Hotel Bally Isola Varano - Foggia


It was on July 1, 1973 that Benito Ballarini and Franco Maresca formed the company that would become Hotel Bally. Since then, the operation of the hotel has been in the hands of two other companies: Sebastiano-Maresca (1982-1991) and Maresca-Sacco (1992-today).

The name Bally comes from the island of Bali. The first two partners found the name quite appropriate, since the hotel was also built on an island… Varano!

Franco Maresca born in Aosta on January 17, 1942, he left his home in Val d'Ayas at the age of 15 to start the career he had been dreaming of for quite some time. Starting in France, then Geneva, Zurich, and London, he went on to complete his foreign training with the Swedish American Lines cruise ships in 1965, landing in Latin America, the United States, Africa, and Asia. Traveling the world proved to be an irreplaceable experience for Franco. He quickly distinguished himself with his knowledge, enthusiasm, and willingness to learn, and was promoted to positions of higher importance. Franco returned to Italy in 1970 and "disembarked" in Puglia in 1972 where, with his friend and colleague Benito, brought to light their idea of constructing and organizing a hotel, which they ran together for 8 years. The only manager during the 1980, 1991, and 2001 seasons, Franco continues to run the hotel based on a cordial and responsible relationship with the client, so much so that the guests frequently and faithfully return year after year. It's because of this connection, and a good relationship between price and quality, that the hotel has lasted all these years, even when Gargano was less visited.