piazza ragusa squadre rome art italy romaRagusa Off is the new location born from the recovery of one of the most valuable properties of ATAC, the Transport Company of the Municipality of Rome. The former deposit in Piazza Ragusa had been abandoned for many years, but thanks to a contract with the company owning the property, Ninetynine Urban Value brought it back to its former glory.

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The Mayor of Rome, Virginia Raggi, in the middle

The construction of the building, started by the Società Trasporti Automobilistici in 1928, underwent several changes before reaching its actual state in 1955. After the Municipality of Rome acquired it was used by ATAC to store and work on their buses, until its closure in 2008. Since 2015, the deposit is bound by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities for its historical and artistic interest. Consisting of a single room of 6,000 square meters at street level and a basement of 5,000 square meters, with ceilings up to 9 meters high, driveway access and unique industrial archaeology features, it is a unique structure in the heart of Rome. Thanks to the preservation and enhancement intervention it carried out, Ninetynine Urban Value has returned this truly exceptional space to the public to enjoy it. Indeed, because of its dimensions and architectural features, Ragusa Off is now made suitable to host private events, fairs, festivals, exhibitions and much more, with the possibility of exploiting part or all of its surface according to needs.

During the inauguration, Rome mayor Virginia Raggi said: “Another area, which had become a symbol of abandonment over the years, has been recovered. From today the former deposit of Ragusa becomes a new meeting place for the district, available to those who live in the area. It performs a new function: from unused building it becomes a cultural and commercial point of reference. An urban renewal that also translates into full support for local entrepreneurship and new investments in the city.

Ilona Catani Scarlett

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