She had her portrait painted by Salvador Dalí, was immortalized in song by Cole Porter and declared the best-dressed woman in the world by a jury of global fashion authorities that included Coco Chanel – Countess Mona von Bismarck. The American socialite and fashion icon once called this grand villa on the resplendent island of Capri her home. Capri is the original island retreat of Italy and the choice for discerning Italians and jet setters from all over the world.

Named for its most famous owner, Villa Bismarck has long been one of the island’s most spectacular and glamorous landmarks. With a storied history dating back many centuries, the palatial estate has played host to the Kennedys, Winston Churchill and an assortment of European nobility. For the well-heeled buyer looking for something truly exceptional and unique, Villa Bismarck offers the opportunity to write the next chapter in its illustrious story.

Sitting majestically above the glittering turquoise waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea, perched in a commanding position of privilege the views from Villa Bismarck are unparalleled. Draped along the island’s edge, the immense property features two large terraces and beautifully landscaped gardens abounding in a diversity of lush Mediterranean greenery. The exquisite grounds provide an idyllic setting to luxuriate in the natural splendor of the island and to savor the panoramic view that spans from the yacht-filled harbor up to the Vesuvius, across the Bay of Naples and to the Sorrento peninsula and Amalfi Coast.

Such a celebrated retreat would not be complete without a beautiful pool and lounge area for leisurely afternoon swims. Here is the perfect setting for enjoying an apéritif while watching the sunset over the Faraglioni rocks. On days you yearn for a touch of adventure, a stone staircase leads you down to the water’s edge. Along the way is a Jacuzzi built into the stone cliffside that overlooks the open sea. Below that you can enjoy private sea access and a dock that stretches out into the inviting waters.

Inside, the main villa finds a home of opulence and charm that perfectly captures the enduring allure and romanticism of the Mediterranean. Classic elegance defines the interior architectural features while chic interior styling brings a fresh modern look. Dramatic vaulted ceilings soaring to nearly 20 feet are carried from the living room to the formal dining room, framing the spectacular panoramic view and accentuating a sense of grandeur. A book lovers delight, the property features a historic circular library embellished with striking Corinthian columns, softened by the coziness of the fireplace.

In the grand master bedroom, the exceptional views once again highlight how special the property is. From the comfort and seclusion of the master suite, you can relax, mesmerized by the gentle movements of the sea and the bright white yachts leisurely sailing in the distance. The adjacent ensuite bathroom is fitted in beautiful Italian marble.

In addition to the main villa, the extensive property features an independent annex for staff quarters. Is it your turn to write the next chapter in Villa Bismarck’s illustrious story? Boasting 9 bedrooms, 10 full bathrooms and totaling nearly 11,000 square feet, Villa Bismarck is offered at $26,146,639 by Sotheby’s International Realty.