Fortezza da Basso
Viale Strozzi, 1
50123 Florence, Italy
A masterpiece of the military Renaissance architecture, the Fortezza da Basso was planned by Antonio da Sangallo il Giovane and commissioned by Duke Alessandro de’ Medici, and it was built between 1534 and 1537. The Fortezza da Basso has always been the main venue of the exhibition center in Florence since 1967 and it is strategically located in the historic city centre.
This complex and prestigious environment combines charming and perfectly restored historic places (such as the Quartieri Monumentali – the Monumental Area – or the Polveriera) with modern pavilions, specifically built to increase the space availability, such as the Spadolini Pavilion, built on three floors (opened in 1977) and the more recently built Cavaniglia Pavilion (opened in 1996).
Following these requirements, differentiated ways were organised, allowing exhibitors to access internal areas even with large trucks, and allowing visitors to benefit from various city connections (taxis, buses and trams) with the international airport Amerigo Vespucci, the central railway station of Santa Maria Novella and the numerous parking areas nearby.
Transportation to the Convention Centre
From the main train station: From the main train station you can reach the Congress Centre in 5 minutes walking.
From the airport: A bus connection (Linea-Volainbus) is operating from the airport to the city centre (main station) every 20-25 minutes.
Taxis: Taxis in Florence can be ordered by phone (Tel. +39 055 4242 or 4390) or found at the official taxi stands. You cannot stop a taxi on the road.
Bus: Florence has a comprehensive network of local bus routes. Most of them stop at the main railway station and therefore near to the convention venue. Bus tickets can be purchased at most coffee bars and kiosks. Fare is €1,20 multiple trips, valid up to 60 minutes.
Car parking: There are several paying parking areas around the Congress Centre.