Florence, 19th November 2021. The final project to build the Bellavista Pavilion was approved, providing the Fortezza da Basso with a new congress room offering over 2,500 seats, along with an exhibition hall, a system of external pathways, hanging gardens, terraces, and green covers to maximise functionality and monumental renovation.

The new Pavilion will be built within the area located between the Opificio delle Pietre Dure (literally, the Workshop of Semi-Precious Stones), the former Machiavelli High School and the Arsenale Pavilion. This area is currently occupied by the former Florence Court warehouse and by the temporary Rastriglia Pavilion, which are going to be demolished.

This project includes the construction of a ground floor entirely devoted to congress and exhibition activities, a basement mostly reserved for catering, storage, and sanitary facilities, and a first floor reserved for installations, facilities and to access the outer cover consisting of gardens, terraces, and external pathways.

“Thanks to a joint work, we managed to unlock a fundamental work to reach a great shared goal for the benefit of the city”, said Florence Mayor Dario Nardella.

“The approval of the final project for the Bellavista Pavilion, featuring architectural solutions created to optimise its management and maintenance – stated Firenze Fiera’s President Lorenzo Becattini – represents an important step to enhance the offer of our congress and exhibition center, as well as a key advantage for the city of Florence to present future bids for great international congresses”.



Florence, 17th November 2021.  The Convention Vittoria Contini Bonacossi, Gio Ponti e un “capolavoro dell’arredamento italiano del Novecento” (Vittoria Contini Bonacossi, Gio Ponti and a “Masterpiece of Italian Furniture of 20th Century”) will open tomorrow at 16:00 inside the Sala Verde (Green Room), located on the second floor of the Villa. This event is promoted and organised by Firenze Fiera, the Uffizi Gallery, and the State Archives of Florence (in partnership with the Archives for Women’s Memory & Writing, the Contini Bonacossi-Papi family and the Association Città Nascosta), to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Vittoria Contini Bonacossi and the 130th anniversary of the birth of Gio Ponti, who designed the new furnishings at Villa Vittoria.  Lorenzo Becattini, President of Firenze Fiera, will do the honours. Continue reading Oltre 1300 candidati in Fortezza per la prova di ammissione ai corsi di laurea in Medicina e chirurgia odontoiatrica e protesi dentaria


Florence, 15th October 2021. Yesterday afternoon, inside the Salone dei Cinquecento in Palazzo Vecchio, the fifth edition of the Florence Ambassador Award took place – an award programme promoted by the Florence Municipality, Destination Florence Convention & Visitors Bureau, Firenze Fiera, and the Chamber of Commerce of Florence, acknowledging academic, cultural, and professional figures who helped to promote the image and the centrality of Florence in the events and meeting industry.

On behalf of Firenze Fiera, this prestigious award was presented to Francesco Prati, President of Centro per la lotta contro l’infarto (Heart Attack Centre – NPO) for the congress “Conoscere e curare il cuore” (Preventing & Treating Your Heart Condition); Anna Paola Concia, Coordinator of the Organising Committee of Didacta Italy Fair; Sergio Serni and Vincenzo Li Marzi, Co-Presidents of the SIUD Congress (Italian Society of Urodynamics); Federico Chiesi, President of Sicrea and Mauro Grassi, Director of Earth Technology Expo; Andrea Riccardo Genazzani, President of the ISGE Congress (International Society of Gynaecological Endocrinology), scheduled for May 2022.

All the 33 award-winners received a special gift from Firenze Fiera – a copy of “Dante scopre l’Europa. La geografia europea nella Commedia” (Dante Discovers Europe. European Geography in the Divine Comedy), a book ideated by our President Lorenzo Becattini, with a preface by David Sassoli, President of the European Parliament, and created by Firenze Fiera for the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante Alighieri.

“Firenze has always been the capital of knowledge, training, and savoir-faire; and it has a natural vocation for the congress sector – stated Firenze Fiera’s President Lorenzo Becattini –, as witnessed by the 11 international congresses secured by the city between these last months until 2027, thanks to an excellent teamwork carried out by Firenze Convention Bureau and Firenze Fiera with local industries. I would like to thank the Convention Bureau and all the Ambassadors for all they have done and will do to bring up the name of Florence all over the world as the city of culture and innovation”.


Florence, 1st October 2021. The 26th CONGRESS OF FADOI (the Federation of the Associations of Internist Hospital Managers) will take place at Palazzo dei Congressi from Saturday, 2nd to Monday, 4th October 2021. This scientific society gathers the Italian internist hospital managers, who have been on the front line to assist Covid-19 patients for over one year.

On the first day (Saturday, 2nd October), the opening ceremony will feature a video keynote address by Anthony Fauci, medical expert of the White House, who received the Fadoi Internal Medicine Research Award 2021 at the Italian Embassy in Washington two weeks ago. During the event, His Eminence Cardinal Giuseppe Betori, Archbishop of Florence, and Dario Nardella, Mayor of Florence, will bring their special greetings. The event will also feature a video message from Italian Ministry of Health Roberto Speranza.

It is a return, since the Congress of FADOI, one of the most important scientific societies in our country, had already been held inside the Florence congress and exhibition center in 2019. At that time, there was not any health emergency, and the congress brought over 2,000 representatives to the city.  This time, participants will be 450 – a necessarily lower number to respect anti-contagion safety protocols – coming from all over Italy.

This congress represents an important sign of restart and recovery for the congress sector, going “live” again, and for Florence, which managed to win over other cities’ bids thanks to a series of organisational advantages. First and foremost, because in just 48 hours Florence was able to provide an attractive and convincing proposal both for its congress spaces, inside Villa Vittoria, and for hotel accommodation, thanks to an excellent teamwork carried out by Firenze Fiera, Firenze Convention Bureau, the Agency Planning Congressi in Bologna, and the hoteliers.



Florence, 30th September 2021. Tomorrow (October 1st, 2021), at 17:30, a presentation of the book DANTE SCOPRE l’EUROPA. La geografia europea nella Divina Commedia (DANTE DISCOVERS EUROPE. European Geography in the Divine Comedy) will take place inside the Sala dei Gigli at Palazzo Vecchio by invitation. This work received the high patronage of the European Parliament and represents Firenze Fiera’s tribute to celebrate the 700th anniversary of Dante Alighieri’s death.

For the presentation, Lorenzo Becattini invited Florence Mayor Dario NardellaEugenio Giani, President of the Region of Tuscany, Paola Allegretti, a renowned Dante expert and the scientific coordinator of this book, and Marie-France Merger and Rodney Lokaj, translators of the book.

The book relies on an elegant editorial format, featuring precious colour illustrations of texts ad illuminated manuscripts and a foreword by David Sassoli, President of the European Parliament.

This editorial project was ideated by Lorenzo Becattini and coordinated by Paola Laurella and was also created thanks to the support of Quarkomp Srl and to a precious collaboration with important cultural institutions such as the Vatican Library, the National Central Library in Florence, the British Library in London, the Palatina Library in Parma, and the Municipal Historical Archives and Trivulziana Library in Milan.

“DANTE SCOPRE L’EUROPA is a book that still had not been written within the immense Dante’s bibliography, says Paola Allegretti, adding: “It is an illustrated collection, commented in three languages – Italian, French and English – of all those Divine Comedy’s verses in which Dante talks about places of the European geography. The journey of the reader goes from paradise to hell, as Dante’s gaze on Europe changes according to his purification”.

“This book – said President Becattini – is the first step towards a new strategic vision of society, seeing culture as a key driver for the local economy”.


Florence, 21st September 2021 – A new successful result for Florence in the congress sector – the Tuscan capital secured another prestigious international medical congress: the European Congress of Immunology (ECI EFIS), taking place from 5th to 8th September 2027. It will be the eighth edition of this triennial event promoted by the European Federation of Immunological Societies (EFIS). It is one of the most important world conferences in the field of basic and clinical immunology, with each edition bringing an average of over 3,000 participants – in the pre-Covid period – to the organizing city.

The important teamwork carried out by OIC Group, Firenze Convention Bureau, Firenze Fiera, and the Florence Municipality to win this congress was repaid by the fact that Florence’s bid was the most voted by the representatives of the European Immunological Societies, receiving 25 votes versus 9 for Madrid, in a competition which also saw the participation of Geneva and Krakow. Florence thus became the first Italian city to host the ECI EFIS, which was previously held in Paris (2006), Berlin (2009), Glasgow (2012), Vienna (2015), Amsterdam (2018), Belgrade (2021, in virtual mode), and which will take place in Dublin in 2024.

“We managed to bring the 2027 edition of ECI EFIS to Florence – said Federico Barraco, President of Destination Florence Convention & Visitors Bureau – thanks to a great teamwork between public and private. Thanks to this work, we are now winning many congresses, and the success related to ECI EFIS is one of our best results, given the importance of this conference at a European and global level. An importance which now seems even more evident, given the prominent role of immunology in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. Once again, this confirms what we have been saying for a long time – in Florence, we operate as a real system, and you can see the results. This way of co-operation must be definitely continued for the future”.

“We are so happy we were able to bring such a great event to Florence – says Nicola Testai, CEO at OIC. Success came from the synergy of all the actors and thanks to OIC’s networking, which is Core PCO of SIICA and ECI EFIS, and which will organise the next congress in Dublin in 2024, in addition – of course – to the Florence congress in 2027”.

“Acquiring this important world congress, to be held at the Fortezza da Basso in September 2027 – says Lorenzo Becattini, President of Firenze Fiera – implies a support to welcome representatives, competitive rates for hotels, catering and transfer services, a support to communication before, during and after the event, along with a financial contribution to reinvest in the city supply chain. It is an important achievement for the whole Florence meeting industry sector, joining the long list of prestigious international events which took place inside our venues, and which will soon be able to benefit also from the new Palazzo degli Affari, renovated in a contemporary and eco-sustainable style”.

“This new important result comes from a programming work and from the relaunch of a sector that never really stopped – said Cecilia Del Re, Councillor for Exhibitions, Congresses and Tourism for the Florence City Council– and which now allows us to encourage the post-Covid restart of the congress sector in Florence. After the halt imposed to our sector and the difficulties experienced by so many companies, securing this kind of events is crucial not only for companies and the induced, but it is also as a key element to fight “hit and run” tourism, making it possible for Florence to welcome visitors who spend more time and pay more attention to our city. The congress world will continue to exist also in the digital era, after surviving the pandemic, because it is the result of meetings, discussions and of a human exchange that will never fail to be effective every time we talk about crucial and important themes, which we are pleased to host in Florence”.


Florence, 2nd September 2021. In compliance with the Italian government decisions, the Green Pass will also be compulsory from 1st September 2021 to access Firenze Fiera’s center during exhibitions, events, and congresses.

The Green Pass thus complements “Safe Firenze Fiera”, the regulatory and organisational safety protocol launched last June to restart live events, along with the new and updated guidelines on preventing Covid-19.

All accesses to events scheduled to take place inside the Florence congress and exhibition center will only be permitted with a Green Pass – confirming vaccination, or a proof of recovery from Covid-19, or the negative result of a slab testing carried out, over the preceding 48 hours, by authorized medical centres and institutes -, face masks and body temperature control.

Those coming from non-EU countries will have to show a vaccination certificate confirming the type of vaccine, necessarily approved by EMA.

The first scheduled events which will require an active control of Green Pass are the 13th Experts Live CTO, organised by the Italian Society of Interventional Cardiology and taking place at Palazzo dei Congressi from 17th to 18th September 2021 in co-operation with GISE CTO Meeting, and Florence Trend, the Home Décor and Gifts Fair, to be held at the Fortezza da Basso from 18th to 20th September.

“Even congress and exhibition centers have to live up to their clients, who never stopped producing and constantly innovating”, said Lorenzo Becattini, President of Firenze Fiera. Becattini then added: “This is why protecting the health of organisers, visitors and buyers is our main goal. We want to make sure that everyone is completely safe and comfortable when organising their own event and business, and that people can meet again in safe and Covid-free spaces”.


 Over 1,300 Candidates at the Fortezza da Basso for the Admission Test to Access Degree Courses in Medicine & Surgery, Dentistry & Dental Prosthesislorence, 3rd September 2021. The admission test to access degree courses in Medicine & Surgery, Dentistry & Dental Prosthesis of the University of Florence took place today at the Fortezza da Basso. To restrict movements within the national and regional territory, in accordance with the ministerial guidelines, the Unifi selection saw the participation of candidates living in the provinces of Florence, Prato and Pistoia, regardless of the location of the degree course chosen. Participants were 1,329 in total, compared with 1,417 applications received.

The places available at the Florence Athenaeum are 398 for Medicine and Surgery, and 35 for Dentistry and Dental Prosthesis.

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Florence, 8th July 2021. This morning, the 23rd National Congress of Magistratura Democratica was presented to the press. The Congress will take place at Palazzo dei Congressi from Friday, 9th July, to Sunday, 11th July 2021. After a short welcoming speech by Lorenzo Becattini, President of Firenze Fiera, Mariarosaria Guglielmi, Secretary-General of MD, and Filippo Focardi from the Secretariat of the Tuscan section of MD.

The main theme of the Congress, called “Magistrati e polis – Questione democratica, questione morale” (Magistrates and the Polis – A Democratic Issue, a Moral Issue), will be the relationship between judges and the city, and between magistrates, jurisdiction and the constitution of democracy. Participants will discuss guarantees and the protection of civil liberties, rights, representation, with a look over national borders, on the future of Europe and on its inclusive perspective at a time when the effects of pandemic de-socialisation become more apparent in an increasingly dramatic way. The democratic issue is complemented by the moral issue and its declination within the relationship between institutions of the autonomous government and the formation of associations.

The various themes discussed will also include justice reforms, analysing the existing and project proposals.

During the three days and during the various working sessions, debate will be public, transparent, and participatory thanks to society actors who get to meet the real needs of people every day.



Florence, 1st July 2021. The 16th edition of the annual congress of the Open-Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) – a non-profit organisation supporting and promoting the collaborative development of free and open-source geographic technologies and of open geospatial data. Around one thousand people are going to participate in this international congress, taking place for the first time in Italy.

The annual FOSS4G congress deals with subjects which have recently become extremely interesting and topical, and which had been carried out by the Italian community GFOSS.it since before 2000. Next year, this international convention will finally make its debut in Italy, in Florence, thanks to a precious teamwork brought forward by Firenze Convention Bureau, Firenze Fiera, and AIM Group International, along with GFOSS.it Association, the Italian Chapter of OSGeo, and thanks to the support of the Engineering Department of the University of Florence. The procedures for carrying out the congress (totally live, in hybrid mode, or online) will be decided according to the evolution of the world health emergency and to the possible restrictive measures which might be gradually required by authorities. Bringing the annual OSGeo congress in Florence was possible thanks to a business development activity carried out by Firenze Convention Bureau, which started to work on the bid over two years ago along with Firenze Fiera and AIM Group International, and which had to present no less than three versions of the project, according to the procedures for carrying out the congress – live, hybrid or totally virtual.

“The organising committee, which I represent, is extremely satisfied with the results achieved – a payback for all the efforts we made in these last years” said Luca Delucchi, FOSS4G 2022 Chairman. “This is a present we wish to offer to all our Italian community, which has always been very active in helping spread free geographic software. We are happy that the Florence bid and the co-operation with the other actors of the city such as Firenze Convention Bureau, Firenze Fiera, AIM Group International and the University of Florence, allowed us to prepare a winning proposal and to finally be able to bring this prestigious event to Italy. Now, we have to roll up our sleeves and work hard to best organise this conference and all its related activities. We are confident that the 2022 congress experience will be surely a memorable one”.