The origins of Villa Gallarati Scotti date back to the 16th century.
This Villa Veneta, built by the Orsato family at Fontaniva, near Cittadella not far from Padua, maintains some of the typical characteristics of Palladian architecture, including its symmetries and sober elegance of construction.
In the 19th century, ownership of the Villa passed to Andrea Cittadella Vigodarzere, an illustrious man of letters and consummate diplomat in the Kingdom of Lombardy-Venetia.
Inherited by his son Antonio, it became a national meteorological observatory, and eventually passed to the Gallarati Scotti by marriage.
Villa Gallarati Scotti has hosted illustrious figures including Puccini, Benedetto Croce, Alcide de Gasperi and many others.
Tommaso Gallarati Scotti wrote the last play interpreted by Eleonora Duse here.
Aurelia Cittadella Vigodarzere had a close friendship with R. M. Rilke.
The Jappelliano park, the Villa’s central hall and the floral neo-Gothic style chapel are visitable