LA MINERVA - History
The history of La Minerva, the humble origins of one of Capri's best-loved hotels.
The history of La Minerva began in the early 20th century, a time when the whole world seemed to have become suddenly aware of the beauty of Capri. This was when Luigi Esposito and Laura Cannavale decided to allocate two rooms in their typical Capri home (inherited from their families as a wedding gift) to accommodate tourists and travelers. The house was not the only thing that Luigi had received from his family; he in fact inherited from his father, a skilled floriculturist, a love for nature, as can be seen by the greenery and flowers that still adorn the hotel terraces. On the other hand, Laura, whose family were hotel keepers since the mid 19th century, received their love and appreciation of hospitality.
Luigi and Lauras home was set in a large terraced garden and featured two cisterns used to collect the rain water necessary to irrigate the grounds. It is said that Luigi's father, Antonio, made the decision to build the house on the site on a chilly winter morning, inspired not only by the sheer beauty and peacefulness of the site, but also by its fortunate position: naturally sheltered from the cold northern winds.
The small house soon gained renown thanks to the hospitality offered by Laura and Luigi who, over the years, turned the establishment into the hotel they had long dreamed of. Today's hotel is the result of constant upgrading and attentive enlargements, carefully made so as to be in complete harmony with the surrounding landscape. Antonio, his wife Giovanna, and their sons Luigi and Antonino demonstrate the very same enthusiastic dedication to La Minerva as the hotel's first hosts, offering the most gracious of welcomes to all guests, many of which return year after year.