Real estate complex, known as the “convent and former prison of San Vito”, located in the heart of Agrigento, one of the most visited cities in Sicily due to the presence of the Archaeological park “Valle dei Templi”, Unesco site since 1997. The complex whose construction started in 1432 (Convent), was largened over time to respond to the needs of the uses that it was destined to. Thanks to its location, the property is well adaptable to be used for touristic-hotel or cultural and school activities.
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The property is made up of three buildings built in different periods, with three open air areas surrounded by high wall fencing realized for the transformation into prison. The central body that was an ancient convent but lost its original structure is made with reinforced walls of notable width and lofts with typical style and material of that period, while the covering of the central part has decoration in wood. Around it after the transformation in prison other buildings were realized and the perimeters were built with the last building in the 30s. To give value to the site it is possible to think of diverse scenarios tied to the touristic and cultural vocation and the possibility to create a pole dedicated to the development of the territory and the diffusion of the restoration culture and the recovery of the building in a modern style and with sustainability maintaining the traditions of the period in which it was built. It will be possible therefore to think of a destination of use of the following; scientific, cultural and creative, touristic and hotel and social and cultural. The property was declared of cultural interest by the Region of Sicily.
The property is situated in a central zone of the municipality of Agrigento, city founded in 580 B.C. (59,645 inhabitants), chief administrative city of the Province with the same name (438,276 inhabitants) and 11th municipality of the Region of Sicily for residential population. Known as the Città dei Templi, for the presence of the temples of the ancient Greek city of Doria, situated in the same valley it is UNESCO site since 1997; the archaeological site amongst the largest in the world is annually visited by 600,000 visitors, along a historic and touristic itinerary in the entire Region. The complex is along the Via San Vito, in an urban context with building of the 20th century, offices, banks, hotels and historical places not far from the Sanctuary San Calogero, from the Regional Archaeological Museum of Agrigento and from Via Atenea, main commercial road of the city. The railway station that guarantees connections to the cities of Palermo and Caltanissetta, is 400 m away, while the Archaeological park “Valle dei Templi” is 3 km from the zone. The main road that connects the city of Agrigento to the other chief administrative centres is guaranteed by the roads SS-121, SS-189 and SS-640. The closest airports are Trapani (150 Km), Catania (160 Km) and Palermo (180 Km).