Before you can ask: you can’t visit Villa Malaparte. It’s a private villa and visitors are admitted only in few occasions during the year.
But while the possibilities to visit it in the interiors are really few, you can admire this fabulous villa from the sea.
So, proceeding in order, let’s start from the beginning.
Do you know Curzio Malaparte?
Have you ever heard about him?
He was a very famous Tuscan writer and journalist, a poet and an intellectual, also celebrated for his quotes about the differences between the people from Florence, Prato, Pistoia, Lucca, Pisa and Siena (he wrote a book with the title “Maledetti Toscani”, published in English as “Those Cursed Tuscans”, Ohio University Press, 1964).
Malaparte is best known outside Italy due to his works Kaputt (1944) and La pelle (1949).
In 1937 he commissioned the project of the villa in Capri, in Punta Massullo, to Adalberto Libera, but very soon he tore up the architect's project to guide the works directly, with the help of a local stonemason, Adolfo Amitrano. And that’s why he later wrote that the villa was nothing more than "a home like me”.
Curzio Malaparte himself wrote: “Now I live on an island, in an austere and melancholy house, which I built myself on a lonely cliff above the sea. It’s the image of my desire”.
This villa is like a self-portrait and at the meantime it is one of the best examples of Italian modern and contemporary architecture.
Difficult to reach, it’s striking for its minimal and linear style, which characterizes the interior and the exterior design. It’s located in the wildest side of Capri, is completely isolated from civilization, only accessible by foot or by boat: a perfect place for solitary contemplation and writing.
Looking at the villa from the boat you will notice that while it has a monumental character, it also creates a harmonious relationship with nature, thanks in part to the right choice to build the house in local stone, extracted from the site itself.
Here was filmed the second part of the movie “Contempt”, directed by Jean Luc Godard, with the participation of a young Brigitte Bardot.
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