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.
Available electric power (kW) a richiesta/upon request
Equipped lighting trusses
Voice and sound amplification
Lcd - plasm - led screens
Closed circuit TV
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.