Our history is fairly recent, but we couldn’t establish an exact date for the construction of the hotel.
Following research carried out in the notary archives and the conservatory of the Como real estate registers, we can however say that the construction period was between 1865 (Deed of Purchase) and 1875.
The period in which the piers for sailing on the lake were built on the prosperous banks near the hotel (1841-1873).
The farsighted founder of the Risi hotel was Risi Giovanni (1825-1897), who was born in Bogno, Switzerland, probably of an Italian father, was said to follow the profession of a “stagnino” – the same occupation as his father – making copper pots and ladles.
Most likely, the hotel activity was started as a tavern and, transformed later; we discovered the first time the Hotel Risi was mentioned in the tourist guides, along with three other historical hotels, was 1890 (in Guigoni – a general guide of the sub-alpine lakes and of Brianza).
Risi Giovanni had three daughters, Carolina, Amali and Teresa and, in 1897, at the age of 72, he died in Colico. On the death certificate, his occupation was recorded as a hotelier.
The hotel building passed to the two daughters Teresa, unmarried, and Amalia, who was married to De Bernardi Martino (Carolina died in the same year of birth 1875); from the union of Risi Amalia with De Bernardi Martino, four children were born: Fortunato, Egidio, Pierina and Carolina.