Fortezza da Basso
, in Viale Filippo Strozzi, is an ancient Medici defensive structure dating from the 16th century which now houses exhibits. Some of the most important national and international events for fashion, art, tourism and new technologies are held here. Better known ones are the Pitti Immagine Uomo (images of man)
and Pitti Immagine Bimbo (images of children) that see more than 30,000 visitors from around the world. The BTC, Borsa del Turismo Congressuale (Convention Tourism Trade Show) is another European event aimed at operators of conventions and providers of company incentive trips.
The Palazzo dei Congressi
, in Pratello Orsini, a perfectly restored ancient villa with period furnishings, and Palazzo degli Affari
onVia Bernardo Cennini, a modern structure built in 1974, are the prestigious venues for conventions and congresses, especially medical ones as well as intergovernmental conventions of national and international relevance.
Around the hotel, at 300 meters, you will find true jewels dating from the first Florentine Renaissance, some less-known masterpieces of unusual beauty which are nevertheless very important for the history of art. We have the Cenacle of Fuligno, in Via Faenza, a beautiful and delicate fresco by Perugino depicting the Last Supper, and the Cenacle of Sant'Apollonia, in Via XXVII Aprile, where Andrea del Castagno painted frescoes on the back wall of the refectory of the Monastery depicting the Last Supper, Crucifixion, Deposition, and Resurrection using very modern techniques.
Absolutely a must-see is Museo di San Marco, in Saint Mark's square (just a 10-minute walk from the hotel), with the marvelous frescoes by Beato Angelico, and the Galleria dell'Accademia, in Via Ricasoli, which houses some of the most beautiful sculptures by Michelangelo: the Prigioni (Prisons), Saint Mathew and the famous David.