The villa is now headquarters of Antonio Ratti foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the culture of textiles and contemporary art. It was built between 19th and the beginning of 20th century and belonged to different people. Among them Metternich, Napoleon's doctor. The villa hosted abbot Pietro Configliacchi, Alessandro Volta's student, who started his collection of rare and exotic plants here. It is the last stop on the "Kilometer of Knowledge", a picturesque walk that links Como with Cernobbio.