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.



For the first time, the ICOS Congress (International Conference on Organic Synthesis) will take place in Florence, hosting the international élite of organic synthesis until 21st September 2018.

Over 800 participants will attend this event, 90% of which coming from abroad (USA, China, India, Japan, Australia, along with many European countries). Most of them are young people, meeting in Florence to be updated on organic synthesis, one of the most important aspects of organic chemistry dealing with molecular building, compounds of the utmost importance for all other chemical disciplines and our daily life.

This event covers the broad spectrum of organic synthesis, highlighting the latest trends in the field of natural product synthesis, of pharmaceutical chemicals, chemical biology and of nanostructured and functionalised materials synthesis, including also catalysis and new synthetic technologies.

Having now reached its 22nd edition, this event  – which only took place once in Italy, in Venice in 1998, and which will be held in Shanghai in two years – is sponsored by IUPAC (the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry), the reference organization for global chemistry, by the Italian Society of Chemistry, and by the “Ugo Schiff” Chemical Department of the University of Florence.

“Over 60% of members are scholars and doctoral researchers”, says President of the Congress – Prof. Alberto Brandi from the Chemistry Department of the University of Florence. “Young chemists who love their studies and who, also here in Italy, as in the rest of the world, ensure an extremely high post-graduation and post-specialisation employment rate”. “We are honoured to bring highly qualified scholars to Florence – adds Brandi – such as Prof. Bernard Lucas Feringa, a Dutch chemist who, in 2016, received the Nobel Prize for Chemistry thanks to his studies on the design and synthesis of nanomaterials and molecular machines”.



Countdown to DIDACTA ITALIA, which was presented in Rome – at the Miur (the Italian Ministry of Education, University & Research) on Thursday 13th September 2018 by Salvatore Giuliano, State Secretary for the Education, University and Research, Cristina Grieco, Councillor for the Education & Training of the Tuscany Region, Cristina Giachi, Deputy Mayor and Councillor for the Education of the Florence Municipality, Giovanni Biondi, President of Indire, Wassilios E. Fthenakis, President of Didacta International, and Carlotta Ferrari, Councillor of Firenze Fiera.

This year, the Fair is set to be even bigger, with over 31,000 square metres of exhibiting areaover 190 Italian and International exhibitors190 events on schedule, including immersive workshops, debates and conventions, and a third more halls devoted to training. 190 events and over 300 hours of training will be available for the school staff during the three Florence days. Among the new features, workshops devoted to children aged 0-6 and to hotel management schools.

“It is important for an event like Fiera Didacta to recur again and attract many visitors, most of all teachers. The ongoing training and update of our teachers and of the DSGA are key elements to build the school of future – claims State Secretary Salvatore Giuliano. Moments like Fiera Didacta Italia are essential down the road to change of our schools.  Fiera Didacta Italia is not just an exhibiting space. It is a place to grow and innovate, starting from the idea of meeting. I am extremely satisfied with the commitment shown by the Ministry which I represent to organise this event. Two MIUR Departments were involved in the management and creation of this Fair – one for the school and training educational system, the other for the planning and management of human, financial and instrumental resources. We are dealing with a collective event, putting school under the spotlight to all extents. A Fair relying on a unitary vision of our schools and training system. For me, this is an added value. It’s like many windows opening up on a varied but unique world, whose objective is quality education for our youth”.

Over 190 exhibiting companies will participate (main sponsor Samsung – MR Digital), with many returns and new Italian and international business services, including important organisations and associations operating in the school and training sector – from publishing houses to computing technologies, and from furniture to school canteens.

Among the new features of the 2018 edition, a section devoted to start-ups and innovation, organised in co-operation with the most important national incubators and in synergy with the University of Florence (through the “Foundation for the Research and Innovation of the University and the University Service Centre for the Valorisation of Research and the Management of the University Incubator), a Musical Education Area, and some teaching proposals coming from some of the most renowned Florence theatres and from the most important Italian museums, such as the Science Museum in Naples and the eight Florence museums participating in the Welcome Florence project, supported by the Region of Tuscany since 2016.

“We are honoured to have a Fair like Didacta Italia in our portfolio of direct exhibitions – explained Carlotta Ferrari, Councillor of Firenze Fiera –. It perfectly reflects the objectives of the 2018-2025 strategic plan of the company, along with our ambition to become a privileged Italian platform to develop international excellence networks featuring a high cultural content. In this second edition, we can count on many returns and on new leading Italian and international companies of the school sector, supporting us and believing in our project, such as Samsung – MR Digital, main sponsor of the Fair. Thanks to them, from 18th to 20th October our exhibiting venue, the Fortezza da Basso, unique in the whole world for its beauty and its amazingly spectacular historic premises, will turn into a great pulsing think tank for the school of the future”. 



Spotlight on the 20th IEA World Congress (International Ergonomic Association), to be held from 26th to 30th August 2018 and organised in co-operation with the Società Italiana di Ergonomia (SIE – the Italian Ergonomic Association). The topic of the 2018 congress, organised every three years, will be “Creativity in Practice”, a reference to the classical Italian innovation path challenge, aiming at turning the innovation research results into practical actions to improve life and work quality.

The European Federation FEES supported the candidature of Florence and Firenze Fiera as the only possible European competitor for the congress. Already during the first turn, the Tuscan capital had won over competitors such as Whistler Mountain in Canada, Mumbai and Istanbul, with over 50% of votes.

Established in 1961, IEA studies and improves life quality by reducing any possible harmful impact on workers’ physical and mental wellbeing. In 2015, the congress took place in Melbourne. Around 2,000 participants from all over the world are expected to attend the event – specialists in the field but also from other sectors such as health, work, design, agriculture, technology and engineering.


200 Italian and international brands coming from Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, United States and many more. The 11th edition of MAREDAMARE will take place at the Fortezza da Basso from 14th to 16th July 2018. This is the only professional Italian fair devoted to swimwear & beachwear, previewing clothing and accessories collections from the best companies in the sector.

Thanks to an agreement with ABIT, the Brazilian Textile and Apparel Industry Association, this edition of the Fair will highlight the leading Brazilian brands, presenting their collections for the first time in Italy on Saturday, 14th July at 5.00 p.m. with a fashion show named Tribute to Brazil – The Catwalk.

On schedule, personal and collective fashion shows from renowned and young emerging brands, prize-giving ceremonies, press presentations, social events and professional update workshops for boutique and store managers.

Once again, the Fair hosts over 200 among the best Italian stores and selected foreign buyers from Germany, Russia, Spain, Greece, Portugal and Holland.



For the first time, the amazing Medicean fortress opens to the public to show citizens and visitors all its historic splendour. This event was particularly appreciated by the Florentines – and not just them – whose enthusiastic response resulted in “sold-out” tours for the first opening (Saturday, July 7) and by popular demand also for the subsequent ones.
“Alessandro de’ Medici, Duke of Florence, was encouraged by his uncle, the Pope, to build a Fortress …”: this is how ancient chronicles remember the foundation of the San Giovanni Fortress, whose design was entrusted to Antonio da Sangallo the Younger. Built as a double defence against inner and outer enemies, still today the Fortress features a great part of the original structure, also incorporating the Faenza Gate, belonging to the ancient city walls. During the tours, visitors will deepen their knowledge of architecture and defensive strategies, admiring the city from above the donjon and walking along a part of the underground patrol path, open to the public for the first time. An itinerary through centuries, from the Middle Ages to the Lorraine-Augsburg changes, ending with recovery and modernisation works of spaces made by Firenze Fiera.
“We are increasing the offer and the accessibility of historical places of our city, which had long been inaccessible to the public – commented Dario Nardella, Mayor of Florence – knowing that Florence has a lot to offer in addition to its already well-known beauties. The amazing response of our citizens to these events – from the San Niccolò Tower to the Porta Romana openings up to the recent preview of the San Frediano Tower, proves that this is the right way to ‘bring back’ our history and our memory”.
“The sold-out tours on the first Saturday – says Leonardo Bassilichi, President of Firenze Fiera – show that Florentines and tourists visiting the city are clearly attracted to the Fortezza, which usually hosts the most important fairs and congresses in Florence and in Tuscany and which, during these summer months, was chosen as key location for the editing of an important international movie production company. These tours will be a unique, immersive, exciting and unforgettable experience, guiding visitors down the fortress grounds and up to the donjon, where they will be able to enjoy a spectacular view on the city’s main attractions. And this is just the beginning of series of openings making the Medicean fortress newly available to the public”. “Our commitment to make this monument more accessible – concludes Bassilichi  – is to give the fortress back to the Florentines and make all our clients and partners understand the importance and the privilege of organizing their own event in “museum” spaces unique in the world and with a high historical-artistic content”.
The guided tours, curated by MUS.E, will take place every Saturday morning from July to September with three shifts (9.30, 10.30, 11.30 a.m.). Visitors do not need any ticket for these tours, but reservation is mandatory.


800 biologists coming from all over the world will meet at Palazzo dei Congressi and Palazzo degli Affari from 3rd to 6th July 2018 for the Annual Congress of the Society for Experimental Biology (SEB). These four study days will be divided into 9 parallel scientific sessions concerning animal, vegetal and cellular biology, with development workshops for young researchers who will be able to exchange ideas and knowledge with great biology experts on an international scale.

The purpose of this Congress is to create a perfect connection between research and new findings, promoting experimentation among scientists and supporting the use of new scientific methods and applications.