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Let’s celebrate our 30th anniversary!

Centro Vela Residence - 30 years of hospitality on Lake Garda!

This year we are celebrating thirty years of activity here at Centro Vela Residence. We, the Zanoni family, launched our accommodation business in 1992 – but our experience in hospitality began much earlier, in Vienna in the Seventies. To celebrate this anniversary, we want to retrace with you our long journey full of passion for tourism, taking shape today in the Smart Residence that you all know.


The Zanoni&Zanoni ice cream parlor in Vienna

The story we want to share with you begins in Riva del Garda, takes us to Austria, and then back to the lake – a successful experience that is renewed year after year, day after day. In 1944, Luciano Zanoni, the forefather of the family that manages the Centro Vela Residence, was born in Riva del Garda.

In the Seventies, Luciano moved to Vienna and began to successfully produce artisanal ice cream. Nowadays, Zanoni&Zanoni is still the reference point for quality ice cream lovers in the historic center of the Austrian capital.


Our restaurant in Porto San Nicolò

However, Luciano was very attached to his homeland, Trentino. For this reason, once the Viennese business was well established, he decided to take his experience back to Lake Garda. In 1990, he took over the ground floor of a newly constructed building in Riva del Garda, right in front of Porto San Nicolò.

Together with his wife Emilia and their children Claudio, Mauro and Tomas, he opened a restaurant/pizzeria/ice cream parlor, popular for many years with tourists and locals who used it as a meeting point. This adventure lasted until 2006, when the Zanoni family handed over restaurant management, while maintaining ownership.


Centro Vela Residence, in the past

Let’s travel back in time to 1992. Two years after the inauguration of the restaurant, Residence Centro Vela was opened – a very modern accommodation facility with a strong vocation for nautical tourism, overlooking Lake Garda.

As our name reveals, the proximity to Porto San Nicolò, the largest on the Trentino side of the lake, as well as the many services dedicated to sailing enthusiasts, soon made us a reference point for those who love to sail on the waters of our lake.

famiglia zanoni
porto san nicolò riva del garda
diego romero

Centro Vela Residence, today

Thirty years have passed since then. Over time, Centro Vela Residence has been able to transform itself to meet the demands of tourists that increasingly look for quality, space, and sustainability. For example, in 2013 we went through a renovation that gave a new look and new comfort to our structure. Now, Centro Vela Residence is being run by the new generation, with Tomas overseeing all operations. Centro Vela Residence is a real Smart Residence on Lake Garda, where everything wants to be comfortable and friendly, but there’s more – we’re suited to active tourism, and pay close attention to the environment.

It’s a great place to relax and discover the area and the beautiful waters of Lake Garda! We are both the destination of choice for current sailing champions such as Tom Slingsby, Iker Martinez, Tom Burton, Diego Romero Paschetta (just to name a few – read the interviews on our Blog), and future emerging sailors. Young athletes from all over the world train here – specifically, Slovenians, Austrians, Swiss, and of course the Italian national team. In this regard, we had the honor of following Marco Gradoni’s sporting development, a journey that led him to win 3 consecutive world titles and the award for the best sailor of the year in 2019.


Let’s celebrate this anniversary together!

Anniversaries must be celebrated. For this reason, to celebrate our (first) thirty years we have many surprises planned.

Let’s start with an “Anniversary Package”, that will allow many of you to experience the quality of our hospitality. But this is not all! To celebrate our three-decade relationship, Fraglia Vela Riva, the historic, highly awarded Riva del Garda sailing club, will dedicate a trophy to the Residence Centro Vela in the coming months. In short, we want this birthday to be special not only for us, but also for our guests and for the whole Garda Trentino community.


We’ll be waiting for you!

Zanoni Family and Residence Centro Vela Team


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