Visit the Biennale

XII Edition

The XIIth Edition of the Florence Biennale (of Art and Design) will be held in Florence from 18 to 27 October at the Fortezza da Basso, Spadolini Pavilion.

Within the framework of the biennial, whose contemporary Art exhibition has been curated Melanie Zefferino whilst Gabriele Goretti has curated the Design exhibit, over 470 artists and about 200 from the world over will show their works.

The audience will have an opportunity to meet them and explore an exhibition path showcasing the latest design trends as well as artworks made with either historic or breakthrough media.

A rich programme of events, performance, lectures, and workshops is being offered.

Moreover, every day, from 18:00 hrs, visitors can attend the Show Cooking events run by chefs and food specialists while having an aperitif in the lounge area.

For the first time, in fact, visitors may access the exhibition either during the day, as usual, or in the evening with a ticket that includes the aperitif. Both kinds of tickets can be bought online.

Concessionary fees are also possible thanks to the many agreements made by Florence Biennale with other organisation in order to make this edition of the biennial more accessible to all.

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Opening hours

18 October

h. 5PM – 8PM

19 October

h. 10AM – 10PM

20 October

h. 10AM – 8PM

21 October

h. 2PM – 8PM

22 October

h. 2PM – 8PM

23 October

h. 10AM – 8PM

24 October

h. 10AM – 10PM

25 October

h. 10AM – 10PM

26 October

h. 10AM – 8PM

27 October

h. 10AM – 6PM

Getting Here

Florence Biennale
Fortezza da Basso – Padiglione Spadolini
Viale Filippo Strozzi, 1, 50129 Firenze
Entrance from Porta Santa Maria Novella (door)

Given the dimension and the duration of the ZTL (Zona a traffico limitato – Limited Traffic Zone of the city centre) from 7.30 am to 7.30 pm Mondays to Fridays, and from 7.30 am to 6.00 pm on Saturdays, we do not recommend you use your private car, considering that in the city centre you can easily access everything on foot and that there are many electric mini-buses connecting the various zones.


Various parking areas located in the immediate vicinity of Fortezza da Basso:

– Fortezza Fiera Car Park, (Piazzale Caduti nei Lager)

– Santa Maria Novella Car Park, (Piazza della Stazione) open 24 hours a day and located under the central railway station.

Check the map of parking areas


Firenze Parcheggi
Ph. +39 055 272011

The main central railway station of Firenze Santa Maria Novella (one of the most important railway junctions as well as an interchange point of the Florence public transportation) is located just a few steps (5 minutes on foot) from the Santa Maria Novella Door of Fortezza da Basso.

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The Florence international airport ‘Amerigo Vespucci‘ (IATA code FLR) , is located in the north-west suburban area of the city. There are many airlines arriving there and connecting the city to some of the most important European airports. The airport is only 4 km from the city centre, which can be easily reached by taxi or with the Ataf/Sita ‘Vola in Bus‘ shuttle service (around 15/20 minutes), connecting the airport to the main central railway station of Santa Maria Novella.
At the airport you can also find the main car rental agencies.


Florence Airport
Ph. +39.055.30615 +39.055.30615


The international airport of Pisa (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 Terravision bus (full flight coverage with 18 return journeys). For information about timetables and fares visit


Pisa International Airport
Ph. +39.050.849300


After the upgrading of the railway line “Freccia Rossa” between Florence and Bologna in just 35 minutes, also Bologna airport (IATA code BLQ) is a stop of easy access to Florence.


Bologna International Airport
Ph. +39.051.6479615

The public transportation network, ATAF & Li-nea s.c.a.r.l. connects the city centre to the suburban area with over 100 urban and extra-urban lines. Actually, the bus service also extends to the areas of Bagno a Ripoli, Calenzano, Campi Bisenzio, Fiesole, Impruneta (for Tavarnuzze), Scandicci, Sesto Fiorentino, Vaglia (for Pratolino).

The tramway Line 1 is also active, connecting the central railway station of Santa Maria Novella to Scandicci.


Pronto Ataf
Ph. 800 424500 (free call only from Italy);

Taxis can be called by phone or can be caught directly from the appropriate reserved taxi points, located in various parts of the city centre and in other suburban areas.


Ph. +39 055 4390 – +39 055 4499
Ph. +39 055 4242  – +39 055 4798

Book your Hotel

The Florence Biennale has arranged a dedicated Booking System that will allow all participating artists to find the best room in the reservation system of Firenze Convention & Visitors Bureau, the institutional and no-profit partner of this event. Click on the banner below to visit the Firenze Convention & Visitors Bureau website, book your room and find exclusive offers and packages without booking fees.

Moreover the Organization has arranged a Congress Card that will provides special offers and discounted fees at museums, historical sites, shops, restaurants and much more.

Click on the banner below to visit the Firenze Convention & Visitors Bureau website and download your Congress Card.