Fortezza da Basso


Fortezza da basso

A unique location in the world, in the heart of Florence.

A masterpiece of the Renaissance architecture, the Fortezza da Basso – or of St. John the Baptist, as a tribute to the Patron Saint of Florence.

Was planned by Antonio da Sangallo il Giovane, commissioned by Alessandro de’ Medici, the first Duke of Florence, and built between 1534 and 1536. The Fortezza has been the main Congress & Exhibition Center venue for Florence and for central Italy since 1967, being strategically located in the historic city centre.

The Fortezza da Basso has an overall surface of over 80,000 sq m – of which 55,000 are roofed – and is an ideal place for fairs, such as the well renowned International Handicrafts Trade Fair, and congresses with a high number of participants, thanks to the possibility of building a plenary hall with 3,500 seats, as well as being a privileged place to host official receptions and gala events. A unique location in the world, combining perfectly restored historic locations, such as the Monumental Area, the Teatrino Lorenese and the Polveriera, with modern pavilions such as the Spadolini Pavilion (25,620 sq m on three levels) and the Cavaniglia Pavilion, opened in 1996, offering a wonderful visual impact of the 16th-century walls on one side of the building.

The conservative restoration of the whole area was carried out according to the space destination and to the requirements of the event organisers, exhibitors and visitors. Access to pavilions and to interior spaces is made possible through three driveway and pedestrian gates (Porta S. Maria Novella, Porta Faenza and Porta Mugnone) and two pedestrian entrances (Porta alle Carra and Porta Soccorso alla Campagna).

Access for persons with reduced mobility is guaranteed in all the public areas of the venues.

How to get There

Arriving by Car

Florence is well connected with the main italian cities, thanks to the italian motorway network, thus making it easier to get to the city centre, where the fair & congress center is located.

Arriving by Train

The main railway station of santa maria novella is located five minutes away on foot from the entrance of Fortezza da Basso. The other two railway stations (Rifredi and Campo di Marte) are at a ten-minute taxi distance from the central railway Station of Santa Maria Novella, or connected to it through local trains and city buses. –

Arriving by Plane

the international florence airport “amerigo vespucci” (iata code – flr) is only 4 km away from the florence city centre and can be easily reached by taxi or with the ataf/sita ‘vola in bus’ shuttle service, connecting the airport to the main railway station of santa maria novella in just 15-20 minutes. Thanks to the connections with Rome Fiumicino Airport, Milan Malpensa and the main European capitals, Florence is easily connected to the rest of the world. The main car rental companies are to be found inside the airport

Info: Società Aeroporto di Firenze: tel.+39 055 30615 –
The International Airport of Pisa “Galileo Galilei” (IATA code- PSA) is located 80 km from the city centre of Florence and is connected to the Tuscan capital by train (every hour) and by Terravision bus (full flight coverage with 18 journeys).

In addition to scheduled flights, the Pisa Airport also hosts many low-cost companies

Aeroporto Internazionale di Pisa
Tel.+39 055 849300

The Società Toscana Aeroporti S.p.A (the Tuscan Airport Company) – one of the most important airport systems in Italy – was born on 1st June 2015 as the product of a merger between the Florence and Pisa airports.

Following the upgrading of the railway connections with Bologna – which can now be reached in just 35 minutes -the Guglielmo Marconi Airport in Bologna (IATA code – BLQ) can also be easily reached from the city of Florence.

Aeroporto Internazionale di Bologna
Tel. +39 051 6479615