The villa gets the name from two Plinio, the Eider and the Younger, who in the I century A.C. described an intermittent fount which is still there today.
The villa was built after the 1573 by the count Giovanni Anguissola, Como’s governor, also named “Bruto di Piacenza” because he had been involved in the murder of Pier Luigi Farnese, son of Pope Paul III. Later the building became of count Pirro Visconti Borromeo and then, in 1676, of Francesco Canarisi, in 1840 it was bought by the Prince Emilio Barbiano of Belgioioso then was inherited by the daughter, the marchioness Trotti Bentivoglio.
In 1890 became of the Valperga of Masino family who emptied the interiors and took all of it to their Castle in Piedmont. Based on same local narratives, in the past, during the parties that were held in the villa, various couples of lovers, wrapped up in white sheets, were used to dive in the Lake from the loggia. At the eyes of the fishermen and of the inhabitants, especially during the foggy nights, they seemed ghosts.
Seeing it from the lake, the villa shows an imposing façade with four levels of windows and with, in the centre, a three arcade loggia supported by combined columns.
Secret basements and underground passages with ancient stone vaults, which from the villa get to the lake. The tradition says that when a guest became inconvenient, hey would take him/her to admire the starry sky from a living-room inside the building in order to have the guest standing at the edge of a spiral staircase.
Below it there was a wide open trapdoor from which the guest would fall down directly in the lake, but not before passing through a revolving blade activated by the found.
On the stained glass windows of the chapel there are two ribbons, one under the angel and the other one under the virgin Mary, with transcriptions of two lines from Dante’s Purgatory and Paradise. From Saint John’s church, known as “Sacro Chiodo church”, passing under an arcade as ancient stone, begins a cobblestone path that, in 15 minutes, takes you to the villa, along a way that is open to everyone.