Capri- Villa Jovis
The Roman Emperor Tiberius built on the eastern peak of Capri near the cliffs, the Monte Tibero, his residence. Translated the villa’s name means Villa of Jupiter. She used as a refuge for the aging emperor. Its size and grandeur of the Roman domination is still sensed on the island of Capri.
Far away from the maze in the heart of Capri, the Piazzetta with its famous Baroque church, the little white houses and the fine restaurants and boutiques, the palace thrones magnificently on the small rocky island.
The Villa Jovis is one of twelve villas which the Roman Emperor Tiberius built on the island. From there he reigned over the Roman Empire until his death. The country house of Jupiter is undoubtedly the Emperor’s most magnificent and largest villa.
At the eastern peak on the island, the excavations extend over an area of approximately 7,000 qm and lets us imagine its past beauty. Over several floors halls, rooms, corridors and terraces are decorated with marble floors and wall coverings. On the right side of the entrance a thermal bath is situated, whose square courtyard with its huge rain water cistern is still very well preserved. The private apartments of the Emperor were at the top at the level of the forecourt of a chapel. The monarch’s residence also incorporates forests, gardens, nymphaeums and a lighthouse, which was used in its function of a liaison between Capri and Rome.
According to legends, at the Emperor Tiberius death day the earth trembled which caused the collapse of several parts of the palace, among others also the lighthouse. Under the reign of Emperor Nero, another extensive earthquake destroyed parts of the palace. The next emperors neglected the palace completely, that’s why the residence entirely decayed during the Middle Ages. Today only the ruins of the sub construction can be admired. They are in such extremely good imposing conditions that researchers and archaeologists can wholly reconstruct the splendor of the palace.