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, 3rd August 2021. For the next edition of MIDA – the 86th Florence International Crafts Fair (Fortezza da Basso, 23rd April – 1st May 2022), Firenze Fiera, together with Fondazione Architetti Firenze (Foundation of Florence Architects), in co-operation with the Florence Municipality, Giovanni Michelucci Foundation, the Architecture Department of the University of Florence, and with the support of the Scientific Committee of the Fair, is going to launch a national call to select 6 planning designers to create 6 objects to be produced by Tuscan artisan companies.

The aim is to make the International Crafts Fair a live opportunity to sign a pact of alliance and co-operation between artisans and designers by launching 6 flagship-projects made in MIDA, made specifically for the market to witness this process of redevelopment of the Fair, initiated by Firenze Fiera in these last years in partnership with the institutions and associations involved, and under the aegis of training, innovation, and high quality of handcrafted products.

The combination of the selected designers and the Tuscan manufacturers is set to generate a new project of co-operation and exchange of knowledge and know-how – an important element to try to envision and respond to the markets’ challenges of the post-pandemic era thanks to the new productions made in MIDA.

“The idea of the call was born two years ago – says Antonio Bugatti of the Fondazione Architetti Firenze, lead partner of the project and member of the Scientific Committee of the Fair – to offer our colleagues, designers and architects, an ‘assist’ to launch their own creativity, activating a healthy and stimulating competition on specific themes, and to design exclusive and unique objects with the brand MIDA, which will be exhibited during the next edition of the Fair”.

“Crafts, as well as fashion, have always been one of the  most representative ambassadors of the beauty of our country, said Lorenzo Becattini, President of Firenze Fiera, adding: “The call “Made in MIDA – L’artigianato che sarà” (Made in MIDA – Crafts of the Future) – which hopefully will see the participation of all the creatives fitting the requirements – represents an innovative pilot project for the artisan world and it will surely be one of the crown jewels of the 2022 edition. A special edition, marking a return to the live fair, under the aegis of creative genius and of the excellence of handicrafts”.

To find out more about the terms and conditions, and the rules to participate, please visit: https://mostrartigianato.it/made-in-mida-lartigianato-che-sara/


Florence, 27th July 2021. MAREDAMARE, the International Beachwear Show, held on July 24th-26th at Fortezza da basso, reached its 14th edition. The salon ended with an optimistic and confident spirit. There were presented more than 150 new collections for Summer 2022, half of them european.
“We are the first european beachwear show to go back in presence after the pandemic – says the President of the fair, Alessandro Legnaioli – and we encountered the clear exhibitor’s satisfaction in terms of productive meetings with customers and orders received, despite the inevitabile decrease of the figures. This year’s data highlights that a change is happening, a sort of evolution that offers no way out to those that stay behind. It needs to be said that beachwear and lingerie were the least affected sector by the pandemic and the market is optimistic and in good health. The showroom areas in the stands also worked well in allowing the brands to exhibit in detail their new collections to their customers, along with the speed- meeting formula (face-to-face meetings between buyers and exhibitors) and the open-air, entertaining fashion shows on Saturday and Sunday. Now, we are working on creating a system to export our format abroad”.


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”.



Florence, 17th June 2021. After an 18-month stop for physical fairs, the exhibition season in Florence restarts live with Pitti Immagine Dopo Filati (from 28th to 30th June 2021 at Stazione Leopolda), while Pitti Uomo no.100 and Pitti Bimbo no.93 will take place simultaneously from 30th June to 2nd July 2021 at the Fortezza da Basso.  This will be a special edition, supported by a cautious optimism, opening with a great desire for exhibitors and buyers to meet again live at the fair, hoping to regain a long-awaited normalcy.

315 menswear brands are expected to participate, with 84 of them coming from abroad, while Bimbo is set to host 74 brands, 20 of which are international. Around 7,000/8,000 buyers are expected to attend these events. Most of them will be Italian, but some will also come from various European markets, or from the United States and Russia.

The special guest will be South-African designer Thebe Magugu. A partnership with Assopellettieri will also debut at the Fortezza, presenting an installation to introduce Mipel Lab, the new fair scheduled for next September in Milan, along with Lineapelle.



Florence, 18th June 2021.  In 2024, Florence will be the ‘capital’ of wind energy. The Conference on the Science of Making Torque from Wind – TORQUE will take place in the renovated Palazzo degli Affari in Spring 2024 featuring around 500 participants. Promoted every two years by the European Academy of Wind Energy, the main European scientific conference on wind energy, the conference gathers experts from the academic and industrial world to discuss the latest findings and developments of basic and applied research on wind-derived renewable energy.

This initiative is the result of a joint activity between the Industrial Engineering Department of the University of Florence and Firenze Convention Bureau, with the institutional support of the Florence Municipality, the Region of Tuscany, and the commitment of Firenze Fiera.

“This event was already organised in Milan in 2018, but thanks to the enthusiasm and involvement of our team and of the professors from the University of Florence, we beat our competitors from Copenhagen”, said Federico Barraco, President of Destination Florence Convention & Visitors Bureau.

“This is another step forward to promote Florence as a privileged destination for scientific congresses – commented Cecilia Del Re, Councillor of Tourism, Exhibitions & Congresses for the Florence Municipality – to enhance the research field, support a strategic sector for the economy of our city and attract a different kind of tourism to our territory”.

“Once again – added Lorenzo Becattini, President of Firenze Fiera – our teamwork was acknowledged, along with the know-how of beauty, art, culture and Florence’s sense of hospitality, which helped us achieve this important goal”.



Florence, 10th June 2021. Tomorrow – Friday, 11th June – will mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Vittoria Galli (11th June 1871) who, in 1931 went to live in their elegant estate – today home of Palazzo dei Congressi – which takes its name from her, along with her husband Alessandro Contini Bonacossi, eclectic collector and cosmopolitan patron of the arts.

Extroverted and convivial, Donna Vittoria helped her husband acquire their works of art, contributing to the creation of one of the richest and most prestigious collections of 20th century, with masterpieces by great past masters such as Sandro Botticelli, Piero della Francesca, Raphael, Della Robbias, Titian, Tintoretto, Paolo Veronese and contemporary artists including De Chirico, Carrà, Sironi, Rosai, Armando Spadini, Primo Conti, Ardengo Soffici, Marino Marini, Achille Funi, Arturo Martini and Romano Romanelli.

To honour Vittoria Galli, Firenze Fiera and the Uffizi Gallery are organising an event culminating on 18th November 2021 with a study and conference day on “Villa Vittoria and its Masterpieces. The Story of Alessandro and Vittoria Contini Bonacossi” and, on the following days – from 19th to 21st November – with guided tours to the Contini Bonacossi Collection, hosted inside the Uffizi, and to the Monumental Halls of Villa Vittoria.

Welcomed also by the Contini Bonacossi family, who offered their full availability, this initiative will also give the opportunity to commemorate the 130th anniversary of the birth of Gio Ponti, famous architect and designer, born in Milan on 18th November 1891. Alessandro and Vittoria commissioned him the prestigious planning and designing part of the furniture of their apartment, located on the top floor, much of which is still preserved and can be admired inside the palace.

“Villa Vittoria – as noted by Federico Zeri in 1995 – was a masterpiece of Italian 20th-century furniture. Those desks, chairs, doors, and bookshelves – made by extremely skilled cabinet makers and bronze workers – opened my eyes on the exceptional quality of style and execution invention which distinguished Italian architecture and crafts between the late 1920s and the following decade”.

“We are extremely proud and happy to honour Vittoria Galli and Gio Ponti, who had the merit to add charm, culture and beauty to our spaces – said Lorenzo Becattini, President of Firenze Fiera.“The co-operation with the Uffizi Gallery follows the direction undertaken by the new Firenze Fiera governance, aiming at an increasing interaction between the city and its territory, promoting cultural events which ensure the continuity of the historical memory of our venues, and encouraging aggregation among the many different institutional, economic and cultural organizations, to create an increasingly vibrant and challenging debate”. 

“Once again, the Uffizi Gallery goes beyond its museum walls – added Director Eike Schmidt. “These initiatives to celebrate Gio Ponti and Vittoria Galli Contini give us the opportunity to shed a spotlight on this great woman from the past and on Italian design within the world of arts”.


Florence, 10th May 2021. The 26th CONGRESS OF FADOI (Italian Federation of Associations of Hospital Doctors on Internal Medicine) – the scientific society bringing together Italian hospital doctors on internal medicine, who have been on the front line for over one year to assist COVID-19 patients – will take place at Palazzo dei Congressi from Saturday 2nd to Tuesday 5th October 2021. For FADOI, one of the most important scientific societies of our country, this is a return, since its Congress had already taken place inside the Florence congress and exhibition center in 2019, when there was no medical emergency, bringing over 2,000 representatives to Florence.  In October 2021, instead, participants will be 400 and will come from all over Italy. Their number was necessarily reduced in order to respect anti-contagion security protocols.

This is an important sign of restart for the congress and exhibition sector, coming alive and ‘live’ again, and for the city of Florence, which won over other cities which applied to host the event thanks to a series of organisational advantages – first and foremost for being able to offer an attractive ad convincing proposal in just 48 hours, both for its conference spaces inside Villa Vittoria, and for hotel accommodation, thanks also to a teamwork implemented by Firenze Fiera, Firenze Convention Bureau, the agency Planning Congressi in Bologna and hoteliers in these last months.