Castello Barbarossa, Anacapri

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Castello Barbarossa is an archaeological ruin and ornithological station in Anacapri, on the island of Capri, Italy. It is named after the former corsair and Ottoman Kapudan Pasha (Admiral) Hayreddin Barbarossa, who stormed it in 1535 and destroyed it in 1544. The construction date is uncertain but it perhaps dates back to the late ninth century. From 1898, the structure, now in ruins, was owned by the Swedish psychiatrist Axel Munthe who donated it to his foundation. The surroundings, interesting for their botanical features, are home to the island's ornithological station.

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  • Castello Barbarossa was obtained by the Swedish doctor Axel Munthe. It's a rather steep climb and there is a beautiful view from the top, but on the other hand there are beautiful views from many...  more »
  • Unbelievably steep and almost treacherous hike up the hill. Definitely worth it when you get there. Ask at the ticket booth for directions to the easier pathway to exit.  more »
  • One of the best places on the island to have the greatest view to Capri and Marina Grande. Absolutely worth the hike.
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