Built for French poet Jacques d'Adelswärd-Fersen in the early 1990's, Villa Lysis is a sanctuary of serenity towering high in the hills of Capri.
Dedicated to the 'Youth of Love', the ancient palazzo of Villa Lysis drips in Old-World beauty and ancient Italian architecture.
Half-hidden by Mediterranean pines, the villa was used by Feren as a self-imposed exile to escape a scandal in his home country. It now welcomes visitors to Capri looking for a slice of culture and an insight into the troubled life of its former owner.
On an Amalfi Coast yacht charter, yacht-goers will find the villa is conveniently located in close proximity to the central Piazzetta of Capri, near Marina Grande.
A shrine to love and sorrow.
The villa fell into disrepair in the 1980s, but it enjoyed a small-scale restoration and became open to the public after it was decreed a historic monument by the Italian Ministry for Cultural Heritage.
Villa Lysis is noted for its distinctive mix of architectural styles, which borrow inspiration from Art Nouveau themes and embodies an overarching Neoclassical decadence.
The grounds of the villa are lavish and peppered with delicate statuettes. The garden connects to the property by a flight of steps which in turn leads to an intimate portico, complete with ionic columns.
The timeless beauty of the villa extends to the interior of the property, where the atrium plays host to a stunning marble stairway lined by a wrought-iron balustrade.
Other beguiling features include ground-floor rooms decorated in blue majolica and white ceramic, and a basement smoking den, which takes interior cues from signature Oriental styles.
Villa Lysis is located just a stone's throw from the former emperor's palace of Villa Jovis, and the pair can easily be visited while exploring the island of Capri.
Via Lo Capo, 12, 80076 Capri NA, Italy