The Hotel Continentale is the only remaining hotel on Via San Nicolò. This dignified building, located at no. 25 (cadastral registry 705) Via San Nicolò, was designed by architect Giovanni Righetti and built between 1875 and 1880. The hotel replaced an old building owned by a number of Jewish families, with the Guetta family apparently being the final owner.
As for the hotel, by 1905 a restaurant, the Berger, already occupied the ground floor. This restaurant was owned or managed by Luigi Toniatto (written Toniato), who later opened the hotel giving it his own name. The name remained unchanged until World War I (or slightly before), at which point it became Continentale. Beginning in this period, the restaurant was run by Carlo Zanon, probably until the end of World War II. The hotel building, on the corner of Via San Nicolò and Via San Spiridione (in the heart of the city centre), is four stories high, has second-floor balconies (two on each side) and features large windows on the corners. The double lancet windows opening onto the balconies are surmounted by exquisite medallions with graceful figural busts depicted in profile. During the period immediately following World War II, the hotel hosted eminent figures, including the future Chairman of Assicurazioni Generali Enrico Randone, Chief Rabbi Elio Toaff, the famous radio host Nunzio Filogamo and many others. These illustrious names only added to the fame that the hotel had acquired during so many years of honourable service.
From the book by: Pietro Covre
L'antica via San Nicolò (The old Via San Nicolò)
Published by: Il Ramo D'Oro