Turano Resort in Colle di Tora is a hotel with an ancient family tradition, bringing with it a lot of history.
In 1948, Colle di Tora, part of Castel di Tora, became an independent municipality, on the initiative and will of the Director Rinaldo De Sanctis, who then went on to become the first mayor with a majority of 92%.
The Director – Mayor Rinaldo, was a very socially committed man and a lover of his land. Very quickly, he came up with the idea of constructing a hotel and put the works in place for it. It was sited on land at the beginning of the village, called “Capocolle”, with the intention of accomodating the numerous travellers and prestigious personalities who frequented Colle di Tora for its fresh, clean air.
The project and the architectural design were written by his friend Arduino Angelucci, who also designed the cave “Thiora“, which still exists.
He was a well-known artist from Rieti, known for his painting of social realism.
For a whole twenty years, the hotel on Lago del Turano, named “Chalet del Lago“, never stopped its service, and in 1959 it was renovated and enlarged, including the building of a large restaurant.
In fact, both the hotel and the restaurant in the early 60’s changed a lot, and expanded to a wider and more heterogeneous clientele.
From 1948 to 1988 the Hotel and Restaurant were always open, personally managed by Francesco and Lalla De Sanctis, sons of Rinaldo.
The people who stayed there went fishing, hunting and went on walks to relax.
The hotel was at the center of the village, it was a meeting point where many people met on the veranda to enjoy the beautiful view of the lake.
In the entrance hall there was a bar with a juke box and music every night.
Below, there was the dance floor next to the lake.