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.



With 129 brands, 27 of which coming from abroad, Pitti Filati 83, the international reference event dedicated to yarns for the knitting industry, is back at the Fortezza da Basso from 27th to 29th June. Concept lab and platform for global lifestyle trends, Pitti Filati bets on research, constantly strengthening the synergy between its various areas and enhancing the role of Spazio Ricerca (Research Area), the centre of all the expressions linked with creativity. Boasting a fresh and renewed layout, Pitti Filati presents the best yarns on an international scale to its incredible audience – buyers from all over the world and designers of the most important fashion brands, coming to Florence to look for inspiration.

The core of the 83rd edition will be the world preview of the Fall/Winter 2019/20 collections of knitting yarns. Focus also on the theme of ‘sustainability’ – on Wednesday 27th June at 2.30 p.m. – with a workshop devoted to recycled fibers called” Advancing Sustainability Through Recycled Fibers and Animal Welfare in Animal Fibers Production” curated by Confindustria ToscanaNord, Textile Exchange Mohair South Africa and Icea with Deon Saayman,  Executive Director of Mohair South Africa.



Pitti Bimbo no.87 is the reference Fair for childrenswear, the only international event capturing the most creative vibrations of a steadily increasing sector, as well as an unmissable event for buyers coming from the greatest department stores, boutiques, concept stores and the most qualified e-commerce systems. The most renowned fashion brands and designers will participate in the Fair, through the dynamic cut of Sport Generation, the urban style of Superstreet, the athletic-metropolitan dimension of the new ACTIVELAB section, KidzFIZZ with its mix of research and experimentation, the lifestyle of Fancy Room and The Nest, the ‘incubator’ of small brands with great contents. All this and much more with the Editorials, talking about two trends complementary to fashion through objects, curiosities, accessories and furniture always in a different and original way. Here is the Pitti Bimbo Experience.

Focus on the Green Generation section of EcoEthic, expressly dedicated to organic materials, ethics and environment respect for all the industry.

The Fair benefits from the extraordinary contribution of the Ministry for Economic Development and ICE, as part of the 2018-2019 Special Plan supporting Made in Italy fairs.



Works to restore the Fortezza da Basso have just started. The Municipality approved an executive project for the first restoration lot, for a total amount of 2 million Euros. Resources come from the so-called Patto per Firenze (Pact for Florence) signed in November 2016 by Mayor Dario Nardella and the then Fist Minister Matteo Renzi. Interventions concern the restoration and enhancement of the external walls between the Rastriglia rampart, the Bellavista rampart and the Soccorso alla Campagna Gate, on the side of the Piazzale Montelungo car park.

Works are set to start at the end of summer and will last a little less than one year. Conservative restoration works of the external faces will be carried out, along with other securing interventions for the areas related to them and all the archaeological insights required to enhance parts of the patrol paths and of the countermine galleries located at the bottom of the ramparts.

The recovery plan provides for the implementation of pathways and itineraries for public use, which will be tested starting right from the construction site.



From 12th to 15th June 2018, spotlight on PITTI UOMO no.94, the reference international event for contemporary menswear and lifestyle. A constantly evolving world, ready to anticipate and represent new fashion trends through a wide range of projects and innovative proposals.

1,240 brands will participate in this event, 561 of which coming from abroad (45% of the total number) spread over a reedited space geography, enhancing areas devoted to forward-looking fashion trends. Projects interpreting the outdoor universe in an unusual way redefine the lifestyle linked with the so-called athleisure and enhance makers from all over the world. The event will also feature the new wave of talents from Northern Europe and proposals from Eastern Europe, avant-garde styles and the excellence of cutting-edge design. And let us not forget the best new classic companies and brands relaunching sportswear modernity. All this within the unique atmosphere of the Pitti Immagine exhibitions.

The common thread of the summer 2008 Pitti Fair is P.O.P., meant as Pitti Optical Power, a virtual and visual party exploring new horizons of perception and the perspective of things through moving and wavy lines, like a full color pattern kaleidoscope making the facilities inside the Fortezza da Basso even more joyful and hypnotic.

The special guest of Pitti Uomo 94 will be Roberto Cavalli, coming to the Fortezza to launch his new menswear project worldwide with a special event – on Wednesday, 13th June – organized with the distinguishing style of the brand and dedicated to its new path.




The flagship event concerning vitreoretinal surgery is back again this year. The 19th edition of the national GIVRE Congress (the Italian Group of Vitreoretinal Surgery) will be organised by Professors Marco Borgioli, Augusto Morocutti and Stanislao Rizzo and will be held at Palazzo dei Congressi from 7th to 9th June 2018. Influential lecturers will deal with topics linked with surgical retina such as AMD, idiopathic macular hole, myopic macular degeneration, rhegmatogenous retinal detachment and cancer manifestations. Great attention will be paid to the latest surgical findings, with no less than 13 expert surgeons doing live surgery.

The synergy with the most prestigious associations in the ophthalmologic field will help give a specific scientific approach to this event.


Nextech starts its 2018 edition with the greatest Italian music talent of these last years – among the most loved deejays worldwide, Ilario Alicante will be back in Florence on Saturday, 26th May 2018 for a special edition at the Fortezza da Basso. The event will be opened by a live deejay set by Voiski, rising star of techno music.

Recalling his early days, Ilario will be back on the Nextech Special stage to honour his 10-year career, during one of the most highly anticipated springtime events in Italy. Though Ilario is Italian – a real Tuscan! – he boasts an international profile. Born in Livorno, he grew up listening to any kind of music and mixing it. He fell in love with minimal techno, Latin house music and became known in Tuscany for his deejay sets. In 2008, he released the hit “Vacaciones en Chile” with Tenax Recordings, which made him famous in the world electronic music. His subsequent productions, such as the EP “Living Near Africa”, helped strengthen his artistic credibility and his tracks were included in sets by artists such as Richie Hawtin and Ricardo Villalobos.

To enhance his music experience, he decided to move to Berlin, where Sven Väth recruited him as spearhead of his Cocoon Recordings. From Awakenings to Time Warp, and from Watergate and Egg to events organised by Cocoon, Alicante played in the most prestigious festivals and clubs worldwide and today he is one of the most important figures of global clubbing. Although he started as a clubber and still considers himself as such, eager to maintain his close link with the dancefloor, Alicante is also an innovative producer. After founding Deep Moves, a “classical” underground label in Berlin, he has been developing the new Virgo project for two years, a real techno IDM transmission platform, through which Ilario spreads his podcasts along with his crew, and also released powerful vinyl creations (among which “Virgo Storm”), being praised by his colleagues all over the world.

French producer Voiski will open this event. Involved in many projects, among which Tropical Agitation, Kartei, Silicate Musique and Polar Inertia, his endless loops combined with edgy rhythms take you to a futuristic and sentimental sound environment, creating a real experimental techno. He took part into festivals such as Dekmantel and he is the resident deejay of Boiler Room Paris. Voiski was also included in the “Fabric 98” compilation signed by Maceo Plex and released in April 2018.