Hotel Fior was created in this context, taking advantage of the Fior family’s tendency towards hospitality. The hotel pays special attention to business guests, providing several spaces ideal for hosting large conferences or smaller corporate meetings. There is, among other things, a swimming pool and several tennis courts, in a garden of about 30,000 square metres. Genuine hospitality and quality service are the strengths that consistently characterise the hotel.
Hotel Fior is the result of the restoration of a sharecropper’s house that was built in the 19th century. Between 1988 and 1990, the old dwelling was restored and the current hotel was built, under the supervision of Enzo Bearzot, former technical commissioner of the Italian national football team, world champion in 1982. The inauguration of Hotel Fior was staged on 10 September 1990, when an edition of ‘L’atleta d’oro’ (The Golden Athlete) was held here, an initiative of Diadora that saw the participation of several personalities from the world of sport, such as the athlete Ben Johnson and the footballers Salvatore Schillaci and Roberto Baggio. It was the Fior brothers – Guglielmo, Giancarlo and Egidio – who decided to set up Hotel Fior, intent on expanding their tourist and gastronomic offerings. Since the 1950s, in fact, the Fior family had been running an established and historic restaurant in Castelfranco: Ristorante Rino Fior. So it was that around the mid-1980s the Fior family considered various locations, until they were struck by the old Avogadro residence, at the time surrounded by the Venetian countryside in an oasis of peace, yet located a short distance from the centre of Castelfranco.
The Fior family acquired the property of what originally a sharecroppers’ farmhouse on behalf of the noble feudal family of the Azzoni Avogadro of Treviso. Founders of many historic villas in the province.
After two years of renovation work, the Hotel Fior was finally inaugurated on 10 September 1990, Hotel Fior was finally inaugurated. An occasion so special as to be the venue and initiator of the Atleta d’oro’ broadcast live on the programme ‘Il Monday Process’.
In 2004, after 14 years of operation, the property acquired 13,000 surrounding area, resulting in a park worthy of its name with adjoining tennis courts and five-a-side football pitches. The idea was and will remain to create a green lung just outside the centre of Castelfranco Veneto.
The hotel, which has 42 rooms, 3 conference rooms and a restaurant with up to 400 seats is the venue for renowned corporate and private events.
Thus, he continued a tradition of hospitality that began in the middle of the last century thanks to Rino Fior and his wife Maria, exponents of a culinary tradition that continues to this day with successive generations. In those days, Rino owned a small carpentry shop, which engaged him in making furnishings for taverns and bars. Already at that time he loved cooking, and so in the company of his sisters he would organise receptions in farmers’ homes: a kind of catering ante litteram. With time, Rino realised that this passion could be turned into a job and a more stable activity, and so he took the decision to open a trattoria that he would run in collaboration with his wife.
Rino and Maria had four children, and from a young age they all worked to help their parents run the restaurant business. Rino passed away prematurely in the early 1970s, and his path in carpentry was followed by his eldest son, Giancarlo. The second son Guglielmo, on the other hand, devoted himself to the restaurant’s wine cellar, while the third – Roberto – went into the shoe and leather goods trade. Then it was Egidio’s turn to take the reins of the trattoria. Still today, together with Marisa, his partner for almost half a century, Egidio takes care of the restaurant, which has meanwhile been transformed into the Ristorante Rino Fior, frequented by personalities from show business, politics and sport.