Villa Lysis (initially, La Gloriette; today, Villa Fersen) is a villa on Capri built by industrialist and poet Jacques d'Adelswärd-Fersen in 1905. "Dedicated to the youth of love" (dédiée à la jeunesse d'amour), it was Fersen's self-chosen exile from France after a sex scandal involving Parisian schoolboys and nude (or nearly nude) tableaux vivants.
Fersen purchased the 12,000 square metres (130,000 sq ft) plot in 1904 for 15,000 lire from the Salvia family. The villa's designer is unknown; for many years it was believed that French artist Edouard Chimot had designed the structure (due to his involvement in a trial following an accident at the construction site); however, a recent analysis of letters from Jacques d'Adelswärd-Fersen to Chimot shows that Chimot did not perform that design. The garden around the villa was designed by Mimi Ruggiero, who planted the laurel and myrtle in honor of Venus The house was described in detail by Roger Peyrefitte in his novel The Exile of Capri (1959), a fictionalized account of Adelswärd-Fersen's years on Capri together with his lover Nino Cesarini.
|Monday||10:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Tuesday||10:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Thursday||10:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Friday||10:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Saturday||10:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Sunday||10:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
H. Toupee | Jul 25, 2017
I'm surprised more people don't visit here. Entry is only €2 which is probably worth it for the very clean bathroom alone, which being in a villa is a bit luxurious. The villa itself is gorgeous and there are art pieces on display throughout. Views from the villa are fantastic with a balcony overlooking the ocean but the harbour of Capri is also visible. The gardens are also nice albeit I don't believe they are fully restored yet.
M P | Apr 15, 2017
It's probably unknown to many people that decide not to visit it, but it is a very worth visit. The house is nice, but the garden and the views are impressive. Among the top tourist attractions of the island.
GAMBIT | May 12, 2017
Very beautiful. Entrance € 2. Worth it. Amazing views. Free brochures in different languages.
Holger Durer | Jun 5, 2017
Fantastic views from up there.
Y. S. | Aug 31, 2017
Pietro Maciotta | May 22, 2018
Breathtaking view of Capri from this lavish Villa built above cliffs
Mark Eastwood | Jun 21, 2018
Lovely views from here and some interesting local history.
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