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Florence Viale Strozzi, 1 - 50129

  • Mtg rooms 50
  • Pax 400 - 2200


A masterpiece of the Renaissance architecture, the Fortezza da Basso was planned by Antonio da Sangallo il Giovane, commissioned by Duke Alessandro de’ Medici and built between 1534 and 1537. It is the main Congress & Exhibition venue in Florence, being strategically located in the historic city centre, just a few steps from the central Santa Maria Novella railway station and 5 minutes on foot from the main tourist attractions and shopping streets.

The Fortezza da Basso has an overall surface of about 80,000 square metres – of which 55,000 are roofed – and it is an ideal venue to organise top quality fairs and national and international congresses, thanks to possibility of building plenary rooms with a maximum of 2,200 seats, as well as to host official receptions and gala events. The type of premises combines perfectly restored and charming historical places, such as the Monumental Area or the Polveriera, and modern pavilions such as the Spadolini Pavilion – spread over three levels - and the Cavaniglia Pavilion, boasting the charming 16th-century walls of the Medicean fortress on one side of the building. All the premises feature advanced technology and top-level tailored services.

Covering a surface of over 7,600 square metres, the new Bellavista Pavilion will be built within the fortress walls. Modular, multifunctional and featuring a hall which can host over 3,000 guests, this pavilion will give the opportunity to welcome new prestigious international congresses, making the Fortezza an unparalleled Congress & Exhibition Center in the world.

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  • Sala principale (Spadolini Terra)
    • 2100 Maximum capacity
    • Maximum capacity 2100
    • Space in sq mt 3000
    • Built-in stage 10x4
    • Perimeter in mt 55x80
    • Natural daylight No
    • Height in mt 3.20
    Capacity for set up
    • 2100
  • Sala Padiglione Cavaniglia
    • 2200 Maximum capacity
    • Maximum capacity 2200
    • Space in sq mt 3300
    • Built-in stage 12x4
    • Perimeter in mt 110x30
    • Natural daylight Yes
    • Height in mt 4.25
    Capacity for set up
    • 2200
  • Sala (Spadolini Inferiore)
    • 2100 Maximum capacity
    • Maximum capacity 2100
    • Space in sq mt 3000
    • Built-in stage 10x4
    • Perimeter in mt 70x50
    • Natural daylight No
    • Height in mt 3.40
    Capacity for set up
    • 2100
  • Arsenale (Basilica)
    • 400 Maximum capacity
    • Maximum capacity 400
    • Space in sq mt 900
    • Built-in stage 8x4
    • Perimeter in mt 35x25
    • Natural daylight No
    • Height in mt 3.80
    Capacity for set up
    • 400
  • Sala (Spadolini Attico)
    • 1200 Maximum capacity
    • Maximum capacity 1200
    • Space in sq mt 2000
    • Built-in stage 10x4
    • Perimeter in mt 55x80
    • Natural daylight No
    • Height in mt 3.20
    Capacity for set up
    • 1200

Meeting equipment

  • Paid wifi
  • Available electric power (kW) a richiesta/upon request
  • Bare trusses
  • Equipped lighting trusses
  • Voice and sound amplification
  • Control room
  • Flip chart
  • Service elevator
  • Mobile stage
  • Catwalk
  • PC
  • Lcd - plasm - led screens
  • Built-in screen
  • Mobile screen
  • Marquees
  • Simultaneous translation
  • Closed circuit TV
  • Video projector
  • Videoconferencing

Other available areas

  • Dedicated bar area
  • Gardens (sq mt) 5800
  • Terraces (sq mt) 350


Inside the Fortezza da Basso Congress & Exhibition Center there are historical rooms and monumental quarters (Arsenale, Palazzina Lorenese, Teatrino Lorenese, Sala dell'Arco, Sala della Volta, Sala della Scherma, Sala Ottagonale, etc.) and modern pavilions (Spadolini Pavilion and Cavaniglia Pavilion). Each room therefore needs to be set up on purpose tailor-made according to the needs of each customer. All conference equipment listed below can be provided upon request. The Cavaniglia and the area 'Basilica' are equipped with fixed trusses.

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  • Viale Strozzi, 1
  • 50129 - Firenze

Main distances

  • AirportAmerigo Vespucci/Peretola
  • Distance (km)4
  • Shuttle service from/to Airport


Year built

  • 1537

Other services

  • Disabled accessibility
  • Public transport nearby
  • Taxi stand nearby
  • Notes Inside the Fortezza da Basso any kind of service can be provided upon customers' request.


  • Outside parking for 300 vehicles free parking

Restaurants and catering

  • External catering service with exclusivity
  • Bar

Business centre

  • Internet access Paid wifi

Credit cards

  • American Express
  • Diners
  • Jcb
  • Master Card
  • Visa

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