Real estate complex of great historical and architectural value, former branch of the Banca d'Italia banking company, situated in the historical centre of Imperia, with main entrance in the pedestrian area of Via Felice Cascione. The large-sized property is embellished by a gorgeous garden.
The free-standing real estate property (a former branch of Banca d’Italia’s banking company) was built in the first half of the 19th century and it was later renovated and redeveloped until its latest -and current- state, which was completed in the 50s. Despite having been heavily renovated in the 50s, the building is still characterised by the architectural features of the Fascist era such as the elementary volume, the block plan, the basement’s outline on the façade, the window frames and the overhanging cornice. The side and rear elevation designs, on the other hand, are more elementary and modest. The building is laid out onto three aboveground floors, one basement and a partially habitable roof void, with a gorgeous 1,000 sqm garden in the back. The basement hosts the loading/unloading area and the archives, while the raised ground floor was used for operational purposes and boasts a clearing room, a public hall and the office of the deputy general manager; the first floor hosts the general manager office, the administrative office, the library and the guardian’s accommodation, while the second floor hosts the board meetings’ room, the deputy general manager’, general manager’ and substitute guardian’ service accommodations. The roof void was used as an after-work activities centre as well as for other service purposes. At the end of the 70s, a large part of the roof void was transformed into a Social and Cultural Assistance Centre. Both the property and the appurtenant garden are subject to a restrictive historical and artistic clause pursuant to Legislative Decree no. 42/2004.
The free-standing property is located in the central part of Imperia, a Provincial Capital of Liguria, in the historical neighbourhood of Porto Maurizio and, more specifically, in Via Felice Cascione, 39. The property, a former branch of Banca d’Italia, is located in the pedestrian area of Via Cascione and it can be easily reached by the parking areas of Piazza Duomo, Piazza Mameli and Piazza Ranieri. The large appurtenant garden is planted with tall trees and it separates the building from Borgo Parasio’s hill (with a panoramic view of the city and the sea) and from the adjoining Police Headquarters. Some of the main historical and monumental POIs of the city can be found in its vicinity: the Basilica di San Maurizio, Palazzo Strafforello, Borgo Parasio, Palazzo Pagliari, Palazzo Littardi and Palazzo Gandolfo. The area is well-connected with the public transport network of the city, and some urban bus lines stop in the immediate vicinity of the property. The railway station is 4 km away from the building (10 minutes on foot) and ensures a connection with Genoa, Milan, Rome, Savona and Ventimiglia. Genoa’s “Cristoforo Colombo” international airport is situated 113 km away from the city (90 minutes by car).