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Posted: 14 October 2022

2022 calls are still open until 5 December 2022

Rome, 12 October 2022 – Big hotel groups, young entrepreneurs, small wineries, non-profit organisations and local cultural associations: the successful bidders for 2021 calls promoted by the State Property Office for the concession of State-owned properties to be redeveloped represent a cross-section of Italy’s entrepreneurship. The 9 properties located all around the country have been entrusted for a maximum of 50 years to private entities capable of ensuring their redevelopment, re-use and good management, thanks to the Valore Paese Italia project, a programme promoted by the State Property Office, the Italian Ministry of Culture, the Italian Government Tourist Board (ENIT) and Difesa Servizi S.p.A., in close collaboration with the other ministries and institutional partners involved. This initiative is aimed at redeveloping unused public properties, favouring new activities related to sustainable tourism, culture, sports, education, soft mobility and environmental conservation through the use of public-private partnership’s instruments.

In the “Gare e Aste” section of the State Property’s website ( 2022 calls for the concession of State-owned properties are still open: bids will be accepted until 12:00 of 5 December 2022. In addition to the calls, the supporting documents can be reviewed too, both in Italian and English: a Concession/rental Calls Guide, a Business Plan Guide, a Call Review as well as all assets’ presentation sheets.

The award of the calls published on December 2021 is complete. Among the various properties awarded, in Calabria, the splendid Palace of Princes Lanza di Trabia in San Nicola Arcella (CS) was awarded in concession to Cosenza’s Fabiano Hospitality S.r.l. (Best Western group), which submitted a renovation project that will respect the original structure while following re-use and eco-sustainability principles. The project provides for 5 suites, a dining area and the renovation and creation of a SPA, as well as various activities to promote the Calabrian territory with its art, its culture and its food and wine traditions.

In Liguria, Villa Lieta in Sanremo (IM) was awarded to the Società A.M. Costruzioni S.r.l., which submitted a tender for the redevelopment of the asset via two different final uses: the renovation and creation of two greenhouses, the Botanical Greenhouse (with botanical itineraries) and the Reading Greenhouse dedicated to meetings and cultural events. Moreover, the company will also cater for the renovation of the Annex Building, followed by the creation of a care structure for the elderly and the disabled, who, during their stay, will enjoy not only a part of the garden but also the socialising initiatives that will be organised in view of the asset’s tourist redevelopment.

In Friuli Venezia Giulia, the Former Ammunition Depot of Monte di Mezzo a Sagrado (GO) was awarded to the commercial farm Azienda Agricola Kante owned by Eddy Kante, a winery of Trieste that is planning to use the complex for both local wine tasting and the historical-tourist promotion of the territory. More specifically, the main building will be used as tourist hosting facilities throughout the year and, during the grape harvest, as accommodation for temporary workers; the galleries will be designated for the storage and ageing of wines in wooden barrels; the outdoor area will be used for events related the promotion of local products, while the many hectares of woods will be preserved for guided tours, hiking and mountain biking trails.

Again in Friuli Venezia Giulia, the Former Small Defensive Barracks of Monte Croce Carnico in Paluzza (UD), was awarded to the Association for the Study and Preservation of North-Eastern Fortifications (ASSFNE), a local historic association that has been operating on the territory and that is planning to use the property as a local history museum with guided tours. The spaces will be available to the public (with accesses also for disabled people) for events, school visits, book presentations, photographic exhibitions, historic recurrences and twinning activities with other local associations.

In Lombardy the former Church of San Christopher in Mantua was awarded to the “Associazione Amici di Palazzo Te e dei Musei Mantovani” cultural association, and its redevelopment and re-use project provides for the creation of a multifunctional space for exhibits and theatrical/musical/dance performances, as well as for promoting local cultural entrepreneurs sponsored by entities such as the Chamber of Commerce, the Municipality, the University, Schools, Libraries, Museums, etc.

The Building Unit of via Stenico in Cremona was awarded to an entrepreneur whose project provides for the redevelopment of the property without changing its original structure. The building unit will vary according to the needs of the tourist: it will be used both as one three-room apartment with two bathrooms or as two independent two-room apartments. The property will be managed in collaboration with local associations and businesses.

In Lazio the Former Customs House Torre di Badino located in Torre Badino, in the Municipality of Terracina (LT), was awarded to a young entrepreneur who is planning to redevelop and re-use the property in order to transform it into a place of meetings, sharing and information from which to innovate and interpret the entire territory, starting from the tower’s original sighting and defence functions. This project will enhance the tourist supply in the Region, allowing for the creation of an experiential holiday. The redevelopment will be aimed at recovering the original materials so as to preserve the history of the property.

In Campania, the Bastion Sperone in the Municipality of Capua (CA) was awarded to the company Capua Speciosa Srl, which presented a project called “The Gardens of Sperone-Capua’s Ingenious Gate”, based on the urban town-planning and architectural potential of the Bastion Sperone. The project provides for a series of new functions, such as: services for the discovery of the territory, sale of typical and local products, SPA and wellness centre, temporary exhibitions’ halls, military museum, hospitality, restaurants, arts and culture. All this, through the creation of an equipped orangery, the redevelopment of the existing properties, the implementation and creation of green-friendly facilities exploiting geothermal energy, the use of bio- and eco-compatible materials, the increase in the energy efficiency of the properties and the exploitation of the natural ventilation of the area so as to minimize the expenditure of mechanised energy.

Lastly, the Bastion Gran Maestrato of Saint Lazarus, also in the Municipality of Capua (CA), was awarded to the temporary consortium lead by the non-profit organisation Hakuna Matata. Its project provides for the creation of a high-quality food and beverage venue tied to local traditions and productions, as well as to a whole new range of functions, such as: cultural, social, creative, sports and environmental activities, as well as hospitality.


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