According to the ICCA (International Conference and Congress Association), Italy ranks as the 6th country worldwide for number of meetings held on site and 5th for number of participants. The latest official report from 2019, pre-Covid times, is listing Rome and Milan in the Top 20 list of cities in the world, where meetings were being held.
Our country has all the features that are required to plan a Business Meeting and here is a summary of them:
- Flight accessibility, Rome, Milan and Venice are pretty much connected with the whole world with a lot of direct flights or easy connections;
- Local support with experienced DMC’s and Regional Convention Bureaus;
- Variety of destinations with ideal climate most of the year;
- Well equipped hotels and congress centres with modern tech support;
- Cultural features, entertainment, excellent F&B options and relaxation to combine with the event;
- Last but not least a major variety of venues, all over the country, suitable for a perfect and unique experience for a Business Meeting.
Here is a selection of very unique and special meeting Venues outside of the hotels, covering some of the most popular Italian Destinations.
Punta della Dogana
Ideal Number: 150 guests
This incredible building, that used to be the Venetian Customs House, stands right at the beginning of the Grand Canal. Recently restored by famous architect Tadao Ando and managed by the Pinault Corporation this site is officially an Art Exhibition center. Its bare and minimalistic interiors rendered extremely modern by Ando are an excellent location for an unforgettable meeting in Venice. Very close to all major resorts, It is really a place to consider if you want to avoid the usual Hotel meeting room.
The business center of Italy offers a lot of options for a perfect meeting, most of them are very modern structures that used to be industrial buildings but all restored and equipped to perfection with the most modern A/V systems and lighting.
Hangar Bicocca – Ultra modern and minimalistic . 200 to 1000 guests
Mico – Milano Convention Center – Very large for up to 3.000 guests,
Magna Pars Convention Center – from 40 to 400 guests
Pelota – A restored Pelota sport field – up to 400 guests
Officine Del Volo – An ex aircraft engines factory turned in to a venue – 400 guests
Superstudio Events – Another industrial building with 10 modular spaces to be used for a modern look post-industrial business meeting.
Villa Erba International Congress And Exhibition Center
Ideal Number: 50 to 1500 guests.
This beautiful historic villa, originally built as a monastery in the 1700’s, on the shores of Lake Como, is a major location for meetings in this scenic part of Italy. In addition to the historic building the complex has a modern one designed by architect Mario Bellini which features 28 rooms over 10000 sq. mt. The place to have the best business meeting on Lake Como.
La Venaria Reale
Ideal Number: 99 to 600
This wonderful location is part of the Savoy Royal Family of Italy palatial complex of buildings that are standing in the outskirts of Turin, the ex capital of Italy ,when we had a king leading our country. Historical and majestic it has 6 separate rooms to be used for a memorable meeting location.
Ideal Number : 400 to 1000
The Leopolda Train Station was the old train terminal in Florence and is now a very large meeting and convention center composed of two very large spaces covering 6.000 sq.meters. The place was restored with the cooperation of Gae Aulenti one of the most important Italian architects. Located just a few minutes from the city center and the major hotels is really the ideal place for a large meeting taking place in the Capital of the Renaissance.
Fortezza Da Basso
Ideal Number : over 1000
The Fortezza Da Basso is an historical fortress in the center of Florence dating back to 1534. It is a very large complex of buildings that are under the wing of Florence Fairs , Congress and Exhibition Center. The total surface within the fortress walls is a wapping 80000 sq.m of which 55.000 are covered spaces.
The capital of Italy and a place you must use at least once for your meetings! Here you can have your business event in an ancient Roman Palace or in an ultramodern Convention Center or using the very large Hotel meeting spaces available in the city. Here a few names of special venues to consider.
An ancient Roman Building dating back to the 1st century AD. Composed of two majestic halls can host an intimate meeting of 60 guests. Very unique and rare opportunity to run a business meeting in such an ancient building.
Auditorium Parco Della Musica
A very modern complex with perfect acoustics designed by famous architect Renzo Piano.
It has 3 large halls holding 2800, 1200 and 700 seats in theatre style. 20 min away from most 5 star properties in Rome.
La Nuvola – Rome Convention Center
The latest addition to to Rome Convention center is this futuristic meeting venue located just 30 min away from the city center. With a covered surface of 55.000 sq.mt. and the unique “Cloud” Auditorium Hall with 1700 seats is the place to be for a large conference in Rome. Designed by another famous Italian Architect , Massimiliano Fuksas.
Casino Dell’ Aurora Pallavicini
If exclusivity is what you are looking for , The Casino dell’ Aurora Pallavicini is a splendid and secluded jewel of Baroque architecture in Rome with a secret garden. Built in 1612 and full of art masterpieces this place has 3 halls and can hold from 65 to 120 guests.
A few minutes away from major deluxe 5 star hotels in the city.
Naples & Amalfi Coast
National Railway Museum At Pietrarsa
This fantastic venues is a train museum with a collection of locomotives, carriages and trains that were used in Italy since 1839. This is also one the largest conference and meeting centres in Southern Italy, with 9 meeting Rooms and the possibility to host up to 800 guests. Easy to reach from both Naples and Sorrento.
Oscar Niemeyer Auditorium – Ravello – Amalfi Coast
Nestled on the hills separating Ravello from Amalfi this modern masterpiece designed by the famous Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer can hold and audience of 320 guests in theatre style. A very unique gem on the Amalfi Coast for a prestigious meeting.