to enter one of the most elegant common areas in the entire Villa. The bright and full-of-natural-light dining room encompasses the Villa’s indoor dining area. As soon as you enter, your gaze falls on a Lapis Lazuli octagonal table, seating 8. Marble columns, beautiful paintings, crystal lamps, one working fireplace and a large glass door with an enchanting sea view fill this elegant space. Two French doors open onto a terrace facing directly above the sea, while a door leads to the living room which again is full of style and atmosphere. The living room boasts vaulted ceilings with stucco decor, black and white marble floors, beautiful candelabra and a crystal lamp. Sofas and armchairs make for comfortable seating in front of the fireplace, while two large windows with great sea views and two French doors open out onto the terrace. Beautiful fresco paintings and a large, grand piano complete the decor of this prestigious living area.
To the right hand side lies a traditional, industrial kitchen, laid out over two areas. The first area enjoys a sink, a six range stove top, large oven, microwave, work table, refrigerator and freezer and an electric coffee machine. The second area enjoys a double-sink and a dishwasher. The garden lays right outside the kitchen.
The first floor and its four luxurious suites can be reached from either the hall, the main corridor or from the garden. 15 steps lead from the hall along a marble staircase up to the first two suites.
VIOLETTA – The MASTER SUITE:
The large, contemporary suite boasts two wide, panoramic windows overlooking the garden, offering its guests an amazing sea view. A Baldachin double bed, chaise lounge, writing desk with chair and working fireplace add to the vaulted ceiling, antique furniture and crystal lamp which complete the elegance of the master suite. The suite boasts a large, en-suite bathroom with walls in mother of pearl, marble floors and a bathtub adorned by red marble.
Reachable up 19 steps from the garden, lies the second suite with a Baldachin double bed. Two French doors facing the garden offer unique sea views and the suite boasts dark red marble floors, vaulted ceilings, crystal lamps, and a writing desk. There is a private, external bathroom with access from the wardrobe area of the suite. The bath enjoys white hand-made tile floors and a large shower.
MARGHERITA THIRD SUITE:
Accessible up 19 steps from the courtyard, the third suite enjoys a small living area with terracotta tile floors, 2 sofas, and several couches. There is a window facing the courtyard and vaulted ceilings abound, while a crystal lamp, ample closet and en-suite bathroom with white tile floors and shower box finish the decor.
Accessible up 25 steps from the ground floor lies the fourth suite featuring a small living area with sofa and several writings desk. There is a bedroom with a Baldachin double bed, an authentic, antique stove with ceramic tiles, imported from Germany. A window in the suite faces the lovely lemon grove behind of the house. There is a built-in wardrobe and a black and white marble bathroom four steps up and boasting a bathtub and a large mirror.
The Villa can be rented weekly and/or monthly.