With roots in the future

Established in 2000, Fondazione Fiera Milano is a non-profit private law entity. Since its inception, it has the support of the exhibition sector in its DNA as an industrial policy tool for the growth and internationalization of businesses.

In 2002, it was one of the first drivers of the city’s economic and urban development, with the construction of the exhibition centre FieraMilano and related facilities in Rho-Pero, and simultaneously in Milan with the requalification of the historic exhibition district and the creation of CityLife.

Over the years, Fondazione Fiera Milano has led the development of the Milan exhibition and congress system, making it increasingly competitive, attractive, and sustainable.

Fondazione Fiera Milano makes its Centro Studi (Centre for Studies), the Academy (Academy), and Archivio Storico (Historic Archives) available to the Fiera Milano Group, the companies operating in the exhibition industry, and the public.

Over the years, the mission of the Foundation has gradually expanded from local and economic development to social, cultural, and scientific development, for a comprehensive commitment to sustainability and inclusiveness.

1922

Two years after the first Fiera Campionaria (the old trade fair), the “Ente Autonomo Fiera Internazionale di Milano”, an independent entity for the organization of the international Milan trade show, is created under a Royal Decree issued by King Vittorio Emanuele III on 1 July 1922.

1923

The Ente buys the land plot called Piazza d’Armi to build a sport facility, Palazzo dello Sport, and the two buildings called Palazzine degli Orafi, one of which hosts the headquarters of the Foundation.

1969

The construction of the pavilions is completed and many editions of the Fiera Campionaria are held in sequence.

1990

The last edition of the Fiera Campionaria is replaced by a programme that, today, includes over 50 sector trade shows.

1997

New exhibition pavilions are built in the former industrial area of Portello, covering an area of 74K sq.m.

2000

“Ente Autonomo Fiera Campionaria Internazionale di Milano” becomes “Fondazione Fiera Milano”.

2002

Fiera Milano S.p.A. is listed in the electronic share market of the Italian Stock Exchange.

2005

The FieraMilano district is built in 30 months. Designed by architect Massimiliano Fuksas, it offers a total of 530K sq.m. of indoor space in 20 pavilions and 60K sq.m. of outdoor space.

2006

With the start of activities at Fieramilano, the Foundation returned two thirds of the historic district to the city through an international urban design competition that was awarded to the CityLife project.

2006

Together with the Municipality of Milan, the Regional Government of Lombardy, the Province of Milan, and the Milan Chamber of Commerce, Fondazione Fiera Milano takes part in the Expo 2015 Promoter Committee, and is also one of the founding members of Fondazione Comunitaria Nord Milano (North Milan Community Foundation).

2011

Fondazione Fiera Milano joins Arexpo and contributes about 158K sq.m. of its own land for the development of Expo2015.

2012

Allianz MiCo is opened, one of the largest and most modern conference centres in Europe.

2020

In the year of the centenary, Covid-19 stops the world. But the commitment of Fondazione Fiera Milano continues with the construction of the largest ICU (intensive care unit) in Europe, plus two vaccine hubs the following year.

2023

Fondazione Fiera Milano is planning to requalify its real estate assets in the historic city district.