Como – Former Prison “S. Donnino”

Property complex, the former San Donnino prison, located in the old centre of Como. The building, which the Ministry of Environmental and Cultural Heritage has listed as subject to restrictions, may be conservatively restored and converted for residential, commercial and tourism-accommodation uses.

Via Giovio, 50 - 52 - Como (CO)


Property type
Commercial, Residential, Hotel and leisure
Total GIA (m²)
Total GLA
Year of construction
19th century
State of maintenance and repair
To be refurbished
Occupation status
Risk profile

The building in the city’s old centre is listed as artistic and monumental heritage and is subject to restrictions. Built in the 19th century, it consists of two cube-shaped structures split over three and four floors above ground, connected to a wing extending along the main facade overlooking via Govio, hardly visible from the street due to the presence of a high boundary wall. The property, currently in a poor state of repair, extends over a total surface area of 1,715 sq m and due to its central location is ideal for development by conversion to a tourism-accommodation facility or private homes.

Located at the heart of the old town centre, in a zone that is both residential and commercial/touristic/used for accommodation.

Easy to reach both by road and using public transport. Within walking distance of Como’s San Giovanni Station.

The property complex is in the old centre of Como (84,687 inhabitants), capital of the province of the same name (599,905 inhabitants), the 5th largest city in the Lombardy region by resident population. The location is 550 m from the city’s Cathedral. The zone, which is very popular with tourists due to its proximity to the lakeside, an 850 m walk away, has good vehicular accessibility and is well served by public transport and by Como’s San Giovanni Station, 1.2 km from the property.












Ground floor
668 m²
First floor
470 m²
Second floor
404 m²
Third floor
173 m²


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Como – Former Prison “S. Donnino” Floorplan