An international event devoted to the preservation and development of cultural heritage, to restoration, museums, education and technology, and to cultural and environmental tourism. The 6th edition of the Florence Art & Restoration Fair will take place at Palazzo dei Congressi from 16th to 18th May 2018. Since 2009, this fair has been representing the main event devoted to all professionals dealing with the development of the world cultural heritage. Continue reading The Art & Restoration Fair – Palazzo dei Congressi, May 16-18, 2018


The annual ECVO (European College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists) Congress is going to be held at Palazzo dei Congressi from 10th to 13th May 2018. During these three days, the most renowned specialists in veterinary ophthalmology – coming from all over Europe – will meet and discuss. Over 350 participants are expected to attend this event. Continue reading The European Congress of Veterinary Ophthalmologists – Palazzo dei Congressi, May 10-13, 2018


A magical atmosphere envelops Florence, involving all the creativity lovers. For three days, the Fortezza da Basso becomes an ideal location for all those who love to create, observe, learn, and spend some pleasant time surrounded by colours and materials, perfumes and toys and thousands of ideas for unique and special presents.

Selected exhibitors will show their best creativity research and will offer their experience through their advice, demonstrations and classes, letting your imagination and creativity inspire your hands.

Indulge in patchwork and quilting, textiles and yarns to be worked with fantasy, and in the enchanting art of découpage and shabby style to personalize your home with details coming directly from your emotions.

Bijoux to be made exclusively with quality components and suggestions designed to enhance and give more value to your appearance. Fabrics and buttons, paintings and brushes, needle and thread, weavings, glue and paper – tools to be used during this event to learn how to convey your own passion to your hands, to obtain creations which were probably trapped inside their idea stage and which are now ready to become reality.

This unmissable experience will surely make you aware of your creative and decorative potential and will envelop you in the magical atmosphere of Florence Creativity.

The Florence Creativity is the perfect event for all creativity lovers and stays in touch with its audience throughout the year, like friends sharing the same passion and creating while having fun.



A special and dynamic edition awaits visitors at the Fortezza da Basso from 21st April to 1st May 2018 for the 82nd International Handicrafts Trade Fair, the first Italian certified handicrafts fair, organised by Firenze Fiera in co-operation with the main institutions and industry associations. The international audiences particularly love this exhibition and place it among the ten most loved Italian Fairs abroad (source: AEFI).

A Fair fine-tuning different voices, an intriguing and colourful pinwheel of events, an exciting journey to the roots of creativity, an endless variety of handcrafted proposals, live demonstrations, like tiles of a mosaic constantly moved by the over 800 exhibitors coming from all over Italy and from around fifty foreign countries (including Algeria, Bhutan, China, Côte d’Ivoire, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Morocco, Nepal, Peru, Poland, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Uzbekistan, etc.), with VIETNAM representing the lion’s share as guest of honour country. And it will be a sold-out exhibition for those who wish to spend some time inside a Medicean fortress, in the city centre of Florence, amidst an endless variety of handmade creations ranging from traditional trades to futuristic 4.0 handicrafts, enjoying also the numerous food delicacies, including local delights and treats offered by the participating foreign exhibitors.

“The Handicrafts Trade Fair is over 80 years old, but has never looked younger – ironically states Stefano Ciuoffo, Councillor for Productive Activities, Credit, Commerce & Tourism of the Region of Tuscany – because it is still innovative and vital, pioneering and ground-breaking, it is linked with the past but still as modern as the original intuition of the early years. The so-called “Made in Italy”, with its history and traditions, finds the ideal showcase in this context to prove how the excellent know-how of this territory produces and combines with products coming from other parts of the world. Its ongoing popularity both in terms of audience and exhibitors cannot but confirm the dynamism of this Fair, the crown jewel of Tuscany”.

“This edition triggers a new excitement, – says Cecilia Del Re, Councillor for the Economic Development of the Florence Municipality – coming from the various realities operating in the Florence arts & crafts world, which are willing to star in this important and historical city event. Thus, it will be an “exhibition-workshop”, during which we will take our time to think about the next editions of this Fair along with these local businesses, and to work together to promote ‘Florence as the UNESCO Creative City for Handicrafts'”.

“The past may speak for us, but this edition is also set to write our future – underlined Leonardo Bassilichi, President of Firenze Fiera -. Today, our master craftsmen are many young and creative people, real representatives of change, happily combining ancient know-how and new technologies. These people will impress and surprise you, that is why it is important to come and participate”.

To try and conquer new markets, the B2B Italian Crafts Accents platform will be launched, created by Firenze Fiera in co-operation with Artex and sponsored by the Region of Tuscany, where professional craftsmen and young talented designers will be able to display their own works: an event inside an event, scheduled for 26th, 27th and 28th April, with the participation of 62 companies and buyers coming from the United States of America and China.

Handicrafts are a driving force for the whole Italian industrial production, accounting for around 10% of a GDP of 1,508 billion of Euros. Potentially, it could grow even more, considering that in this sector there are 1 million and 327 thousand craft businesses out of little more than 5 million active companies (source: National Business Register), the majority of which (90%) have less than five employees. This shows that the Italian handicraft tradition is still genuine and handed down from generation to generation.

This edition comes with plenty of new features, as well as special projects and events dedicated to exhibitors and visitors – from live workshops to cooking shows, from music shows to cultural events, in addition to the commercial extravaganza of the traditional sectors: Italian handicrafts, International handicrafts and taste handicrafts.

Vietnam will be the Guest of Honour Country, presenting the excellence of its craftsmanship (silk, ceramics, gold-leaf lacquered furniture, spices such as the wonderfully scented pepper from the Island of Phu Quoc) with an exciting journey through its arts, culture and history. Spotlight on the event “Le Vietnam sur la route des 9 Dragons” (Vietnam on the 9 Dragons Way), to explore mountain populations – the Hmong people – living on the Northern highlands, down to the Mekong delta, the “river of the nine dragons”.

The Far East handicrafts will also star in this edition – next to numerous other proposals offered by exhibitors coming from other continents – thanks to the presence of a large delegation of representatives of Chinese arts & crafts, coming from Shanghai and from the Sichuan province.

The best handmade products from all the Italian regions will also be on show. Many Sicilian and Sardinian exhibitors will arrive at the Fortezza with a massive presence of excellent craft businesses and cultural events. Do not miss the arts & crafts exhibition called I Mestieri dell’Arte tra Tevere ed Arno (Art Trades between the Tiber and Arno Rivers), organised by the Artistic Federations of Confartigianato Imprese Arezzo and CNA Arezzo, in co-operation with Firenze Fiera. The Fair will display artefacts made in the arts & crafts workshops of the Arezzo area. Moreover, as a sign of solidarity, the Fair will also host for free artisans coming from the locations affected by earthquakes in Central Italy.

Among the various events, Health & Beauty will be an area entirely devoted to handmade beauty products & cosmetics, while in a nearby space, the latest findings on products and services linked with age evolution will be presented. Inside the Food Area, make sure not to miss Le Delizie di Leonardo (Leonardo’s Delights), an eclectic pop space created by Leonardo Romanelli, the famous and popular wine & food expert from Florence, who will bring the most qualified chefs, Tuscan producers and Florence pastry chefs at the Fortezza. And for your sweet tooth, do not miss the special area Laboratorio del Gelato Artigianale by Gelato Festival (Homemade Ice-Cream Workshop by Gelato Festival).

The world of living will star at the Fair with the section called Design Space: Home Decor, Graphic & Interior Design. Home & living will also play a major role in the section Casa In & Out (Home In & Out), devoted to the world of living, from eco-sustainable constructions to energy saving and all the innovative proposals linked with this sector. Mani Creative (Creative Hands) is the section devoted to creations by young artisans coming from all over Italy, with live demonstrations.

Concerning innovation, research and design, the area Visioni (Visions) curated by Artex, will keep a watchful eye on the excellence of arts & crafts. The area Absolute Handmade: Limited Edition will be totally devoted to fashion artisans. A tribute will also be given to vintage with Rendez-vous Vintage in Fortezza. Great attention will finally be paid to recycling, creative reuse and eco-design within the area T-Riciclo Green Market.

Make sure not to miss the Unicoop Firenze Arcipelago Pulito (Clean Archipelago by Unicoop Firenze) project to safeguard the Tuscan sea, along some side events dedicated to the indissoluble combination of art and crafts like Ori e Tesori (Gold and Treasures), Firenze Scultura (Florence Sculpture), I bozzetti di scena della Fondazione Zeffirelli di Firenze (The Scene Sketches of the Zeffirelli Foundation in Florence), Florence Street Art Project – Art Can Change the World (organised by Florence Biennale – Mostra Internazionale di arte contemporanea) and Pop-Up Show – La magia dentro i libri  (Magic Inside Books): 70 three-dimensional books to let your fantasy fly, from the early examples to the more recent artistic creations, including a rare book by Andy Warhol.

Thanks to an agreement between Firenze Fiera and the Opificio delle Pietre Dure (the Florence Workshop of semi-precious stones), you can book  guided tours inside the restoration laboratories on 23rd, 24th, 26th and 27th April, located inside the Fortezza da Basso: a unique experience only for the Fair visitors!

INFOS – Opening Times. Every day: 10.00 am-10.30 pm. On the last day: 10.00 am-8.00 pm.

Full price ticket – Weekdays: 4 EUR (Reduced price: 3.50 EUR) – Holidays and days before holidays: 7 EUR (Reduced price: 5 EUR). Weekdays, 1 ticket for 2 admissions: 7 EUR. Every day, from 7.00 pm on: free admission.












On Tuesday, 20th March 2018, under the artistic direction of Antonio Ficai, co-founder of the National Igersitalia Association and freelance marketing & communication consultant, 8 famous Italian influencers and travel bloggers will meet on the stage of the Teatrino Lorenese, offering their skills and experience to learn how to recognize professional influencers or bloggers and identify the elements which make this activity a real profession. This event is organised with the help of Destination Florence Convention & Visitors Bureau, in partnership with the Florence Municipality.

An update and training day for those who wish to know more about the influencer marketing world. A talk show with industry experts, but also a training session in the afternoon with tour operators (www.florenceupdate.com).

During the day, 9 speakers will alternate on stage, discussing topics such as correct storytelling in travel blogs, the world of LGBT tourism, how to communicate correctly to promote itineraries dedicated to families, how to make efficient editorial plans and copywriting. The event will also offer practical advice on video-making and photography for social channels and blogs, and on how to analyse data for efficient communication strategies.

With its fair & congress centre, Florence stars as a key destination in the influencer marketing and digital PR era, presenting an event devoted to the tourist industry. The aim is to help tourist professionals to know and recognize influencers, so as to insert this profession in their own promotion plans.

The purpose of this event – now in its first edition – is to become an ongoing update opportunity. A second edition is already scheduled for the end of 2018 and is set to deal with other topics linked with influencer marketing.


1,000 delegates will meet inside the premises of Palazzo dei Congressi and Palazzo degli Affari from 7th to 10th March 2018 for the 18th edition of the Congress of the International Society of Gynecological Endocrinology. Experts of this field coming from all over the world will meet for four consecutive days, developing and elaborating on topics linked with women’s health, paying special attention to how hormones affect it.

The International Society of Gynecological Endocrinology (ISGE) is a non-profit organisation founded in 1986 to promote all aspects of science and research concerning gynecological endocrinology and communication among scientists interested in these topics. This biennial world congress of gynecological endocrinology is an important scientific event allowing the perfect integration between renowned faculty members and young talented scientists introducing innovative research.



The Florence Chamber of Commerce adopted an enterprise aid package for a total amount of 1.6 million Euros, designed for digital innovation, alternation between school and work, delocalisation and deseasonalisation of tourist flows, and to support small and medium-sized companies of the Metropolitan City of Florence, willing to participate in fairs and exhibitions included in the 2018 programme of international events taking place in Italy as of 2nd January 2018, published by the Conference of Italian Regions & Autonomous Provinces.

Enterprises will have the opportunity to receive a maximum contribution of 1,000 Euros, equivalent to 50% of the expenses incurred to lease the exhibiting areas. The minimum eligible amount of expenses is 500 euros. Furthermore, 100 euros will be granted to all companies having a legal rating, while another 100 euros will be allocated for those registered in the National Commercial Register of alternation between school and work.

Applications may be submitted to the Florence Chamber of Commerce from 19th March to 31st December 2018 until the allocated funds are exhausted.

For further information, please visit the Florence Chamber of Commerce website:



650 ophthalmologists will meet at Palazzo dei Congressi from Thursday, 22nd to Saturday, 24th February 2018 for the National Congress of S.I.TRA.C. – the Italian Society for Cornea Transplant – organised by Dr. Rita Mencucci, specialist surgeon at the Ophthalmology Centre of the Careggi University Polyclinic, and member of the SITRAC Management Board. Continue reading Italian Excellence & Global Ophthalmology Experts Meet at the S.I.TRA.C. Congress – February 22-24, 2018


The 13th edition of Danzainfiera – the most important dance event at international level – will start on 22nd February 2018. For four days in a row, would-be dancers and talented and inspired young people will be hosted inside the exhibiting premises of the Fortezza da Basso, looking for opportunities and trying to make a career out of their passion. This is surely going to be a WOW edition! Continue reading Danzainfiera 2018 – The Greatest Dance Show at the Fortezza da Basso – February 22-25, 2018


Buy Wine – the most important Tuscan wine event – is going to take place inside the Spadolini Pavilion, at the Fortezza da Basso, on Friday 9th and Saturday 10th February 2018. 215 wine growing companies coming from the regional label territories will meet 190 buyers from 39 countries, led by the USA, Canada, China, Denmark, South Korea and Brazil. Among the new entries, buyers from Azerbaijan, Colombia, Morocco, Lebanon, Peru and Thailand. After some years, of absence, organisers happily welcome back buyers from Norway, Switzerland and Ukraine.

Among the Tuscan companies, the majority come from Siena (78) and Florence (59), but all territories are represented, and no less than 65 wine growing companies are organically managed. These successful figures bode well for this edition which, like the past ones, offers buyers the opportunity to visit 14 production areas through eight educational tours scheduled for Sunday, 11th and Monday 12th February 2018.

On Saturday, 10th February, popstar Sting and his wife Trudie Styler will introduce Anteprime di Toscana 2018, and event organized, like Buy Wine, by the Region of Tuscany in co-operation with PromoFirenze. Spotlight on the previews of 16 Tuscan consortiums responsible for wine protection.