The name Stampalia refers to the homonymous Greek island located in the Sporades archipelago.

It is said that a member of the Querini family of the Zuane branch was banished from Venice because he was involved in the conspiracy of Bajamonte Tiepolo; fled to Rhodes he bought the island which remained a possession of the Querini family until 1537. The name of the island later became the nickname of this branch of the family.

The creator of the project for this building is not known, while the construction date is attributed to the early sixteenth century, although some testimonies of the time refer to the presence of the Querini family in Santa Formosa as early as the twelfth century.

Over the years there were many changes and restorations made to the building, especially due to the growing wealth accumulated by the family until 1869, when Giovanni Querini Stampalia died, the last descendant, who bequeathed all his possessions (including the rich library of the building) to the then Scientific Foundation which later will take the benefactor's surname.

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