What could be more delightful than to have a villa you can call your own on the beautiful island of Capri? Set in the waters just off the glorious Amalfi Coast, a spectacular villa once owned by famous film director Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia can be yours – if you can afford the asking price.
Located in one of the island of Capri’s most exclusive areas, it is surrounded by nature and overlooks the sea, Naples, Vesuvius and Ischia.
Bragaglia was the director who launched the great actor Totò into the movie theaters. They made a total of six films together, including the famous “ Totò le Mokò” (1949), “Totò Looks for a Wife” (1950) and “47 Morto che Parla” (1950).
Totò spent a lot of time in this villa, either during shooting or when he was on vacation, so much so that he had his own room. It has been kept the same, with its original flooring and furniture, including a large wrought-iron bed, a beautiful painted corner cupboard and a round table with some newspaper clippings of the period underneath the glass top.
The collaborations between Bragaglia and Totò ended after shooting “47 Morto che Parla.” Bragaglia, who had not only launched Totò, but also Anna Magnani, would go on to direct some of Italy’s most important actors – from the De Filippo family (Eduardo, Titina and Peppino), to Vittorio De Sica and Aldo Fabrizi, who were also often guests at the villa.
Commissioned in 1942 by Bragaglia, the villa is surrounded by a botanical park with over 150 species of plants. The property is composed of two buildings: the main villa, which measures 8,700 square feet and an outbuilding of over 4,000 square feet. Each feature architecture typically found in Capri, with limestone walls painted in bright white.
The two buildings were completely renovated by the current owners, who have restored beautiful floors of hand-painted Vietri ceramics, marble and chestnut parquet. The main villa has four floors with the ground floor featuring some state halls with period furnishings and Roman artifacts. It overlooks porticoes and three patios.
A wooden staircase connects the ground floor with the first, which is home to four bedrooms for guests, each with a bathroom and a walk-in closet. On the second floor there is the main apartment, composed of two bedrooms, bathrooms and a large hall. The third floor also has a bedroom and bath, a closet room, a loggia and a terrace.
The second villa is smaller and has three floors. The park surrounding this property has been designed with great attention to detail and features a stunning swimming pool with Jacuzzi and a tennis court. The price – about $10 million euro.