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Once upon a time

The history of the most prestigious hotel on Lake Iseo

The reason for the name Araba Fenice (or Phoenix), or who inspired the symbol of this mysterious, mythological bird, is not known. We would hazard a guess that the choice is a reference to a historical connection with Venice, in the distant past of the noble Fenaroli family of Pilzone, who were loyal and fierce defenders of the Serenissima (Venice) in the 1300s. In the official historical documents the name of the Hotel "Araba Fenice" appears for the first time in 1841 and later in the period of the Italian Risorgimento, as a venue for patriotic meetings in February 1848. A few blocks away, in fact, a plaque dictated by the historian Gabriele Rosa testifies that here was where the flag of the 'Lombard Revolution' first waved.

It enjoyed its heyday in the 1920s and 1930s, as a meeting place of the Brescia aristocracy, also hosting a lounge with casino gaming tables. There are rumours of a possible secret meeting taking place in the hotel lounge between the Duce Mussolini and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, towards the end of the Second World War.

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