42nd Congress of the European Society of Surgical Oncology
25-27 October 2023, Florence, Italy
ESSO 42 will be held in Palazzo degli Affari and Palazzo dei Congressi
Palazzo degli Affari
An elegant and modern congress center overlooking Piazza Adua, located just a few steps away from the Santa Maria Novella railway station, where technology, innovation, and functional optimisation meet. Designed by architect Pierluigi Spadolini in 1974, this building concretely expresses post-World War II Italian Modernist architecture.
The new Palazzo degli Affari is an elegant congress and exhibition center. It is highly competitive at international level, thanks to the functionality and to the versatility of its renovated premises, using the most state-of-the-art technological standards, and 100% sustainable materials. Eco-chic furnishings, and the use of renewable resources, in the name of environmental sustainability and energy efficiency.
Palazzo degli Affari
Palazzo dei Congressi
Palazzo dei Congressi is hosted inside 19th-century Villa Vittoria. Surrounded by a century-old park, it exudes a boundless elegance and boasts state-of-the-art technologies. It can host a wide variety of congresses and events thanks to its meeting rooms, a 1,000-seat Auditorium and a futuristic Amphitheatre set into the greenery – one of the most prestigious and charming locations in Florence.
Villa Vittoria was built between 1886 and 1891 by Gerolamo Passeri, a pupil of architect Giuseppe Poggi, and was commissioned by Marquis Massimiliano degli Strozzi. Originally, it had two floors, with two projecting bodies on the sides according to the best tradition of neo-sixteenth-century style villas. The Belvedere was only added in 1925.
A monumental staircase connects the ground floor to the main floor, leading to a gallery overlooked by reception rooms.
All the rooms maintain their original charm – lunette vaults on the ground floor, finely decorated coffered ceilings on the first floor. And then, mosaic floors in marble and terracotta, stone portals with marble inlays, elegant coat of arms, finely ornated gates in wrought iron, and precious painted polychrome glass windows.