Villa Jovis Capri
On the north-western corner of the island rises the huge Villa Jovis, the most conspicuous Roman ruin on the island, which was commissioned by Emperor Tiberius. It is accessible from the town of Capri via a long walk that runs by the small church of San Michele, passing alongside the panoramic park of Villa Astarita and from there leads to the archaeological area. The grand ruins dominate a marvellous view across the Sorrentine peninsula and look down a 330-metre sheer cliff, the socalled ‘Salto di Tiberio’ (jump of Tiberius), from which they say the emperor would throw his victims. The villa is a very large palace on various levels with the structures that have been unearthed developing over approximately 7,000 square metres, although the villa covered a much larger area and included woods, gardens and nymphaeum. Architecturally- speaking, the complex adapts perfectly to the peculiar nature of the Complesso Basilicale Paleocristiano Cimitile ground, making the most of the various levels of the land by developing on the southern side and even more on the western side over various floors and on the eastern and northern sides by giving way to terraces that overlook the sea. The various functional sections (halls, thermal areas, slave quarters, the emperor’s private apartments and meeting rooms) are gathered around a central nucleus, occupied by four giant cisterns.