Materita was Munthe’s home from 1908 at the latest until 1943. He acquired the tower an Englishman had been living in, originally built during the late Middle Ages by the monks of the Certosa monastery for the protection of the local population.
Munthe’s additions retained the original architectural austerity, but added pergolas, terraces, and a small tower, in which, for example, “The Story of San Michele” was written. The interior was filled with art, which included some of the more important pieces from the San Michele collection.
In the walled garden oaks and cypresses dominated. The structure was in the middle of an agricultural area, which is irrigated from the still existent large rain water cistern.
Architect, Director of Villa San Michele (1975-1995)