The 83rd International Handicrafts Trade Fair was presented in the Sala d’Arme at Palazzo Vecchio on Thursday, 22nd November 2018.

600 exhibitors, many of whom participating for the first time inside an exhibiting area of 55,000 square metres, will meet at a totally transformed Fair, under the aegis of the most excellent artefacts exhibited and no longer lasting 12, but 8 days (April 24 – May 1, 2019).  

“Florence and real craftsmanship have always been closely linked with each other, that is why we are lucky to have professionals capable of producing unique artistic techniques relying on their innovation and creativity. From this year on, Firenze Fiera represents a platform to relaunch the development of beautiful handmade products thanks to this new Fair. We can make this, since we are in Florence – a city which, for its legacy and vocation, will once again be the Italian and international reference point for these arts and crafts”, said Leonardo Bassilichi, President of Firenze Fiera.

“We worked with Firenze Fiera and the world of Florence arts & crafts to relaunch and reposition the International Handicrafts Trade Fair. That is why we decided to present the new edition of the Fair along with the work done so far for Florence’s candidature as UNESCO Creative City for Arts & Crafts”, added Cecilia Del Re, Councillor for Tourism & Economic Development of the Florence Municipality.

The guests of honour will be the best artisan companies of Florence and Tuscany, but also many new features such as enhanced tailor-made productions and live demonstrations, the space given to digital crafts and makers, educational activities and meetings with the protagonists of arts & crafts and design.

Another feature will be the project named “Del mestiere di Leonardo: immaginare, progettare e realizzare il futuro” (Leonardo’s Trade – Imagining, Planning and Making the Future), exploring new development models in parallel with artisans and designers, curated by Fondazione Architetti Firenze and Fondazione Giovanni Michelucci.

The Fair will go beyond the Fortezza and inside the city, with manufactures open to the public, installations and events in squares. The 2019 edition will get even more social, involving bloggers and the same digital artisans, the real protagonists of a new community.

The partnership with destinationflorence.com, the official portal promoting and commercialising the Florence cultural and tourist offer, will allow targeted promotional activities for Italian and international tourists, including tours of the main museums and attractions of the city. Moreover, the Fair will be promoted by sector professionals with timetabled B2B and B2C events.

To guarantee the reinvention and repositioning work for this Fair, a Scientific Committee of sector experts was created. The Committee is formed by: Andrea Aleardi (Director of the Fondazione Michelucci), Jean Blanchaert (applied arts art dealer), Carlo Francini (UNESCO manager for the Municipality of Florence), Elisa Guidi (Director of Artex), Maria Pilar Lebole (Manager of OMA, Osservatorio mestieri d’arte), Alberto Nespoli and Domenico Rocca (interior architects from EligoStudio and ambassadors of the well-made). The Scientific Committee is coordinated by Massimo Torrigiani (curator and founder of Boiler creative agency).


Countdown to the Wine & Food Biennale, bringing the largest and multipurpose wine & food event in Central Italy at the Fortezza da Basso from Friday, November 16 to Monday November 19, 2018. This event boasts 150 exhibitors from the wine and food industry. Admission is free on all the four days of the Fair.

This Fair is the ideal meeting point for all food lovers, wine enthusiasts and sector professionals – it is not just a simple trade show, but an event aiming at helping future customers become more aware when choosing or purchasing a product, through a path going from guided tasting to meeting the single producers.

The event boasts many high-level tastings and workshops devoted to the best food products, which can be booked online from the Wine & Food Biennale website at affordable prices.

Among the various activities, live gelato making with special tastes, public sake speaking, a photo exhibition called “La Bistecca si mette in mostra” and devoted to the famous Florentine steak, and “Eyes Wine Shot” – wine as you have never heard of before – a funny theatre show by La Tognazza dedicated to wine.

You can have lunch and/or dinner at Piazza della Pizza, where you will find the best pizza made in Florence. And for those who love good wines, do not miss the 12 guided tastings; on schedule, also the University of Beer classes – “From beer style to a glass of beer” – to discover all the secrets and techniques of a millenary product continuously evolving, up to the technique of beer tapping.

Discounts for members of Confesercenti, Unicoop Firenze and Soci Fisar, and for the readers of Firenze Spettacolo.



The 83rd International Handicrafts Trade Fair, to be held at the Fortezza da Basso from 24th April to 1st May 2019, sheds its skin and launches its new web platform, with a brand-new graphic layout. The new Fair website is online, more intuitive and user-friendly and boasting a clearer, more exhaustive content presentation, along with a faster navigation.

The graphic and structural restyling of mostraartigianato.it is the first step towards an edition announcing the reinvention of the first Italian “Consumer Fair” devoted to handmade products. It features new sections, a richer and selected product offer, new exhibiting facilities, new fitting-out options and a rich agenda of events at the Fortezza and in the city.

The website features a clearer and direct organisation of exhibiting areas, product and service offer. The same homepage shows an interactive map, updated in real time, with a list of exhibitors and a map with the booth allocation.

The website also allows an easier and quicker access for exhibitors and visitors, with a link to register and buy entrance tickets in a just a few quick steps.

Focus on special events and on photo and video galleries, in order to experience the most significant moments of the Fair live, and on social profiles, with the opportunity to share contents with other users. The News section will be constantly updated with interviews and insights.

And finally, a brand-new feature this year – the mobile experience, allowing everyone to access the website via their own devices.



For two days – 28th and 29th September 2018 – Florence became the International Capital of Creativity. The first edition of RECLAME Creative Communication 2018 was extremely successful. It is an event devoted to aspiring and professional creators, born within the Firenze Fashion project, whose purpose is to develop deserving actions having a positive impact on economy, society and landscape.

The event was sponsored by the most important Florentine and Tuscan authorities, in co-operation with restArte and Firenze Fiera, and could rely on the support of nearly 200 brands, over 50 creative and original setups, and 30 high-profile speakers with an attendance of over 50,000 visitors. On show, works by many artists such as painter and graffiti artist Skim (Art Director of the event), muralist and illustrator Egeon and Francesco Misseri, founder of the legendary Studio K in Florence, author of various advertising campaigns of the Italian “Carosello” TV programme, broadcast in the 1950s and 1960s.

“We invested over 200,000 Euros and two years of research to create this event – said Gregorio Salimbenicreator of this event, expressing his satisfaction – because we believe this is the best way to make companies and young people meet. The success and the great enthusiasm of this first edition were so big that many insiders have already asked me to give a more international approach to the second edition, to be held in October 2019″.



Over 1,000 orthodontists, dental hygienists and CLID and CLMPD students attended the Updating Course on Periodontal Health & Restorative Therapy, held at Palazzo dei Congressi and Palazzo degli Affari from 26th to 27th October 2018. This event was organised by the Italian Society of Periodontology and Oral Implantology in co-operation with the Italian Academy of Conservative and Restorative Dentistry.

“It is a cultural event which, thanks to the inherent clinical and scientific contents of SIdP, AIC and AIOP, will surely boast an excellent educational level”, said the organisers. “We are sure that these three great Scientific Societies will trigger a debate providing the best possible answers to the numerous clinical doubts linked with these themes. Each session will facilitate interactions, with the opportunity to elaborate specific questions even during presentations. A closing interactive debate will involve and engage us all”.

Among the various topics being discussed, “Key Elements of the Perio-Restorative Treatment Planning”, “Periodontal Health and Conservative Therapy”, “Periodontium and Prosthetic Therapy”.




The 11th edition of Florence Creativity will be held at the Fortezza da Basso from 25th to 28th October 2018. A Fair for creative and handmade objects, dedicated to all those who love to create, observe, learn and spend a pleasant time amidst colours and jewelry, textiles, yarns, ribbons, wool, embroidery, crochet and many other ideas to create unique pieces and tailor-made presents.

It is a big showcase, where you can find and buy the most refined and innovative materials (textiles, yarns, creative needlework, jewelry, patchwork, embroidery and much more) and learn new techniques thanks to the rich class and demonstration programme held by the same exhibitors. Thanks to the co-operation and the concepts shared by the protagonists of this sector, the numerous visitors will be able to learn, improve and in many cases rediscover their manual skills and creativity under the aegis of fantasy.

A dynamic event, in which professional knowledge and experience will be available for everyone within an exhibiting space attracting all the curious visitors who enjoy creativity and entertainment.



The second edition of the Didacta Italia Fair will take place at the Fortezza da Basso from 18th to 20th October 2018. This School Fair is devoted to teachers, school leaders, educators, instructors, professionals and entrepreneurs from the school and technology sector.

This year, the fair will be dedicated to the “Lady of Stars” – Margherita Hack – the famous Florence astrophysicist who died in Trieste on 29th June 2013. Hack was the first Italian woman managing an astronomical observatory, as well as one of the greatest minds of the Italian scientific community, giving an essential contribution to scientific research and dissemination of scientific knowledge.

The opening of the Fair will be preceded by an Opening Concert, taking place on 17th October at 6.30 p.m. (Teatro della Compagnia, via Cavour 50/r), performed by the Orchestra Erasmus and conducted by Maestro Elio Orciuolo. The orchestra is formed by 50 young musicians coming from various Italian Conservatories and music institutes.

During the opening day – Thursday, October 18 – Marco Bussetti, Minister for Education, University & Research will participate in the event, visiting the Fair and following the activities carried out by students inside the MIUR exhibiting space which, during this edition, will host 50 events including workshops, seminars and training activities.

The opening ceremony of the Fair will start at around 9.30 a.m. inside the Main Hall (Teatro Lorenese, inside the Fortezza da Basso), in the presence of Salvatore Giuliano, State Secretary of the Ministry for Education, and local authorities.

During the three days of the Florence event, numerous conventions will be held concerning the Erasmus+ ProgrammeeTwinning, the most excellent Educational Programmes, small schools and Technical Schools. Researchers of the Harvard and Princeton Universities – with whom Indire started a scientific collaboration on educational innovation – will also participate.

This event, included by the Miur among those provided for in the multiannual teacher training plan, offers a scientific programme organized by Indire, scientific partner of the Fair and leader of the Scientific Committee formed by Cnr, Istituto degli Innocenti, CRUI, the Italian Publishers Association (AIE) and Reggio Children.

Following the success of its first edition, which saw the participation of over 20,000 visitors and 4,000 teachers, this year the Fair becomes even bigger – over 31,000 square metres of exhibiting spaces, 200 Italian and international exhibitors and 6,000 teachers already registered for the scientific programme; 474 events: 227 managed by Indire and 247 activities curated by institutions and companies, with one third more halls devoted to training.

Prominent cultural figures, including the famous Italian lyricist Mogol, Umberto Galimberti, sociologist, psychoanalyst and Professor at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, and Francesco Sabatini, philologist and honorary member of the Accademia della Crusca, are all due to attend this event.

Fiera Didacta Italia is organised by Firenze Fiera in co-operation with MIUR, the Region of Tuscany, the Florence Municipality, the Florence Chamber of Commerce, Unioncamere, Didacta Internationalthe Italian Chamber of Commerce for Germany (ITKAM) and Destination Florence Convention & Visitors Bureau.




From 11th to 13th October 2018, over 2,300 delegates coming from all over the world will gather at the Fortezza da Basso for the 49th International Congress of the Orthodontic Society, the 50-year Congress. World renowned specialists will share their ideas on the future of Orthodontics. “The 49th International SIDO Congress – says Doctor Giuseppe Fiorentino, President of the Congress – is a scientific event rich in interdisciplinary contents. It is the Congress of Challenges on the most controversial cases (Borderline) and on the various therapeutic options. The sessions “Invisible Orthodontics”, “Orthodontics and Periodontics”, “Bruxism and Occlusion” will see a real back-and-forth exchange between some speakers showing different approaches to similar clinical problems. All speakers were asked to show not only successful cases, but also some didactic failures”.

Ample space will be given to young people, to whom the Pre-Congress Day is dedicated, organised to support the clinical and study choices of those who are about to start or who have doubts, with 3 courses focused on specific clinical problems, taken up by expert speakers coming from different educational and philosophical backgrounds.



They are more than 350 and they come from over 30 countries. Some of them arrive at the Fortezza da Basso from faraway destinations such as Japan, Mexico, Indonesia, bringing their charming background of cultural and ethnic traditions with them. All welcome the protagonists of the 11th edition of the Florence Tattoo Convention, the annual event promoted and organized by Associazione Firenze Indelebile and sponsored by the Florence Municipality. The event will feature some of the sector leaders in Italy, such as Stizzo, Marco Galdo, Antikorpo, Genziana, Andreoli, Gippi Rondinella and Fercioni. Spotlight also on the legendary Hanky Panky and Bill Loika from the Netherlands and on Koji Yamaguchi from Japan.

Do not miss the Japanese section in the exhibiting area, with Matti Sandberg AKA Senju painting original Shunga, the Rome Tattoo Museum collection, works coming from the Parione 9 Gallery by the Stigmatize collective exhibition, curated by Rossana Calbi and by the eclectic Anticorpo.

The programme will also feature conferences, shows and concerts such as the one by La Coka Nostra, a free collective of artists born out of the ashes of the historic House of Pain, who will be introduced by Dsa Commando, a deejay set by the great Frankie Hi-nrg mc and the Marco Di Maggio trio.



A weekend dedicated to pets! On Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd September 2018, the Fortezza da Basso will host FOLLOW YOUR PET, the first great event devoted to pets in Tuscany, with over 60 exhibitors participating and over 200 unmissable appointments for pet lovers  – dogs, cats, but also horses, turtles, barnyard animals, up to lizards, snakes and even alpacas! – from agility and disc dog to dog shows, and from “baby vet” & “baby dog handler” workshops to theme cooking shows.

The Sunday morning programme will feature the FYP Marathon, a “six-paw” charity marathon around the Fortezza thanks to which funds will be raised to purchase medical equipment destined to the Meyer Children’s Hospital.

Visitors will be allowed to bring their own pets to the Fair.

“It is surely an innovative event – said Alessia Bettini, Councillor for the Environment of the Florence Municipality – providing us with useful information concerning good practices, uses and anything related to our pets – from health to food education”.

“This event was born with the idea of combining the various aspects characterising our love and care relationship with our pets within a first great event in Tuscany”, commented Eleonora Sanesi, from the Organising Secretariat of FYP.