With just a telephone call, you can organise a congress!



With just a telephone call, you can organise a congress!
With just a telephone call, you can
organise a congress!
A full set of advantages:
Free support and advice to pinpoint the most appropriate venue of
the club to meet your requirements.
With just a telephone call, you can organise a
After more than 36 years and
well over 6,000 events handled
Single interface and reliable service ensured by a steady control
of the quality level of each facility.
as the Sales Promotion Manager
at Firenze Expo and thereafter
as a Congress Broker, I have
founded the “Florence Gold Con-
Round-the-clock accessibility and extreme speed of feedback.
gress Venues” Club. This a unique
selection of the most modern and
well-equipped congress and hotel
360° offer capability so as to propose a turnkey solution.
facilities in Florence, that have
been put together with the aim of
hosting events, exhibitions, as well
Great value as a result of special cooperation agreements with the
club members and no charges to the customer.
as congresses, and is today operating in synergy with each other
under my direct coordination.
Florence welcomes you in its wonderful
atmosphere to give you an event of your dreams!
Since mid December 2009, Florence, the city that gave birth to the Renaissance
of arts and culture, is even closer to the centre of whole Italy following an upgrade of the rail network. 37 minutes is all that is required to reach the most precious jewel of Tuscany from Bologna, 1h45’ from Milan, 2h46’ from Turin, 1h35’
from Verona, 1h35’ from Rome and 3h from Naples.
Florence has also given birth to the “Gold Congress Venues”, a network of congress and hotel premises that are both well-equipped and effi cient. Together
these premises have 1,800 rooms and over 70 halls with capacity of 20 to 7,800
seated guests. Cav. Carlo Gragnoli in his role as founder and coordinator of the
network maintains quality control and ensures that services provided are of the
highest standard.
Those who choose this magnificent city to organize its own event are sure will
defenitly get an excellent services thanks to GCV in a scene rich in history, culture and charm as anywhere else in the world.
Hotel and Congress Venues
Villa le Maschere Resort *****
Twenty two masks carved from local pietra serena stone, some classical and
some grotesque, decorate the facade of Villa Le Maschere, one of the most
beautiful late Renaissance country homes in Tuscany.
Pleasantly situated in the hills of the Mugello near the Bilancino Lake, Villa Le
Maschere was the subject of a 5 year-long restoration and has been reborn as a
5-star resort. Le Maschere is a place of great historical and architectural value,
but with its special emphasis on contemporary interior design it is also a superb
expression of the world-famous “Made in Italy”.
Past and present, tradition and innovation, characterise the villa’s strong personality. Perrywinkle-violet coloured fittings, a colour much loved by the lords and
ladies of the eighteenth century, venetian style floors, glass and gold leaf tiles,
stone pastes of coloured cement and majolica inspired by the early twentieth
century, all fuse harmoniously in the Villa’s contemporary interiors.
AC Hotel ****
Cosmopolitan ****
The hotel, opened in January 2007,
Conveniently located just a few min-
has 118 bedrooms. It is located near
utes away from the historical centre
the old railway station Leopolda at
and thus easy to reach either from the
700 m (2.300 ft) away from the cen-
airport or from the central train station,
tral railway station. Its restaurant is
the Cosmopolitan Hotel consists of
the perfect place to enjoy a delicious
47 guest rooms and 2 meeting rooms
dinner in a quiet and refined atmos-
which can hold up to 8 and 40 peo-
ple respectively. The real peculiarity
of the Cosmopolitan Hotel is the level
The Conference area includes FO-
of attention given to its guests: a rich
RUM B hall with 50 seats theatre
breakfast is served every morning in
style (25 in a kidney-shaped setting)
a spacious and particularly bright hall,
and FORUM A hall with 160 seats
an intimate bar is available to enjoy
theatre style (120 in a kidney-shaped
an aperitif or a quick break and, final-
setting), equipped with top technolo-
ly, a lounge area provided with a large
gy devices. Free of charge: a garage
screen television with international
with parking space for 70 cars, mini-
channels is at guests’ free availabil-
bar in the rooms, Turkish bath and
ity. Cosmopolitan Concept Hotel in
sports facilities.
Florence: the perfect solution both for
business and for leisure travelers.
Grand Hotel Baglioni ****
Only 100 meters away from the dome, the hotel is at foot distance from the city
congress and fair centres, as well as from the shopping avenues and the art museums and masterpieces. 193 rooms recently renovated with classic Florentine
décor, comfortable and elegant, featuring caisson ceilings and precious furnishings. The hotel’s jewel is the panoramic restaurant, renown as the foyer of artists
and Florentine VIPs, with capacity for up to 200 guests to whom is offered an
amazing 360° view over the city of Dante. In summer the restaurant is turned into
a roof garden, the ideal setting for any kind of events for up to 600 people.
The congress centre comprises 9 elegant meeting halls embellished by stucco
works and furnished with the best in terms of technical equipment. Maximum
capacity reaches 450 people that can be split between a minimum of 10 and a
maximum of 200 per hall.
Grand Hotel Mediterraneo ****
Situated along the Arno river in a quiet and wonderful position, at walking distance from the Santa Croce Basilique and at 2,5 km (8.200 ft) from the A1 highway exit “Florence South”. It has 331 highly comfortable bedrooms, this making
it the largest hotel in town.
Available also are a garage with parking places for 120 cars, Wi-Fi, Internet point,
in addition to 3 restaurants Arno, Fiesole and Taverna for up to 480 seats.
The brand new Conference Centre, opened in 2009, covers an area of 650 m2
(7.000 ft2) and, by the means of sound proof mobile walls, can be rearranged into
various halls seating from 10 to 300 guests (Sala dei Continenti), all benefiting
from natural light and state-of-theart audio-video equipment. Wide hall of 400 m2
(4.305 ft2), as the ideal setting for events requiring exhibition’s space.
Hilton Florence
Metropole ****
Hilton Garden Inn
Florence Novoli ****
Four star luxury hotel located in a
Innovative and functional hotel lo-
quiet residential area, in the west part
cated just 5 minutes away from the
of the town, 4 km away from the city
Amerigo Vespucci Airport of the city
centre and only 2 kmfrom the airport.
and 10 minutes from the old city cen-
It has 212 bedrooms elegantly fur-
nished, 2 restaurants, an internal ga-
It has 121 bedrooms equipped with
rage for 70 cars and an external car
GSS (Garden Sleep System) mat-
park for 60 cars, a 29 seat shuttle bus
tresses and Mirra ergonomic chairs.
to Santa Maria Novella central rail-
Wide and welcoming lobby with book-
way station, executive lounge, fitness
shop, business Centre, fitness room,
Centre, 24h/24h open sports Centre.
bar with fireplace area, City Restaurant with buffet lunch and “à la carte”
Its Congress Centre features 1.160
dinner, covered garage.
m2 (12.500 ft2) of congress and exhibition space on two levels, with ex-
Meeting hall “San Donato” with up
pandable rooms for 30 to 500 seats
to 160 seats expandable and Board-
equipped with state-of-the art confer-
room with up to 20 seats. Free Inter-
ence facilities.
net ADSL in each room and Wi-Fi in
public spaces.
Hotel Albani ****
Four star hotel with 102 bedrooms, located at the very heart of the city, a few
steps from Santa Maria Novella central railway Station. It is situated in a 19th
century Palazzo, which has been completely refurbished. The restaurant and the
American bar offer the opportunity to taste the recipes of the best national and
international cuisine.
The Congress Centre – one of the largest and the best fitted of in downtown Florence – has meeting rooms with capacity ranging from 15 to 350 people. The new
Michelangelo meeting room, with natural light, can be split into two spaces, both
enjoying plenty of natural light with wide windows facing the garden.
Hotel Villa Gabriele
d’Annunzio ****
Renovated from an ancient monastery, Hotel Villa D’Annunzio is set in
the residential area of Coverciano /
Campo di Marte, at five minutes walking distance from the Nelson Mandela
Forum and the Soccer Stadium, and
just 3km (1.9mi) away from the Main
Cathedral. The hotel features an elegant setting and has 82 rooms, furnished in a classic style and provided
with the most modern amenities, including Wi-Fi Internet access, minibar, and an LCD TV. A private car park
with 70 places, a swimming pool, and
a private gaden complete the offering. The congress area includes three
conference rooms with capacity of 10
to a maximum of 100 seats, in addition to a large reception area.
Nilhotel ****
Opened in February 2009, it is located
within a few minutes from the Florence
Airport and from the Highways A1, A11
and the expressway Florence-Pisa-Leghorn. 246 modern styled rooms are at
disposal on 7 floors, free garage, external parking for 38 cars and 11 buses, 2
restaurant rooms for a total of 150 seats.
Breakfast room, bar with reserved tables, large hall, Internet point, free ADSL
line in the rooms, free Wi-Fi in the public
areas, a fitness rooom and a small chapel. The Conference Centre has 6 meeting rooms (the largest of them has a capacity of up to 200 people), with natural
light, free Wi-Fi access, technologically
updated, with an overall capacity of 350
people. Nearby are functional exhibition
areas. Restaurant and catering services
are provided by Gino and Gennaro Napolitano.
Together Florence Inn ****
Together Florence Inn is a brand-new four
star hotel in the immediate surroundings of
Florence, offering its guests an unforgettable stay in harmony with nature, art, hospitality and well being. A few hundred meters
from the exit of the highway A1 Firenze Sud,
the hotel allows for easy access while still
being at close distance from the centre of
Florence. It is the ideal venue to relax and
enjoy a rich wellness area comprising a
heated outdoor pool with hydro massage, a
Finnish sauna, a beautiful solarium, a fitness
hall and, of course, a wide range of massage services. 48 elegant rooms, a restaurant proposing exquisite dishes of traditional
and international cuisine served with a wide
selection of fine wines, and a large meeting hall accomodating up to 230 people and
equipped with all modern technologies.
Poggio dei Medici ****
Resort and golf club in the green
Mugello valley, near the medieval
village of Scarperia and all the best
known towns in Tuscany like Siena,
San Gimignano, Volterra and Lucca.
70 spacious and elegant rooms in restored old farmhouses, a prestigious
18-hole golf course, restaurant for
170 guests, 10 meeting rooms, fitness
and wellness centre, Turkish bath,
outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi.
Magnificent villa dating back to the
17th century with spacious garden
suitable for banquets and ceremonies
up to 100 people. Plenty of outdoor
life, with a lot of inner wellbeing.
Multipurpose Venues
Auditorium al Duomo
A new Congress Centre, opened in 2006 and located in the city Centre of Florence, i.e. only 100 m (330 ft) away from the world-famous cathedral and 200 m
(660 ft) from the central railway station of Santa Maria Novella. The Congress
centre is situated on two main levels featuring an Auditorium with 275 seats in
theatre setting and three expandable rooms that can seat from 20 to 160 pax or
a 200 m2 (2.150 ft2) open space for catering services and exhibitions.
All around, a number of service areas and public spaces offer additional comfort
and functionality to the congress facilities. Directly connected to the Congress
Centre is the Vivahotel Laurus al Duomo****, that was completely refurbished in
2004 and is now equipped with 52 bedrooms. Nearby is also the Hotel Pitti Palace**** with 87 rooms featuring a magnificent view close to the historical bridge
“Ponte Vecchio”.
Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
The Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Theater is located near Porta al Prato, a 10 minutes walk from the Santa Maria Novella train station and from the city centre. The
Main Hall can seat 2.003 people (635 on the orchestra level, 226 box seats, 664
first tier, and 478 second tier). The theater features a 475 m2 (5,113 ft2) surface
equiped with restaurant facilities and exibitions designed areas. The Smaller Hall
has an occupancy of 507 seats (357 orchestra level, 150 first tier), it has a 310
m2 surface (3,340 ft2).
In the Oltrarno neighbourhood, at the address via Santa Maria 15, is located the
Goldoni Theater, built in the 19th century, restored and reopened in 1998. It can
seat 321 people (143 orchestra level, 178 box seats) and has a 125 m2 surface.
All the spaces can be used for performing events, congresses, cultural events,
exibitions and gala dinners.
Nelson Mandela Forum
This venue can host up to 7.800 peo-
Reopened in spring 2002, after exten-
ple, however it also offers 1.000 in the
sive restoration, it is easily accessed
frame of a separate hall “il ridotto”. It
via the Firenze Sud A1 highway exit.
is a multifunctional location dedicated
It offers a 1.700 seats meeting hall
not only to sports events, but also to
in a theatre setting, the largest in the
important congresses and cultural
city, and another space for up to 100
events, in addition commercial fairs
seats. The same area of 1.700 m2
and competitions with 700 to 2.000
(18,300 ft2) can be also used for gala
candidates. It offers catering services
dinners, exhibitions (very conveni-
for up to 2.000 people within an over-
ent for buses in terms of the loading
all area of 5.000 m2 (53.820 ft2). A
and unloading of goods), spectacular
very large car park is also available.
events, and competitions for up to
700 candidates. It also boasts a wide
private car park for up to 350 cars.
Stazione Leopolda
Stazione Leopolda is an enormous, 19th century former railroad station that has
maintained all of its industrial-archeological aura. With its “permanently unfinished” atmosphere it extends a standing invitation for creativity and free expression. Since 1993 its 5.000 m2 (53.820 ft2) of covered space have hosted any kind
of events: conventions, design and architecture exhibitions as well as political
and social events and fashion shows. In the heart of Florence, nearby the Santa
Maria Novella railway station (1 tramvia stop) Stazione Leopolda is also wellconnected to the near Fortezza da Basso. In addition, Stazione Leopolda offers
parking facilities and a huge space, free from exhibitions and far from the guest’s
view, to arrange catering, audio-visual and storage operations. This exhibition
space is divided into 4 main areas which are all interconnected, thus making it
possible to easily create areas of different sizes, according to the layout requirements.
Stazione Leopolda: Area 1: 2,100 m2 (22.600 ft2), i.e. 140x15m (460x49 ft) | Area
2: 1.500 m2 (16.146 ft2), i.e. 100x15m (328x49 ft) | and Area 3: 650 m2 (7,000
Alcatraz area: a 1.560 m2 (16.800 ft2) former warehouse connected to Stazione
Leopolda which covers 3 floors.
Stazione Leopolda Srl is a Pitti Immagine company.
Uoll was an italian Railway’s building, there was a rail track inside and the broken
railway cars were kept there. Nowadays the buliding has been completely restored, preserving his history, but becoming a modern, new, avant-garde location,
very similar at American Lofts in Soho.
Today Uoll is a modern loft, unique location of 400 sqm, perfect for art exhibitions,
but also for weddings, birthday parties and luxury celebrations.
Uoll has very technological equipments and also a big parking with 200 parking
places fenced and watched, heliport, transportation shuttles, disabled toilets and
entrances, inside kitchen for caterers, air conditioner, power and more..
Historical Venues
Palazzo Ximenes Panciatichi
“The perfect mix of historical heritage, exclusivity and hospitality”
The Palazzo Ximènes Panciatichi, renown for the remarkable elegance of its
architecture stemming from the great Giuliano da Sangallo who had it built for
himself in 1498, is situated at a stone’s throw from the world-famous Duomo.
The Palazzo, still a private home, just opened its doors to host memorable premier events - gala dinners, conventions and conferences, private parties, cocktail
parties, keynote presentations and award dinners. The noble floor alone can accommodate up to 210 seated guests and well over 450 standing, with an internal
courtyard, a suggestive lemon house and a wonderful garden also available to
meet additional space requirements.
The venue can be rented all year long, as it is equipped with air conditioning and
heating, in addition to featuring outdoor space that is particularly appreciated during the beautiful season.
Partners Consigliati
Convivium Firenze Catering
La nostra Azienda è in grado di organizzare e fornire servizio per cene Congressuali e Incentive, in tutta Italia anche per numeri tra le 1.500 e più persone a
servizio placè. Sia fornendo la mise en place classica che con attrezzature innovative, biodegradabili e tecnologicamente avanzate.
Convivium pur mantenendo la Sua personalità, riesce a trasmettere le proprie
caratteristiche e la propria qualità attraverso la cultura della cucina toscana in
cene aziendali di qualsiasi numero.
La velocità del servizio, la qualità del food, l’ organizzazione capillare di ogni nostro dettaglio, eseguito da un esercito di reali professionisti, al vostro servizio fino
dal 1980, risultano delle caratteristiche certe e sicure, per l’ ottima e unica riuscita
del vostro servizio.
A.L.A. Bus
Del Fio Multimedia
Our company is present in Tuscany
Meetings have become an essential
from 1497 offering pubblic service of
line and chartering bus GT for Italy
and foreign countries
The company is placed in Viale Alcide
de Gasperi, n.38 to Piandiscò (AR)
and arranges of a wide establishment
for the deposit bus, washing, workshop, with annexed the offices part.
The company has obtained in december 2003 the certification of quality
UNI EN 9001/2000.
Our drivers of tried experience and
professionalism are at your disposal
every day for you were offering security and reliability: secret for the good
success of every travel
part in the life of both institutions and
enterprises. They are the best source
for networking and comparing profitable experiences, and are furthermore
distinguished by an excellent balance
But a meeting turns successful only if
it dazzles its audience. And the privileged tools to comply with this are the
technological ones, in all their devices: audio, video, lights. Any conventions or big association assemblies,
as well as the great special events,
with their gorgeous stages, are keen
to offer unforgettable shows.
Gennaro Napolitano
L.G. srl e Compagnia di San Vito snc sono affermate società di gestione di ristoranti, con un’offerta di locali, ambienti e menu differenziati, nell’ottica di promuovere una ristorazione attenta alle più diverse esigenze. Il nostro principale
mercato di azione è Firenze con sei locali consolidati nella realtà cittadina: dalle
tipiche trattorie fiorentine, a eleganti ristoranti d’albergo. Abbiamo operato anche
a Padova, Arezzo e presto nuovi locali vedranno arricchire e completare la nostra
attività sia in Toscana che nel resto d’Italia.
Per chi si occupa di incoming su Firenze, o organizzazione eventi, le nostre società costituiscono una comoda opportunità: possiamo venire infatti incontro ai
gusti e ai budget della clientela più disparata.
A partire da chi desidera una trattoria informale o una pizzeria fino a chi organizza
cene di gala o ricevimenti, nonché a chi abbia la necessità di proporre ai propri
clienti lezioni di cucina o degustazioni di vini tenute da chef e sommelier di comprovata esperienza, siamo in grado di offrire la soluzione più adatta e completa.
Siamo a Vostra disposizione per l’organizzazione di pacchetti completi e di convenzioni a prezzi agevolati. Per creare insieme l’offerta di cui avete bisogno.
Gryphon Projects
La tradizione culinaria di Roland’s e
Gryphon Projects was founded in 2007 by the
del suo titolare Stefano, ha origini lontane: una storia i cui confini si rintracciano negli Stati Uniti, a Chicago. Il
padre di Stefano, chef, e la madre, direttore di sala nei ristoranti di famiglia,
hanno continuato questa tradizione
tra i fornelli e consegnato a Stefano,
giorno dopo giorno, un patrimonio di
conoscenze sulla ristorazione e la
cucina. Stefano le ha perfezionate e
evolute, per tenere il passo dei tempi.
Dopo un periodo nel banqueting di
alto livello, è stato intrapresa una strada autonoma di catering e ha elaborato un concetto nuovo di cibo à porter,
che soddisfa le esigenze più disparate in ottica raffinata ed economica.
will to put in the service of all the experience
on the ground in the realization of events and
management of services connected to them.
Working with us is easy: because we gather
all the specific skills involved in communication and we follow the customer in the development of the project from creation to execution. Working with us is comfortable: because
our goal is to always work on customer, on
small as on large jobs. We offer a wide range
of services as part of an ongoing relationship,
as well as isolated collaboration on specific
projects or limited in time. Working with us is
convenient: our flexible structure and extensive use of technology, allow us to develop
innovative ideas and projects with limited investment. But there are some things on which
we will never be able to save: professionalism, commitment and passion.
Florentine gourmets now have a new haunt. Well, it’s actually an old haunt, suitably dusted down and brought back to new.
It would in fact be ridiculous to talk aboutsomething new when discussing Sabatini, a name that is a slice of Florentine life in itself. With over eighty years of
history, Sabatini has always reassuringly been there in Via Panzani, in the old
heart of the city halfway between the cathedral and the station, although its close
ties with the city were slightly slackened of late in terms of income and excessive
popularity with the foreign market.
Now everything’s changed and Sabatini, due to the strategic change of direction of the new owners, is back to being that great little treasure chest of history,
beauty and flavour where culture lies amongst the pappardelle pasta and T-bone
steak. Carlo Lazzerini and Claudio Schiavi were able to relaunch the restaurant’s
appeal to locals above all.
Cav. Carlo Gragnoli
Gold Congress Venues Coordinator
mobile +39 335 341135
tel. +39 055 914 8321
fax +39 055 9869427
skype: carlo.gragnoli
[email protected]