History

Hospitality since 1899

The Lido Palace opened its doors in 1899 in Riva del Garda, the loveliest spot on Lake Garda, at a time when the Trentino region of Italy was part of Austria’s Hapsburg Empire. The plan was much more than building a hotel; there was also an ambitious landscaping venture to turn Riva into the Kaiser’s very own version of the Riviera.

Belle Epoque and the restoration

During the Belle Époque the Lido welcomed Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austrian throne, and Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna, sister to Tsar Nicholas of Russia. The region became Italian after World War I, and King Vittorio Emanuele and Queen Elena stayed at the Lido Palace in 1921.

But the hotel fell into decline in the 1990s. We won the design competition for its renovation in 2000, and the work was completed in 2011. The redesign was the work of award-winning architect Alberto Cechetto, professor at IUAV, the Venice faculty of architecture, renowned for his ambitious urban projects.

In 2012 he won the Ischia International Architecture Prize for this work.

During the Belle Époque the Lido welcomed Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austrian throne, and Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna, sister to Tsar Nicholas of Russia. The region became Italian after World War I, and King Vittorio Emanuele and Queen Elena stayed at the Lido Palace in 1921.

But the hotel fell into decline in the 1990s. We won the design competition for its renovation in 2000, and the work was completed in 2011. The redesign was the work of award-winning architect Alberto Cechetto, professor at IUAV, the Venice faculty of architecture, renowned for his ambitious urban projects.

In 2012 he won the Ischia International Architecture Prize for this work.

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