The neo-classicist villa was commissioned by Francesco Melzi d'Eril , Vice-President of the Italian Republic founded by Napoleon (1802-1805), built by the architect Giocondo Albertolli in 1808-1810 . It is located in the middle of an impressive garden at the entrance of Bellagio directly on Lake Como .
In the museum in the orangery next to the villa you can see works of art, Napoleonic memorabilia, Renaissance frescoes and archaeological finds. The tombs of Francesco Melzi d'Eril (Duke of Lodi) and Duke Tommaso Gallarati Scotti are located in the neo-classical chapel. The Villa Melzi passed through Donna Maria Luisa Melzi d'Eril to her son Tommaso Gallarati Scotti , Principe di Molfetta (1878–1966), whose descendants from the Gallarati Scotti family it still belongs to.