Appia Antica - Casal Rotondo

Rome, Italy

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The site, which covers an area of approximate 110,000 m², is in the Appia Antica Archaeological Park, the most important road of ancient Rome, known as the 'Regina Viarum', which is visited by tourists from all over the world for its historical, archaeological and natural heritage.

The site consists of two areas crossed by Via di Casal Rotondo, used in the past for the extraction of basalt for railway activities. The quarries are now disused, although there are still some identifying signs of the previous mining activity; the area is now characterised by the typical geomorphological features of the Roman countryside. In the southern part there is an ancient farmhouse. The area is located in the central segment of the Appia Antica Archaeological Park, near the historic monument of Casal Rotondo and the Mausoleum of Pompey the Great and is highly accessible thanks to the presence of the Torricola railway station in the immediate vicinity, which allows connections to the centre of the capital in just 9 minutes. Moreover, the area is located close to the main road networks (Grande Raccordo Anulare, via Appia Nuova) and to Ciampino Airport, only 3.5 km away. 

The valorisation of this large area constitutes a unique opportunity for the Appia Antica Archaeological Park  to integrate and create new important sites and services related to tourism and events in the capital. The uniqueness of the site, with its environmental and historical-archaeological characteristics, represents a great design challenge to address with innovative solutions that respect the site’s context. 


Expected Land Use:

The redevelopment of the area aims at enhancing tourism and accessibility to the large Appia Antica Park system in its central portion, also considering future connections with the neighbouring Torricola railway station. The creation of new activities and attractive functions (e.g. agritourism, exhibitions, workshops, sports) will constitute the development of new services for tourism and cultural activities integrated with a system of paths and sustainable mobility, pursuing the objective of the Park Plan of restoring the territorial and landscape unity of the whole system. The services offered shall provide access to historical and environmental information and to the fruition of the Park.

Type of Property transfer intended:

Expressions of interest may be presented for the purchase or lease of the real estate property. Further information regarding the transfer of ownership of the site and/or its lease will be provided by the Property owner in the second phase of the competition.


Plot Area: The site has a total extension of 111,812 m2 and comprises two areas separated by the Casal Rotondo avenue:

  • north area 46,480 sqm: green and partly wooded area with a semi-flat surface. 
  • south area 65,332 sqm, a disused quarry, with an old farmhouse of approximately 200 sqm.

Site Ownership: The area is divided as follows according to the ownership:

  • 109,112 sqm owned by FS Sistemi Urbani s.r.l. (FSSU) - Gruppo Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane;
  • 2,700 square metres owned by Rete Ferroviaria Italiana S.p.A. (RFI) - Gruppo Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane; (hereinafter, jointly, the "Property owner").    

Deadline for the submission of the Expression of Interest: Tuesday 20 September 2022 - 2pm CET


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Viale del Casal Rotondo
Rome Italy