The building complex, a former military warehouse, is composed of a land plot of about 4,000 sqm on which two structures are built: a former recreational centre, originally used as army canteen, and a kiosk with appurtenant external area. The property, subject to restrictions set forth by the Ministry of Culture, is located in the Municipality of Pizzighettone, in the Province of Cremona, and boasts one of the most well-preserved fortified hamlets of northern Italy.
The property (former recreational centre) is composed of a free-standing building with two separate entrances, divided into two large halls, two office spaces and other ancillary rooms. Originally, the property was used as army canteen and boasts a bowling green and a planted area outside; moreover, another structure used as kiosk is present, with relevant appurtenant external area. The property, in average maintenance state, was declared of cultural interest pursuant to Art. 10, par. 1 of Legislative Decree no. 42/2004 via Decree of 09 July 2012. Following the Ministry of Culture authorisation no. 17261 of 12 December 2022 related to the “Valore Paese Italia – Hikes and Itineraries”, the permitted uses include soft mobility and sustainable tourism and, more specifically: tourist accommodation and refreshment activities, training activities, equipped open areas and spaces, neighbourhood commercial activities, operational and leisure activities, bicycle and cycle-taxi services, bicycle station, tourist promotion office and info-points, health care services. On a higher level, the area hosting the “La Conchiglia” kiosk can be found, which derives its name from the shell-like structure of the stage for the dance hall, present to this day.
The asset is located in the Municipality of Pizzighettone (population 6,273), right between the Provinces of Cremona and Lodi, within the Adda Sud Park. The fortified hamlet boasts to this day one of the most well-preserved city walls in Lombardy and one of the most significant of northern Italy in terms of history and architecture. The property, built near the cycleway connecting Venice to Turin (Ciclovia Ven-to), is also included in various trails that begin from or end in Pizzighettone: