After its past successful editions, the 4th edition of MEF (the Electrical Engineering Fair) – one of the most important industry fairs on a national scale – is back at the Fortezza from 27th to 30th March 2019 in a richer and more articulated format. Continue reading All about Electrical Engineering at the 4th edition of MEF – Fortezza da Basso, March 27-30, 2019
After a successful first edition, Firenze Bio – the event devoted to the organic and biodynamic world (free entrance from 10.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m.) – is back at the Fortezza da Basso by popular demand.
Nearly 200 exhibitors are expected to participate, the majority from Tuscany but also from all over Italy. An increasingly emerging event, thanks to a team work which created a community of producers, associations and institutions, co-operating to enhance the work of all those who produce while respecting health and environment. Over 40 meetings will be promoted, among them an opening convention organized by the Region of Tuscany – “Tutela e valorizzazione dell’agrobiodiversità in Toscana” (Protection and Development of Agrobiodiversity). The Gola Giocanda cooking area will feature a rich programme. Among the new features of this second edition, sensorial tastings in cooperation with Wine Lovers Academy.
The Firenze Bio App will guide visitors inside the Spadolini Pavilion. Available for Android and iOS devices, this app will connect to beacons in real time. This way, the physical event will open to the digital world, creating an interactive and powerful experience, tailored for visitors.
Over 800 representatives will participate in the 5th edition of CORA, the International Congress on Controversies in Rheumatology and Autoimmunity, which has been taking place in Florence since 2011, the year which saw its first edition. This event represents a big date for all those wishing to get a comprehensive update in the field of rheumatology and autoimmunity.
CORA 2019 will feature short debate sessions, scientific conferences, abstracts, sponsored blocks and a new type of session – “Corridor Consult”, during which the main experts will discuss serious clinical cases. The latest research on questions related to the clinical diagnosis, management, as well as the pathogenesis of rheumatic and autoimmune disorders will be presented. A comprehensive scientific programme will cover many questions related to these fields.
Everything is ready for the Winter Edition of the “Festa dell’Unicorno” (Unicorn Celebration) bringing the colourful world of elves, ogres and fantastic creatures to the Fortezza da Basso from 15th to 17th March 2019. “A wonderful opportunity for all the fantasy curious and lovers, who will meet in Florence, inside the premises of the Fortezza da Basso for a special edition of the event. This event follows the direction taken by the local government, aiming at deseasonalizing tourist flows and promoting tourism outside the usual channels”, stated Cecilia del Re, Councillor for the Economic Development, Tourism and Fairs of the Florence Municipality. “This Festival will be full of shows and animations for an audience of all ages, with families and young people coming from all over Italy”, commented the organisers.
Inside the monumental area, visitors will find a space entirely devoted to Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, D&D and to live role playing. There will also be an area dedicated to all Star Wars lovers, a LEGO area, a horror section (only for the bravest ones!), as well as a space devoted to The Walking Dead. Comics and cosplays will be located inside the Ghiaie Pavilion and inside the Palazzina Lorenese.
A special edition of the “Festa dell’Unicorno”, with a three-day schedule full of events which will turn Florence into the Italian capital of creativity and colours of the charming “Planet Fantasy”.
Over 2,000 cardiologists are expected to visit the Fortezza da Basso to attend the 36th Congress of Cardiology “Conoscere e Curare il Cuore” (Prevent and Treat Your Heart), the annual reference event concerning problems linked with diagnosis and therapy in cardiology, privileging the clinical-practical aspects rather than theoretical research. Every year, this congress represents a cultural contribution offered by the Centro per la Lotta contro l’Infarto – Fondazione Onlus (Heart Attack Centre – NPO) to Italian cardiologists. Many topics will be discussed: usefulness and limits of non-invasive methods to prevent heart attacks, manner and timing to treat subclinical atherosclerosis, atrial fibrillation in patients with heart failure and causal connection between influenza and cardiovascular disease – Pathophysiological hypotheses and clinical consequences.
The 5th edition of “tourismA” – the international fair of archaeology and cultural heritage organised by Archeologia Viva Giunti Editore – has just ended in Florence. Alberto Angela, “escorted” by 10 Roman legionaries, closed the event talking about Cleopatra (with a slightly different ending…).
A crowd of ancient world enthusiasts came from every corner of Italy to take part into the 5th edition of tourismA, the international archaeology and cultural heritage fair organized by Archeologia Viva Giunti Editore at Palazzo dei Congressi in Florence. Meetings, prominent figures, educational workshops and virtual journeys back in time made the three-day Fair in Florence an unprecedented event, with a record attendance of over 13,000 people. Many Italian celebrities participated in the 2019 edition, among them Philippe, Daverio, Vittorio Sgarbi, Andrea Carandini, Syusy Blady and once again, Alberto Angela, sponsor of the event, who closed the Fair.
Starting from his last literary work, the popular historian and TV presenter entertained the audience for over one hour, retracing one of the most compelling and romantic stories of the Roman Empire, starring Queen of Egypt Cleopatra and valiant Roman commander Mark Anthony. A gossip story, as suggested by Angela, with a slightly different hypothesis concerning the queen’s suicide. “Her suicide was not due to viper’s venom, but to a cocktail of various substances. As a matter of fact, no bite was found on Cleopatra’s skin. Instead, it was almost surely due to a lethal drink”. Joking with the audience, he then added “I would like to dedicate this book to young people, because I’m also young…at least, judging from my carbon-14 dating!”
“A celebration of archaeology and culture, open to everyone, with many events, and Sardinia as Guest Region along with Tuscany”. This is how Piero Pruneti presented the fifth edition of TourismA – the Archaeology and Cultural Tourism Fair – on the premises of the Tuscan Regional Council, after a welcome speech by President Eugenio Giani. A full house event, always fascinating and gathering thousands of archaeologists at Palazzo dei Congressi, as well as history and archaeology lovers. Three non-stop days to find out more about Italian cultural heritage among arts, archaeology and environment.
Around 100 exhibitors, some of which also from abroad (France, Cyprus, Israel, Malta, Croatia), and 300 speakers, focusing on great archaeology discoveries and on the promotion and development of heritage and cultural tourism.
The event will start with an in-depth introduction on art by an exceptional “trio” – Eike Schmidt, Director of the Uffizi Gallery, Antonio Paolucci, art historian and former Director of the Vatican Museums and art critic Philippe Daverio – to continue with reportages from Italian archaeological missions abroad; the sensational discoveries in Pompeii; a reviewed and revised perspective on the Middle Ages; stories by RAI Storia, and archaeology in videogames with the latest CNR technologies. And let us not forget the amazing world of Etruscans between the Tyrrhenian and Adriatic Seas, as well as the charming stories on Lombards in Italy.
Among the other VIPs of this edition, Alberto Angela, Valerio Massimo Manfredi, Vittorio Sgarbi, Andrea Carandini, President of FAI (the National Trust for Italy). Thanks to her brilliant rendition of “La Signora Matilde”, stand-up comedian Syusy Blady will be awarded the special “R. Francovich” Prize for divulging stories about the Middle Ages.
2018 closed with positive figures for Florence: last year, 137 congresses, conventions and national and international corporate events took place in the Firenze Fiera premises, proving the constant trend of MICE tourism. The turnover is 6,166,212 Euros, with a +5.24% growth compared to 2017. The city of Florence is among the most attractive destinations on an international scale and it was included in the first five most popular Italian destinations for congresses and corporate events.
2017 saw a decrease in the importance of international events which obtained a lower percentage of participants on the total, especially in unconventional areas. However, Florence keeps on attracting 13.3% of international events, with 21.9% of international participants; national events remain strong on the territory (49.0%), with 41.5% of participants (*OICE 2017 data). Leonardo Bassilichi, President of the Firenze Fiera Congress & Exhibition Center, confirms this trend: “These results further confirm the importance of the offer of the Florence congress center in organising the most important national and international congresses. Our congress center already shows a high potential which can only improve, and thanks to the development of the Peretola Airport, our city will be perceived as an excellent destination on an international scale”.
As a matter of fact, in November 2018 – for the third year in a row – Florence hosted WorldVentures, the annual convention of one of the biggest marketing companies, specializing in travels and tourism, which welcomed over 6,000 participants coming from all over the world. Another candidature confirmed in 2018 was Heart Failure, one of the greatest international cardiology events, set to take place at the Fortezza da Basso in 2021. Florence played a major role for the first Florentine edition – in 2016, the congress had a record attendance of 5,000 participants.
Hundreds of requests were also received by the Destination Florence Convention & Visitors Bureau: in 2018, over 300 requests of various kinds were handled, with over 130 events confirmed, including conventions, corporate events, congresses and services on the territory and much more. “We are satisfied with our collaboration with Firenze Fiera Congress & Exhibition Center, our partners and the local institutions”, said Italo Amedeo Romano, President of the Destination Florence CVB. “Each application process implies a strong support from the main players of this territory, along with the help of local professors and ambassadors. That is why, the Florence Municipality decided to award personalities from the academic and professional world with the formal recognition of the Florence Ambassador Award in Palazzo Vecchio”. Business tourism is therefore a source of wealth for the economy of this destination, as well as a key driver for local economy, representing an added value for the development of quality tourism needed by Florence. This market will be favoured by the return of Duco Travel Summit, taking place from 1st to 5th April 2019. This traveling workshop is in fact dedicated to luxury travel advisors coming mainly from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. Once again, the Destination Florence CVB will be the Host Destination Partner for this second Florence edition of the event, thus supporting the organisers in their relations with the territorial institutions. “It is an increasingly important sector for Florence, linked with quality tourism”, said Cecilia Del Re, Councillor for Tourism of the Florence Municipality. “An opportunity to regulate flows rounding up all the territorial resources. That is why, we are taking action on two fronts – on the one hand, creating a team of public and private entities to offer targeted and coordinated actions; on the other, increasing the necessary investment in this sector. All we want is an open and functional city to host great national and international conventions, increasingly becoming a place where people can meet to share their knowledge”.
The annual appointment with Telefisco is back. This convention organised by “L’esperto risponde – Il Sole 24 Ore” and devoted to tax news concerning the budget package, will take place at the Auditorium of Palazzo dei Congressi on Thursday, 31st January 2019.
The convention programme features 14 live reports from authors writing for Il Sole 24 Ore newspaper on all the most important tax themes – from “fiscal peace” to electronic invoicing, and from the extension of the flat-rate scheme to corporate income amendments (loss carry-forward, the elimination of ACE (Allowance for Corporate Equity), increased depreciations). Reports will be preceded by an initial talk show, which will see the participation, among others, of Fabio Tamburini, Director of Il Sole 24 Ore, Antonino Maggiore, Director of the Italian Internal Revenue Service, and Massimo Miani, President of the National Council of Certified Public Accountants and Expert Auditors.
During the day, the IRS, the Finance Department and the GdF (Guardia di Finanza) will answer the questions asked live by experts and by the audience.
Pitti Filati no.84 – the international reference event in the knitting yarn industry – is open from 23rd to 25th January 2019 at the Fortezza da Basso. During this edition, all spotlights will be on the Spring-Summer 2020 world preview of knitting yarn collections.
Featuring a fresh and dynamic layout under the aegis of ongoing research and experimentation, this Fair presents the knitting yarns excellence on an international scale to an audience composed of top buyers coming from all over the world and designers from the most prestigious fashion houses. The programme will feature many sections and different events – from the Spazio Ricerca (Research Space) theme honouring sports, to Far East and sub-cultures, in addition to an area devoted to knitwear talents with a Fashion Show by the CKD Master organized by Accademia Costume & Moda and Modateca Deanna, and the Knitclub area, highlighting the most qualitative knitwear factories on the lower floor of the central pavilion.
At the same time, the Cavaniglia Pavilion will stage the VINTAGE SELECTION no.33 exhibition, a reference show for vintage clothes, accessories and design objects, once again confirming the close synergy with Pitti Filati and its extremely specialised audience.