Our house in Capri was bought 55 years ago by our Milanese family in love with Southern Italy, and completely restored and redesigned 15 years ago by a famous Italian architect, winner of many international awards.
It looks South ( sometimes you can see Sicily) and is accessible through a narrow and beautiul pedestrian street that connects the town of Capri (and its famous Piazzetta), with Marina Piccola, well known for its rocky beaches and the Faraglioni. It is 20 meter from the ancient villa where Gorki and Lenin staid in the early XIX century.
The upper level of the villa (the lower floor, lying under the terrace and totally separated with a personal access from the street, is our son's summer house) is surrounded by a two levels terrace - as large as the interior (120 sqm.+120 sqm )-, paved with white tiles alternating with panels of colored broken tiles 'Neapolitan style'. The terrace looks suspended over the sea.
You will live outside for sunbathing, eating and contemplating the sea, the maritime pine forest surrounding the house, the steep mountains around (Mount Solaro and Castiglione).
In perfect continuity of building materials, the house has the same white floor and opens with large sliding windows on the terrace: so that from every room you can continue to enjoy the sea. It consists of a large living room with sofas, a bookcase (with many books on the history and the beauties of Capri), a dining table and a stone bottom wall that reminds that the house looks at the sea but is clinging to the mountain; a kitchen fully equipped; two bedrooms:(a king size and a double-bed room); 1 bathroom with shower and a 1/2 one with a laundry machine..No dryer, of course, but clothes horses: for environmental reasons and due to the skyrocketing price of energy, in Italy we use the very natural sun...
The kitchen, specially designed, has a strip window so that, when preparing food, you can watch the sea and the terrace full of plants and flowers. (many kind of bouganvillea and ibiscus in spring and early summer)
Furniture and lights are pieces of Italian design.
In a sheltered corner of the upper terrace there is an outdoor shower with hot water.
But the 'most valuable' thing on the terrace is a giant ficus elastica that stretches its branches bringing shade on the lower terrace. Here, the large table for meals is made of stone and the surface is covered with broken tiles that reproduce a painting by El Lissitzki.
The upper terrace facing the bedrooms is perfect for sunbath: no one can see you.
Capri is a unique place. You can enjoy beautiful sea bads for swimming, snorkelling or diving, thanks to the white rocks made of Dolomite: you can enter unbelievable grottos (not only the Blue Grotto! we know plenty of them), beautiful villas built when the island was the heaven for international writers (like Graham Green, Oscar Wilde and Pablo Neruda) and European haute bourgeoisie. But long time before, Roman emperors Ceasar Augustus and Tiberius chose Capri: Augustus for summer vacations (remains of 10 villas) and Tiberius who built his ownfor living, managing from his 'villa' the largest empire of the world. (he communicated his decisions through 'burning glasses' to the coast of Punta Campanella where his messengers on horseback reached Rome!).
The options in Capri are manyfold: from April to November you can enjoy sea life, follow little known paths with spectacular views still wild and away from the crowd, visit the beautiful historic centers (Capri and Anacapri) and, of course, for those who want, live the night life and shopping streets of the very international Capri center with its Italian fashion (Armani,Prada, Gucci, Tod's....everybody 'must' be there! ).
But, even in December and January Capri is tremendously alive with fireworks, an international film festival, good food, events in Piazzetta. Of course, the weather could be pretty cold and rainy(but the house is equipped not only with air conditioning, but with heating).
You can reach Capri center in 15 minutes walking uphill; and the sea in 10 minutes downhill. Otherwise, an unforgettable scenic experience is offered by the public minibuses crossing each other on tight, and strictly limited to private traffic, roads hanging over breathtaking scenaries. The bus stop is 1 minute away down from home..
The house has been completely re-painted and restaured inside and outside in Spring 2016. The tub has been demolished in favour of a brand new glass shower.; the wardrobe has been painted with famous reproductions of a futurist (main bedroom) and of a naif painter (guest room) by a friend of us who is production designer of movies and operas.
We suggest: to rent a boat, in order to visit the whole coast (Capri is very small) and its multiple grottos; to rent a motorbike or use the bus to reach wonderful places as the Faro (lighthouse and Blue Grotto - very good, and expensive restaurants) and then walk,walk,walk: the villa of emperor Tiberius deserves a visit)
PS: you can have a cleaner for 15 euros/hour