Our history

More than 100 years of economic growth, a strong relationship with our Territory permits us to forge ahead in developing our international business model.

1888

The first “Great Emilian Exposition” in the Giardini Margherita Park, illuminated electrically for the first time on this occasion and a rack railway was built to reach the Exposition’s other site in San Michele in Bosco.

1901

the first Trade Fair of Bologna was held in the EDEN Kursal facilities.

1927

The Exhibition Centre really begins its activity, with construction of the LITTORALE, the city’s most modern site.

1948

The first Footwear Exhibition was held in Palazzo Re Enzo.

1950s

The Centre moved to the Montagnola. But invitations to tender were already being made to construct a permanent home.

1964

On May 8 the foundation stone was laid for the halls designed by Leonardo Benevolo, Tommaso Giuralongo and Carlo Melograni.

1965

The ribbon was cut by Prime Minister Aldo Moro.

1986-90

The creation of the regional fair system comprising Bologna, Modena and Ferrara.

2001

The creation of the Fairsystem joint venture initiates consolidation of the Group’s international activities.

2005

BolognaFiere acquires SoGeCos, the company founded in 1996 to manage the Cosmoprof and Cosmofarma brands and the events for the beauty and wellness sector, today Cosmoprof S.p.A.

2018

With GiPlanet, the Group becomes the No. 1 company in Italy in the stand construction sector.
The Group is strengthened on the international markets with the acquisition of Health & Beauty and inaugurates in Bologna the completely renovated halls 29 and 30.

BolognaFiere S.p.A.

Viale della Fiera, 20 40127 Bologna Italy
C.F./P.I. e Reg. Imp. BO 00312600372 - REA BO367296
Share capital € 106.780.000,00 i.v.

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