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10/01/2014 Congress and Exhibitions

Florence, Fortezza da Basso scheduled to undergo a “lifting” worth 80 million euros

Fortezza da Basso Florence
Fortezza da Basso Florence

The future of Fortezza da Basso, Florence’s  hallmark fair complex, looks extremely rosy. In fact, 80 million euros have been allocated to modernize the complex, in order to make it the ideal location for all events of an international scope. The announcement was made by the president of Regione Toscana, Enrico Rossi, at Pitti Uomo, the menswear fashion show.

 

“In March we will present a timeline of investments for the Fortezza” explained Rossi, who then went on to add. “By 2014 we need to stagger the investments necessary, because this cannot be done on a one-off basis, not only from an economic point of view but also in terms of the construction works necessary.

 

The aim is to ensure that within the space of a few years, the entire fair complex will be renovated and operative.” According to Rossi, the fact that the congress hub is located in the heart of Florence amidst several of its most beautiful sights, “is not a limitation but rather a plus on a global level”, also bearing in mind that the city’s infrastructure will soon be enriched by an enlarged airport meaning that the “Regional Council will most certainly approve the modification.” 

 

The Fortezza da Basso, a building dating back to the 16th century, is located just a short distance from the highly central  Santa Maria Novella station in the historic centre of Florence. It extends over a surface area of almost 100,000 sq.m. of which more than half is covered and features a plenary hall boasting a 3,500 seating capacity, conference rooms designed to host more than 2,000 delegates, exhibition areas and rooms for receptions and gala evenings. Its historic spaces are enriched by modern pavilions, including the Padiglione Spadolini, extending over three floors and the Padiglione Cavaniglia


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