The Villa sits on the ruins of an ancient castle built by the Dente family around the year 1000. After many years it became one of several properties of the Carraresi family, rulers of Padua, and then inherited by a member of the Contarini family. The Villa was a farmhouse until the mid-17th century: Marco Ceontarini expanded the building transforming it into a palace. After a long period of neglect, the Camerini family purchased the estate bringing it back to its old splendor. the modified style was the eclectic 19th century style. It then the Villa went through a new period of neglect until the mid-20th century, when it was purchased by Professor G.E. Ghirardi and was assigned to the Foundation bearing his name. Since 2005 the Villa has been a property of the region of Veneto, which is currently working at its development and enhancement. It is regularly used as the venue for concerts and cultural events, as well as being available as the ideal location for conferences, meetings, and public and private receptions. There is a monthly antique market on the grounds and surrounding area the last Sunday of the month with many vendors from around the Veneto and surrounding regions.
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