Florence, Italy Meeting Planning Overview
Florence ("Firenze") is a living museum, a gem set in the verdant Tuscan countryside, where fine wines, palatial accommodations, and museums housing some of the world's most important art treasures are all within walking distance. Even the most famous attractions are all within walking distance of one another, making them an organizer's dream and cutting down considerably on in-city transportation. Meeting venues in Florence reflect the golden age of this Renaissance city. Attendees may fly into Florence Airport or Pisa International Airport and from there take bus shuttle service into the city.
Congresses and large conferences in Florence are held in what the city calls its "Congress Citadel", a triumvirate of facilities that include the Fortezza da Basso, a 16th-century fort covering 800,000 square feet of space, half of which is covered; the Palazzo degli Affari, offering 45,000 square feet of conference space; and the Palazzo dei Congressi, a Renaissance-style building with 10,000 square feet of conference space and an auditorium seating 1,000.