Originally built during the late Middle Ages by the monks of the Certosa monastery for the protection of the local population, the villa is located at the top of a windy and steep road from the town of Anacapri. From 1908 to 1943, Torre Materita was the residence of the Swedish doctor and writer Axel Munthe. Here, he wrote his most famous book, “The Story of San Michele”. Now it is owned by Diego Della Valle – and used by him as a beautiful estate to entertain friends, relax and soak up the southern Italian rays of sun. I was invited to attend a “Half Birthday Weekend Party” at this historic paradise. So I packed my suitcase and flew down with my Jack Russell for what can best be described as the best (and only) half birthday party I have ever attended in my life.