Villa Bassi Rathgeb at Abano Terme
Villa Bassi Rathgeb, built in the 16th century and restored in the 1700s, belonged to the noble family Dondi dell’Orologio. Inside the frescoes are by Antonio Buttafuoco. In the 19th century many famous people stayed here, including Eugenio Beauharnais, Napoleon’s stepson, and Viceroy to the Kingdom of Italy. Since 1979 the villa and annexed gardens have belonged to the Municipality of Abano Terme, and have been transformed into a prestigious centre for cultural (the Civic Art Gallery, with its collection of 15th – 20th century paintings, drawings and engravings, and the municipal Modern Art Gallery, which hosts temporary exhibitions).