Bologna Congressi

Bologna Congressi



Set in one of Europe’s most important exhibition centres, the Polo Congressuale is an international-level venue consisting of three buildings with a total seating capacity of 11,000: Palazzo della Cultura e dei Congressi, Sala Maggiore and Hall 19-20. The meticulously refurbished spaces are highly adaptable and equipped with the latest technologies, making them the ideal venue for hosting events of any kind and size in a stylish modern setting.

The Polo Congressuale offers:

  • 4 conference halls seating from 300 to 6,000 people
  • 9 meeting rooms seating from 20 to 200 people
  • A 13,750 sq.m exhibition floor.


The Polo Congressuale is strategically located just a few minutes from the city centre, the railway station and the airport. It is served by its own motorway exit and has large car parks.

  • A 15 minute drive from the International Airport (7 Km)
  • A 5 minute drive from the high speed central railway station (3 km)
  • A 3 minute drive from the dedicated motorway exit (1,5 Km)

Palazzo della Cultura e dei Congressi

Built in 1975 to a project by architects Melchiorre Bega and Lieuwe Op’t Land, the Palazzo della Cultura e dei Congressi is a major example of a work of contemporary architecture designed to promote a sense of unity and belonging and to allow ease of communication between the various sections.

Inside it features halls of various sizes. In particular, the Europauditorium is an elegant multifunctional space with a total capacity of 1,700 seats, although various sections can be partitioned off to create smaller spaces with either 1,200 or 830 seats. With its technologically equipped stage and perfect acoustics, it is the ideal location for high-quality musical events.

It also has large foyers that are ideal for hosting exhibitions, social events and other initiatives in a prestigious setting.

  • 2 conference halls from 300 to 6,000 people
  • 5 meeting rooms from 20 to 180 people
  • A 1,450 sq.m exhibition floor
  • 1,400 people at a standing buffet
  • 1,200 people seated and served

Sala Maggiore

Sala Maggiore is located in the building which formerly housed the Bologna Modern Art Gallery. It is a modern, versatile structure that can accommodate more than 1,000 people for conventions or provide a 2,500 square metre floor space for exhibitions or banquets. A meticulous renovation project has further improved on the characteristics of modularity and flexibility to create a large, versatile space ideal for many different types of events.

  • 5 meeting rooms from 80 to 500 people
  • A 2,500 sq.m exhibition floor
  • 2,500 people at a standing buffet
  • 2.000 people seated and served

Hall 19-20

Built in 1998, Hall 19-20 marked the first major step in the modernisation and rationalisation programme for the fairground complex. Divided into 2 levels, it can be adapted to the needs of all kinds of events, from exhibitions and conferences to trade fairs and shows.

With a 9,800 square metre exhibition floor and a 6,000 seat meeting hall free from structural obstructions, it is the ideal venue for large events.

  • 1 meeting hall up to 6,000 people
  • A 9,800 sq.m exhibition floor
  • 9.800 people at a standing buffet
  • 8,200 people seated and served.

Why choose us

  • We offer our 40 years of experience in the meeting industry
  • We offer our comprehensive consulting service for every stage of event planning and organisation
  • The Polo Congressuale is a perfect modular system for any kind of event
  • Our in house travel agency can provide a full range of hospitality services, from organising transport and hotel accommodation through to a social programme helping guests to make full use of their free time in Bologna
  • Bologna is a natural crossroads located in the heart of Italy and stands out as a hub for business and International trades alike.


Congress Rooms


Meeting Rooms


Exhibition floor (sq. m)


Total capacity Europauditorium

Capacities and Floorplans

Palazzo della Cultura e dei Congressi

1.450 sq.m exhibition floor

7 meeting rooms/conference halls

1.350 - main room max capacity

Sala Maggiore

2.500 sq.m exhibition floor

5 meeting rooms

500 - main room max. capacity

Hall 19-20

9.800 sq.m exhibition floor

1 meeting hall

6.000 - meeting hall capacity


Main Airports

Bologna – G. Marconi

Train Stations

Bologna Centrale

Where we are


You can rely on:

Mila Rossi
Sales manager
Tel. ++39 051 6375153

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