Villa Jovis stands on top of Tiberius Mountain at 334 meters high, on a rocky wall overlooking the sea from which dominate from the north to the east, the gulf of Naples and, south and west, Capri and Marina Grande.

The name of Villa Jovis (or Ionis) is handed down to us by the Latin writer Svetonio who tells us that, shortly after the conspiracy of Seiano, the head of the Pretorians, Emperor Tiberius (42 BC – 37 AD ) closed in his caprese residence for nine months, without ever coming out, scrutinizing from the cliff the signals coming from the Sorrentine coast.

Between the ‘700 and the 800, the fame of the villa and the lifestyle of Tiberius in Capri contributed greatly to attracting travelers on the island of Gran Tour. Over time, Villa Jovis suffered the burial of all Rich materials that decorate them and their absence makes it difficult today to accurately identify the function of different environments.

The Tiberius villa occupied an area of ​​about 7,000 square meters and was located on terraces created in natural rock.
These terraces, as well as expanding the area available to the villa, allowed a very large and easy collection of rainwater, bringing it into a reservoir capable of collecting more than 8,000 cubic meters of water.

On the west side, the first floor was occupied by the warehouses, while the next three floors occupied the rooms occupied by those who followed the Emperor.
On the same side, but distanced from the center of the building, there were also the kitchens.

To the south, after a vestibule featuring four columns of precious marble, the bathrooms were placed in the Villa according to the typical Roman baths. On the first floor, after the apodyterium (the changing room), the frigidarium (unheated room) and then the tepidarium and the calidarium (heated rooms).

Emperor Tiberius’s rooms were to occupy the north side of the residence, where we also find an ambulatio (area of ​​the villa used for small walks), a Diaeta(Guest room).

Finally, a large room with an apse occupies the eastern side of the Jovis villa. Its actual function can only be hypothesized. The scholars share the use that this room should have. There are those who believe in a theater, a temple dedicated to Jupiter, who thinks it is a ninefold (a monumental fountain). Most probably this area of ​​the Tiberius Villa was an area that was used for important high-profile events.

Opening hours – Monday is closed

May: 10.00 – 18.00
June: 10.00 – 19.00
July: 10.00 – 19.00
August 10.00 – 19.00
September: 10.00 – 17.00
October: 10.00 – 17.00
November: 10.00 – 16.00
Dicember: 10.00 – 16.00


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Thursday April 16th, 2015