Si è chiusa il 1 maggio l’81° Mostra Internazionale dell’Artigianato con un bilancio più che positivo quanto a soddisfazione degli espositori ed affluenza di pubblico, con un picco il 25 aprile e il 1 maggio quando lunghe code si sono registrate davanti alle biglietterie della mostra e al bancomat, segno tangibile della voglia dei visitatori di fare acquisti ‘scaccia crisi’.

Ottima la risposta del pubblico nei confronti di new entry come Absolut Handmade – Limited Edition e I mestieri dell’arte tra Tevere e Arno. Affollate le aree dedicate al riciclo creativo (T-Riciclo Green Market), al vintage (Rendez-vous Vintage in Fortezza), alle proposte di giovani emergenti (Mani creative), al wellness e beauty (Bellezza e Benessere), all’artigianato on the road degli Stati Uniti, paese ospite d’onore. Grande interesse anche per Visioni e Casa In & Out, che quest’anno ha raddoppiato gli spazi espositivi con soluzioni innovative per l’arredamento e la ristrutturazione della casa.

“Il successo di questa 81° edizione” dichiara Alessandro Castellano Presidente di Firenze Fiera, dimostra che ricerca del bello, esclusività e innovazione risultano fattori vincenti in tutti i comparti dell’artigianato. La nostra ambizione è quella di crescere anno dopo anno in qualità e prodotti di alta gamma, cercando di portare avanti idee e progettualità conformi ai rapidi cambiamenti del gusto e del mercato, in un equilibrato mix fra know how artigianale e innovazione digitale”.



A special and dynamic edition under the aegis of pop will welcome visitors at the Fortezza da Basso from 22nd April to 1st May for the 81st International Handicrafts Trade Fair the first certified handicrafts fair in Italy, organized by Firenze Fiera in co-operation with the main institutions and industry associations. Continue reading The 81st Edition of the International Handicrafts Trade Fair – April 22 – May 1, 2017


4,200 delegates are expected to participate in the 25th European Congress of Psychiatry, set to take place at the Fortezza da Basso from 1st to 4th April 2017. This event, organised by the European Psychiatric Association (EPA) – the biggest association in this field, founded in 1983 and based in Strasbourg – represents psychiatry in Europe, with over 7,800 active members throughout the whole continent, and focuses on care improvement and on professional excellence growth.
The association operates at a European level, cooperating with other important sector organizations, such as the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP), the European Brain Council (EBC) and the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS).

This event will encourage learning, discussion and exchange between European and Non-European psychiatrists and between the leaders of the organisations of the parties interested in the mental health area. Led by the motto “Together for Mental Health”, special attention will be given to a dialogue between neuroscience and social sciences, overcoming the traditional separation between biology and human relations, which misled this profession and the public opinion for too many years.



1,700 among cardiologists and insiders will gather at Palazzo dei Congressi from 24th to 26th March 2017 for the 35th Congress of Cardiology “Conoscere e curare il cuore 2017” (Prevent and Treat Your Heart 2017) – the most important national congress on problems linked with diagnosis and therapy in cardiology. This event, deliberately privileging the clinical-practical aspects rather than theoretical research, is promoted and organized by the Centro per la Lotta contro l’Infarto (Heart Attack Centre), a non-profit organisation born in 1982, bringing together citizens and medical specialists to promote health education and medical culture in Italy, in order to prevent cardiovascular diseases, particularly myocardial infarction, the most common cause of death in Western countries.

“This congress – says Prof. Francesco Prati, President of the Centro per la Lotta contro l’Infarto – is our Foundation’s yearly cultural tribute to Italian cardiologists.”



Nearly 50 million people suffer from dementia diseases. For a full update on clinical and experimental research within the scope of this pathology, the 22nd congress of SINDEM –(Independent Association member of SIN – the Italian Society of Neurology – for Dementias) –will take place at Palazzo dei Congressi from 16th to 18th March 2017 within the events for the Settimana del Cervello (Brain Week). Continue reading Focus on Dementias at the SINDEM Congress – Palazzo dei Congressi, March 16-18, 2017


Over 300 plastic and cosmetic surgeons will meet at Palazzo dei Congressi from 17th to 19th March 2017 to discuss and clarify plastic surgery achievements. The best Italian specialists will participate, along with 5 international super-guests: Daniel Baker and Steve Cohen from the U.S., Per Heden from Sweden, Bryan Mendelson from Australia and Raul Gonzalez from Brazil.

New-generation breast implants, fat-dissolving injections and techniques to make people 10 years younger without using any scalpel in a single session – some of them are real novelties, implying the use of revolutionary techniques or innovative materials, while others are alleged novelties, still requiring time to test their safety and efficiency. The plastic & cosmetic surgeons of AICPE – the Italian association of Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery – will bring some order to the jungle of cosmetic treatments during the 5th National Congress named “Cosmetic Surgery”, taking place from 17th to 19th March 2017.

“We are submerged with information on revolutionary techniques allowing to obtain fantastic results in a short time, and without any effort – says Eugenio Gandolfi, President of AICPE -. Surely, in these last years, cosmetic surgery and medicine have made giant steps ahead, making it possible to obtain achievements which would have seemed impossible until recently, with less invasive techniques and faster recovery times. But this is also a sector in which there aren’t any clearly defined rules and improvised professionals abound, merely interested in their own profits, rather than in the safety of patients and the naturalness of results.”

Established in 2011, AICPE (www.aicpe.org) groups over 300 specialists devoting themselves mainly to plastic surgery for cosmetic purposes. To access the association, you have to go through a strict selection. By contacting AICPE members, patients know they can choose among selected professional practitioners.

The annual Florence congress offers the opportunity to discuss and take stock of the situation on techniques, tools and materials which actually work, and on those who, instead, do not give satisfactory results. Over 300 participants are expected to attend this event – in addition to important Italian plastic surgeons, some of the most renowned international specialist will also take part in the discussion, among them Daniel Baker and Steve Cohen from the U.S., Per Heden from Sweden, Bryan Mendelson from Australia and Raul Gonzalez from Brazil.



Scientists and researchers from all over the world met from 7th to 11th March at the Palacongressi & Palaffari to pool their own experience and sum up the connections between smoke and health. The congress was organized by SRNT – the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco – with members in over 40 countries in the world. “We are extremely satisfied with the results achieved – explained Bruce Wheeler, Executive Director of SRNT – both from a scientific point of view for the topics discussed, and for the positive feedback of participants coming to Florence from over 25 countries – Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, United States and Canada. They were all incredibly happy to find themselves in a beautiful congress center, just a few steps away from the historical highlights of one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and assisted by a highly professional staff who, along with the quality of Tuscan cuisine, made our experience even more unique and unforgettable.”

Topics discussed included various aspects linked with tobacco consumption, ranging from the consequences on health up to relevant laws, as well as electronic cigarettes and the interaction between nicotine and other psychoactive substances.

Watch the interview with Dr. Bruce Wheeler


3,600 participants from 230 schools -a new record of entries. 500 more than the previous edition. An unstoppable phenomenon, which has grown year on year.

“It takes just a second, Sir, now that the train has whistled…”. This is the end of the famous short story “The Train Has Whistled” by Luigi Pirandello, lending its title to the 16th edition of the Colloqui Fiorentini. And this train, taking Belluca – the main character of the story – on a journey that frees him from a bitter and suffocating life, will be caught by all those participating in the Florence convention. Trains, but also coaches, planes, from Lombardy, Sardinia, Sicily, and even the earthquake-hit Abruzzo. Teachers and students will come to Florence by any means of transport and from every region of Italy to experience this three-day event devoted to school. Because Pirandello is simply irresistible and his words, his books provocatively encourage to live life. Pirandello still captures the hearts and minds of Italian sensitive teachers and students, ready to move and to burn with passion for knowledge and with the urge to find a meaning behind everything.

There is a beyond in everything. You do not wish or do not know how to see it. But the moment this something more gleams in the eyes of an idle person like myself, who has set himself to observe you, why, you become puzzled, disturbed or irritated.” Pirandello makes you feel uncomfortable, Pirandello fascinates and irritates, Pirandello breaks the mould. The youth love him for this urge to know more about the existence, and for not being satisfied with what they already know: “There is a beyond in everything …” 

For sixteen years, the Colloqui Fiorentini event has been giving the opportunity to ask this kind of questions fearlessly within the scope of Italian schools. Here, students are free to discover themselves and the world, in perfect harmony with life and culture, between a thirst of culture and the urge to know more. And for many teachers (500 for this edition) this has become an unmissable event, a real professional training and updating opportunity.

This convention is actively supported by the Ministry of Education, Universities and Research, which acknowledged its significance concerning school and educational innovation and has therefore promoted it in all Italian schools, by inserting it in the Experience List of Excellence Promotion.



The Convention named “Tossicodipendenza, psicoterapia e Processo Anevrotico Terapeutico” (Drug Dependence, Psychotherapy & Un-neurotic Therapy Procedure) will take place at the Fortezza da Basso (Sala della Scherma) on Wednesday, 1st March 2017 from 9.30 a.m. on, and will be open to the public. Students from some Florence schools will also take part into this event, among them those from the Galileo Galilei State Institute and the Buontalenti Professional Institute. Continue reading The Convention on Drug Dependence, Psychotherapy & Un-Neurotic Therapy Procedure – Fortezza da Basso, March 1, 2017


The most highly-anticipated event for all the archaeologists, sector professionals and ancient art lovers, TourismA 2017 – the International Archaeology Exhibition organised by Archeologia Viva (Giunti Editore) in cooperation with Firenze Fiera – will be held at the Palacongressi from Friday, 17th to Sunday 19th, 2017. “Despite these times of crisis – says Piero Pruneti, director of the event – TourismA is rapidly expanding. Thanks also to the cooperation of Firenze Fiera, we created the most important European event devoted to the promotion of cultural and environmental heritage.”

Some new features of this event will take your breath away, among them the spectacular 1:1 scale reconstruction of Tutankhamun’s tomb within a project highlighting Egypt as the protagonist with the convention Omaggio a Tutankhamon (A Tribute to Tutankhamun). The convention will take place at the Auditorium on Friday, February 17th, seeing the participation of internationally renowned Egyptologists, such as Zahi Hawass, the famous Egyptian archaeologist with “Ultime notizie dalla tomba del faraone bambino” (Latest news from the tomb of a Child Pharaoh).

Among the exhibitors, the National Tourist Board of Cyprus, the National Tourist Board of Jordan, Algeria with its Unitour Tour Operator and Croatia, I Viaggi di Maurizio Levi, the Rallo Travel Agency, specialized in cultural trips to Egypt – which has been organizing the trips of Archeologia Viva for 28 years. Italy will be represented by many museums and institutions from Florence, Sardinia, Veneto – with the Ligabue Foundation in Venice, Friuli Venezia Giulia with the Aquileia Foundation, Emilia Romagna with the RavennAntica Foundation, and Campania with the National Museum of Naples. Sicily will participate with its Archaeological Park of the Valle dei Templi in Agrigento, the Tourist District of the Monti Iblei in Ragusa and the Resort Hotel Punta Spalmatore in Ustica.

Among the unmissable events, a great convention devoted to the Lombards, the shocking findings on sacrifices made by the Etruscans, the battle of the Teutoburg Forest with Valerio M.ManfrediMonna Lisa with Alberto Angela, Dante’s Middle Ages with Franco Cardini, the Pompei excavations with Massimo Osanna, and the masterpieces of archaeological cinema. All this will be complemented by exhibiting booths, experimental archaeology and an exhaustive programme for educational workshops.

Check out the full programme on: www.tourisma.it