This medieval castle converted into a villa is indelibly associated with Gabriele D’Annunzio. Surrounded by beautiful parkland, it features a main show garden, a secret garden, a brolo orchard, centuries-old hornbeam trees, a fish pond and an icehouse. Its beautiful English roses are without doubt one of its highlights.

The palazzo stands on the ruins of a former medieval castle, featuring a tower built by the Da Carrara family, Lords of Padua, in the first half of the 14th century. The Zaborra Counts took over the villa in 1680. A room inside displays the family tree and a map of the local area dating back to 1626. In the 1970s, architect Alberto Avesani, husband of Countess Zaborra, renovated the villa and restored the surrounding garden. In 1980, a portion of the villa was turned into a Museum of Aerospace History, showcasing interesting models of airplanes, airships and hot air balloons in memory of Gabriele D’Annunzio’s flight over Vienna, who set off on that trip from San Pelagio. The garden is divided into different “rooms” separated by hedges and age-old walls. The first courtyard, with its pool of water, leads to the “secret garden”, a sheltered place in the shade of old trees with a pool of water and a stone bench that invites visitors to tarry a while. Next comes the sunny aspect of the “brolo” orchard, followed by a hillock containing an icehouse, a fishpond, and then some labyrinths. Trees, flowering shrubs, and herbaceous perennials alternate with great harmony throughout.