1913-2013. The Palazzo is celebrating a hundred years!
At Fiuggi everything is born from water, the source that since the Middle Ages was known for its ability to "break stones" and that cured the illness of Pope Boniface VIII and Michelangelo.
The birth and development of one of the most famous Italian "villes d'eaux" is closely linked to the history of the Grand Hotel Palazzo della Fonte.
Majestic, elegant, unique in its liberty style, the hotel was built to be the most elegant and modern in Europe. After opening in 1913, it became the most fashionable meeting place for the high society as well as a favourite destination for the European aristocracy. In 1914, the King of Italy Vittorio Emanuele III along with the royal family chose the Palazzo as a summer residence.
After the First World War and during the 1930s the hotel reached its maximum splendour. In 1936, it was equipped with the first private swimming pool of Europe and in its sumptuous sitting rooms tables of roulette, baccarat , and chemin de fer were set up. During this time, the Palazzo consolidated its reputation of true royal residence, frequented by the high society of the period. Giovanni Giolitti, Pablo Picasso, Luigi Pirandello, Gabriele D'Annunzio, Guglielmo Marconi, Eleonora Duse, Caruso, Caroll Baker, and Titta Ruffo were among the most affectionate guests.
During the Second World War, the Palazzo served as the hospital of the Red Cross. Shortly after, the hotel hosted the headquarters of the Allied Powers for the entire period of their occupation.
Returned to the prestigious clients, between 1946 and 1960, the Palazzo became the summer residence of the country's ruling class, as well as a haven of relaxation for many health-conscious personalities of the entertainment world, including Vittorio De Sica, Eduardo De Filippo, Totò, Roberto Rossellini, Ingrid Bergman, and many others. In the same years, the Palazzo gave birth to legendary career of the world-renowned chef Luigi Carnacina.
In 1988 the international hotel group Forte returned the palace to its ancient splendour, with a massive renovation that lasted more than two years.
The original Art Nouveau frescoes of the façade, the harmonious elegance of the rooms, and the charming setting of the pool were restored and today the Palazzo lives its best season.
In 2008, the Palazzo was recognised by the Italian Ministry of Heritage and Culture as a "palace worthy of protection and conservation as an important example of Italian hotels and spa tourism business as well as the architecture of the early twentieth century where the Art Nouveau style, in all its environments, gives the building a unique architectural value."