You guessed it, or maybe not. Italy has one of the most packed conference agendas of any city in the world in any one month, say January you'll find conferences on Feline Dentistry to Drug Tourism, and you were wondering why the hotels were full, right? Of course, not all of these conferences are expected to attract millions of visitors to the city of Rome. I mean, how many feline dentists are there? However, I just want to make it purrrfectly (pun intended) clear that there are definitely a few events that you will want to keep an eye out for.
Hotel rates can nearly triple during these dates if you are booking any type of vacation, short or long. Don't get upset if you can't find a room under $300 a night; it's just a case of supply and demand, and you can be sure that prices will come down. Just be aware of the following. Book early if you plan to attend.
When is conference season?
In Italy, as in many other countries, conferences and exhibitions tend to be spread throughout the year. However, there are certain periods when they are more concentrated. Here's a general breakdown of the "conference season" in Italy:
Spring (March to June): This is a particularly active period for conferences and trade fairs. The weather is pleasant. This makes it a popular time for both national and international participants. Major cities such as Milan, Rome, Bologna and Florence host a variety of events during these months.
Autumn (September to November): The conference season picks up again in the fall after summer vacations and the hot month of August. This is another peak period for major events, exhibitions and trade shows.
Winter (December to February): The winter months, especially December with the holiday season, tend to be quieter in terms of conferences. However, especially in industries looking to kick off the new year with product launches or annual meetings, January and February can see some activity.
Summer (July-August): Summer, especially August, is Italy's traditional holiday period. Many Italians go on vacation during this time. Many businesses are closed or have reduced hours. As a result, there are less conferences and trade shows during these months.
To summarize, the main "conference seasons" in Italy are spring (March to June) and fall (September to November), with some activity in the winter months. Summer, especially August, is the quietest time. However, it's important to note that specific industries may have their own peak periods, so it's always a good idea to check the calendars of specific industries if you have a particular focus.
What international events should you be aware of?
Milano Design Week (Salone del Mobile Milano) 16 - 23 April 2024
One of the most prestigious design and furniture fairs in the world held annually in Milan. More information here.Milano Design Week (Salone del Mobile Milano) - Strada Statale 33 del Sempione, 28, 20145 Milano MI, Italy - Tel. +39 - 02 725941
Venice Biennale - Saturday 20 April to Sunday 24 November, 2024 (pre-opening on April 17, 18 and 19)
An international art exhibition held every two years in Venice, showcasing contemporary art, cinema, music, theatre, and architecture. More information here.Venice Biennale - Ca’ Giustinian, San Marco, 1364/A, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy - Tel. +39 - 041 5218711 -
Vinitaly 14-17 April 2024
Held in Verona, this is one of the largest wine exhibitions in the world, drawing wine professionals from all over. More information here.Vinitaly - Viale del Lavoro, 8, 37135 Verona VR, Italy - Tel. +39 - 045 8298111
Pitti Immagine Uomo 9 - 12 January 2024 and 11 - 14 June 2024
A major event for menswear and fashion accessories, held biannually in Florence. More information here.
Check what's available 11-14 January 2024Pitti Immagine Uomo - Piazza Adua, 1, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy - Tel. +39 - 055 36931
FEBS (Federation of European Biochemical Societies) Congress 29 June – 3 July 2024
A major gathering in the field of molecular life sciences, which has been held in Italy in the past. More information here.FEBS (Federation of European Biochemical Societies) Congress - IMPERIALE PALACE HOTEL, Via Pagana, 19, 16038 Santa Margherita Ligure GE, Italy
Venice Film Festival - August 28, 2024 - Saturday, September 7
One of the renowned film festivals in Italy, drawing international filmmakers and enthusiasts. More information here.Venice Film Festival - Ca’ Giustinian, San Marco, 1364/A, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy - Tel. +39 - 041 5218711 -
Bologna Children's Book Fair 8-11 April 2024
A leading event for children's publishing and multimedia products, attracting international publishers, authors, and illustrators. More information here.Bologna Children's Book Fair - Viale della Fiera, 20, 40127 Bologna BO, Italy - Tel. +39 - 051 282111
Sigep 20 - 24 January 2024
An international trade show in Rimini for artisan gelato, pastry, bakery, and coffee. More information here.Sigep - Via Emilia, 155, 47921 Rimini RN, Italy - Tel. +39 - 0541 744111
Taste 3-5 February 2024
An event in Florence that showcases Italian taste and food lifestyle, gathering many quality food producers. More information here.Taste - Piazza Adua, 1, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy
Merano WineFestival in November
One of Italy's most exclusive wine events held in the town of Merano. More information here.Merano WineFestival - Corso della Libertà, 45, 39012 Merano BZ, Italy
Vinum April 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th - May 1st - May 4th, 5th 2024
A celebration of the wines of the Langhe and Roero regions in Alba, known for Barolo, Barbaresco, and more. More information here.Vinum - Piazza Michele Ferrero, 7, 12051 Alba CN, Italy
CIBUS - International Food Exhibition 7 May - 10 May 2024
Held in Parma, CIBUS is a showcase of the best of Italian food products to the international market, connecting Italian producers with global buyers, distributors, and retailers. More information here.CIBUS - International Food Exhibition - Viale delle Esposizioni, 393A 43126 Parma PR, Italy - Tel. +39 - 0521 9961 -
Expodental Meeting 18-20 May 2024
The leading dental exhibition in Italy, showcasing the latest advancements in dental technologies, equipment, and materials. Organized by UNIDI – Italian Dental Industries Association and held in Rimini. More information here.Expodental Meeting - Via Emilia, 155, 47921 Rimini RN, Italy
Artigiano in Fiera 2-10 December 2023
An international craft fair held in Milan, showcasing the best of handmade crafts from around the world. More information here.Artigiano in Fiera - Rho Fiera Milano, Piazzale Carlo Magno, 1, 20149 Milano MI, Italy
Rimini Wellness - La Fiera del Levante - 30 May - 2 June 2024
A popular exhibition dedicated to fitness, wellness, and sport, held in Rimini. More information here.Rimini Wellness - Via Emilia, 155, 47921 Rimini RN, Italy
Motor Bike Expo 19-21 January 2024
An event for motorcycle enthusiasts held in Verona. More information here.Motor Bike Expo - Viale del Lavoro, 8, 37135 Verona VR, Italy
Fiera Internazionale del Tartufo Bianco d'Alba until December 3rd
The International White Truffle Fair in Alba. More information here.Fiera Internazionale del Tartufo Bianco d'Alba - Piazza Michele Ferrero, 7, 12051 Alba CN, Italy
Salone di Nautica (Genoa Boat Show) 19 - 24 September 2024
A major boat show held in Genoa. More information here.Salone di Nautica (Genoa Boat Show) - Piazzale Kennedy, 16129 Genova GE, Italy
BIT - La Borsa Internazionale del Turismo 4-6 February 2024
Italy's main international tourism exchange in Milan. More information here.BIT - La Borsa Internazionale del Turismo - Rho Fiera Milano, Piazzale Carlo Magno, 1, 20149 Milano MI, Italy
Apimell (Dates expected 31 October - 2 November 2024)
Apimell in Piacenza is an international trade fair dedicated to the world of beekeeping. It's a significant event for professionals, showcasing beekeeping equipment, materials, honey, and other bee products. More information here.Apimell - Piacenza Expo, Località Le Mose, Via Tirotti, 11, 29122 Piacenza PC, Italy
Cersaie 23-27 September 2024
Cersaie in Bologna is a renowned international exhibition of ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings. It draws professionals from all over the world to showcase and explore the latest trends, designs, and technologies in the sector. More information here.Cersaie - BolognaFiere, Viale della Fiera, 20, 40127 Bologna BO, Italy