Villa La Collina is located in Griande on Lake Como on a dominating hill overlooking the lake with the splendid backdrop of the Grigne and the Bellagio promontory. The First Chancellor of the German Republic Konrad Adenauer chose her as a summer residence and stayed there for ten years until her death.
Many were the heads of state and government that the villa hosted, the idea of the United Europe took shape precisely in those rooms leading to the signing of the Treaty of Rome. The German sig.Busbeck bought and restructured the part of the hill covered with uncultivated vegetation, in a park of 27,000 square meters with avenues flanked by azalea woods. In 1977 the villa was bought by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, which made it an international center of congress, politics, commerce and art. In the nineties a second building was built below the Villa, called Konrad Adenauer Academy, thanks to this expansion can now accommodate up to 60 people. At the beginning he was mainly dealing with Italian-German relations that soon became international relations with the rest of Europe. There were numerous prominent personalities of the contemporary political world who were hosted by Villa La Collina, including stays of tourists who just wanted to spend a holiday in the place of holiday of the First Chancellor.
The villa is now recognized by the Federal Republic of Germany as a monument of national importance. The Foundation takes care of this legacy and keeps alive the memory of those times. Every year around 2000 guests take part in organized political conferences. In the 80s there were regular meetings between Anglo-Saxon and German parliamentarians, meetings between the English Conservative party and the German CDU politicians. During these meetings, academic disputes do not prevail but current and concrete issues. From the mid-1990s, representatives of international organizations and personalities from the economic and political sectors met once a year.