It was in the 1960’s when Gianfranco Miglio, at that time head of the Faculty of Political Sciences of the Catholic University of Milan, then Senator of the Republic, decided to build a large house on top of the hill overlooking the southern part of Como. He wanted this building, inspired by the style of the Lombard farmhouse, with its typical low arches and rustic plaster, to accommodate his and his wife Myriam friends, some dozen of thousands of rare books he had been collecting for years, and the wines produced in his farms located on the far north of Lake Como.
The idea was that all this could be located in refined tasteful environments, lying in the middle of an isolated garden full of botanical species. With the help of architect Fulvio Cappelletti, he designed the building, whose construction ended only in the early seventies and took the name of Ronco dell’Abate. Infact, from some historical testimonies, it seemed that the vineyard of the Abbot of Como was there in the terracing of that hill, whose footprint remains in some vineyards and an orchard, that the owner wanted to reproduce in memory of the original placement.