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Villa San Michele
villa was built for the Swedish physician and writer Axel Munthe, author of the
well-known novel "The Story of San Michele". The construction required changing
a simple country home and an old chapel dedicated to San Michele originally
built on elaborately decorated ruins from the Augustan period into a beautiful
residence we see today.
The style of the villa is very free, set in a large, well cared-for park. It is owned by the Swedish Munthe Foundation and is open to the public. Many of Munthe's possessions, including rustic and antique furniture and archaeological artifacts, are preserved here.
At 400 meters above sea level, it was attacked and conquered in 1535 by the Algerian pirate Kair-ed-Din, whose nickname was given to the fort. The materials for its construction were taken from Roman structures; except for a few ruins, all that remains now is the central portion of the castle. Some of the rooms are used as a small ornithological research and observation center run by the Swedish foundation bearing the name of A. Munthe.