A hundred-year-old tradition
Our Hotel Zanella was built in 1896, as "Gasthaus zu den 2 Gänsen", in english the House of the 2 ducks (the area was occupied at that time by the Austrian), and went through the 2 world wars.Created as lodge, our Hotel was located on the main road from the north toward the Lake, near to the custom station. It became quickly a lodge for all travellers of that period.
Also the habsburg court used to have a rest here as they went to here winter residence in Arco and they discovered the "Moscatello" of the Zanella Family who run the Hotel from the beginning.
They enjoyed so much the wine of Mr Girolamo Zanella (called with the nick name of Momolo) produced from the own wineyards, that they ordered it and got delivered in Vienna. Carlo Zanella sun of "Momolo" took over the Hotel and brought the tradition throughout the first world war. Then came the fascist period in Italy which didn't allowed foreigner names and the House of the 2 Ducks took then the name of the family "Zanella", but allways keeping the ducks on the facade.
Two more floors were added to the restaurant and the sun of Carlo, Girolamo "Nino" the only sun, very involved in medical studies at the university, must run the Hotel because of the early death of the father.
After the second world war , as the hotel was partly dstroyed, the 3rd floor of rooms was also added to the first 2 and more important the private bathrooms in the rooms. It was something very new at that time.
Nino went ahead running the Hotel Zanella, first with the mother and then with the wife, making also the consulting and the translation for the first big tourist pioneers of Germany, and giving to other citizens of Nago the opportunity to create new small lodges becoming later also Hotels.
Nino left in 1985 the leadership of the Hotel at the daughter Sabine, who, with the new family refurbished completely the Hotel in 1999 achieving then the 3 stars, keeping anyway the specifical aspect of the history in The Hotel. All the facade was also redecorated and the duck brought to new life in the same style of the past.
The Hotel Zanella presents you today very quietly, conserving tract ofits long life in the building, but overall the love for the hospitality, not learned theesedays but inherited in a long long time