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Congress Venue & Info

Congress Venue

Fortezza da Basso
Viale Strozzi 1
50129 Florence, Italy

Fortezza da Basso

A unique location in the heart of Florence and a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture, the Fortezza da Basso was designed by Antonio da Sangallo il Giovane and commissioned by Alessandro de’ Medici, the first Duke of Florence. It was built between 1534 and 1536 and has been the main Congress & Exhibition Centre venue in Florence and central Italy since 1967.

This venue combines perfectly restored historic locations, such as the Area Monumentale, the Teatrino Lorenese and the Polveriera, with modern pavilions such as the Spadolini Pavilion and the Cavaniglia Pavilion, opened in 1996, offering a truly unique panorama with 16th-century walls on one side of the architectural complex.

All restorations of this historic venue have been carried out with the utmost respect to the location’s history and to the requirements of modern day event organization and exhibitions.

Access for individuals with reduced mobility is guaranteed within all the public areas of the venue.

Organising Secretariat

International Congress Management
OIC srl - Organizzazione Internazionale Congressi
Viale G. Matteotti, 7
50121 Florence, Italy
Tel. +39 055 50351
Fax +39 055 5001912

Registration Desk

The Organising Secretariat Desk will be open for registration and information according to the following time schedule:

Saturday 19 May 7.30 - 18.30
Sunday 20 May 7.30 - 18.00
Monday 21 May 7.30 - 17.30
Tuesday 22 May 7.30 - 14.30

Please collect the conference kit at the Secretariat Desk and wear your name badge during the scientific sessions and social activities.


Participants are kindly requested to wear the name badge when entering the congress venue and to access any offered services. Access to the Congress Centre is not possible without a personal badge.

Badge categories have the following colour coding:

  •  Green band  = Delegates
  •  Blue band  = Faculty
  •  Red band  = EGS Executive Committee Members
  •  Yellow band  = Exhibitors

Coffee and Tea

During breaks in the mornings and in the afternoons, delegates will have the chance to visit the Poster Area as well as the Technical Exhibition at the first floor of the Congress Centre.

Certificate of Attendance

The certificate of attendance is included in the congress kit.

Cloakroom and Luggage Deposit

A cloakroom and luggage deposit will be available during the Congress’s official opening hours. The Congress Centre and the organisers are not responsible for any items lost or left behind.


An exhibition of the latest pharmaceutical products, medical devices and scientific publications will be organized at the Congress Centre. Opening hours will be corresponding to the congress activities as follows:

Saturday 19 May 12.00 - 18.30
Sunday 20 May 8.30 - 18.00
Monday 21 May 8.30 - 17.30
Tuesday 22 May 8.30 - 14.30


The organisers are not responsible for individual medical, travel or personal insurance. Participants and guests should arrange their own coverage.

Internet Connections

Free Wi-Fi access will be available in the Congress area.

Lost and Found

For lost and found items, please refer to the cloakroom on site.

Lunch Boxes

Lunch boxes will be offered to participants from 19 to 21 May.

Mobile Phones

Mobile phones should be switched off when possibile or silenced as not to disturb fellow attendees.

No Smoking Policy

Smoking is strictly prohibited during all meetings and sessions and in exhibition halls at all times.

Personal Data Scanning

Participants will have the opportunity to share basic personal information with exhibitors when visiting the exhibition booths. The sharing of information is voluntary, and done by way of badge scanning. If participants choose to share their information and scan their badge, exhibitors will receive the participant’s name, surname, country and e-mail address. Please do not allow your badge to be scanned by industry representatives without your direct consent. Neither EGS nor OIC will release your data to external parties; it will only be used for EGS communications and updates.

Photos and videos

Photos and videos will be taken during the congress that may be later published on the EGS website.