The Asilo Principessa di Piemonte is an art nouveau building in Chieti. Built as a kindergarten in the 1920s, during World War II it was used as a prison. At present, it is the seat of AVIS, a blood donation center.
Asilo Principessa di Piemonte Chieti
Address: Via Principessa di Piemonte – Chieti. Phone (AVIS): +39 0871 344806.
History and description
The Asilo Principessa di Piemonte was constructed in the 1920s and is located in the street of the same name. The construction of this kindergarten was paid for by the aristocracy of the city of Chieti.
The building itself is constructed in a style Italians call “Liberty”, and everyone else art-nouveau.
During World War II, 200 Jewish people and political prisoners were held in the building. Later, they were moved to the Caserma Rebeggiani (Chieti Scalo).
The kindergarten was run by a Sisterhood called Ancelle dell’Incarnazione. When the nuns were transferred, the complex was abandoned. As a result, the building suffered and at the moment only the ground floor is being used.