Photo by age fotostock
Villa Lysis is a monument to love, excess, and heartbreak, themes that begin with the inscription "Amori et Dolori Scrvm" (a shrine to "love and sorrow") carved into its facade and continuing through a downstairs space called the Opium Room. The villa’s bare rooms are now used as exhibition space but the main reason to visit, beyond the mood of romantic tragedy infusing the site, is the stunning views of the Marina Grande and some of the islands. The estate is not terribly well marked, so look for a scribbled sign for Villa Fersen, the name of the original owner. A path that connects Villa Jovis to Villa Lysis provides a lovely wooded stroll, though one section is very steep and rocky. It is clearly designated and takes about 35 to 45 minutes. You can also come by the paved road.
By Gillian Longworth McGuire, AFAR Local Expert
Via Lo Capo, 12, 80076 Capri NA, Italy
Thur - Tue 10am - 6pm